20 February, 2007

Troll Sisters On The Road

I'm off in the morning for Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA! Two of my "Troll Sisters" are riding with me; we'll meet up with two more after we arrive. You may be wondering why we're calling ourselves "Troll Sisters", it's not a name that we chose... but more of a bestowed moniker! When our small group 'retreated' at the end of last month to spend day and night sewing at Camp Dogwood we found ourselves sharing the facility with other groups, gathered there for the weekend. One of the other groups was a Church Council doing a long-term planning retreat. We saw them going back and forth for meals and meetings, they passed by our sewing room where we had our machines humming, our irons steaming and our projects spread out on every flat surface imaginable. We sewed late into the evenings and began early in the mornings, apparently our high-level productivity didn't escape the notice of said Council. One of their members, a woman, popped her head in to say "hello" on Sunday morning; she "oohed" and "aahed" appropriately over our quilts, as she was leaving she looked back over her shoulder and remarked:
"I think of you all as busy little TROLLS, sewing for God"!

What? Trolls? Sewing for God? (Well, I'll give her that, it was Sunday!) Long after she left we still couldn't stop laughing, we kept staring at each other in disbelief and mouthing the word (as if it were a question) "TROLLS?" to each other and cracking up. Quiltkeemosabe tried to come to the lady's defense... she explained that the woman most likely meant "elves", not "trolls"; but it was too late. We'd been dubbed trolls after all and none of the rest of us felt charitable enough to defend her choice of such a dubious title. Plus, it was funny! About a week after we'd returned home we received a group e-mail from one of our own, she signed her name "Troll Sister, Soul Sister"... and so, now you know: Troll Sisters we have become!

I'll be your eyes and ears at the Festival and bring a full report back to this blog. I'll photograph the show, report on the vendors and workshops, and size-up the eating establishments in and around Hampton, VA! Hey, someone's gotta do it! Right?
I shall return...
Please pray for safe travel, for me and my Troll Sisters!
Life is Good!

11 comments:

Conni Lu said...

Mrs.G, aka Troll Sister, wishes for safety & much shared fun with the other TSs. Enjoy and be sure to report in with details upon your return! God Bless.

meggie said...

Enjoy your trip, & fun with your Troll/Soul Sisters.
Sounds as if it will be wonderful.

Kyle said...

Have fun on your trip, don't do anything I wouldn't!!!

Ancestor Collector said...

Have fun!! I know how much you love your road trips to anything Quilty! Safe journey. HUGS!

Helen said...

Fantastic name (maybe you should trademark it?) and a very funny story - thanks for the belly laugh. Have a great time at the quilt festival. I'm looking forward to your report.

Marcie said...

Love your Troll sister story! I will be at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Fest on Thursday. Can't wait! Have fun!

teodo said...

Good festival Troll Sisters! ciao ciao

Jim V said...

I've always thought of you more as a hobbit than a troll.....


:)

Have a safe trip and don't stay out quilting until the wee hours of the morning. You'll regret it the next day...

Conni Lu said...

A second comment from me: I read until late last night all the posts in your archives and I just have to write that I am so inspired by your writings, and I am so happy to have found your blog. Peace.

Simonetta said...

Have a great fun!!!!Lovely the Troll Sisters, I have two Norwegian Troll :))))

YankeeQuilter said...

Love the Troll sister story! I had a secretary that collected those little trolls back in the 90's. I even made one a little quilt!