2017 Garden and Quilting Events

I usually search of upcoming garden and quilting events that I want to attend before the new year, but I’m running a little late… But the first event of the year is still coming up, so here it goes:

Saturday, January 14, 2017
CRFG Santa Clara Valley Chapter Exchange
Emma Prusch Park, Multicultural Center, 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116
10am open to Members; 11am to 2pm open to the General Public
scvcrfg.wordpress.com/activities/

Saturday, January 21, 2017 – 12 to 3pm
CRFG 2016 Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
(next to the Ashby BART station)
www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/scionex.htm

February 23-26, 2017
QuiltCon East
www.quiltconeast.com

February 24-26, 2017
Pacific Orchid Exposition
Fort Mason, San Francisco
www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/orchid-events/pacific-orchid-expo-poe/

April 5-9, 2017
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA
sfgardenshow.com/

April 2017 ??? ***Exact dates TBD***
Eastbay Modern Quilters – Stitch Modern
eastbaymodernquilters.com/category/east-bay-modern-quilt-guild/stitch-modern/

Saturday, April 8, 2017
CRFG Santa Clara Valley – “Citrus” with Tom Delfino
Emma Prusch Park, Multicultural Center, 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116
1pm open to all
scvcrfg.wordpress.com/activities/

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 10am to 4pm ??? ***Exact dates TBD***
Vallejo Garden Tour
vallejogardentour.com

June 10-11, 2017 ??? ***Exact dates TBD***
San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society
Annual Show and Sale
www.sfsucculent.org/annual_show_sale.html

September 5-7, 2017
The 2017 Heirloom Exposition
Sonoma County Fairground, Santa Rosa, CA
theheirloomexpo.com

October 12-15, 2017
Pacific Internation Quilt Festival
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pacific-international-quilt-festival/

Bay Quilts Pre-opening Preview

This morning, I got had the pleasure of previewing a new quilt store that will open on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Bay Quilts

Sally Davey, the owner, invited members of the East Bay Modern Quilters (EBMQ) to come in and preview the store and give her suggestion from a customer’s point-of-view. She showed us around and let us walk around to view at all the fabrics and supplies that will be on sale.

Cutting Table

I loved the natural lighting in the store and kept staring up at the loft with the long-arm and space where future classes and workshops would take place. Sally explained how she imagine the classes being set up and asked us what we would like in a class space. Someone even asked if we can hold quilt club meetings or sew-ins there and she was totally open to it! I guess we’ll have something to talk about at our next EBMQ meeting.

Future Class/Workshop Area

There were also quilts for sale on one wall…

Quilt

…and on the opposite side of the store, a whole walls displaying quilts by the late Deanna Davis, who was the president of East Bay Heritage Quilters when I started quilting. It was so nice to see quilts by Deanna that I haven’t seen before.

Deanna Davis Quilts

I can’t wait til it opens and looking forward to taking classes or attending meetings or sew-ins here.

Store Carts

Here are more photos in this slideshow:

I got a sneak preview to a new quilt shop opening on Sept 1. Sally, the owner, invited the EBMQ to preview and give her suggestions from a customer perspective. I can't wait until it open. #quiltshop #bayquilts #richmond #fabric #quilt #quilting

oh wait… here are the details:

Bay Quilts
5327 Jacuzzi St 3C
Richmond, CA 94804

Opens Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Store hours: Monday to Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

www.sfbayquilts.com (not yet up, but coming soon)

Local Quilt and Garden Events 2016

The new year will be here soon, which is when I like to search online for the dates and times of local gardening shows and events.

Floating Gardens

Saturday, January 9, 2016
CRFG Santa Clara Valley Chapter Exchange
Emma Prusch Park, Multicultural Center, 647 S King Rd, San Jose, CA 95116
10am open to Members
11am to 2pm open to the General Public
https://scvcrfg.wordpress.com/activities/

Saturday, January 16, 2016 – 12 to 3pm
CRFG 2016 Golden Gate Chapter Scion Exchange
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley
(next to the Ashby BART station)
http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/scionex.htm

February 18-21
QuiltCon West 2016
Pasadena, CA
http://quiltconwest.com/

February 26-28, 2016
Pacific Orchid Exposition
Fort Mason, San Francisco
http://www.orchidsanfrancisco.org/orchid-events/pacific-orchid-expo-poe/

March 16-20, 2016
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo, CA
http://sfgardenshow.com/

March 19-20, 2016
East Bay Heritage Quilters – Voices in Cloth 2016
Craneway Pavillion, 1414 Harbour Way, Richmond, CA
http://www.ebhq.org/quilt-shows/vic2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016 – 1pm
CRFG Santa Clara Valley Chapter bi-monthly meeting
Emma Prusch Park in San Jose. Open to all. Topic will be on citrus and avocados, with discussion of year-round production. We will also hold the greenwood scion exchange.
https://scvcrfg.wordpress.com/activities/

Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 9:30am
2016 Annual Dahlia Tuber and Cutting Sale
Golden Gate Park, County Fair Building, 9th and Lincoln, San Francisco
http://sfdahlias.org/

April 30-May 1, 2016
Vallejo Piecemakers 2016 Sew Amazing Quilt Show
http://vallejopiecemakers.org/activities/2016-sew-amazing-quilt-show/

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 10am to 4pm
Vallejo Garden Tour
http://vallejogardentour.com/

June 11-12, 2016
San Francisco Succulent and Cactus Society
Annual Show and Sale
http://www.sfsucculent.org/annual_show_sale.html

September 6-7, 2016
The 2016 Heirloom Exposition
Sonoma County Fairground, Santa Rosa, CA
http://theheirloomexpo.com/

October 13-16, 2016
Pacific Internation Quilt Festival
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA
https://www.quiltfest.com/upcoming-shows-and-events/pacific-international-quilt-festival/

This Weekends Gardening

Started Saturday waking up early to get to a 9am Vallejo Garden Club meeting. It was a nice meeting with a guest speaker who showed some mosaics and other home and garden stuff made with Mexican tiles. I showed my Lithops to the club as my show and tell. Surprisingly, a bunch of members didn’t know much about them.

