Temecula with Friends and More Quilts

It was a perfect day of weather yesterday. The past two days have been a little on the warm side, but it cooled off yesterday and we were still able to enjoy the bright sunshine. The kitties have taken to starting their day with a good sunbath.

While they were soaking up the sun, I was finishing off the third snowflake. I'm having a hard time getting a very good picture of these. The lightest blue floss doesn't show up well in pictures against the bright white of the background. I think you can get the idea though. I really like the beading on this one.

The outer dark blue triplets were done in a dark blue metallic floss I haven't used before. It's a relative newcomer on the Crabapple Hill Studios website. It isn't the floss Mary Corbet suggested in her pattern, but I was not able to find some of the flosses she mentions. Even with her suggestions for sources, I found some of it wasn't available in the United States...not even online. Instead, I substituted this Cosmo Nishikiito floss, and what a bugger it is to work with! I haven't yet come across a metallic floss that didn't also come with challenges, but this is the worst. I'll never buy it again. Consider this a warning. For now, and for this project, I'm kind of stuck with it. I'll try to avoid using it as much as possible.

When the kitties aren't sunbathing, they're posting pictures online. They both decided to take part in the #dollypartonchallenge. It seems Dolly Parton (yes, the same one!) started a viral challenge where she posted a collage of photos she could include on certain social media sites. Sadie and Smitty didn't want to be left out, so here are their submissions.

We met up with our friends Tom and Deb in Temecula yesterday. We first had lunch at a historic restaurant, The Gambling Cowboy. You can see pictures at that link. After that, we headed to a local wine tasting room, Lorimar Loft. Lorimar has a larger winery farther out in Temecula Wine Country, but the loft is located in historic downtown Temecula. You can taste and purchase wine there, and also listen to live music. It was a nice afternoon. I've known Tom since junior high school, and I first met Deb in high school. We were all in the band together, and we've stayed friends all these years...too many to mention. I didn't take a lot of pictures yesterday, but I've written about Temecula on a previous visit, and you can read about the town and its history right here.

After we finished drinking wine, we took off walking down the street and came across an ice cream and gift shop.

The "chocolate covered bacon" made us curious, and so we went inside for more gabbing and some ice cream. There, we found some interesting items.

I think these are for me!

After eating our ice cream, we said our good-byes and headed for home. First, though, we stopped off at a local fruit stand for some local avocados. We had fried egg sandwiches with avocado for dinner last night, and oh my goodness. Those avocados are so buttery and delicious. There's nothing like locally-grown avocados. We tentatively planned to meet up with Tom and Deb again later in the week, but we'll have to firm up our plans before I say more about it.

For now, I have a pile of pictures from the quilt show. I'm finishing them off today, and there are quite a few. So fill up your coffee cup...or whatever beverage you prefer...and enjoy. As before, I'll show the information about the quilt and quiltmaker first, then the quilt, and then any detail shots I took.

When I first looked at this next quilt, I saw only circles. I had to stand back from it to see the face. Wow!

I've seen this next quilt on Pinterest. It was such a nice surprise to get to see it in person. It didn't photograph well, partly because of the way it was lit, but I still think you'll enjoy seeing it. For this quilt, it was all about the quilting.

This one was made up of one-inch (unfinished) squares. Yeesh.

This was the one quilt I neglected to capture the information about the quilt or the quilter. My apologies, but I really loved this quilt.

I wish I could have gotten a better shot of this next quilt. For anyone who's ever visited the California redwood trees, it was instantly recognizable. A woman was standing right in front of it. It was tempting to shove her out of the way, but I decided to be polite on this particular day.

If you follow Lenore Crawford's blog, you might have seen this one come together. It was wonderful seeing it in person.

This quilt was made up of shimmery fabrics and beads. It looked as if it would be cold to the touch. (As a reminder: DON'T TOUCH THE QUILTS!!)

The applique on this next one was so interesting. It was another I really wanted to touch so that I could see how it was made. The accompanying information explains the technique. Take a look and see what you think. And, yes, it's hard to tell from these pictures.

