goin’ to jackson

Today is the day!  In a couple of hours we’ll be on our way to Jackson, Mississippi.

Finally–FINALLY–after four years of trying, I’m off to sew with the Gee’s Bend quilters.

I’ve blogged about it before.  You can read about it here or check it out in the May 24, 2022 blog post.

sing, pray, quilt

It’s a dream come true.  I have no idea what I will be creating.  I don’t really care, to be honest.  I just want to soak up the atmosphere and meet the Gee’s Bend ladies.

I want to sing and pray with them. I’m ready!

My rotary cutter, favorite ruler and pair of scissors are packed in my suitcase.  I’ll be renting a sewing machine and other tools at the retreat.  I have cut an assortment of 4″ squares for half-square triangles to start me off on the creative path of “improv” quilting.  I’m a planner, not a “seat of my pants” quilter, so it’s going to be a real learning experience for a woman who has spent many years perfecting the 1/4″ seam.

That previous sentence makes me sound insane.

As I’ve explained to my husband, this is like a classically-trained musician going to Mississippi to learn to play the blues.

Kind of.

Banjo Man is looking forward to the 77 degree weather.  There are trails at the retreat center to explore.  And he and the other guests will be eating their meals with us.  As always, I keep an eye on him to make sure he rests.

We’re staying an extra night in downtown Jackson and will be visiting the Civil Rights Museum across the street from our historic hotel.  Home on Tuesday!

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