Monday, June 30, 2008

Golden Threads

Whew! What a wonderful weekend!
Pam and I arrived in Sutter Creek on Friday for the Mother Lode Quilters Guild "Golden Threads" quilt show.

First of all, I have to say, the MLQ guild has the greatest ladies ever. You might want to disagree with me--because perhaps you feel YOUR guild has the greatest ladies ever. Sorry. Yours comes in a close second.
It just does.

I've always loved Sutter's like you've stepped back in time to the Gold Rush days.
Except with fun shopping and nice restaurants.

Of course we had to shop...and I have a new favorite store! (Like you didn't see that one coming). It's called Tomorrow's Heirlooms and I can't wait for the opportunity to go back.

This pic should give you a hint of what it's like...

Here's where we stayed--the Sutter Creek Inn. The main house was built before the Civil War...the room we stayed in had been added on later and it's claim to fame is that the bathroom was the very first bathroom in all of Sutter Creek. And yes, it's been remodeled a bit since then.

Shopping and dining is great...but we were here for the QUILT SHOW!! I was so honored to be the guild's Featured Quilter and Pam enjoyed being the Featured Friend.

Their opportunity quilt, which I posted about earlier, is so gorgeous. The photos don't do it justice.

Here are 3 of their previous opportunity quilts on display...sorry, my feather tree is blocking the view.

I hope Pam got a good pic of some of our Livermore (and formerly of Livermore) friends. Including my favorite Barbara in the world. It was so great to see her!

They had a great turnout and I was glad to have the chance at the last minute to get some pictures of my favorite quilts from the show.

This quilt was made by Lola--she'd just gotten it finished in time for the show.

Here's a ribbon-winner: "Bees for the Fields" by Barb. Wish I could have gotten the whole quilt in the picture...

Here's my absolute favorite quilt from the show--"My Rose Garden" by Beverly Kelly-Swift (who is a blast to be around, btw). She used her own rose garden to pick the colors for this beautiful piece.

Finally, here's a lovely quilt by Sue. Are you ready for this? It's her FIRST QUILT EVER.

I really want to thank Anelie and everyone from the Mother Lode Quilters Guild for making our weekend so memorable!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

It's Summer!

So when husband's baby sister came to California for a visit, her one request was to stick her feet in the Pacific ocean. Can't say no to Julie, so off we went to the beach. Hadn't been to Santa Cruz in ages, but we sure picked a great day for it.

I warned her that the water is COLD, but she did what she had to do.

My husband was quite taken with the sea lions...and it appeared one of the locals was rather interested in him as well.

Apparently being at the beach is more exciting for some people than for others.

It was so much fun to sit on the pier and watch the sea lions do their thing. They know how to argue and fuss at each other, but they also sure know how to relax.

In the spirit of summertime, let's all take some time, with

and for a

just tip our faces to the sun and relax.

Don't forget your sunscreen.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Let's go to a quilt show!

Isn't this a lovely quilt? It's the opportunity quilt for the 2008 "Golden Threads" Quilt Show in Sutter Creek, California. It's based on my pattern "Bittersweet" and I think they did an amazing job, don't you?

"Golden Threads" is being presented by the Mother Lode Quilters Guild on June 28 and June 29 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium and Community Center.

There will be quilts, wearable art, a guild challenge and vendors--what's a quilt show without a bit of shopping?

Pam and I will both be there in the Late Bloomer Quilts booth for the entire weekend--we're really looking forward to it as we both love Sutter Creek--and it would be great to see you there!

Here's where to go for more info...

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New friend

Way back when the kids were very young, there was a scrub jay who would come into the yard, fly right onto my hand, and take raw peanuts from me. He (she? only another scrub jay knows for sure) became so tame he'd even sit on my hand and stay awhile. The kids really enjoyed feeding him as well. My youngest son, who was around 4 years old at the time named him "G Bird". I'm not entirely sure why, but the jay's yell does sound a bit like the letter G.

