Sunday, June 28, 2009

Three Little Pigs

For each race Gilles does, there is always a project on the go. Usually, it involves knitting since it is portable. While I have 2 knitting projects on the go for this trip (socks and a sweater), I am most excited about my embroidery project. It is not very practical since it has a white background and can easily get dirty. But hey, life's about taking chances. I thought it best not to take it to the aid stations, but I did bring it to the race briefings and have it with me. Everywhere I went, I walked with it in hopes of letting the images come alive. Well, tonight after a lovely dinner, I put the final touches on the bricks and it was done. When I get home I will do the patchwork around it. For now the main goal is to work on the remaining 8 blocks. Next up is the princess and the pea. I will start on it tomorrow.

Embroidery / Race schedule:
  1. Tahoe Rim
  2. Stormy
  3. Leadville
  4. Cascade Crest
  5. Oil Creek
If I keep up this schedule, it is looking good to finish by year end. If Gilles adds a few extra, I am sure to finish by Christmas.


Linda and I had the day for ourselves. Gilles dropped at the 70mile mark of Western States. While not being able to complete the race after anticipating running the race for 2 years (last year's race was canceled due to forest fires. Needless to say, Gilles wanted to rest which meant more quilt shop hopping for Linda and I.
Sunday in the Auburn, California area is a bit of a challenge to find a quilt store open. After combing the yellow pages, we found The Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Grass Valley, California. They don't have a website. They are 25 miles north of Auburn. How good could it really be? We called and they were open on but they were open on Sunday. As Linda stated, We could drive around the countryside or sit in the hotel and stare at each other since it was 112 degrees.
When we arrived, we were pleasantly greeted by a nice shady parking lot and a welcoming house tuned quilt shop. Ok, maybe not everyday is a shady parking lot a plus, but on this day...
Anyway, back to the store, I was amazed and the amount of stuff that she carried in each room of this house. A few items I had seen before, but many were completely new to me. Best of all, there were lots of quilts gracing the walls. Loads of inspiration, ideas. The owner was very helpful with all our questions. It never felt like she was trying to sell, but rather enlighten. There were hand and fusible appliqué quilts, traditional quilts, Helene Knott's Garden Patch Cats series and so much more. There was also an incredible array of fabrics lines: Amy Butler, Moda, Michael Miller, Kaffe Fassett, FreeSpirit to name a few.

I was able to take a few pics in the store as long as I did not take a pic of the owner (fair enough).The owner also went to the back before we left to get a pattern of a quilt that was hanging on the wall. It is a simple pattern, but very dynamic with all the bright colors that are so popular these days. Thanks, I look forward to making it one day.

  1. Aunt Millie's Garden: 12 Flowering Blocks from Piece O'Cake designs
  2. Flowerbed by Sue Spargo
  3. 1.5 yards of Michael Miller Birds of Norway
  4. 1 yard of some really cool Japanese looking cotton fabric - Dress for Sofia comes to mind
  5. 2 yards of Yoki Kokeshi, Alexander Henry
  6. 1 yard Amy Butler, 1 yard Free spirit for an embroidery quilt I am working on while we are on the road.
The neat thing, was the care with which the owner folded and packed the fabric. When I commented on it, she merely stated, "they needed to fondle the fabric one more time before it left the shop".

For more pics from the shop: click here

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Center Diamond - Cannon Beach, Oregon

I must admit that my favorite quilt shop is Center Diamond. It may have to do with the fact that I only go there when I am on vacation and the rest of the daily problems don't exist when I go there. Each visit provides endless opportunities to create, imagine and inspire. It has been at least 5 years now that I have been inspired by all that Center Diamond has to offer.
I stopped by on Sunday and the shop owner was there. Funny, I don't even know her name, but I know her face and her smile. She not only remembered me after a 2 year absence, she also remembered that I had mad a skirt with some fabric I bought in her shop. How cool is that! I knew I wanted to get a few books and wanted to wait and get them from Center Diamond. I was fortunate that she had them and more. I picked up Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross, In Stitches by Amy Butler & Sew What: Bags by Lexie Barnes. Some great finds that I will take the time to read and work on some of the projects. I will post later on what my thoughts are on all of them. I also got a chance to pick up some Moda fabrics - wonderland, a new whimsical line that is lots of fun.
I know I just started my blog, but I wanted to post about this great find of a shop. The website won't do it justice. I am sure if you needed or wanted something you could probably call and they would help you out.

The Quilted Hill

Yesterday, I bought the Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler. I was in Cannon Beach, Oregon and on my way to Western States where my husband will run 100 miles in a few days. I felt we were so close to the shop, yet so far in terms of priorities. On our way to Portland to head south on I-5, I suggested we take a more scenic route along the many many wineries of Oregon. It sounded like a great idea. That way, we would miss all of the traffic in Portland. Then, coincidentally, I noticed we would pass within miles of the Quilted Hilll in Yamhill, Oregon. While my husband kindlfully obliged yet another quilt shop visit, I sent a good bit of time visiting a very unique shop in a very unque location.
My dream is to own a quilt/ fabric shop in the country next to my house. Well, this one takes the cake. It is situated in front of a vineyard and can provide endless inspiration. I was most surprised with the seemingly endless amount of patterns and fabrics. Although, I am trying to show some restraint in my fabric purchases, I did purchase an embroidery tool by clover. I can't wait to try it out. I am currently working on a quilt by Melly & Me. There is so much embroidery and so little time. I am hoping this tool will help make things go faster. I will try it in the next few days and I will write about how practical it really is.
If you get a chance to stop by, don't miss the restroom that houses a great quilted banner with the shop's name. Definitely worth the look.


Welcome to my new blog!
I have been a sewer / knitter for many years. I have finally decided to create a blog where I can share my thoughts on the many cool stuff out there for those who share the love of sewing.
At times, I will critique new books, patterns or sewing gadgets. I will also provide tips on making your sewing easier. At the core of it all, I will make sure that your sewing remains fun or why else would you be spending so much time doing it.
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