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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Natural History Museum Spider Pavilion


Last summer, we purchased memberships to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. We weren’t sure that we would take advantage of ALL the exhibits the museum had to offer, but we went ahead and joined. What a great decision! We enjoyed our third trip in as many months. The Spider Pavilion was filled with many species of non-poisonous spiders. You were able to get up close and personal with them for about 30 minutes. At one point a docent told me to stop and be very still. She then pointed out that a small spider had descended from the roof of the pavilion and I was in its way. This one was very small and some of them were the size of your finger. It was so cool to seem them in this habitat and I now have a much greater appreciation for them. Maybe I won’t step on the next one I see…


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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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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Another lazy Sunday…what to do? Let’s go to the Natural History Museum! We’ve both lived here for quite a while, and neither one of us has ever been there. There is a new exhibit of Pterosaurs, so let’s go check it out. We had a great time, and it’s an excellent way to spend a day!


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Heart of the Valley Quilt Shop Hop

Have I ever told you how much Greg and I LOVE to go on Quilt Shop Hops? It’s a great chance to see new things, meet new people, and find things we haven’t seen before. Recently, Greg found out about the Heart of the Valley Quilt Shop Hop. He read about it on Friday afternoon and by Friday night we had a motel reservation and were ready to leave first thing on Saturday morning. The Hop started in Bakersfield, CA—a little over 100 miles away, and continued through the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. It included 8 shops in Bakersfield, Porterville, Visalia, Reedley, Clovis, Oakhurst, and Turlock. We had an incredible time driving, singing along with the radio, and shopping for fabric and patterns. Thank you to all of the wonderful shops we visited…maybe we’ll see you again next year!

 


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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.

 

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