Yesterday four of my girlfriends and I went on our own private Shop Hop - what a wonderful time we had spending the day together. We traveled about 300 miles, visited 5 quilt shops that we hadn't been to before, and each one was better than the last. Our favorite was Wilsons in Hagerstown, MD - wow!!!
Over a 12-hour day together we laughed, we cried, we ate and ate, bought lots of goodies, had show and tell every time we left a shop. When we arrived home at almost midnight we were exhausted and exhiliated! The oldest in our group is 78 and she was recovering from foot surgery - what a trooper she is! Another lost her husband recently and this day was so therapeutic for her - she said she hadn't laughed so much in such a long time. Another spends most of her time caring for her grandchilden and the day was like having a vacation for her. The benefits of quilting are so much more than just our finished quilts -- it builds friendships and memories as well! And now we have our next bee to look forward to where we will talk and talk about what fun we had, what we are going to do with what we bought, and when we are going to go on our next roadtrip together!!!