So a few days ago I heard the familiar scream and went directly to the grocery store for some raw peanuts.
We have a new G Bird! 2 days later he is taking peanuts from my'll have to take my word for it since he's not too keen on the addition of a camera to our routine. It's just as much fun as the last time, except that this G Bird is a really early riser and starts his yelling, outside my bedroom window, at about 5 a.m. He knows when I'm down in the kitchen and even knows when I'm in my studio (and honest--I'm not that loud!) which is at the opposite end of the house, and he'll yell at me wherever he finds me.

Perhaps I'll have to include a scrub jay in a future quilt...for now, it's more crows.
This time with Alex Anderson's new "Never Enough Romance" fabric. Gotta love that red and white.
And birds.

Monday, June 09, 2008

A great way to start your day!

Never underestimate the importance of a good breakfast. MANY MANY many thanks to Monica for being so stinkin' clever and sending me this!

Another great way to start a day? With some quilting, of course! The new patterns are now on the website for you to enjoy, and here's one of them: Cherry Preserves. All fabrics are by LakeHouse Dry Goods.

The bright one was fun, but my heart belongs to pastels. And to Melvin, of course!

UPDATE: Who has the higher IQ...Melvin or the Late Bloomer? Good question! Of all the new patterns, there are 2 that haven't made it to the website yet. And wouldn't you know "Cherry Preserves" is one of them! Give me a day or two and it will be up there as well. Thanks to Robin for letting me know!

UPDATE AGAIN! Everything really is now on the website. Honest!

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Have to admit, Astoria is a lovely place. I personally prefer a little more blue sky in my days, but could this view be any prettier?

OK, possibly it's nicer from this angle.

Found this growing along the edge of a parking lot...

Here's Pam documenting the view from our hotel room.
It was great to live like little trolls under our bridge for a day or two.

And as Pam has already mentioned, Astoria is home to Pig 'n Pancake. Where the slogan is that EVERYBODY loves Pig 'n Pancake.

And what's not to love? Strawberries...whipped cream...souvenirs!

Then it was off to Long Beach, Washington...home of Anna Lena's Quilt Shop.

Here's darn close to the only shot I got of Monica...she was our ever so capable driver.

First we visited Karen Snyder. Who I have to say has THE BEST studio in the entire world. I'd think there would be no reason for her to ever be anyplace else, but I've also seen her house. (Insert sigh of delight here).

Here's Karen taking a Very Important Phone Call. With her aqua phone, natch.
Everything is aqua or orange, just the way she likes it.

Karen's mighty proud of her coordinated desk drawer. As well she should be!

So we all headed over to Karen's wonderful shop, Anna Lena's.
Where they take their store hours very seriously.

I wasn't any better than Pam at getting pics of the shop. Too busy shopping, I guess.
Had to pick up a copy of Karen's latest book--and it's wonderful. Quilts AND recipes.

Here's my loot back at home...had to get that darling greeting card framed asap.

So then we had a terrific time over at Monica's...her studio is incredible and I was able to meet the infamous Mimi myself! She actually helped me with an emergency mending task but somehow I don't have pics of that. Trust me--the little gal is amazing.

All in all it couldn't have been a better trip--quilts, quilting, and all the wonderful people who go along with it!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Gotta finish this up!

So Pam thinks her photos are lame? Well, just wait!

After Market ended we had a bit more time to explore. Somehow I'd never heard of Monticello...but I can now honestly say that my biggest fantasy would be to go there again. With an enormous trailer.
But naturally the car was already beyond jam packed, so I had to settle for goodies that fit into the small and/or very flat category.

Which meant that coming home with a garden shed was completely out of the question.

Gotta love old seed packets...

Could not pass up this collage piece...

This has become my lucky necklace--I'm convinced that having it on is the reason I only had to spend 2 hours at jury duty on Monday.

Next up--Astoria! Home of MONICA!! And then seriously. I really need to get back home.

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