Monday, May 7, 2012

Coastal Quilt Show (VERY photo heavy)



Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.  
~Scott Adams


We had a great weekend.  Saturday was spent heading to the coast to attend a quilt show (more below).  The weather was perfect, not too much traffic on the roads, and sharing the day with my DH was the best part.  Sunday was the typical wash day.  Early evening was spent at my SIL and BIL's house to celebrate my SIL's 65 birthday.  Lots of family, friends, and good food.  Now it's Monday and I ready to go.  I think I finally get to start the table runner I have set as my goal the last few times.  How was your weekend?

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LITTLE FACT OF THE DAY


Sloth

The sloth has always intrigued me.  It moves so smoothly through the trees and seems not to have a care in the world.  Unfortunately we are not blessed with this animal here so my only experience is a visit to the zoo.  Here is what I found out about the sloth:
Sloths are slow-moving arboreal mammals (inhabiting or frequenting trees) of the rainforests in South and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits.  A sloth is about the size of a medium size dog and they move very slowly
The main predators of sloths are the jaguar, snakes and the eagle
Algae that grow on the hair of sloths impart a greenish color to the coat so that it blends with the foliage
Sloths are thought to be distantly related to animals like anteaters and armadillos
Sloths are solitary animals and only come together to mate
Food they eat can take up to a month to digest
Three-toed sloths have extra neck vertebrae and can turn their neck 270 degrees
They spend most of the day sleeping upside down in trees (between 15 and 20 hours a day) but even when they are awake you won't see them move much.
They move by "walking" upside down along branches with a hand over hand motion. They rarely come out of the treetops and though they are quite clumsy on the ground, they are very good swimmers.
They are nocturnal plant eaters, eating shoots, leaves and fruit. They have a very slow metabolism and a low body temperature; they don't need to eat or drink much and go for many days without. 

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QUILT SHOW


Saturday we headed to the coast to attend the Camarillo Quilters Association 2012 Quilt Show, Quilting by the Sea.  We arrived in Ventura just in time for lunch and decided to check out a place we had seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives - our favorite Food Network show.

LOL!  You can see us in the window reflection.  Anyway, the place isn't very big but the food is delicious.  The owners are very much in attendance and the wife is the one who does the seating.  Both of the owners are Brits and are so very friendly that they make you feel like  you have known each other forever.  They shared a couple of stories about their fur babies (they have rescued 7 chihuahuas) and were just a hoot.

This was painted and signed directly on the wall and then framed.  In case you can't read it, it says "Guy ate here"  (Guy Fieri of Triple D).

Across the street from where we parked was a comic book store and since it was Free Comic Book day nation wide, there were these two out front.....

I'm not sure what comic book they represent but they were fun to see.

Now on with the quilt show......

"Dear Jane Strippy" by Joyce Antrim-Sos
I thought those of you that are Dear Janing it would like to see a different way to display your blocks. (Sorry it's a bit blurry)

"6120 Log Cabin" by Merle Dettmring
Merle said she saved small pieces as small as one inch for this quilt. The top consists of 6120 pieces of fabric.  The log cabin squares were each about 4" square.  I guess that shows we shouldn't throw away scraps - even the tiniest pieces.

"Mother Nature's Christmas" by Julie Gardner
This is one of the few Christmas quilts that I really have been drawn to.  

I really liked Julie's straight line quilting for the four blocks.

"What Was She Thinking" by Rhodean Glen
This was a mini quilt.  It was hand quilted.

"A-Mazing" by Judy Yoshida
This lap quilt was inspired by an 1858 quilt from Jenny Carr Kinney's collection.

"Shochikubai" by Joyce Ball
This wall hanging was our favorite quilt.  It was over 6 feet long and about 3 1/2 feet wide.  The background  fabric was the perfect setting for the beautiful applique work.  It was quite stunning.

"Shashiko Sampler" by Marcia Davis
This little mini quilt was beautiful with it's hand quilting and hand applique.

"Quilt Therapy" by Pamela Joy Dransfeldt
This was a fun mini quilt.  There were several buttons added that depicted ceramic tiles.

"Sand Escaped The Hourglass" by Dawn Knoeller
The colors in this quilt were much warmer than the photo shows.  I thought those of you who are into bargello would appreciate the planning in this one.

"William Morris Friendship Stars" by Carol Coltrin
Carol said "This quilt is the result of CQA mini-group quilt exchange".  It was a gorgeous quilt.

"These Batiks Love Bling" by Karen Kindschi
I loved the color and motion in this quilt.  I'm not much for the added "bling" (jewels) but it didn't distract from the overall quilt.

"Look Ma, No Hands" by Joey Strait
The true golden glow of this quilt does not appear well in the photo.  Joey said the quilt was made with hand dyed fabrics and used a floral design learned from a workshop with Phil Beaver.  The addition of the sunflower and leaves in golden thread quilting was just perfect.

"No Dinner Tonight" by Nancy Lindsay
Sorry it's a bit blurry.  I liked the combination of applique and paper piecing in this one.

