Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cruisin to Memory Lane Quilt Shop!

Bright and shiny yellow, California style!

I took this photo of “The Thing” by Volkswagen on our last morning in El Cajon –driving to our workshop at Memory Lane Quilts!

I absolutely love the color of this sweet ride, and it reminds me so much of my jr high and high school years growing up in San Jose and having Santa Cruz a short drive away over the mountain.  Things were coveted for their friend hauling and surf board toting ability.  Buckets of fun, and ugly enough to be cute!

We don’t see these in North Carolina – at least not in the midlands where I live.

We lost this guy at the light when we turned left and made our way to class!


Our workshops were here!  At Memory Lane Quilt Shop!


Oh boy!  Loads of room to move around and tons to explore!


Bolts and Bundles & Loads of Samples!


Walls of wonder!


And even a treadle!

It didn’t have a belt or I surely would have sat down to give her a hello and a how-do-you-do!


Batiks, moderns, reproductions – everything under the sun!


I dare you not to pet the fabric!


Easy Grab-a-Yard pieces already cut!


Upcoming 2 day workshop with Guest Teacher Linda Schmidt!

I know my photos from my phone do not do this quilt justice, but I wanted to let you know while I was talking about Memory Lane Quilt Shop that they have Linda Schmidt coming on Nov 8th and Nov 9th for a special workshop, Creating with Cool Stuff.  Linda was voted the 2003 Teacher of the Year and it is easy to see why!


My hand for scale!

In this class you will make a 17” X 22” piece of art with depth and dimension! 

Think waterfall, rocks, and trees using all sorts of cool stuff.  Check out Linda’s Website to explore some of the unusual tools she uses to create with.  The results are amazing!


Roaring Waterfall!


Close up of bird detail!




Contact Memory Lane Quilt Shop for more info!

Space is limited, and Nov 8th is close approaching so don’t wait too long!

I had a great time the two days I taught at Memory Lane.  Nice fun staff, gorgeous fabrics, samples EVERYWHERE you look, and a great classroom filled with awesome students!  Definitely a “Do Not Miss” if you are anywhere near the San Diego, California area.

I’m off to Texas this morning!  I’ll be arriving in Dallas by 11:30am, where I’m being picked up curbside with all of my mega luggage and shuttled over to Mineola where I”ll be giving three days of workshops for Stitchin’ Heaven!

This is a fun trip for me because I lived in near by Sulpher Springs from June 1999 to July 2000, and Stitchin Heaven has a retreat bunkhouse that my stitching group used to go retreating!  It was at this bunkhouse that I finished my first Dear Jane quilt top in 2001.  This is me then – I posted this photo on instagram on Oct 11th for the photo a day challenge!  I don’t think I’ve changed much, do you?

But it sure feels like “you’ve come a long way baby” to be going back in this capacity and actually TEACHING for the folks at Stitchin’ Heaven.

And Big Smith’s BBQ!  That is definitely on my list of must do’s ---haven’t been there since we moved away!  When we moved, they didn’t have a website.  Guess what – THEY DO NOW

Texas BBQ is by far the best…but BBQ BEEF ribs top it all!

Catch you from Texas!

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  1. Saw an old (there aren't any new ones) near Hendersonville, NC this week. It had a for sale sign of $7000. It was at a restaurant named Hubba Hubba (really great barbeque).

  2. I just took a class from Linda Schmidt at PQIF...wonderful. I learned so much...she really gives you a lot of information. I can't wait to finish my project.
    Have fun Bonnie.

  3. Have a fun and safe trip in Texas. I use to live near Texas in Clovis New Mexico. LOVED it there

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  5. Funny how small a world it is!
    I grew up in SJ/Sunnyvale/Cupertino, and also remember driving 'over the hill' to Santa Cruz and many fun days on the Boardwalk! I get to go back occasionally to visit family that live in Santa Cruz now. What fun!
    And now I live in Austin TX - love love love it here!
    Been a fan of yours for several years and follow your scrap system faithfully!
    Safe travels!


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