Monday, June 24, 2019

From One Coast to the Other …

Has anyone seen Los Angeles?

I can’t find it amongst the smog!

Oh, it’s in there all right – it just hasn’t burned off yet.  This is June in California. 

And this is nowhere near as BROWN as it was when I was growing up in the state.

This was the long leg of my trip – and as some small airports (Destination, San Luis Obispo!) don’t have access to all air carriers, I had to take an airline that I don’t usually take.

My route with United took me from Greensboro, NC Northeast to Washington/Dulles and then coast to coast to Los Angeles, where I finally boarded my last flight into San Luis Obispo.

It adds about an hour or more in flight time versus connecting in Atlanta, but what’s a girl to do?  Grin and go with it! Or SEW with it, as the case may be!

I didn’t get as far as I wanted -

My eyes were heavy and I napped instead!

Still, it felt good to be putting some of these little diamonds together – and it seems like I will be doing A LOT of that on my off hours this week – I left my machine piecing project on the cutting table at the cabin.  Good grief.

Selfie with the Navy!

The cool thing about flying out of Dulles – more than HALF our plane was full with clean cut and well dressed Navy folks heading off to San Diego.  I felt like a proud mama!  My grandfather on my dad’s side was Navy, my 2 brothers were also Navy.  So Go NAVY! 

It’s just such a contrast as compared to those who want to fly in their pajamas taking no care of their appearance at all.  I do think we as a society have lost something.  We come at our worst, instead of our best.  It has made us care less some how.

Little plane to San Luis Obispo!

No smog here!  Just beautiful blue skies and sunshine!

And I fell in love with the slogan and hashtag as found right in baggage claim: #slocal Why Rush?  Check this out:

"No offense to fast, but slow is good for your soul. Slow can set you free. 

When the rest of the world is racing to the end, slow gives your life the attention it deserves. Away from the noise and the chaos of crowded streets, slow shines a golden light on the world. A world you've been too busy to see. 

In this place, slow is not falling behind, it's the freedom to catch up with the things that matter most to you. 

Soon enough, you'll see a world that's just your speed. SLO CAL"

What a terrific ad campaign!  And the guy’s voice – so SLO and even…..mesmerizing.

So I am embracing the SLO this week.  I plan on some time hand stitching by the pool.  Some time walking in the evenings to stretch my legs and smell the eucalyptus and the star jasmine!


To admire the golden California Poppies along the freeway.

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Bloom where you are planted! This is the color of my childhood, growing up in San Jose California from 2nd grade on through high school. I have always loved California poppies and it brought a huge smile to my face to see them blooming in the sunshine today. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงก . . Pink oleander, agapanthus, bougainvillea, jacaranda, bottlebrush, bird of paradise- other favorites I love to see here. . . This girl is toast after a long travel day. I've been up since 3:30 a.m. East Coast time which is 12:30 a.m. West Coast time. My body clock is all askew and I am doing everything I can to stay up till 9:00 p.m. tonight to try to kick this body clock into Pacific time! . . But so excited and happy to be here! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘ . . . . #quiltville #bonniekhunter #quiltntravel #california #californiapoppies #poppy #poppies #cheddar #orange #color #quiltlife #bonniehunter #quilter
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To catch the last evening rays on vibrant geraniums.

To play with the quilters all through the day – and enjoy every SLO moment of my time here!

Our workshops are being held in Atascadero, and the show itself starts Saturday in San Luis Obispo.  I’ll be there for part of the day on Saturday, I hope to see you there too!

Did you catch our June ‘19 Quilty Box Gift-Away post from yesterday?  It’s a great one and you are going to want to enter to win ON THAT POST. Drawing to happen Sunday – the morning I fly home, so get your entry in!

Also – and this is big news for me.  I have arranged a guy to move my longarm machine from Wallburg on up to the QPO in Virginia.  I haven’t longarm quilted anything since November, and it is a dream come true to have this become a reality.  The logistics of this whole thing coming together have been quite the tap dance.

Quiltville Quote of the Day

Someday you'll look back and understand why it all happened the way that it did. Be happy! Split 9 patch Leader & Ender quilt shared during California workshops 2 years ago- So happy to be back!

Free pattern found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog!  Have you made one?

And it's time to get excited! Guess what happens in July? 

Our new Leader & Ender challenge starts! Be watching for information soon-

Happy Monday – have a great week, everyone!


  1. exciting that the longarm is moving on to Virginia ... will it be all adjusted and working perfectly when you arrive next week....that is going to be fun and maybe a great video (?) glad the weather is good up north still a bit foggy in Los Angeles County.

  2. I'm happy your long arm is moving to the QPO. One more step in the process will be completed soon.

    Two to three weeks ago I made a 34 hour road trip with a friend and her grandson. We took eight days for the drive stopping at museums, waterfalls, national parks, and look outs along the way. It was a slow, leisurely trip and a relaxing time and true vacation. I was surprised at how rested I felt at the end. Good advice.

  3. Bonnie, enjoy your time here in SLO! I moved here 22 years ago and have never been sorry. I love the beach! So happy you will have your longarm back in use! Looking forward to your workshop on Tuesday!

  4. Wonderful smells and sights you've already seen in SoCal. Enjoy it all. You're in my time zone. Yea!! Nice to have the Navy group on your
    fight. They do dress sharp!

  5. "I do think we as a society have lost something. We come at our worst, instead of our best. It has made us care less some how." Love this quote of yours Bonnie! If we do the basics of caring for our bodies, homes etc...it will naturally spread out of us into other areas of our lives. I think it spreads from the inside out.

  6. I agree with Susan above - love the quote. It is too bad that we as a society don't seem to care any more how we dress/look which is reflected in our behavior.

  7. Agree, the world has gone a little crazy. Glad you made it and the flowers are in bloom, we have had a lot of rain . Have fun ,I know you will

  8. Those cheddar poppies are gorgeous, now I understand your love of it in quilts. I find myself picking it up in fat quarters as I love the way you use it in the quilts. Great news about your long arm your dreams are becoming reality and it’s a wonderful journey you have invited us all to share.
    Have a wonderful time at seven sisters quilt shop this week, and enjoy your slo!
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xxx

  9. Pretty poppies. Now I get the cheddar colour. Oooh hello sailors! My dad was in the Fleet Air Arm - fly Navy! Now I live in an area surrounded by Navy helicopters! I always wave. The inner child has never been too deep under the surface LOL! Love the slow time - so relaxing. Great that you are getting your longarm moved - happy days to come. :D

  10. I'm so excited for you Bonnie. Getting your long arm moved in. The P/O operating, now to focus on Quiltville Inn. How lucky are you and the quilters that will stay with you. Keep on doing what you love. ...... Jo from Australia.....

  11. Got to love those men and women in uniform! Have a great trip:)

  12. One day year i am goinhg to do the leader and ender quilt with you when its started just doesn't look like this year is the year either, but one way or another im gunna get one done when everyone else's starts it. It's just not going to be this year as im in hospital. Already have been here 5 weeks, asked today how much lonnger and they have no end date in site as yet. Soon maybe soon and i can catch up pn the quilt days my quilt group have run.


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