New friend, old friend

p4219869fabric.jpgIn February I won a contest that Lucy held to see who could predict when she’d finish a quilt. Since it was intended to be a Valentine’s Day gift for her husband, I naturally guessed February 13 (’cause you know, these things always take as long to finish as the amount of time you give them)—and I won! The prize was a bundle of fabric pieces (leftovers from another quilt project—she does amazing quilts, as you can see here, here, and here).

Lucy and I happen to live only about ten minutes apart, so rather than get the USPS involved it made sense for us to meet in person. Sylvia and I stopped by her house last week, and while our two toddlers played together Lucy helped me choose (read: I asked her to figure out which things would go together well and just give me those, as I really had no clue) fabric squares to make into a patchwork tote. She showed me her crafting area, too, which was very inspiring—and very tidy, with stacks of folded fabric carefully arranged on shelves and a yarn stash to die organized into a wall of plastic totes.

p4219871magnets.jpgI received gifts from an old friend, too, last week. In the post announcing the contest for the IKEA bags, I mentioned a friend of mine from college, Frank. He lives in southwestern Missouri, far far away from any IKEA, so I sent him some bags and in return asked for the tackiest fridge magnets he could find. A package from him arrived late last week, and he certainly did not disappoint. An enclosed note described his quest to find them. After looking in shops in downtown Springfield and not finding anything cheesy enough, he headed south. And then: “I saw the large rump of a huge bronze deer getting ready to leap over Campbell Avenue. I knew then that I had found the right place: classic Springfield and sure to deliver on tackiness.”

As soon as I read that, I knew exactly what he was talking about: Bass Pro Shops. And not just any Bass Pro. This is the queen mother store—the original one. The magnet on the left is the store’s logo. The one on the right was obviously made by someone who grew up in the Land of Hunchbacked Deer. They’re both just perfect for my collection.

5 Responses to “New friend, old friend”

  1. Chrison 21 Apr 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Congrats on your contest win and your new tacky magnets! :)

  2. Frankon 21 Apr 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I’m glad you liked the magnets. It was fun searching for them!

  3. lucyon 22 Apr 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Am so glad that we got together and you liked your fabrics! We had so much fun with both of you!

  4. MACon 28 Apr 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Will have to look for some ugly fridge magnets for you. Will you be jealous to know that I have a vintage SMS magnet on my fridge?

  5. Bedeon 03 Jun 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Dude, I live two blocks from the mother ship and it’s a struggle every day to beat back the waves of tackiness emanating from that place.