Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Citrus Belt Quilters Guild Show


It seems that this time of year there is always a quilt show on the weekend to go to. A friend gave me two tickets to a show I had never heard of. The show was in Yucaipa, put on by the Citrus Belt Quilters Guild…about an hour and a half or so from Los Angeles (maybe less, with the way Greg drives!). With our ‘7 Eleven’ cups full and a tank of gas, we were off! With the weather still warm and beautiful it would have been a shame to stay indoors on such an incredibly sunny day. I really had no expectations on how this quilt show would be. Wow, I was very impressed with such diverse quilts at this show. The show was small and had a limited amount of vendors…but wow, I really enjoyed these quilts. All the guild members were very nice and well organized.

The night before the show I had a dream that I was in their guild’s boutique booth and I stumbled across a HUGE bag of printed selvage scraps. Oh yeah, and the bag was $1.00 from the entire bag. Did I mention the bag was HUGE? Greg and I discussed my dream on the way to the show and just laughed. I later visited one of the vendor booths at the show and met Marguerette Tate of M&M Creations. What a delightful lady and she is very talented. It took me only minutes to find my purchase. I fell in love with this teddy bear and had to have it. Those of you whom have had experience working with selvage creations know the time that goes in to creating these works of art. My new sewing studio buddy sits approx. 8 inches tall and he will be right at home in my studio. She had some made from wool and others from regular quilters cotton fabric.I don’t think Marguerette has a website but if you click on her name above you will get her email.




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Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns 2015

Last year we went to see Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Descanso Gardens and we had the best time ever. So this year when I heard it was going to be at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, I thought “wow I’ve got to go to this”. The weather was beautiful and we had the opportunity to stop at several quilt shops and even found a small guild show in the San Diego area. I must say that I was a bit disappointed with Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns this year. The reason I felt a little let down was because Descanso Gardens had set the bar very high. The pumpkins were amazing, however, the setting was the parking lot at the Safari Park. We walked back and forth snaking our way through a parking lot. I would definitely go back and see it again at Descanso Gardens. It was a wonderful weekend and I was in superb company.

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2015 Quiltfest Oasis, Palm Springs

I tried to think of an excuse not to drive all the way to Palm Springs. The thought of a quilt show and vendor merchandise was just too much for me to handle. We went last year and had an amazing time and saw so many beautiful quilts. I was a little apprehensive, hoping the show would meet my expectations. It was awesome! Most of the time when I am asked if I saw anything exciting I could say ‘I saw a couple pieces that I liked’…this wasn’t the case for Quiltfest Oasis. There were so many incredible quilts and I tried to get as many pictures as possible. Beautiful quilts and great vendors make my stash so very happy. Palm Springs wasn’t as warm as other areas of Southern California this past weekend and although sugar melts….I did just fine.

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Midnight at the Oasis, Part 2

I’m still trying to get caught up from this last weekend. I had a wonderful weekend and I just wish the weather was cooler. We arrived at the Glendale Quilt Guilds boutique a little after it opened. So many people were already there and my shopping skills sprung into action. The boutique was HUGE and very well organized, not to mention well staffed. In addition to all the handcrafted items, they had fabric and notions. I snatched up all the solids that I could find and then I found a big box of templates and rulers (some still in their original packaging) for $.50 to $2.00. Wow! What a deal…..even if I already had them, I couldn’t say no to that price. The duplicates will be given to my quilting peeps. I even bought some antique quilt blocks and an antique quilt top. The quilt top was only $25.00 and it is in beautiful condition. I’ll be sure to have some fun quilting it with some help from Johnny. A little over a hundred dollars later it was time leave for Palm Springs.

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Art From Cloth

ArtFromClothLast weekend I attended the Art From Cloth exhibit in Thousand Oaks, CA. Art From Cloth is an exhibit done by Extreme Quilters, a group of approximately 27 women. Their informal group focuses on creating quilts with original designs. Over the years, members of the group have shown their work in galleries and have been accepted into prestigious juried exhibits.

I saw some really beautiful pieces in this exhibit…these ladies definitely think outside the box. Great work! I wish I could provide some pictures, however, I was quickly shut down when asked if I could take some pictures for my blog…their loss!

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For several years I’ve been a member of the Glendale Quilt Guild. This Saturday they are hosting a holiday boutique. I’ve seen some of the items that will be for sale and you won’t want to miss out on this.

The Market Place will be filled with wonderful handmade items, fabrics and quilts, with something for everyone.

The Kasbah will have items that can support your creative outlets, such as books, patterns, yarns, sewing, craft and knitting supplies.

• Our fabulous Midnight at the Oasis Opportunity Quilt will be on display, and we will have Challenge Quilts for you to vote on.

Admission to the Bazaar is free, but if you’d like to get first peek at the treasures, an Early Bird Admission at 9:00am is only $5.00.

• Stay tuned for more details about this exciting new event!

October 10, 2015

10am – 5pm
First Congregational Church of Glendale
2001 Canada Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
 Turn on Wabasso Way from Canada Blvd.

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Happy Birthday Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild

The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild just celebrated their 6th anniversary. What came out of an online group of people, turned into the formation of the LA Modern Quilt Guild. And now, 6 years later, that guild has grown by leaps and bounds. Latifah Saafir and Alissa Haight Carlton are two of the founding members and both were present for the party. LAMQG always has a great show-n-tell, we had a pincushion exchange, and door prizes galore. I came home with a fat quarter bundle of Spring Bloom by Amanda Caronia of Bella Caronia for Windham Fabrics.

I love all the vibrant color in this collection and it has now been ear-marked for a baby quilt that I need to get made. I wish the days could be a little longer than 24 hours.