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Road 2 California 2015

Two friends and I headed to Road to California last Wednesday.  It was supposed to be 4 altogether but one of my friends started a new job and didn't have enough vacation available to go.  (I know how's she's feeling now-more later.)  We made a few stops at quilt stores on our way down.  Candy's in Northridge, one in Montrose, another in Pasadena and there was one more and we happened to hit it on it's last day open.  There wasn't much there but what was there, was 40% off.  I took one class by Anita Shackelford on Coxcomb applique.  I learned a lot and she was patient with the couple of newbie appliquers in the class.  I never got a picture -but did start one block.  Will post when it gets finished.
I also took Tiffany Hayes (Needle in a Hayes Stack) Downton Abbey Mystery Class on Friday night.  It was fun - I got the fabric pack of  Lord Grantham and this is the finished quilt.  (Finished the binding this morning.)  And during the class she had drawings for some fabric packs.  And I won!  I got a fabric pack of the new Egyptian Downton Abbey Fabric.  It's so pretty.
And of course I did a lot of shopping.  I put it all away before I took any pictures but was able to get these out easily and get some pictures.
Easter Fabrics - so I can use when I get my Material Girls exchange blocks.

Text fabrics for a challenge I need to work on.

Some Pam Kitty /PK like fabrics for a couple of projects

There was more but it's all mixed in the stash now.  I also purchased a lot of thread.  About 6 big cones of Superior So Fine, 3 cones of Magnifico and some perle cotton threads for wool applique.

The day before I left for Road, the mall I work at foreclosed and the bank now owns the mall and they hired a new management company.  I was told to still go on my trip and that I would have a job when I got back.  It was still a little nerve wracking because of all the stuff that I needed to copy and save (which I did get a lot done in the half day I knew there was going to be a change, and luckily the old management company still let me have access to the accounting program on Monday.  But after that, it was all gone.  We're still in the transition period.  I don't have the new accounting systems/computer and we are all kind of in limbo and doing what we can do in the mean time.  As far as my vacations go, I have to accrue it again,which means I won't be able to take the week off of work to go to Sisters this July.  I'm hoping I'll have at least 2 days so I can drive up on the Thursday, and meet up with the others, and then book it home on Sunday.  According to Google, it should only take about 10.5 hours of driving.  If I can talk a friend into going with me, we can share the driving so it won't be so bad.

That's it for now.  I have one more quilt pinned and ready to go and a charity quilt for guild I need to whip up.  Then I need to work on getting my quilts ready for the Best of the Valley quilt show.  I have all the pictures ready, I just need to submit the paperwork.  And then I need to put labels, sleeves on and then block all of them.  Yikes.  

Thanks for looking.  Sorry I was so wordy.


  1. The Downton Abbey mystery quilting looks amazing. Great Job. Can't believe you got it finished so quickly.
    I'm glad you still have a job! Hopefully everything will settle down soon.

  2. Am I the friend you want to drive with to sisters?? I can really commiserate with the vacation time. I hope the new company won't change anything.

  3. wow. What a shocker. I'm glad that you still have your job, and hope that the new company is a good fit.

    Love the quilt. Have you really been back long enough for you to have quilted it all? zoom, zoom, Barb, you're amazing. Can't wait to see what you decide to enter.

  4. Wow! Was the job situation a complete surprise or something that has been on the radar? Glad you ststill have a job. Maybe you have left some problems behind?


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