Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Road to California 2017

A break in the current storms made for the most beautiful Southern California day. Mother nature has given us a nourishing drink of water and the sun is out. It’s a great day for a quilt show and off to Road to California we go. There were some outstanding quilts at the show and its always well organized. I was a little disappointed by the number of quilts. There were numerous challenges and exhibits and the vendors I look forward to seeing each year. Somehow I didn’t purchase a single cut of fabric. I did purchase lots of tread for many upcoming projects.

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Simi Valley Quilt Show 2016

Never a dull moment around here… Simi Valley Quilt Guild held their Biennial quilt show on Sunday. “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow…Not Just Your Grandmother’s Quilts” was the theme of the show. It was a fun show and I enjoyed seeing quilts done by some of my friends. I bought 3 vintage quilt tops in their guild’s boutique. I don’t really know why…I have enough of my own unfinished projects!

The Simi Valley Quilt Guild invited Ventura Modern Quilt Guild to display modern quilts at their show. I volunteered 6 of my quilts for the modern exhibit.

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Harvest of Colors

On Saturday, Greg and I headed up to Santa Barbara for the Coastal Quilters Annual Quilt Show. The drive from Los Angeles was a little grueling, but we made it there and the weather was beautiful. The quilts on display were an inspiring mix of traditional and modern quilts. The show layout was well planned and the guests all seemed to be enjoying themselves. I saw some fabulous quilts and even bought myself a new pair of scissors. I haven’t tried Kai scissors before and I thought it was time to give ’em a go and see if I like them. I’ll report back soon…

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Quilting by the Sea | Camarillo Quilters’ Association 2016 Quilt Show

Saturday, we headed down to the Ventura fairgrounds to see the Camarillo Quilters’ Association 2016 quilt show, Quilting by the Sea. It was a wonderful day getting to see quilts and spend time with friends. I managed to buy some fabric in the guild’s boutique. Can you believe that? The show had a great balance of traditional and modern quilts. Some amazing vendors, door prizes, fundraising baskets and many silent auctions.

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QuiltCon 2016

Honestly, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of this show…definitely one of the best quilt shows I’ve ever been to! I volunteered at the California MQG membership booth all four days, enjoyed the show with Greg and our friend Nancy King on Saturday, and went back with Greg on Sunday…there was just so much to see and be inspired by. There were too many quilts to show them all, so here are just a few that really got my creativity flowing. And, did you notice that one of my quilts was there? I was honored to be included in such an incredibly talented group of quilters. Thank you to all the people at the MQG for everything they’ve done…it was truly outstanding. I can’t wait for the next show!


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Road to California, 2016

I spent the day, with Greg Palmer and Nancy King, at Road to California. Wow, the show was incredible and we had such a great time. There were so many inspiring quilts that I couldn’t wait to come home and play with some fabric. Why am I on the computer?

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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.