Greg and I spent a great day with our friend Nancy walking around the Ontario Convention Center at this year’s Road to California quilt show. Tiny pieces, vibrant colors, and incredible inspiration were all there! The quilt show had an art gallery feel, with uplighting and soft music (although, the aisles were very narrow for so many people!) Special exhibits and lots of vendors…we can’t wait for next year!
I’ve taken over the duty of ‘ challenge coordinator’ with one of my guilds. I really enjoy the challenges because they encourage me to grow as a quilter and often times I’ll venture into new territory and find other creative opportunities. My first Challenge was an “alphabet challenge”. Each person participating drew a bead with a letter on it and was tasked to create a project using that letter as inspiration. It wasn’t until getting this blog post together that I realized I didn’t get a photo of my challenge piece. Stay tuned…the letter I drew was ‘W’ and I made a block with “wasabi”, an acid green Kona. I’ll post a photo when I get a chance to finish the piece. I’m looking forward to sharing all the creativity of my Guild peeps!
It was a LOOOONNNNGGGG drive, but it was worth it for all the inspiration! I just wanted to share a sampling of what we saw…there were so many amazing quilts. Thanks to everyone for sharing your talents!
Mermaids, gangster sharks, and Frida…what a great way to start the weekend! The weather in Ventura was perfect and who doesn’t like being that close to the beach. Unfortunately, we attended this event early in the day and we didn’t see the finished works of art. Some of the pieces we saw were pretty amazing…and just to think…they will be gone by the next morning! The chalk they use is real messy and I do love to make a mess 🙂
One of the greatest advantages of belonging to a quilt guild is being able to attend meetings, be inspired by others, and learn from special guests that the guild brings in. Often, the guests teach a class for interested members. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Jean Impey and take a Spider Web class with her before. This time she was teaching an improvisational block called Rustic Sun, and I jumped at the opportunity to spend the day with her and learn more about something that I love to do. Jean is an outstanding teacher and I look forward to her future projects.
Our weekend adventures found us driving North to San Luis Obispo, CA and the annual Seven Sisters Quilt Show at the infamous Madonna Inn. This quilt show is a multi-guild regional quilt show that includes the Almond Country Quilt Guild, the Bear Valley Quilt Guild, the Central Coast Quilters, the Gold Coast Quilters, the SLO Quilters, and the Santa Maria Valley Quilt Guild. So much talent and creativity! We look forward to this show every year, and we are never disappointed. Just wanted to share a few photos that we found inspirational…