Before attending the opening reception of the Art From Cloth 2014 show by the Extreme Quilters of Southern California Sunday afternoon, which I highly recommend seeing, I was able to get a couple of Zip & Go's made.
These were commissioned long before my sister came to visit with the knowledge that I would not complete them until the beginning of October.
This one with the birds is going to be used at Christmastime and it's perfect for that. There is just enough "bling" to make it special and elegant. My customer picked this main fabric and I supplied the interior text fabric. They make a great combination, I think. This is the backside and from this photo you can really get a good feel for the birch trees the birds are sitting on.
Every year we get in the car and make the trek up the coast to See Canyon where we purchase "fresh from the tree" apples. I wish we could actually pick them, but that's not an option. We love the variety called Splendour and have found only one place that grows them. They don't always have prolific quantities of them, so when we are notified that they have them, we go now!!
Saturday was a fun day... 102 degrees in Buellton as we were passing through, but thankfully the a/c in our car works great! The day was warm and and the skies were beautiful as was the clear, blue ocean along the coastal part of the trip.
We stopped at only one fabric/quilt shop along the way, as I had a very specific fabric in mind that I was trying to find and knew some of the shops just wouldn't have what I was looking for. I accomplished my mission and found the background for the embroidery blocks in this quilt!
We rode the Indiana Jones ride first thing after arriving and when we discovered there was barely any wait, we rode it again! We both thought it was our favorite ride, along with Big Thunder Mountain. And, after all the years I've been to Disneyland, this was the first time seeing the Haunted Mansion decorated for Halloween. What a great treat!! We got there at 10:30 am and left at 9pm. The only real sitting we did was when we ate lunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. The very best food I've eaten at Disneyland ever. Tried an Apple Caramel Funnel Cake and it was great!!
Can you believe it? We only made a couple of the recipes we had collected and sad to say, both were disappointments. We were just too busy to cook much.
I don't usually post pictures of family (or myself, for that matter), but thought I might break my own rule just this once! At the time we took this selfie (I can't believe we took a selfie), it was blistering hot and we had just managed to find a little shade in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
Now I've got to get myself back into my usual routine. And, I'm anxious to get back to sewing and quilting!!
Ever since I found out that my sis was going to visit, she and I have been making plans. We've got plans for several days at the beach, a trip to Disneyland, In-n-Out (since she doesn't have one where she lives), and lots of good food. In fact, we've been saving recipe ideas...
I've finally decided that this quilt will be in my etsy shop tomorrow, although I'm still having a small struggle with myself whether to sell it or not since I love it soooo much! I think it makes the most perfect Christmas wall hanging and I love the way it's quilted.
Here's the link to see a previous post which is very picture-heavy, if you think you may be interested in purchasing it. You are welcome to contact me at imquilternity at yahoo dot com for more information.
Pat has been very busy sewing this summer while she's been visiting back east. She's the most productive person I know and she always makes things that I end up loving. Look at this recent Poolside Tote she made for a commission. Isn't that the most wonderful fabric choice?
She'll be back here is so cal in another three weeks or so and I cannot wait. She and I have lots of "sewing" plans!! I know my Tuesday and Thursday groups will be happy to see her too!
A friend of mine is selling her Handi Quilter Sixteen (not the Sweet Sixteen) Longarm quilting machine and I told her I would be happy to let my readers know in case there is someone out there who wants it and is local to our area (Camarillo) or close enough to make the drive to pick it up. Pam is a perfectionist so I know that this machine will be in absolutely excellent condition.
Pam sent me a photo of the actual machine so this is it! It's a stand-up machine rather than the sit-down Sweet Sixteen. Kinda confusing I know, but an important distinction.
The setup comes with Micro Handles, Stitch Regulator, Stylus with Groovy Boards, Laserlight Kit, Bobbin Winder, Video, and a very stable Adjustable Table. She's asking $5000 which sounds like a great deal to me.
If you are interested, just contact me at imquilternity at yahoo dot com and I'll give you her contact information.
Post was edited to add the actual photo of the machine and the correct information as to model.