Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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!

It’s Greg’s birthday weekend and we had to start it out with our annual trip to Road to California. Not only do I look forward to seeing some incredibly beautiful quilts, but I get to see a bunch of people that we only see at this show. Greg insisted on parking across the street and frowned on my suggestion that we call for an Uber to get us from the parking lot to the show entrance. We sat and enjoyed our lunch and made some new friends, then back to the show and all those awesome vendors. I managed to leave the show very inspired and didn’t add any more sewing machines or fabric to my hoard.


In a previous post I talked about Garden of Innocence By the Sea and how much I appreciate the work that they do, and I wanted to see how I might be of assistance to their organization. The Channel Island Carvers really came through for making the urns. They went above and beyond anything I could expect. They presented me with 16 baby urns at their potluck this year. I will get the urns and the quilts to Garden of Innocence later this month. I still have many quilts that need binding. Thank you all so much for your support…it is greatly appreciated!


About a month ago my friend Tedi Patterson told me about The Garden of Innocence by the Sea, a non-profit organization that she has worked with in the past. It really got me thinking about what I could do to make a change in the world. This weighed heavy on my heart and I quickly came to the realization that I would be making quilts for these babies. Each quilt is only an 8 inch square. The ashes are wrapped in one of these quilts before they are placed in a burial urn. I’ve asked my friends at the Valley Modern Quilt Guild to help me make as many blocks as possible. And, this next week I will be asking my friends at Ventura Modern Quilt Guild to help as well. My father is a wood-worker and he is going to assist me with the urn construction. I realized that with all the strife in the world right now…mass shootings, fires…it’s very important for me to help in any way that I can. My goal is to have 200 of these quilts by Christmas time this year. The video below contains more information about The Garden of Innocence. Please watch it…thank you.


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