Living in a new state can be fun and exciting. After graduating college, I’ve called D.C, Northern Virginia, and now New Jersey home. I’ve gotten to change, grow, and meet amazing people. However, sometimes you miss your people. Those people who knew you before you knew how to properly brush and style your hair. Those people who loved you when you wore the wrong jeans and had glitter eye shadow.
I always treasure when my people take time to come visit, not only because I love sharing my new home with them, but because it is good for my soul. This weekend my best friend Maggie came to visit the Garden State for the first time, and I’m pretty sure she loved it. Basically because we just kept feeding her. New Jersey knows food.
The best thing about having your best friend in town is that you can clean your apartment, but not make up your bed. I realized this morning on the way to the airport that I hadn’t made it once. That is a true friend.
We spent the weekend exploring Princeton, Montclair, and the homestead. I can’t claim creative genius for the following photos because my hands were snug in my pockets, but Maggie has a clever eye.
I did risk freezing fingers for this quilting inspiration:
Another perk of having your best friend visit is that they capture ridiculously cute pictures of you with your husband:
So much better than our standard, arm-out, self portraits!
Like any true friend, after sushi, wine, the diner, and bagels, I made her go to a quilt meeting at my favorite quilting store: Rock Paper Scissors. Basically, she is the best. Ever. I had been looking forward to the Newbie Quilters meeting and she not only documented our fun with photos, but she cut out the remaining blocks that I have been procrastinating for the Love Lives Here quilt. Seriously, I love her.
Here I am hard at work cutting out the surprise baby quilt:
She also got to meet Courtney, my quilt-making-teacher-partner-in-crime who’s working on her first quilt:
I can’t say how good Maggie’s visit was for my sanity, but there is nothing sweeter than sitting on your couch eating gummy bears and watching shows with your best friend. My only regret was that I haven’t made her a quilt yet! One day…
Here is the finished baby quilt top made with Bella by Lotta Jansdotter. I was too exhausted to lay it out on the design wall. I couldn’t move from the living room carpet. That’s when you know you’ve had an exciting weekend.
Now, I just get to sew this baby together and learn to actually quilt and bind the finished product! I think this will be the first finished product I make!
I hope your weekend was as crafty, loving, and full of good food as mine. Now, don’t you want to come visit?