a christmas party….

This post is a little back dated but my battery in my camera was dead and I finally tracked Jess down for her pictures…, but here’s our 2010  Christmas party for our shop employees….we do a gift to exchange…here are some of the photos…The girls received dovo scissors and a hand made sewing basket from Nick and I…One of these days I will photograph all of my Christmas quilts that I have been given…I think there are 5 or 6 so far…

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back to work…

I have to apologize for this post…it will not do the day justice…I taught in the wonderful “castle” that was going to be a quilting retreat house…but it is having some major issues….well…I must have been tired because I did not take any photos of it!!!! Our class on Tuesday was also great!  All the ladies learned about piecing the little nine patches…and wool applique in the afternoon…Susanne made us a wonderful lunch and the day went so fast it was unreal…I also got a few gifts, one a heart-shaped plant from Linda and the other a pincushion from Charlotte.  It was made with the selvages from my first fabric line…it will always be a treasure to me Charlotte…Thank You!…Linda….I hope I can keep it alive…I am wonderful about outside plants but those inside ones??

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 After the workshop…it was off to pick up the PUPPIES!…

Wine country and more shops…

We also visited Temecula Quilt Company…Cheryl the owner has a different concept in her shop…all I could think of was Pottery Barn…Everything was perfectly staged.  It was spacious and very  neat and tidy.  Cheryl loves little quilts, Civil War fabrics and does mostly her own patterns in her store…You can tell she loves her store and it is her baby… We also stopped in a little wool shop called The wool lady…Ruth just happened to be there on her day off and let us in…The rest of the pics are the wine country and winery’s big storefronts…I tasted some delicious wines…I liked Julia, from Ponte’ and we had almond champagne in dark chocolate shot glasses…hmmmm ..do I have to go to work tomorrow…do you think Nick would miss me if I stayed in CA????…

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Nick left me…in CA.

Nick left me in California…to teach another class….not for good…don’t get excited!  I had another great opportunity to teach at the Quilter’s Coop in the beautiful wine country of Temecula.  Joanne the owner of Quilter’s Coop wisked me away from Ontario and brought me to wonderful part of the state about an hour south of where we were…I checked into this Japanese inspired hotel..SpringHill by Marriot …it was so cool..I climbed into bed and read the rest of the night…The next day…my day off….thank God!…a girl needs a day off now and then…I was ushered around the town by my friend Roxanne, who brought me to quilt shops, little quaint shops…a wool shop….the puppy store..Kohls-to buy socks and underwear-I packed those in the wrong suitcase that went home with Nick…I didn’t like hand washing undies in the sink and drying them with the blow dryer…after we found the puppies and arranged for them…we left them at the puppy store and met Roxanne’s sister Val.  Val took us to 3 wineries and just seeing the vineyards was a treat…and then out to eat at the last one….it was the end to a wonderful day.. Here is the  the “Coop”.  Joanne’s shop is a lot like mine…full of inspiration and stuff…

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See my next post for the other shop I visited in wine country…LB