Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Winters, Vacaville and Sacramento

In February, the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild met in Winters, California - west of Sacramento. Friend and co-worker Sharon E. came along with me. Sharon isn't a quilter, but she was with me for a purpose. More on that later. This was Sharon's and my first time to Winters. It seems like a nice, quaint mining sort of town. It reminds me of Sonora or Jamestown in the foothills of the Sierras not so far from me.

The guild meeting was held at the City of Winters Visitors Center, right next door to the Cloth Carousel quilt shop, where most of us browsed after the meeting.

I found the tan and black music fabric at the Cloth Carousel. I found the guitar fabric later in the day. Both fabrics were on my Wish List at, part of an upcoming project for musician friend Darrell. Happily I was able to buy both fabrics without paying for shipping. Woo-hoo!

After the quilt shop Sharon and I had lunch at Putah Creek Cafe, seen on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The food was great and the restaurant didn't feel crowded even though there were lots of tables and people. I'd go back there again. It would have been nice to hang out in Winters for a while, but we had a schedule to keep.

After lunch Sharon and I drove to A Quilted Heart quilt shop in nearby Vacaville to meet up with my quilting friend Marilyn L., who coordinates the Vacaville Binky Patrol. I gave Marilyn a bunch of fabric to be made into quilts and distributed to children. I am happy to give fabric to a good cause. 

At the shop I bought the guitar fabric (see earlier photo), a few fat quarters and this funny pin (Quiltaholics Anonymous). For a long time my daughter Lisa has said I should join QA. I'll probably wear it to guild meetings and quilt shows.

After Vacaville we drove to a library in South Natomas and got Sharon a Sacramento County Library card, her main reason for the trip. Now she'll be able to download e-books to her Kindle, just like I do to the Kindle app on my phone.

Then we headed to Ikea West Sacramento. I was hoping to find a certain fabric that was supposed to be back in stock in February. It wasn't there yet. This was Sharon's first visit to Ikea, and I think she liked it. Above is a mirror that reminds me of a baby's head and curly hair. Silly, I know.

Sharon and I had a great time. I'm glad she came along with me.

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