Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


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Thomas Fire Ventura County

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We are so grateful that the skies have begun to clear in Ventura. Our hearts remain with our neighbors and everybody impacted by the fires in Southern California. The past week has been a painful and humbling week for many of us. Helplessly watching and waiting as the fire claims more ground.

We are introducing a block to all our quilting friends and family so we can help those who were affected. The call for quilt blocks has begun and as we receive the blocks, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild will assist in making and quilting these quilts. A list from the RedCross will provide contact for those who lost so much in the recent days. Please help me pass this along to your other guilds and social media sites.

Use one light and one dark, or make it scrappy…however you want to finish your blocks, your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping us.

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Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild Show, October 2017

Last Saturday night we ventured out locally and went to the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild Show. It is an annual event and that keeps getting bigger and better. There is so much talent in the LA Modern Guild. All these beautiful quilts were put up for a one evening show…and what an evening it was! Everyone enjoyed the quilts and friends, as well as the wine and hors d’oeuvres.


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Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017

For my birthday this year, Greg treated me to a wonderful weekend away. On Friday morning, we headed toward Northern California and before we knew it we were in Santa Clara. I’ve heard all sorts of stories about how incredible the Pacific International Quilt Festival and I looked forward to seeing the show for myself. This show totally exceeded all my expectations. So much creativity and color…quilts from the United States, Japan, Australia, Israel, Africa…incredible! There was also a very moving exhibit called Threads of Resistance…Greg actually got a little teary walking through the exhibit. This is a quilt show that will definitely be on my calendar for years to come…wanna plan to go with us next year?


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Glendale Quilt Guild Quilt Show—Ripple Effect

Fall is in the air, so it must be quilt show season…it seems like there is a bunch of inspiration every weekend, this time of year! This past weekend, we scooped up our friend Nancy and drove to the Pasadena Convention Center for the Glendale Quilt Guild quilt show, Ripple Effect. There was a Guild boutique, lots of incredible quilts, and even a special exhibit from Men Who Quilt. We had a great time…can’t wait for the next show!


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Conejo Valley Quilters present Vintage to Vanguard


It’s that time of year again when there are plenty of quilting events. I was very pleased to be involved with the Vintage to Vanguard show in Camarillo, CA. The show was held on the Channel Islands University campus. Many of the buildings belonged to Camarillo State Hospital, which is said to be haunted. While I was going through nursing school many years ago, I had to opportunity to visit the campus before the State Mental Hospital was slated to close.
Great location as well as so many pretty quilts…but, no ghosts.


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Abbot Kinney Sunday

We were looking for a little adventure this weekend and decided to go to Venice, and walk along Abbot Kinney Boulevard. So much fun, but it DID make us both feel old…extremely young and hip. Great boutique shops, lots of wall art, and some of the best ice cream we’ve ever eaten, from Salt & Straw. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, check it out…let us know and we may just meet you there!