The leaves on the trees were cut out individually and then sewn on. Yikes!

This next quilt was stunning in its realism. I've stood under trees and looked up and seen this sight back at home in Oregon in the fall. So pretty.

This next one caught my eye since some of these same quilt blocks are in the Mulligan Stew quilt I'm hand quilting right now. I was a little surprised the information about the quilt didn't give credit to Deborah Henninger's book, Hobo Quilts.

And that's the last of them. I'm aware that others are posting pictures from the show as well. The blog "Quilt Inspiration" will be featuring them over the next several days. Their first installment can be seen right here.

Today Mike will be working on installing a water filtration spigot to our kitchen countertop. It will allow us to get rid of the Brita pitcher currently hogging space on the counter. While he's doing that, I'm thinking I'll do some sewing. Also, I'll get back to my hand quilting penance on the Mulligan Stew quilt. Additionally, I want to get out for a walk today. I need to walk off all that food, wine, and ice cream consumed in Temecula yesterday. It's looking like another good day of weather, and so it'll be good to get out and soak up the sun. It is kind of the point of these trips south.


Quilting Babcia said...

That is one amazing group of quilts, thanks for sharing all your photos with us. Smitty and Sadie sure have the life don't they! Not much sunbathing going on around here.

Julierose said...

Great kitty shots--;))) No sun--here at all....
Amazing quilts--tons of thread work...
Sounds like you had a wonderful get together...
Your snowflake is so pretty...
hugs, Julierose

Crew at Cabin Central said...

LOL - Love the kitties!!

Have you been to the Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop? Angela has the Snowmen Gatherings fabric line that might go well with your beautiful snowflakes!

26855 Jefferson Ave, Unit D,
Murrieta, CA 92562


Karen said...

Young Sheldon would be all over that toilet survivor kit. Perfect for him!
Thanks for the quilt show . Certain!y the artists of of our times.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love SMitty's leg hanging out of the bed - I sleep that way, too. A number of the quilts shown today I have seen at other big shows. The needleturn replicated MOLA has to be the favorite of all so far. I hope you bought the bandaids - just because.

Kaisievic said...

Fabulous post, Barbara, I so enjoyed reading about your time with your friends and those quilts - wow! It just blows me away that there are so many talented people in the world.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

OMGosh, this is the best group of quilts YET! I was fascinated with My Big Face. Each time I moved by eyes to a different place certain colors faded and others stood out. It reminded me of those pictures that you stare at for a while and you see a different image. I think these fiber artists find great joy and satisfaction in their creations.

That picture challenge is a hoot. Social media certainly gives something to do. Your kitties are pretty darned Tech Savy!! Our property offer was accepted. CA here we come in 4-5 months while house and sheds are removed replaced by a home and pole barn.
xx, Carol

piecefulwendy said...

So many pretty quilts! I have a mola hanging on the wall just behind me. My SIL brought it back from Panama for me when she went there to visit a friend. So did you buy the crazy cat lady bandages? They might come in handy working with that nasty thread :-)

Natureluvr57 said...

I'm still following you, just too tired to comment most days. My brother was walking home and got hit by a car a couple days after Christmas, thankful he wasn't killed but both legs are busted along with a bone in his back. Anyway, I'm trying to take it easy today. I love seeing the Molas....in the 70's my ceramic teacher had several very elaborate reverse applique blocks someone gave her. She had to show all of us and we were all fascinated and I loved the bright colors against the solid black. Some of the quilts look like photographs. Travel safely...I'll be here lurking in the background.

Judy1522 said...

Thank you for sharing your quilt pictures. They were all so amazing. I am blown away by the amount of work that has gone into all of the ones in this post. I am not sure I would have the patience to create any quilts like you have shown us.

QuiltGranma said...

Wow, such fantastic quilts on display there. What a privilege to get to see them up close and in person.

quiltzyx said...

Wow! So many amazing quilts to see. Thanks for sharing them with us Barbara.

Did you try the chocolate covered bacon? Inquiring minds need to know!

the kitties did a good job on their #DollyPartonChallenge collages - extra treats all around!