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Carolnnc
September 11th, 2016, 12:02 PM
Have you physically met a person/people from the forum? If more than one person then how many people? How did you decide you wanted to meet someone? Have you invited someone to your home? Have you declined a meet up and why? Do you have a meet up on a regular basis with one or more people? Have you met someone who's become a really good friend that you travel to see?

Hulamoon
September 11th, 2016, 12:11 PM
When I first joined the forum I met up with a member. We joined up at a restaurant with her friends. It was a taco beer night. It was fun but sort of awkward. She isn't here anymore that I know of and we never spoke again.

MayinJerset
September 11th, 2016, 01:02 PM
Only M* forum member I've met in person is quiltingtrish - we met quite a few years ago when a group of quilters from Alex Anderson's forum began meeting at the Lancaster show every year. She and I have also been to Howdy's annual Hoedowns mostly just for the challenge display and dinner with the other gals and guys. A few of the others have become close friends and although we live in different states we keep in touch.

I used to be leery of meeting others for the first time so meeting at a quilt show or shop or place to eat was a good experience.

Funny story how I met my best quilting buddy. She had posted on the Alex Anderson forum that it was her BDay and they were having a cake and every one was invited. I replied since we both lived in Jersey I'd be right over and asked what town did she live in. Well to my surprise she lived 10 minutes away from me! I didn't go to have cake but when I became involved through that forum in making and distributing quilts for the families of 9/11 victims she came over and helped me with them. We began going to Lancaster together to meet with the others and even socialized in our homes and so began a nice friendship.

pcbatiks
September 11th, 2016, 01:36 PM
I have met two forum friends so far. The first was Trish (aliaslaceygreen) at the Houston Quilt show a few years ago. We called each other from the show and met. We talked for a while took a picture together and then she showed us some of her photography that was displayed at the quilt show. It was fun meeting her.

The 2nd person I'v met was Beth (MBCA). She was in town for a Row By Row Shop Hop. We decided to meet at the shop and talked while we looked at fabric. Then we went to a sandwich shop close by and visited and laughed for a good while. Had a great time.

I hope to meet more forum friends someday. I've made some good friends here on the forum and it would be fun to meet them too.

Navy Wife
September 11th, 2016, 02:09 PM
I haven't met anyone from this forum, but have several friends from other forums. We usually meet at a shop and then go to lunch. Some of the groups have retreats, and I have been to quite a few of those. The most active group as far as get togethers is the former HGTV forum. They have a retreat every year in a different part of the country. I have been to Charlotte,NC, Branson, Clearwater, FL. They have also met in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and next year in Seattle. From that, a smaller group of us meet for a 4 day sew-in in Alabama once or twice a year. I have met quilters from Quilting Haven also. We have met at shows and had lunch.

Judy, USMC
September 11th, 2016, 02:23 PM
I've met quite a few by going to the forum gathering in 2014 & 2015. Although I will miss seeing some that won't make it this year I will be happy to meet some others who will be there this year. I've gotten closest to the gals who I've socialized with while staying at the hotel, though. Conversations were light and we've gotten to know one another by talking and laughing about things other than fabric & quilting. My husband Steve takes me every year as my birthday present and keeps us entertained with is unique sense of humor.

Sharyn and I met for brunch one day in a Chicago 'burb - I live in Chicago part time. She presented me with the most beautiful purse! Hope to get up with her again this next trip too.

If the routing works out I hope to take a little side trip to meet GrammaTerry on the way to the retreat.

Jean Sewing Machine
September 11th, 2016, 02:43 PM
I've met so many, and it is such fun to meet in person! Some live near me, as Auntiemern ( Marilyn Enlow) and Mom23(Robin Westendorf), some near Hamilton, ( too many to mention!), some at the forum retreats, and some as I traveled abroad and to other states. I mentioned last summer that I was going to be in a Paris for a few days, who would want to share a croissant under the Eiffel Tower with me, and Andrea said she would like to do that! Sure enough, we spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Andrea and her husband Thomas in Paris, and now they will be coming to Hamilton and St. Louis in a little over a week! I'm so excited! And there are my Canadian besties, Nan and Vicki! And my sweet dear friend Klasien from the Netherlands, who will be visiting me next spring for the third time as guest in my home! I could go on and on, I met Turina Williams in Portland, Kathy Crowfoot came to STL a couple of years ago to meet Marilyn and I, and we were so privileged to have two of our Aussie friends at the forum retreat last year, Nidan07 (Lenore) And Sue Porteus! I hope I didn't leave out anyone, you are all so special to me! It is wonderful to put a name and a face together!

