Well Christmas morning is over …OK…we’re talking about the Road to California Quilt Show…yup, she’s done for another year! The show is still on for another TWO days…but it’s over for me…
Let me tell you, this show gets BIGGER and BETTER every year!! This year it was MIND BLOWING!! There were WAY more booths and way more vendors…and don’t ask me about Quilts…who had time to REALLY look at the Quilts! Not me!! I was like a kid in the candy shop…running from booth to booth! I didn’t even stop for lunch…!
First stop…Primitive Gatherings Booth…they had the prime location this year…just as you entered the main convention hall! Be still my heart!! I circled the booth a few times, talked to Lisa…(VERY nice and very helpful!), paid for the loot and then politely asked if I could take pictures of the entrance to their booth plus pics of the pattern that I bought…OF COURSE I could!! IMAGINE my dismay when my camera failed me…I could see that the shutter to my camera was locked open!!
There were chairs outside PG’s booth so I sat down to work on the camera…I tried EVERYTHING!!…A lovely French lady was sitting beside me and could hear my dismay…&%@*!!! She owned a fancy-smancy camera so she took over…and finally declared mine BROKEN!! How could this BE?? She was charged, the camera card was clean, ready for hundreds of pictures!!! The French lady…who was from the Quiltmania Magazine booth…was SO nice and very sympathetic…We talked Quiltmania for sometime…while I came to terms with the fact that this year there were to be NO PICTURES of Road!!
Then it dawned on me…I was WASTING precious SHOPPING TIME..to heck with the camera!! I threw it into my bag…thanked the Quiltmania lady and forged on!!
About a half hour later I bumped into two Clubhouse Quilters, Deb and Sandra…I told them my camera woes and Sandra, bless her heart, handed me her camera…for the good of the BLOG!! :) Quilters are the BEST!!
So I DO have pictures…about 70 of them on Sandra’s camera card… which I will download next Wednesday! (Sandra lives out of our park but she is a member of our Clubhouse Quilters and I will see her then.) SEW…be patient…I got some great pics! THANK YOU, SANDRA!!
For now, you will have to be happy with my loot pictures…I usually END the show with the LOOT pics…but I mean REALLY… when you go to Road ya’ gotta show pictures…right?!
Ok…Farmhouse Threads had a booth there this year and it was AMAZING….
Loved this quilt…the pattern DOES NOT do it justice!! I took pictures of the booth sampler…you have GOT to see it…and YOU WILL..only next week!!
I HAD to buy this book…wait till you see one of the quilts that was in the show…it is called Portland Rose and it was incredible!!
I might already own this Bonnie Sullivan pattern…but the quilt was made up and I loved it!! I bought it just in case…:0)
The Heart to Hand booth did not disappoint!! Such an incredible booth full of amazing eye candy….I took tons of pictures of the patterns that I bought…like this pumpkin runner…LOVED it!!
Now I have seen this pattern on the internet…It’s called Snowdrops…and my reaction was… “What’s with the shoe strings??”
NOT!!! Those shoe strings are REALLY Christmas TREES!! DANG CUTE!! (wait till you see the pics of it in REAL LIFE!)
This is the pattern that I bought at Primitive Gatherings booth…it STOPPED me in my tracks!!
I also bought a couple of pieces of blue wool so that I could match it to what I have at home!! LOVED this mat!
I seem to have a love affair going on right now with pumpkins!! I bought this pattern at the Christmas Shoppe Booth! Another booth that you could stay in for hours! I took lots of pictures of this runner too!!
I wouldn’t have given this Lynette Anderson pattern a second look UNTIL I saw the actual quilt!! LOVED IT!!! If you love gingerbread men, then you will love it too!! This pattern isn’t cheap…I hummed and heed about it for a few minutes and then took another look at the quilt…and tossed it into my bin!! It’s those darn quilt samplers that get you EVERY time!!
I am a sucker for those demos!! The Christmas Shoppe lady was demoing these…you lay the sticky sheet onto your project…follow the dots with your stitches…and then wash away the paper…and presto…amazing crazy stitches!! We’ll see if it REALLY works….
Ever since I used up my charm pack of THIS fabric I have been looking for more…and Jaybird had this FQ bundle and it had MY name on it!!
I found this lovely hand-dyed wool at the Wooden Spools booth!! The flash is picking up the white but in REAL LIFE it is a rich deep green…perfect for trees and leaves!! Fat Quarters were only $16!!
I bought this Jaybird ruler to make a quilt for my middle daughter…
…and bought so much ‘stuff’ that Julie gave me a Jaybird Quilts bag and a FREE Mini Hex N More ruler!! It’s so nice to see young quilters…and such a nice girl!!(she says she’s older than she looks but I’m not buying it…she’s just a baby!!)
There were WAY more Wool Booths this year…and I sampled a bit from each booth!! Got to keep that wool economy alive and well…
I REALLY needed a FQ of this red for a project that I am working on…but could only find small pieces!! Darn!
Odds and ends…I forgot to pack my Sewline Glue stick pen…and my sweet tooth was craving for some of these wee Candies….
Bought some So Fine threads for a little variety…they are the big spools not the cones.
Some Japanese fabrics from PinWheels..this brown piece LOOKED purple in the booth. I will be taking it outside this morning for a better look…
And two FQ of some textured reds…not EXACTLY what I was looking for…the colours are a richer red than shown here…but the price was certainly right at $12 each. One of these might do for my project if nothing better happens along…
So that’s it for my loot!!
I have to tell you…my hubby had my camera fixed in literally TWO SECONDS…he twisted the lenses' cap and the shutter popped close! He does that ALL the time…so infuriating!! BUT I am happy the camera is better…:o)
SEW…please be patient…lots of booth eye candy to come…later next week!!
Have a FUN Friday and happy Stitching…Looks like I will be Boxing up my Christmas Loot! Well…after I look and play with it a bit more…~P