Meeting Offline

One of my goals for 2016 was to try and collaborate more with sewists/quilters.  I still don’t know what this ultimately looks like, but it’s more a stretch goal and working on real relationships.  I look at the #sweatnsew tag more than you may think to see what others are doing to stay healthy.

Last weekend I finally met one of my new Instagram friends in real life.  Everyone meet Jill.  You can find her at @jvaughnrn on Instagram or her blog,

Before I sent Jill the most awkward email I glanced over her photos and knew we should be friends.  She likes craft beer, running and she’s crafty.

My email must not have been too bad since she responded back and we set up a time to meet.  We arranged to meet at Taxman Brewing.  Love their beers, but yet to visit their actual location.  Two new experiences in one night.

#Craftbeer, #sweatnsew, and good times. @sarcasticquilter where are you? Did you hear us taking about you? 🙂

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She showed me a lovely photo of her Briar Rose quilt.  While quilting isn’t her main sewing outlet, she does make some clothes for her kids.  Impressive since clothes scare the crap out of me.

Quilted. We totally slept under it last night. #briarrose #heatherross

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Most of our discussion ended up being on family and life.  Something Jill said really stuck with me about her running.

“It’s just for me.  It’s the one thing I do for myself.”

What can you say that is honestly just for you?  It can be hard to juggle all of those responsibilities of life, motherhood, work, and yourself.   How many of you would put yourself last on that list?

How does Jill work it into her days and keep logging miles?


To help her stay on track she turns on Netflix and hits the treadmill.  Genius.  What a great way to get through a series and be engaged while running.

Jill, log those miles and can’t wait until we meet up again.  Maybe you can show me how to make easy pj pants or something.

If you are interested in talking about how you stay healthy and sew, I would love to hear.  Email me quiltytherapy at gmail dot com.