Oh, how can I forget the crazy times at Paducah with Rhonda Free! She is a blast to be with! And we met up with Jim's Queenie one year! And Ruby ( Hands Off Its Mine) when I went to Atlanta. I need to work out a time in upper NY to get to meet Monique when I go to see Vicky and Nan. We're going to have our own quilt retreat up there!

So, I say, reach out to your forum members for face to face meetings, you will form friendships that stretch across the miles and sometimes the oceans! You all are my BFFs for sure!

toggpine
September 11th, 2016, 03:32 PM
I tried a meet up, but for whatever reason we missed.

Pat (Bubba) and I should probably have bumped into each other by now. We live close enough that our paths cross , but we never seem to be in the same place at the same time!

Cathy F
September 11th, 2016, 08:50 PM
I met Klasien and her family. She was my secret Santa in one of Christmas exchanges. She came to the states the following year for vacation with her family and they came out to our house and we spent the day with them. So very nice to meet a forum member!

I'm hoping to meet Bubby in the coming year. Hopefully we will be making a road trip to M*, and I definitely want to meet her. We keep in touch on a regular basis.

snippet
September 11th, 2016, 09:00 PM
Other than meeting at the forum retreat, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting anyone. And there are plenty of forum people in my area too.

But I have made some long lasting friend on another forum - a forum devoted to those with long hair of all things! We have met in San Antonio, Austin and have made several trips to Dallas at a hair salon. It's been great fun being with these ladies.

I've made three friends from another forum I was on a while back. I visited with one gal when she lived in Maryland, and when she moved to Nevada, and have lunch with her now that we are both living in San Antonio. A fellow from Australia went to England on holiday and passed through San Antonio on his way back. My kids and I showed him around the city for a week. And I dated another guy on that same forum for over 10 years before we just decided to remain friends. He lives in Austin and we still talk.

LauraP
September 11th, 2016, 09:15 PM
I hope to meet quite a few of the members when I go spend Sat and Sun at the hotel in Hamilton at the beginning of the retreat this next week. I can't stay for the whole week but I will take what I can get. Next time I go to see nieces in STL maybe I can meet Jean Sewing Machine and her group.

Jean Sewing Machine
September 11th, 2016, 10:42 PM
I hope to meet quite a few of the members when I go spend Sat and Sun at the hotel in Hamilton at the beginning of the retreat this next week. I can't stay for the whole week but I will take what I can get. Next time I go to see nieces in STL maybe I can meet Jean Sewing Machine and her group.

Yes, Laura, you should do that! Looking forward to meeting you!

grammaterry
September 11th, 2016, 11:18 PM
Let me know what day you might be in Marshall NC and I'll make sure we have a room for you. I have PM'D you with details.
I've met quite a few by going to the forum gathering in 2014 & 2015. Although I will miss seeing some that won't make it this year I will be happy to meet some others who will be there this year. I've gotten closest to the gals who I've socialized with while staying at the hotel, though. Conversations were light and we've gotten to know one another by talking and laughing about things other than fabric & quilting. My husband Steve takes me every year as my birthday present and keeps us entertained with is unique sense of humor.

Sharyn and I met for brunch one day in a Chicago 'burb - I live in Chicago part time. She presented me with the most beautiful purse! Hope to get up with her again this next trip too.

If the routing works out I hope to take a little side trip to meet GrammaTerry on the way to the retreat.

shermur
September 12th, 2016, 06:32 AM
Meeting up with other quilters who share my passion was one of the reasons I joined the forum. There have been a few phone calls (very few), intentions of meeting up and sewing/creating with others and for whatever reason(s), the timing just never was there. I did get there great opportunity to meet several members at the very first MSCQ Fall Fun Get Together, 2013. I only attended the one day (Saturday) and was very up-prepared to meet expectations.

I do long to meet other forum members.....from my research, there are not that many in my area. And finding the time is almost impossible, unless it's on the weekend. Believe it or not, there is a lot of quilters in my area and still are ignorant of who MSQC is. I do try to let my light shine when I see other quilters in the local quilt shops.

peggiep
September 12th, 2016, 08:23 AM
I have not yet met anyone from the forum, although I have tried. Monique and I were scheduled to meet in May at the Ottawa Quilt show but the timings were off and she left just as I arrived. Also, Bouse in Scotland and I were supposed to get together while we were there this summer, but unfortunately Bouse was not well enough.
Hope to meet Monique soon...maybe I can get in on the retreat in NY with Jean Sewing Machine, Nan and Vicki! We'll see,

Bouse
September 12th, 2016, 09:21 AM
As Peggie said, we hoped to meet up this summer but I spent most of it in hospital unfortunately. I'm not likely to meet many of the forum members because I live on the other side of the world to the majority of them but if I could, I would.

