Thursday, January 31, 2013

Really Random Thursday, 1/31/13: The Quilting Version (Finally...)

My friend, Deborah (Simply Miss Luella), and I headed down to Ontario, California, on Friday morning to attend the Road2California quilt show. It's a really large show--Mark took me last year but decided maybe one time was good for him. Deborah hadn't attended a large quilt show before. So after deciding that although I wasn't still feeling 100 percent, we decided that seeing fabric and quilts would probably be just the medicine we both needed.

We left at noon and decided get to our hotel until 6 p.m.--can you say Los Angeles traffic...

We passed this on the 210--not sure what it is--it didn't seem to be a bridge or an overpass. Can anyone from L.A. help us out?

Actually I took very few pictures at the show. There were some beautiful quilts and it was interesting to walk around. But as far as a show review, I don't have much for you. Elizabeth will be doing a really good review when she has time so I'd watch out for that.
Elizabeth--me (we couldn't get Deborah to pose but she was happy to snap photos)

This is what I have to show for a couple of days of walking around--

The back of a quilt:
The quilter used a great selvage as the center divider:
This was probably my favorite quilt. Exquisite! Why it didn't even get an honorable mention is beyond me. I can never figure out quilt judging...

There was a special exhibit--a series of Route 66-themed quilts:
And you could have your picture taken on the Harley--who could resist that?
Deborah did NOT take this picture--otherwise it wouldn't have been blurred...

 When you have this many women in a convention center, you see signs like this at the entrance at what is usually the men's restroom:
And just in case you still weren't quite sure if you were in the right place...

And that's it for the quilt show. I'd show you what I purchased, but you would be underwhelmed: a couple of pillowcase kits and two yards of Oregon Ducks fabric...Oh, and there may be some fabric on its way to me from the Cherrywood booth. Their Che'fab fabric is pretty amazing. And of course Mark begs me encourages me to support this Minnesota business.

But that's not the end of random yet today...

If you have some fabric that you aren't sure what to do with, here's an idea. Get yourself some Mod Podge and ...
Yeah, I don't know what else to say about that either...

This was waiting for me when I arrived home--a super duper bag knitted from plastic bags. Thanks, Jessie! She has some for sale in her etsy shop!

And the new hard case for my iPhone (ordered from Gelaskins--with a picture of my charity donation quilt from last year):

A friend used the picture of my blog bee hop from last week:
as inspiration for a birthday card for her granddaughter. Isn't that cool? Thanks, Lynette--you are so creative!
And I think this picture, one of my favorites ever, is destined to be reinterpreted in fabric as a mini quilt for my sewing room.
Thanks, Miss C!
Are you having time finding time to sew this week? Well in that case...follow this advice:

Okay. Your turn.



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The Luedtke Family said... #

Maybe it is a bridge on the 210 - only for pedestrians, no motorized vehicles?

I love the postcard quilt, reminds me of your fabric postcards. You should keep in mind, would make a great back to a quilt to someone special who is off to college.

I especially like the floral urinals.

Love the comings and goings of the teeth in Miss C's mouth. Simon only lost 1 tooth, and is eagerly awaiting the loosening of jaw's grip on tooth number 2.

Nice randomness this week!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said... #

Lol, that urinal pic is just brilliant! Sounds like an amazing trip.

Katy Cameron said... #

Ha, love that postcard quilt, and really digging the loos :oD As for the car, I have no words...

Love that sentiment too!

Carla said... #

Great randomness Cindy. I love that quilt back! Must remember that one ; )

Rene' said... #

Hope you are feeling better Cindy! Glad you enjoyed some girl time (and quilt time). Love the postcard quilt from the show, and I agree you should make Miss C.'s drawing into a quilt. Cool iphone case!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Lovely quilty (and loo-related!) random!

Mama Pea said... #

I would love to go to Road2California some day. Looks like fun. Is that a Longaberger basket by chance by the road? I love the postcard quilt and your fave quilt, too. I love the drawing and think it would be a great quilt. I have one of E's drawings that I want to make into a quilt someday. The urinals crack me up, and I love the reinterpretation of your quilt block!

ChristaQuilts said... #

Thanks for the RdtoCa report. What gorgeous quilts! And I love the converted restrooms, LOL! Hope you are feeling better :-)

Wacky Woman said... #

Road is probably my favorite quilt show of the year. I don't know what that bridge is on the 210. Can't see stairs for it to be a pedestrian bridge. Where on the 210 is it?

Anonymous said... #

Thank you Cindy for this linky party and sharing your photos from the show! x Teje

Susan said... #

The flowers in the urinals made me laugh out loud! Looks like the quilt show trip did its job in making you feel better too! Love the Harley!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Glad you got to go on your trip with Deb. Love your orange dress and matching hair bow xxx

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said... #

It sounds great. I love that quilt with the brown background - what on earth do you have to do to win these shows!

Terriaw said... #

That postcard quilt reminds me of the postcards you make for the grandkids. How fun to get to sit on a Harley! Have a good weekend.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said... #

It sounds the quilt show was amazing! I love going to those, but they overwhelm me with ideas.

Sarah said... #

OMG it took six hours to get into LA?! I thought you lived in the suburbs of LA, so about an hour trip! I'm Australian so don't have any concept of LA traffic or how far away a suburb actually is. Your top that you wore to the show looks like a cool design for a modern quilt!

Elaine said... #

yikes, that is a long, long drive! i'm so bummed that i didn't know you were going as i was there on friday too! it was my first quilt show and i had a blast! looks like you did too!

JHNickodemus said... #

Looks like a great trip! Thanks for the shout out! I hope you enjoy your new bag!