Warning: This post is long and very photo heavy. I was going to split it up into several different posts, but I felt like it just all needed to go together so you could feel the full impact of my day! Yesterday was truly one of the most fun Saturdays I've had in a long, long time!
The morning began with my sister and I venturing out on the LA freeways to head over to West L.A. to hit a quilting store and to meet Candice. The traffic was really light on a Saturday morning, so it was not too bad.
The first thing we did was meet up with Candice, of Made with Love blog and Squirmy Worm Studios patterns. (Check out her patterns. They are really awesome!) She is one of the Quilted Fish designers with me. Although we've corresponded a lot over e-mail and through our blogs, I had never met her in person. So it was just a blast to meet her. I gave her a really long, inappropriate hug for Jana, another Quilted Fish designer. She has been missing Candice and gave me that request. So, Jana, here is your inappropriately long hug to Candice.
I had e-mailed one of my blogger friends from California and had asked her to recommend a good, modern quilt shop in LA. Cindy, of Live a Colorful Life blog, recommended we head to Sew Modern. Cindy, thank you, thank you, thank you! This was such a wonderfully fun shop! We spent almost 2 hours here. And, Cindy, if you are reading this, this shop just screamed YOU. I loved it. If you are ever in LA and like modern fabrics, you totally have to visit this store. Want a tour? I know you do!
As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by this little sitting area right next to the front window. I just wanted to sit down and hang out all day! I loved everything about this little corner....the quilts, the fabrics, the furniture. Just awesome.
Here was the wall right next to those fabrics. I had quilter's ADD. I kept running from one area to another, looking saying, "Oh my gosh, they have.....(fill in the blank with all the fabrics I love)!"
Case in point...recognize the red and white mushroom fabric I had just ordered?
A little further back....a whole bunch of Enchino fabric from Japan. I was about going nuts over this, because I have been drooling over it online and have never seen it in real life. LOVE! My sister scored the end of a bolt of one fabric at 40% off!!! Way to go, Aunt Pea!!!
A close up of the quilting for you. I really liked this loose pebbling with the multiple times going around each pebble. Seems like this could deal with a multitude of pebbling sins! I LOVED this quilting idea.
This wall had all the solids, you can see them starting at the left there. I loved the little chalkboards behind the cash register, where they listed their classes coming up. So cute. Lordy, I wish I could be there to take a class. But isn't this a cute idea? I think this would be fun to do on the wall in my sewing room when I get to remodel it. I could make my "to do" lists on these. Love it.
I loved this pillow. I bought the panel for it and am going to make it. I have dark chocolate brown leather couches in my family room. That room needs a punch of color. I decided this weekend, this is what the punch of color is going to be. The panel is from Prints Charming, and it's just the blue outline of the bird. You do all the hand embroidery on it to embellish it. Here, let me show you:
The gals from Australia who designed this visited the shop and did a class for them. You can see different example of how people stitched up this bird on the Sew Modern blog post about it. Click here to read it and to see all the other examples!
The Prints Charming bird, some Anna Maria Horner embroidery thread for embellishing, some coordinating fabrics for another pillow and for backing (stripes), and some mini pom pom fringe for the pillows. So much fun! These fabrics are all from Australia.
If you saw stuff you like, Sew Modern has an online store, too. The girls in the shop were just as nice and helpful as could be. The store is beautiful and really fun. It is so, so worth a stop if you get a chance! I'll be following Sew Modern's blog now, and I am hooked on them.
We were trying to decide where to go for lunch. Candice suggested we go to Santa Monica and hit The Urban Craft Center and then find some place to eat. So we did! I am so excited that she suggested this. What a cool place.
Around the corner they had yarn and knitting supplies. Lots of bookmaking, scrapbooking, soapmaking, etc. supplies. Let's put it this way....just a really nice smattering of all sorts of art supplies.
This shop was also awesome. They also had some really amazing classes....paper making, knitting, book making, shibori dyeing, etc. Another place I wished I could take a class at!
had a beer and lunch. We had an Irish waiter, who kept calling us "love"--with the accent and everything. I love an Irish accent! We had a very nice, relaxing lunch. I sighed and told Candice and Aunt Pea that this was how I loved to spend a Saturday...shopping with friends, having lunch, and relaxing over a beer!
It was a fun, busy day! I was SO TIRED that night, I was falling asleep on the couch at 9:30 pm!
What a great day. It was a day to remember. Thanks, Aunt Pea and Candice, for one of the best days I've had in a very long time.
Now, I'm heading home. I'm really looking forward to seeing Papa Pea and Sweet Pea. Just a few more hours. (I'm sitting in the airport typing this.)
Hope you enjoyed spending the day with us!
Until next time,