Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


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The Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County

We spent the day in Ventura at Superbuzzy sewing quilt for the Children’s Services Auxiliary of Ventura County. The Children’s Services Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to meet the needs of Ventura County’s court-dependent children. These children have been displaced from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. We had a great time visiting and sewing…thanks to everyone for their help!

 


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Los Angeles Fabric/Garment District

This last weekend we journeyed down to the LA Garment District looking for some specific fabric. Well, the joke is right there…specific. We parked on the third floor of the parking structure and paid the $12.00 fee. The parking structure was total chaos…valet parking and they are not responsible for anything. Once I realized I would be sharing the elevator with 4 strollers with crying babies I opted to take the stairs. The stairwell must be used as a public restroom after hours. A hazmat suit is the only attire for these stairs. Any of you that know me are aware I can fall stepping up a curb….three flights of slippery stairs to go down and Greg told me I wasn’t allowed to touch the handrail.

Once we got down to street level, things seemed to be a little better. Michael Levine Fabrics has a great selection of fabric and accessories. The store is huge and staffed well. However, my bladder was full and the only restroom is closed for cleaning. I’m not sure about everyone else but my shopping skills are not at their best when my bladder is full. I was given the option of going across the street to use the restroom. From the smells of the Downtown area….lots of people did not make it across the street.

Many of the fabrics sold by the street venders are poly-knits and a lot of searching goes into finding what you might be looking for. I saw some great deals on zippers. It was a fun outing, but I don’t plan on going back for a while. Have you ever seen a spool of thread this size? It was as brittle as straw, but it still looked very cool.

 

 

 

 


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Finally Finished!

I spent the weekend completing some of those unfinished projects. There needs to be more hours in a day! Some people hate binding a quilt and I really don’t mind it. I don’t use those expensive/fancy little clips, I use hair barrettes from the Dollar store. Therefore, when a cat steals one it’s no big deal.

At the LA Quilt Show I purchased a fat quarter pack of some Kaufman Kona in blues. I couldn’t wait to make something with them and I put together this mini. Love doing the free motion quilting on a small project. Have you checked out the new Kona colors? If not, be sure to take a look….I like them.
http://www.robertkaufman.com/fabrics/kona_cotton/
ModernMini

I really like the design lines of a chevron pattern. It’s simple and yet makes an impression. As manys of you know I try to stay away from yellow but, I think it works well in this quilt. My friend Georganna Hawley did the longarm work on this quilt and I think se did a wonderful job.
Chevrons


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Los Angeles Quilt Show

Another fun Saturday adventure. Nancy King, awesome quilter/artist and friend joined us on our weekend adventure. I only came home from the show with a couple yards of fabric but I had such a great time. There’s nothing better than friends and fabric.
The first Los Angeles Quilt Show was hosted at Crafted in the Port of Los Angles. It was so nice to see a new quilt show and not more shows going away. The show was small but the facility was awesome and there is potential room for growth in the future.

 

 

 
Latifah Saafir’s work is so incredible. Her use of color with a traditional block is inspiring. Be sure to check out her blog for more of her work.
http://www.thequiltengineer.com/
The featured artist at the show was Luke Haynes. Amazing what this guy does with fabric.
http://www.lukehaynes.com/