Yesterday was supposed to be a good day.
Yesterday, my mom, aunt and I were taking a road trip to visit another quilter, P. from The Way I Sew It.
Sidebar: I have something super awesome to show you in a week or two, a project that P. and I are working on together. It involves found quilt tops, EQ7, a new quilt top, an agony of decision-making, machine quilting, and a happy ending, plus a pattern! But not just yet…
I quilted a top for her and decided that a 1 1/4 hour drive each way would cost about the same as sending the quilt via the US Postal Service, thanks to their new rates. Since she lives near a fabric store that mom, Mickey and I wanted to visit, I had no trouble getting them to agree to the trip. We shopped (Robert Kaufman batiks on sale for $6.99!) happily, then called P. from the parking lot to let her know we were on our way. It was a 4 minute drive according to the GPS.
AND THEN WE WERE IN A CAR ACCIDENT.
No one was hurt, but the car – my mom’s – was damaged beyond driving. Fortunately, P. (and her husband) are the nicest people on the face of the earth, and once we got things sorted out with the police and the other driver, P. took us to her house, literally less than a minute away. Her husband helped me find a place to rent a vehicle, and then let the crazy quilting ladies have a nice, calming chat. We picked up the vehicle and then had a leisurely lunch and talked and talked and talked…
And when it was time to drive home, the chocolate P. snuck into the lovely gift of fabric she gave me helped with any residual nerves. Enough so that mom joked about visiting Ikea now that we were driving a van instead of a car.
Hmmm, Ikea. But no, that’s a decision to be made after the insurance company lets us know the financial repercussions.