Yessirree! Road to California welcomes you–with a typo. (Maybe only English teacher types would notice? Certainly the lady I showed at the official booth had no idea what was wrong with the sign, and I have to admit it’s the first time I’d seen a verb with an apostrophe).
My friend Leisa picked me up early, and we were there in the show by 9:40 (we had to wait for the end of the line to arrive so we could get in after them). After going to this show for umpteen years, we’ve seen a lot of changes and have perfected our plans. I always head to the quilt show first, and she likes to give the booths a once-over before doing that. Really the best time to see the quilts in the show is around 4-6 p.m., when all the busloads of shoppers have gone home and it’s cleared out, but I didn’t know if I would last that long.
I don’t like to show too many quilts until the event is over, so watch for upcoming posts, if you’re interested. But I will show you some of the things I bought–surely there’s no harm in that.
Flying Geese ruler, Kaffe’s latest violets (in multiple colorways), print fabric, notecard, a set of leather handles for a tote bag and a pattern. When I told my mother that I could fit everything I bought into my one tote, she said “You must not have been feeling well.” I was a little under the weather due to complications with the recent surgery, and I felt shopping was like trying to eat dessert after a Thanksgiving feast–you want it, but your heart’s just not in it. No one had the typewriter fabric I was hoping to find. Bummer. And I avoided too-crowded booths (gimp girl, here). I loved seeing all the quilts that the vendors had decorated their booths with. Hold onto that thought because I’m coming back to it in my wrap-up at the end.
We had a great day, yummy lunch (box lunches from California Pizza Kitchen) and saw lots of interesting things, but by 3:00 I was ready to go. So we hopped in the car for the ride home. Many thanks to Leisa for taking me there!