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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wonky Wishes Day At Thimble Towne!

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If you’ve never been to Thimble Towne, YOU MUST GO!

This is no ordinary quilt shop, it’s also a wonderful event center right here in Bakersfield, with a second location in near by Visalia.  Just awesome beyond words!

And I came face to face with the poster that has been announcing my arrival over the past many months as we have had this on the calendar for more than 4 years.  4 years, and I am finally here!

And so is the quilt in this photo, as it was a Wonky Workshop Day yesterday, hosted by the Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County.

I learned many things yesterday – this area was also big in cotton growing for many years, though citrus and nut trees and vineyards have slowly taken over.

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Just check out this space!

My thanks also so the A&E Signature thread company who sent mini king spools of wonderful Signature 3 ply 60 weight thread for all of my students here in Bakersfield.  We’ve got 3 days worth of full workshops, and they are all going home with thread.

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Meet Christina from Las Vegas!

Do you see what her shirt says?

That BFF stands for Bonnie’s Fan Forever! AWESOME!

And check out the back:

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All of the mysteries she’s done on are on the back!

The only thing left unchecked is “Died and gone to heaven” And I hope that is a long time off yet!  Seriously, we all wanted one – she came up with this design herself.  Too fun.

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And wouldn’t you just love to sew on Polka Dottie??

Oh my goodness!

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Blocks coming together by lunch time!

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Wonderful array of colors and fabrics!

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String sashings making the whole production sing!

This is Linda, my driver all the way down from Napa – so happy to have her and her cohort Katie with us!

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Lay them all out, ladies!

The pattern for Wonky Wishes is available in the Quiltville Store under the Pattern Singles category.  Did you know there is a SHOP tab at the top of the blog to get you there quickly?

You’ll find the rest of our day together in the video below.  Click to play:


they got so much done - and loads of shopping accomplished on the side with the quilt shop attached to the event center.


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From the machine show room at the entrance

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To beautiful fabric selections in the fabric department

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Don’t forget to look up!

This is a Judy Niemeyer authorized class shop!

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So much inspiration!

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Where did I bee-line to?  Little Singer 27 with Tiffany decals.

LOVELY!

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So happy to have spent the day with these fun gals!

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Last night’s sewing.

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All from this trip!

I’ve finished ALL of the block kits I brought with me this trip which tells me two things:  1) I must never underestimate the sewing time I might have as in PACK MORE, and 2) These are so easy to make they take less time than I thought they would. 14 blocks heading home with me on Sunday.

Tonight is a lecture night, so there won’t be sewing time anyway – Tomorrow is my last night in Bakersfield so I'll likely be packing up my suitcase and making it ready so I wouldn’t get much Friday night sewing anyway – I’m checking out on Saturday morning, teaching a class Saturday, and then we head over to LAX where I’ll spend Saturday night, and shuttle myself to the airport Sunday morning for my flight home.

Still – should have packed at least 4 more blocks – I was on a ROLL!

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Quiltville Quote of the Day

Vintage nine-patch quilt found in Illinois.

And then, maybe I just need a couple of quiet evenings.

Peace can not be found in noise and restlessness.

Find some time to see what the joy of silence can bring to you today.

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone!



11 comments:

  1. LOVE the polka dot machine!!!!

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  2. Love the polka dots, I will take one, purple with white dots please!

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  3. The hubby & his fishing buddy just left to see if there are any fish dumb enough to bite so I'll have some quiet alone time this afternoon. Will be loading a quilt top on the Premier.

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  4. In my quiet time, I see quilts. Love the BFF T-shirt!! Maybe Fran can make us one from Zazzle?? Great to see all the blocks you made while in California

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  5. Love that tshirt... wish I owned it!!

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  6. Upon your recommendation I ordered the ON RINGO LAKE tee shirt from Zazzle and I just love wearing it, so I ordered another, this time ON PROVENCE, now I don't want to wear any other tee in my closet ;) I save all your Quote of the day pics, send one to friends often if I think they will enjoy it. Thank you--

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  7. What an awesome trip!!!! I'm happy to say I pick up the magazine today!!!! I can't wait to get a couple projects out of the way so I can play!!!!

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  8. All of your workshops look like they are nothing but fun and good times. However, on a serious side note, did you get help setting up your store site?

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  9. ooh ooh ooh! Next time work takes me to Fresno I know where I am going to go on a side trip! Thanks for info on these great shops.

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  10. Love the polka dots, I will take one, purple with white dots please!

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  11. Have to ask - I've seen so many colours of vintage featherweights on your posts. Are ladies having these painted or did they originally come in such a variety? But if painted, why do the decals still look so perfect? I'm puzzled - perhaps others are too!
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