|From left to right: Iron Maiden, Rotary Queen, Runs with Scissors, and Size Matters.|
Some people will do almost anything to get in the blog*
Many times, I will mention my Brown Bagger buddies or that I'm going quilting on a Brown Bag Sunday, so I thought it was time to offer you a little explanation.
More than 20 years ago, a local quilt shop, The Quilter's Nook in West Roxbury (alas, yet another great shop long gone) hosted a Friday afternoon quilt group called the Brown Baggers. It met from 12 pm to 3pm. The group got its name because you were supposed to bring your lunch (brown bag optional). There was also a Friday evening group, also called the Brown Baggers, that met from 6pm to 9pm. I had just moved to the area and was newly divorced and I didn't know a soul. It was my lucky day when I signed up for the evening session. Little did I know that a whole new chapter of my life would begin.
|In true Brown Bagger fashion, (from l. to r.) Joanne E., Lexine, and Terri |
brought their lunch from home today to the October Brown Bagger meeting.
|Today, Debbie brought in her finished baby quilt to show us.|
Twenty years later, we're still together and more than half of the original gang is still in the group. Our group has grown to 18 members, hampered only by the size of our meeting room. We discontinued our weekly Friday session about ten years ago when the last quilt shop that we used to rent space in moved to a different location. We still meet monthly on Sundays and we also have six quilt weekends a year (three are local and three are away). My friend and fellow Brown Bagger, Kim P. will tell you that the only rule in our Brown Bagger group is that there are no rules. For example, we hold a Birthday Block swap every year, but participation is optional.
|Check out the beautiful feathers that Debbie put in her quilt border!|
|Beautiful batik birthday blocks today for Lexine!|
|Lori got lovely red and blue birthday blocks today.|
Thanks for visiting!
Pugs and kisses,
*A very special thanks to my four Brown Bagger buddies who volunteered for this photo session. They didn't even blink when I handed them a paper bag and asked them to put it over their head. You guys are the best!