Yesterday I met with the Surfside Quilters in San Clemente for their monthly meeting in the most beautiful location, hands down!
The only thing more beautiful than the ocean view beyond, was the show of comfort quilts within.
This group is SO active in providing quilts for those in need within their own community and in outlying areas that my heart was so very very touched in the outpouring.
During the board meeting before my presentation, when it was time for Philanthropy to represent, nearly half the room it seemed stood, lined up with quilts in arms, and paraded them around the room, each lovely quilt a testament to a giving heart and busy hands. Each quilter presented their quilt, holding to the belief that small acts by each an every one of us can bring big comfort one by one to those in need.
I felt such a unity with this group. THIS is where my heart is. THIS is where I started this crazy journey, at one time with a goal of just one lap quilt per month being turned in to be given. Life has taken it’s own twists and turns since I passed that baton on to others, but THIS is where my journey will return upon retirement. I want to make quilts, and I want to give quilts. I want to make a simple difference.
These wonderful quilters fanned my flame of why I got so involved in scrap quilts in the first place. Quilting at its roots is a loving, caring, comforting, giving thing.
Thank you for all you do in your desire to bring comfort to those in need. You have no idea how much your efforts mean to those who are recipients of such gifts.
It was a very full house yesterday!
My SECOND lecture of 2016!
The view from outside of the church!
In the back of my mind I was wishing we could have held this meeting on the patio outside..can you see the ocean beyond the palm trees? What a gorgeous day! But it was going to get HOT quickly. Maybe we were better inside with the A/C after all!
Awesome show and share!
I love this citrus-y version of Virginia Bound from Scraps & Shirttails!
A gorgeous Blue Ride Beauty from Adventures with Leaders & Enders!
Posing for a photo op with a lovely autumn toned Bow-Dacious from Adventures with leaders & Enders!
Linda, my driver and machine loaner and her Ocean Waves from the Free Patterns tab!
Ocean Waves is such a perfect quilt when you live near the sea. And let me tell you, if I lived near here I would NEVER want to miss a sunset. The most beautiful I have ever seen!
Look what arrived!
My Wonky Wishes booklet!
This is the first time I have held Wonky Wishes as a pattern in my hot little hands. I had a batch shipped here as well as to home in North Carolina, and you guessed it – they arrived at home on Monday morning after I had caught my flight! So those will ship to you upon my return home from this trip. For those who haven’t ordered yet, you can find Wonky Wishes in the Pattern Singles section of the Quiltville Store.
Can you see the sweet little clasp envelope it is held in? I am so over the moon over the job that C&T did with this pattern. No cheapy plastic zip lock bag. This is SO cool!
Later in the afternoon, four of us went down to the mission San Juan Capistrano. I think I took 100 photos of the mission while there, and that is coming up in a future blog post, but just to give you a glimpse:
The mission through the entry archway.
We DID however stop at an antique mall down from the mission when we were done. And THIS is where the Ocean Waves quilt once again comes into play –remember –I’m here near the sea.
I sense a THEME!!
And this is coming home!
Photographed just before 7am this morning over the rail in front of my hotel!
tiny tiny triangles!
My own Ocean Waves quilt from the free patterns tab was made with 1 1/2’’ finished bonus triangles. This quilt’s triangle units finish at just over 1’’!
It was likely made 1870-1890 by the fabrics that are in it, and the quilting is VERY fine…tiny tiny tiny stitches. I can’t believe the work that went into this quilt.
In true Quilt Maverick fashion!
I had to chuckle to myself. I would have LOVED this quilter…..when the border is as long as it needs to be, just whack it off and sew it on! See the smaller black triangle just below the corner of the pieced border? Oh quilter of yesterday, your quilt has found a wonderful new home where it will be cherished!
The end of a perfect day? Another hike down to the pier to catch the most amazing sunset:
The black things you see in the water are not seals, that’s a flock of surfers hoping to catch the last wave before darkness falls at the end of a very warm February day in southern California. Perfect!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
I have always loved the immortal words of Mark Twain. I choose to explore, dream, and discover!
And have a ball teaching a Texas Tumbleweed workshop to the Surfside Quilt Guild and friends. There should be close to 40 students today – we are going to kick it up big time!
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!