I attended a memorial service the other day for a fellow quilter, Susan Thomson, who was the founder of the West Houston Quilter’s Guild.  She was only 61 years old and died much too young.  But I am so grateful for her sweet spirit and her foresight to start our guild twenty years ago.  Susan was a quilt teacher who wrote a quilting book and appeared on a national quilt show.  I had the privilege of quilting some of her quilts and I still quilt for her mother.  When the minister was giving Susan’s eulogy, he mentioned that quilters travel in packs.  That got laughs from all of the quilters who were in attendance and had, of course, come in groups.  Because of Susan and others like her who are willing to take steps to form guilds and bees, I have made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.  I actually already had my best friend Jody of nearly 40 years, and I introduced her to quilting world quite a few years ago.  She now heads a group of quilters in her hometown and hosts retreats at her house.  But now I have even more close friends that have become a constant source of support and friendship and I will treasure them for the rest of my life.  We know the names and approximate ages of our quilting friends’ kids, grandkids and husbands.  I am thankful for all of my friends and that Jody and I will be attending a quilt retreat next week with three other dear friends.  I’ll be cranking out a few custom quilts of my own and one for a very special gift.  I’ll post pictures next week.