Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder


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Conejo Valley Quilters present Vintage to Vanguard


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.


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Abbot Kinney Sunday

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!


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Quilters by the Sea


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.


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In the Shadows, Lavialle Campbell

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!


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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…