December 15, 2008

A Wonderful, Wacky Christmas

Yesterday was the Wonderful, Wacky Christmas party for the Wacky Pack Quilters. The event was hosted by our member, Jerri. Below is a picture of the living area of her beautiful home.Jerri is such a wonderful hostess. Below is a picture of her beautifully decorated table. Of course you will see all of the Wackies toasting another wonderful year of quilting together. We went around the table and shared our most memorable Wacky Moment during last year. Now that was fun!
Of course, there was TONS of food. This is a picture of just "some" of the food on the bar. It was "buffet style".

Sew, just who are these crazy women that call themselves the Wacky Pac Quilters??? There are nine of us in the group. Here goes:

First up is Kathy L. Kathy has a longarm quilting business "Kathy's Kuilts". She is a talented quilter and is always coming up with beautiful quilts. Kathy doesn't really do "computers" so we try to keep her up-to-date on all of our computer-related activities.

Next, we have Molly! Molly is a very creative quilter and she always comes up with some type of challenge for us. Yes, we usually moan and groan about it, but we always have a great time. She encourages us to "get out of our box" and try new, adventurous things.
Next up is Rhonda. Crazy Rhonda! Rhonda tries hard to keep us on track, but well, what can I say???? She hasn't been real successful in this area -- LOL! But I must say, she is often times the little instigator herself! Rhonda keeps us entertained with stories from her teaching days, events with Mom, and just plain life itself!

And next up is Kathleen. Kathleen is our "resident Yankee". She is from Michigan, but has lived in Texas for a long, long time. She has that "Texas Drawl" down pat. She is a very caring and loving person and we are proud to call her "Wacky".
Here is Charlotte. Charlotte lives about two hours south of us so she doesn't always get to participate in our monthly get togethers, BUT, she is always with us in spirit. And then there is Patty or "Mama Elephant". Patty is the "mom" of the group (or at least we let her "think" she is--LOL!) Patty and Charlotte are sisters and there are times that we have to have Rhonda perform an intervention between these two sisters.

We have our own "Annie" or "Annale". Annie is probably one of the sweetest persons I know. She was my roommate on our quilting cruise last February. She is also a very talented quilter and has done beautiful applique' work.

Now, somehow, I missed getting a close-up picture of Jerri. It was probably because she didn't sit still long enough! She was too busy taking care of us and making sure our wine glasses were full. Here she is in her kitchen laughing. That's what we love about our Jerri. She loves life and lives it to the fullest.
And next, the last Wacky! That would be me -- Kathy or Dana or the Humble Quilter.
Molly challenged us to make a pin cushion and bring it to the party. Yep, you got it -- there was some moaning and groaning, but 5 out of the 9 of us did it! Below is a picture of the pin cushions. Go over to the Wacky Pac blog to see who made what. We put numbers on them and and each participant drew a number for the pincushion they would win.

Instead of exchanging gifts, we exchanged fabric!!! Every quilter loves fabric. Each person brought 3 1/2-yard pieces of fabric. We played three different games and each person went home with 1-1/2 yards of fabric. It was really fun and at times got really WILD. Below is a picture of the beautifully wrapped fabric.
The party was GREAT! Charlotte surprised each of us with a Christmas ornament. Molly treated us to a "Wild, Wonderful Wacky Woman" poem and print. She chose the ones she thought best represented each of us. Molly then wrote a personal message on the back of each one. The poems were read out loud and there were lots of laughs and lots of tears.
I've never been part of such a cohesive quilting group in my life. The Wacky Quilters are my sisters. I don't have any blood sisters, but I don't believe I could have a closer sister than the 8 crazy women that have been featured above. I love you my Wacky Sisters!
I hope you have enjoyed your tour of the Wild, Wonderful Wacky Christmas. It is my prayer that you all have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas!


Desiree said...

How nice it is for you to have a close group of quilting friends to spend time with! I really wish I did. Merry Christmas!

Ginger Patches said...

What a fun group to be a part of!! I love seeing the get togethers quilters have...thanks for sharing :)

Kathie said...

Glad you all had fun!
nice to meet the group!
beautiful pin cushions and yes what else could you ever buy fellow quilts FABRIC!!!!!!
perfect gifts.

Nana said...

Looks like all of the Wacky's had a wonderful time! Merry Christmas to all of you!

Teresa said...

You are indeed blessed with wonderful friends.

Rhonda said...

Excellent description of us. Can't wait for our next get together.

QuiltedSimple said...

That looks like such fun! Glad you had a great time!

Kath said...

Very good summary of a wonderful day! You and the Wackies are loved as much as I love my blood sister!
Merry Christmas
Hugs - Kath

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love, love, love this post! Yesterday I met with my small group (as opposed to the large guild) which is called Nimble Thimbles. There are 8 of us and I feel like they too are my sisters. We laugh together and pray together and with them I can share my sad things and my happy things knowing they will keep them in their hearts. There is absolutely nothing like friends. blessings, marlene

MOLLY said...

Love this post. I never got around to mine about the party--oh well--I will just read yours. It's hard to write about yourself, but I will say to all your readers that your are very talented, have an inner glow that draws people to you. You always have a smile on your face and in your heart. As for as my picture--I look like a drunk clown. Maybe I was drunk-you kept filling up my glass. Oh well, never had a better time, I don't think--at least I dont remember it if I did LOL. Merry Christmas!

belinda said...

what a wonderful bunch of buddies you guys are....looks like a great get together...lucky ladies!

Merry Christmas Ya'll!!

Kathy Wagner said...

What a great Christmas party!
Thanks for sharing the photos!

Mel said...

What fun friends you have! They make life worth living! Thanks for introducing them to us! I love the pincushion swap idea!
Best wishes for the New Year!