Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Send Off!

Thirty-plus years ago Valerie's husband was transfered to Cordova ... a year or two later my husband was as well!  That is how she and I arrived in this remote corner of the planet ... that common experience is a large reason why our friendship began.
Fall 1987 - Our guild's first anniversary - Valerie second from the right
Before long we found that we had a lot in common ... initially it was primarily quilting and knitting!
Many years of quilting ...
... and knitting adventures have taken place over the past 30+ years!  Add to that, raising children, community responsibilities, building careers, and all the other things that make up our lives as women.  The result is a relationship filled with many challenges and celebrations faced together as friends!
During the past six months both Valerie and her husband have retired and made the decision to move to the Lower 48.  They have found a great location to forge a new life after retirement!   In June I began making her a farewell gift, something that would be practical yet reflect some of the fun we've shared!
A quilted knitting bag seemed perfect!  Val and I are both big Kim Diehl fans, so I pulled out my collection of her fabrics and used the Improv Bag pattern by Sandy Workman of Pine Mountain Designs.
I know that Val will put the bag to good use ... and I hope it reminds her of our many years of friendship and fun!
A few of us had a quiet get together to wish her well on Sunday!  Yesterday, she and her husband boarded the ferry and began the move to their new home.  She will be returning to Cordova often, so that made our goodbyes a bit easier!
She will be missed, but I wish her every happiness in this new stage of her life!

Do what you love ... with friends!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


  1. What a great friendship you have.
    The bag is absolutely beautiful.
    I'm sure she will love it.

  2. I do love the bag. It is perfect as is our friendship.