"Fireworks" by Pat Hibner
Another quilt with added jewels but I managed to overlook them - lol!  The bright paper piecing blocks on black was quite striking.  I think this is my inspiration for my next lap/wheelchair quilt - minus the bling, of course.

"Eagle Eye" by Rene Clumpner
The background fabric is hand dyed.  This quilt was a large lap quilt (not quite big enough for a bed).  We both like the use of leaves to depict the feathers.  

That's it for this quilt show.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  The next show we will be attending will be in July, The International Quilt Festival in Long Beach.  Can't wait!  DH also bought me a couple of darling paper piece patterns that I will share on a later post.

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TODAY'S GOAL


I'm finally going to start on that table runner for my Mother.

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GIVEAWAYS


I have decided that I am no longer going to list giveaways.  I did enjoy being able to share the giveaways I found but they were taking entirely too much time to list.  Plus, I found that I was going through my blog reading list looking only for giveaways and not taking the time to visit friends nor seeing what was actually happening in blogland.  I'm sure that I will lose some of my followers because of this decision but it something I must do.  Now you can have the fun of the hunt for all of the giveaways out there.
I will be having a Fat Quarter Shop sponsored giveaway on Friday so be sure to come back for that!

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FINAL THOUGHT




24 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

We always appreciated you posting the give aways, but to be honest, there are so many that people can find them themselves. You need time for you. Thank you for sharing the quilt show with us.

Sallie said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt show with us!

shez said...

wow stunning quilts Linda,thankyou for the tour.xx

Swedish Scrapper said...

Lovely quilts you saw! I particularly like the Quilt Therapy one, thought I'm not usually into appliqué pictures. You mean you sought out all the giveaways? No no, let us all look for ourselves and you can quilt as much as we can. Re Sloths, have you seen the Nick Baker (Animal Planet TV) show about the dwarf sloths? Very sweet and interesting.

Mhairi said...

While I will miss the giveaway list (but only because I am lazy and they were all there for me!!) I would be more upset if you took away the Little Fact for the Day - I have had so many giggles from these and the Final Thought picture, again lots of giggles and sending them on to friends.
So I will start looking for my own giveaways and I will keep following you - until you stop the above mentioned features!!

Debbie said...

Thank you for the show pics....love that amazing log cabin quilt. It is so interesting to see what other quilters are doing and the things we notice about the quilts. I am not much for the bling either and can ignore it, too.

Needled Mom said...

I loved seeing all the wonderful quilts since I had to miss the show. I also loved that you added their name - for my benefit ( I'm sure!)

Cheryll said...

It's a lot of work keeping track of giveaways for everyone. More time now for YoU ! :)

Barbara said...

Gorgeous quilts! There were several that caught my eye. No dinner tonight was so cute. People are so clever. Got a chuckle at your last photo of the cat. Have a good week!

Karen M said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt show photos. I agree with you about the bling.

Karen O said...

You won't lose me as a follower! I love your blog - finding the odd giveaway I had missed was just bonus. Love all the pictures of the quilts, thank you for sharing. They are great pictures - either they have a wonderful venue with a lot of light, or you have a great camera!

Patrica said...

Thanks for the quilt show I love to see what others are doing.

WoolenSails said...

I like the christmas quilt too, beautiful fabrics and appliqué.

Debbie

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt show. I love that Christmas quilt too. I have the pattern and have wanted to make it for a while now.
I totally don't blame your for discontinuing the giveaway list. I've often wondered how your find the time for that feature. I enjoy your blog enough without them!

Raewyn said...

Great photos Linda, thank you for taking the time to share them. Lots of inspiring yumminess. Sloths have always intrigued me too! Love the final funny!!

Snoodles said...

Wow! I never knew that the sloth would sleep 15-20 hours daily! Syd the sloth in Ice Age must have been pooped at the end of each day, for sure. (Haha!) I giggled at the kitty at the end of your post - so cute! Hey, you need to have quilting time - all of us lazybones can find the giveaways....you spend time doing what you love!!

Barb said...

I so enjoyed your quilt show...

Michelle said...

Oooooh - love those quilts, especially "No Dinner Tonight!" We're always talking about going to the restaurants we see on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and Man Vs Food, but have only made it to one or two. To have one close to a quilt show -- that'd be a fun day!

Christine M said...

Thanks for the mini quilt show Linda. I really liked the Dear Jane Strippy. Such a different layout. Enjoy your extra blog reading time. Don't worry, I'll still be hanging around! Hugs, Christine

Janet said...

Oh I love the Final Thought! It made me laugh out loud. Thanks for taking us to the quilt show.

marth225 said...

I did enjoy the tour. I think I like Eagle Eyes the best because of the effect of the leaves

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Pretty quilts. Thanks for the pictures.

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing the photos from the quilt show! Posting the giveaways takes much time. I was amazed that you continued to post them. Thanks for a wonderful blog!

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