Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


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Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion


Last summer, we purchased memberships to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. We weren’t sure that we would take advantage of ALL the exhibits the museum had to offer, but we went ahead and joined. What a great decision! We enjoyed our third trip in as many months. The Spider Pavilion was filled with many species of non-poisonous spiders. You were able to get up close and personal with them for about 30 minutes. At one point a docent told me to stop and be very still. She then pointed out that a small spider had descended from the roof of the pavilion and I was in its way. This one was very small and some of them were the size of your finger. It was so cool to seem them in this habitat and I now have a much greater appreciation for them. Maybe I won’t step on the next one I see…


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Spool Sampler

It’s dangerous to stay up late and shop on the internet. I came across this pattern and I thought it was very cute and I’m sure my Mother will love it. The directions are well written and its quickly coming together. I decided to make it with all reds from my stash.spoolsampler
Spool Sampler Cotton Way by Bonnie Olaveson


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Museum of Natural History Butterfly Pavilion

Our weekend adventure took us back to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. The last time we were here I got talked into purchasing a dual membership to the museum. It all sounded good and we would like to go more often and it just seemed like the right thing to do…SOLD! Flash forward to three months later…I’m still getting emails from the museum about all the awesome events they’re hosting. The butterfly exhibit sounds like something we would like to do and who knows…there just might be some inspiration to be found in the exhibit as well. We went on the last day of the exhibit, so it was now or never. We got up a little earlier than usual on Sunday, and made our way to see these beautiful creatures. Wow! They were a little more troublesome to photograph than the dinosaur bones, but I’m so glad we were able to get to see them. The exhibit was well planned and organized. I can’t say enough nice things about the museum. Now I need to get out my sketchpad and start working on my interpretation of the many things I saw today. The Spider Pavilion makes its debut on October 28th and I will go on record to say that I’m planning on going.


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Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs 2016

With Southern California’s Fall weather a little warmer than usual, we thought, “Why not head to Palm Springs for a quilt show.” Who says no to a quilt show…right? It was our third year to attend Quiltfest Oasis Palm Springs, and the two hour drive was worth it. So many beautiful quilts from all around the world. As you can tell from the pictures, there was inspiration at every turn. That being said, I was a bit discouraged with the number of quilts and the number of vendors. The show has shrunk over the past 2 years. I’m sure there are reasons for the shows’ short comings. I’m just telling my observations and thoughts. Here in California our quilt shops are slowly going away. I enjoy going to shows and seeing what is new in the sewing world. I loved the quilts and will definitely go again next year.


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Fall is here….really?

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I know it’s Fall, but the weather here in Southern California sure tells me a different story. I’ve ended up making more Halloween decor every passing year, and most of it gets given away…Yes, Mom, I know that you want this table runner. I HAVE kept a few things for myself…rarely. This fabric is so cute…cutting out 60 degree triangles and sewing them back together couldn’t be easier. It almost took longer to load this piece on the long arm (Johnnie)than it did to quilt it. What’s everyone else working on? Cheers!


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Swiss Red SE

I’ve had my eye on this sewing machine for awhile now and I decided to take the plunge and treat myself to a new Bernina. Since it is red that was reason enough. Did I need a new machine…No! But I sure do like it. And it looks fabulous in the studio. I hope the other Berninas don’t get jealous.