Mom23
September 12th, 2016, 09:36 AM
The first person I met from the forum was Jean Heckmann (jeansewingmachine). I was so nervous before our lunch but by the time lunch was over nerves were calmed and I knew I had found a forever friend. I also met several friends at the Fall Forum Retreats in 2013 and 2014. I had lunch with Sandy Navas, Bernice and Charyti when I was in Hamilton in August. I will miss seeing all of you at retreat this year.

Does anyone remember Debbie, she participated in renaissance festivals? She camped in my town a couple years ago so I met up with her and we went fabric shopping. I hope her health is ok.

I live in Effingham, IL and if anyone is every passing through I would love to meet up with you.

WendyI
September 12th, 2016, 09:58 AM
I was lucky enough to meet Monique and her friend once and go on a wee quilt shop hop...well we went to one. lol But it was nice and we had a visit at the B&B she was staying at. That's all so far. Would be lovely to meet more members tho!

snippet
September 12th, 2016, 10:21 AM
Does anyone remember Debbie, she participated in renaissance festivals? She camped in my town a couple years ago so I met up with her and we went fabric shopping. I hope her health is ok.I remember Debbie, her name is hdwench, right? I hope she's doing well also. I haven't seen her online in ages.

Lyndaj
September 13th, 2016, 02:01 PM
I met Monique and GrandmaNan (and Grandman Nan's sister Terry) at the Canada Quilt show in June in Toronto.

mommadeb
September 13th, 2016, 04:49 PM
I met Lilly a year ago. She had some fabric she was going to mail to my daughter and I told her I would be in town. She asked me if I wanted to just meet and have lunch. I said sure! She was a very nice and lovely person. It was a really nice visit.

I was within ONE hair of meeting Sandy in May but severe weather interrupted that. Ah, next time I'm in town.

Sylvia H
September 13th, 2016, 05:29 PM
Preeti and I try to meet whenever she is up in my area to visit her sister. I really enjoy our time together. I met jazzle24, Jocelyn, at a local quilt shop, but we haven't seen each other since then.

I will be at the Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA this Thursday afternoon. Anyone else going that day?

Vonnie
September 13th, 2016, 05:34 PM
Preeti and I try to meet whenever she is up in my area to visit her sister. I really enjoy our time together. I met jazzle24, Jocelyn, at a local quilt shop, but we haven't seen each other since then.

I will be at the Quilt Extravaganza in Oaks, PA this Thursday afternoon. Anyone else going that day?

I think you might get some takers if you post a new thread with The Quilt Extravanganza in Oaks, PA.
I wish I could go but it's too far away.

Grandma Nan
September 13th, 2016, 06:54 PM
I have loved meeting many Forum friends in face to face meetings. Of course, I met many people at the Forum Retreats in 2014 and 2015 and many have become close friends.

I have met up with Jean, (Jean Sewing Machine), Vicki (Rivermomm) and done some shop hopping and dining and wining. They came to my house in the Spring and we are planning on doing it again soon. Monique has been to my house several times and we go "cross border shopping"and bus trips and sleepovers. I met Lyndaj at Quilt Canada along with Monique and my sister. I talk on the phone to Nidan07 or email. Lots of emails with Sandy Navas and Judy USMC and Nidan07. I met up with Jean Morehouse at the AQS show in Syracuse. I hope I haven't missed anyone because it has been wonderful to meet everyone.

I have met with an online long arm quilter friend Tracy Bentley from Maple Leaf Quilting Company at Quilts Canada. I also met Laura Coia Sewveryeasy- an independent You Tube educator and quilter extraordinaire. We are meeting up again as I asked her to give a trunk show and workshop at our quilting guild.

When I went to my first forum retreat, I was so scared as I knew no one and travelled there by myself. I couldn't have been more surprised. Quilters are the best and I have so many long lasting friendships from that experience- Auntie Mern, Jean-Anne Worthey, Charyti, Judy, Sandy,Peggy Goins, Gloria(kensington), Karen, Snippet Carol, Robin Mom 23,Jean, Jean, boB, and many more.... I should not have started naming names as now I am sure I have missed someone.

Meeting up is greet.

SallyO'Sews
September 14th, 2016, 12:12 AM
I have yet to meet any of you in person, but that doesn't mean I don't consider you my friends. One of these days, I'm going to wend my way to Hamilton! 'Til then, quilty hugs and blessings!
~ Sally \0/

MayinJerset
September 14th, 2016, 02:58 PM
Just remembered some meetings several years ago, met a whole lot of online friends at an Alex Anderson retreat and one gal and her family who were in Jersey for a family wedding. As others have said it's a real treat to put a face to someone you met online. Somehow even if many years have passed you still read their posts with a smile.