Monday, March 5, 2012

The Generosity of Friends

I want to show off the quilt which I first posted about a couple weeks ago.  I posted a teaser of this pink and white quilt and I can finally post the full picture now that the quilt has been given to its owner.

This quilt was made for my friend's mother who is undergoing treatment for cancer.  One of the side effects of her cancer treatment is feeling cold and chilly all the time so I rallied my quilter friends to make this quilt for her.

I had requested everyone for pink and/or white or heart blocks for this quilt.  My goal was 72 blocks but I received a whopping 102 blocks so I had enough for the front and for the back, as well.  The final size came to 48 x 56.  "P" will be taking this quilt with her to her cancer treatments.  May it provide not only warmth but a reminder that we're all rallying around her to beat the Big C.

Thank you to all my friends for making blocks, donating materials and quilting this gorgeous lap quilt.  I truly appreciate your time and effort.  Here's a shout out to the following people:  Lynn, Jane, Patty, Karla, Soley, Nancy, Lorri, Carolyn, Janet, Jennifer, Diane, Veronica, Candace, France, Roxanne, Christina and Marian.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Vintage Marketplace

Last Friday, I took a drive out to Rainbow, CA.  For those of you who have never heard of the town called Rainbow, you are not alone.  Apparently, neither has my GPS.  It is located north of Fallbrook and south of Temecula.  Every quarter, they host an event called The Vintage Marketplace and they have a gathering of 40 or so vendors who sell vintage, handcrafted and repurposed wares.  Sort of like a flea market but much nicer things.

The drive was easy and the weather was actually very nice.  The event was held outdoors so it was definitely time to haul out my SPF 50 sunscreen and hat but still chilly and breezy that many people wore jackets.  

Here are a few pictures of the booths and treasures I found at the Vintage Marketplace.

Some days, I want a pink Vespa.  And on other days, I want an aqua bicycle with a basket in front just like this one.

Love these necklaces!  This booth offered classes on soldering jewelry too.

I really wanted to take home this chair.

Here's some vintage French hymnals.

And check out these Eiffel Towers!  I've gotta make myself a few of these to festoon my sewing room.

The next event will take place on June 1st and 2nd.  You can check them out on Facebook for more information.  I also took a flyer for Glitterfest, which will take place on March 10th.  I have never been to this but a few of the vendors from the Vintage Marketplace will also be vending at this event.

And finally, meet my hedgehog pal Hammie.  

I feel silly naming a pillow (like what am I, 12?)  But it just seemed like this little cutie warranted a name.  Hammie is part of the panel I purchased a couple of weeks ago (see previous blog entry).  So Hammie will take residence in my sewing room (which will soon be overdecorated and overcluttered if I don't cool it).