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Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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…

Ventura Modern Quilt Guild, Valley Modern Quilt Guild, and Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild combined forces to invade the Hoffman Fabrics offices in Mission Viejo, California. The fabulous Jean Impey shared the history of Hoffman, explained how batiks were made, and took us on a tour of the facility. The day was filled with fabric, friends, and inspiration. On the way home, we had to stop off at M & L Fabrics, of course! Thank you to everyone for an incredible day!

We left early Saturday morning for our weekend adventure, visiting the Central California Coast Quilt Shops on this year’s annual quilt run. We covered about 200 miles and visited all 10 shops. There were 2 new shops on the run this year and so much fabric just calling my name. I made it a point to make a purchase at each of the shops. I really want to see our brick-and-mortar stores stay in existence. I’ll share more about my purchases in an upcoming post of a new project that I’m dying to get started on. We spent the night in San Simeon and were greeted the following morning by a large group of Zebras. It was spectacular…Maybe I need to do a black and white quilt?

I love making bread and I’ve been doing it for many years. I’ve always baked it on a cookie sheet and it worked just fine.

About 20 years ago I won a bread stone at a Pampered Chef party and I tried to use it, but wasn’t too impressed. It was just another heavy thing to store in the baking closet.

A couple of years ago Greg gave me bread cloche for my birthday. I loved it because it was red and beyond that I really wasn’t sure what a cloche was all about. I decided it was the perfect day to try it out…and who doesn’t like the smell of bread baking? It was the BEST bread I’ve ever made!

I was excited to see the Kaufman Kona color of the year, Splash. The colors in past years hasn’t done much for me…but, I have to admit that ‘Highlight’ kind of grew on me. A couple of shops are hosting a small quilt challenge for their upcoming shop hop. The objective was to use Pantone’s color of the year, Living Coral, or Kaufman Kona Splash to make a 24 inch quilt. Sounded like fun…so, here’s my tribute to Splash.

After taking a much needed break, I am back and ready to sew. Every year I purchase so many patterns…I always have high expectations of making them all. Needless to say, that doesn’t always work out the way I had intended. So, I start the beginning of each year with the mindset that I will not purchase more fabric and patterns, and I’ll resort to my stash and the patterns I’ve already purchased. In some cases, my new attitude lasts days or maybe even weeks. I am always adding to my fabric stash, so I fail at that.
But, it’s okay…I figure there are worse things I could be doing (wink wink)! So I ran across this Block-of-the-Month Calendar I had purchased over a year ago and I really liked it. Although it is no longer 2018, I’m still going to give it a shot and get started on it…maybe I’ll even finish it.

Inspiring stitches publishes a calendar with a block for each month. Heartland Heritage is the pattern for 2018. I’ve managed to get the blocks sewn for the first three months and now I’m working on April. Keep your fingers crossed!

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