Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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?

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!

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.

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!

This past weekend we headed to Long Beach and enjoyed the Quilters by the Sea 2017 Guild Show. Long Beach is such an incredible city, there isn’t much of a chance on having a bad time. This was a smaller, well-put-together show, and everybody we encountered was very friendly. I was able to locate the wool batting that I was seeking for an upcoming hand quilting project. For some reason this was the first time for us to attend this show and I can say that we will definitely attend again.

One of the best things about belonging to a quilt guild is the speakers that we get a chance to see and maybe even take a workshop from. Last Saturday, Jen Carlton Bailly (aka, bettycrockerass) taught a workshop thanks to Ventura Modern Quilt Guild. We also got the opportunity to see the trunk show on Monday night. Jen’s quilts and her techniques are very creative and inspiring.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see a friend’s art exhibited at a gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Our adventure took us to Chinatown and Olvera Street… it had been a few years since we had been in the area, and it was fun to be out on such a beautiful day. In The Shadows by Lavialle Campbell featured her quilted pieces as well as some of her glass works. The exhibit addresses the dark and shadowy spaces related to illness and finding the beauty which is there. I absolutely loved this exhibit and was amazed by her creativity. Her pieces never cease to amaze me!

So heres the deal…I had a small stack of green Kona fabrics that I challenged myself to use. These scraps were from a recent project and I hate to throw those little pieces of fabric away. Then, I tried to justify starting a new project, rather than picking up an unfinished project and working on it. I decided to incorporate my green pieces into the Black & White challenge with the Valley Modern Quilt Guild that is due later this month. I know…black and white AND green? We’re allowed to add some color the the Black & White challenge. After playing with the blocks I finally chose my pattern and it reminds me of a bowling score sheet. I quilted it on Greg’s Bernina and I really appreciate quilting on a domestic machine. Keeping Score measures 16 inch square.


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