After the meeting, I headed over to Mid City Nursery to see if they had any Dinosaur Kale starts. I ended up buying:
– Dinosaur Kale
– Red Russian Kale
– French Sorrel
– Astro Arugula
– Mottistone Lettuce
– Oregon Sugar Pod Peas
– Green Leaf Swiss Chard
– Spanish Rojo Garlic

Mid City Nursery Purchases

Before going to the Vallejo Piecemakers open sew, I went to Hancock Fabrics to look for dark grey fabrics. I was planning to sew about 25 more blocks to add to my TIVX quilt, but I only had enough time to cut the fabrics and mark where to cut and sew the blocks. I’ll sew them later when I have time.

Once I got home, I was able to do a little bit of gardening. I checked all the Brassicas and picked of White Cabbage caterpillars and eggs. There wasn’t much caterpillars since I picked them off last week, but there were a lot of eggs. I gotta stay diligent about removing those.

I pulled up some old Swiss Chard, Bush Beans and Carrots plants in 10 gallon pots that were dying off. I replaced them with a pot of Astro Arugula and a pot of Mottistone Lettuce.

I then went around the front garden and pulled up all the Crab Grass that I can. There was a lot!… But it slowly getting under control.

Quilt Retreat

This weekend I attended a quilt retreat at Walker Creek Ranch, organized by Pati of See How We Sew. I went to the first retreat earlier this year and it was fun, so I expected the same.

Quilt Retreat at Walker Creek Ranch.

I got there on Friday before 4pm and almost everyone was already there. I immediately unpacked my sewing stuff and started working on The Village Mystery Quilt, an old project that was close to done. I finished the quilt top, but after posting it on Instagram and looking at it again, I think I want to add a little more to the top and bottom.

I finished up one of my WIP quilt tops at our quilt retreat. Now that I see this photo, I think I want to add a row of dark mustard on the top and bottom.

Once done, I started working on my second project which I started on the last retreat. I just kept sewing and sewing, but realized that I should count how many blocks I have and how many I needed.

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At dinnertime, around 6pm, we discovered that there was another quilt group at the ranch. They were a much larger group of around 30 women. A few of them came over and introduced themselves and I voted us to visit them later and we did the same.

Went on a little hike at our quilt Retreat before it got dark.

After dinner, a few of us decided to hike a little before it got dark. On Friday, we hiked up to the water tower and on Saturday, we hiked past the vegetable garden and farm animals.

Run Through the Wood

Sunday morning before breakfast, I decided to would have a run in “nature” to the Toad Pond. I studied the map of the trails and set foot.

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Through the weekend, we did a lot of socializing, which was expected.

Stitch Modern 2013 (continued)…

The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild’s Stitch Modern 2013 quilt show last month was a great success. We had lectures, speakers, discussion panels, family activity day and even a sew day. I tried to help out at most of the activities and take photos, which you can see on my Flickr photoset called “Stitch Modern 2013 Quilt Show“.

Quilt San Francisco: The Evolution of an Art Form

The show is done, but the San Francisco Quilters Guild asked if we would display our quilts as a special section of their quilt show QUILT San Francisco: Evolution of an Art Form, which runs Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th Street, San Francisco). They graciously allotted a large space for us to put up our quilts, which we set up earlier today. Most of the quilts from our Stitch Modern 2013 travelled to San Francisco with some others joining the show.

More info:

QUILT San Francisco: The Evolution of an Art Form
– QUILT San Francisco: The Evolution of an Art Form
– Terri’s Sneak Peak at The Fox’s Den

Stitch Modern
– My previous Stitch Modern 2013 post
– My “Stitch Modern 2013 Quilt Show” photoset
– Stacey’s Stitch Modern 2013 Wrap Up on the EBMQG blog

The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild
– The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild blog
– The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild on Facebook
Upcoming EBMQG events on Facebook

Stitch Modern 2013 Photos

I just finished editing photos from the various Stitch Modern Quilt Show events and uploaded it to the “Stitch Modern 2013 Quilt Show” photoset.

Stitch Modern 2013 Opening Reception

I also have the photo in individual photosets:

Setup Day
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 2, 2013

Modern Improv Quilting and Process Lecture
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Textile Design Panel Discussion
Tuesday, February 9, 2013

Family Activity Day
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sew Day
Sunday, February 10, 2013

Geos Quilt and Stitch Modern 2013 Opening Tonight…

Geos

Our guild East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is throwing an opening party tonight (Saturday, Feb 2, 2013, 6-9pm) for our Stitch Modern quilt show at the Piedmont Center of the Arts. Come by and see my Geos quilt and 28+ other wonderful quilts created by our talented members. We will serve up some snacks and drinks and admission is free. More information on the Facebook Event page or on my previous blog entry.