I had the most amazing time in California. Nicole and her charming husband Dennis were such delightful hosts and Nicole showed me fabulous fabric stores. I lost count, but she listed 11 on her blog and that sounds about right. They all had something fun and unique that I had not seen in my area, or it was too good of a score to pass up - like Natural Expressions in Los Gatos that had a wall of fabric for $2 a yard. I pored over those bolts to see how many quilts I could think of that needed backing. I could only think of 3, but to get 3 quilt backs for $36 is unheard of! Some of the other shops were just wonderful too, but I was a good girl and didn't buy from EVERY SINGLE SHOP, I promise!
I didn't remember to get photos at all the shops, but here are a couple of highlights. The photo above was at In Between Stitches in Livermore. I just loved that applique quilt in their classroom.
I fell in love with this adorable quilt made of the Mary Engelbreit fabrics. It's their block of the month that just started in April, so I signed up to do it by mail. I was able to pick up the first block while I was there. I love these ME fabrics, but hadn't thought of anything wonderful to do with them yet. I think this is just the perfect project for them. I can't wait to get started!
We were ever so slightly late (ahem - 2-1/2 hours) getting to San Damiano because of
our fabric shop hop the traffic (we just couldn't miss In Between Stitches!!)
We finally arrived at the retreat center and unpacked the car and set up to sew just about the time the dinner bell rang. Nicole cautioned me that the food was pretty bland, but we had delicious fresh tasting salmon with pesto sauce and wild rice and I found it to be very tasty.
After dinner we spent some time sewing, although I think I was the first to crash because my day had started at 3:30 a.m. Tune in again tomorrow and I will tell you about our second day.