Home again, home again, jiggety jog. wow. zoom, zoom. What a week!
I started on the road at 5am Monday morning. First stop: Ontario, where I helped behind the scenes in the judging room. I was there all day Monday & Tuesday. Don't ask me anything, other than logistics. What happens in the judging room stays in the judging room. :)
Tuesday night, I moved on to Escondido, to visit my dad. We had dinner, I spent the night, had breakfast. It's sad to see what has become of my mom's garden. Her absence is visibly present. The jacaranda tree is dead. The green whatever-it-is that used to be a small background bush has taken over. A few narcissus are still valiantly blooming. I was tempted to find a machete to hack through the underbrush and look for some of the orchids that used to be behind the jacaranda. I doubt they have survived.
On Thursday morning, I was back on the road to Ontario, this time to see the Road to CA quilt show. oops. My bad. I kinda forgot to look at the quilts. ;) I'd seen them once in the judging arena, so I thought, "I'll hit the vendors first." I have no idea who made what quilt. I shopped until the show shut down. :)
I brought home sewing threads, fancy threads, needles, printing blocks, trim, a novel, 2.5 yards of fabric, a wool batt (it was on sale!), some beads, and various other treasures. Wanna see?
On Friday, I took a long-awaited class with Allison Aller, the crazy quilter. For clarification purposes, she's not crazy, she makes crazy quilts. She guided us through appliqueing a base heart for embellishment, using monofilament thread to machine applique. Here is the result:
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