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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…