Road Trip

by Heidi, Sandra and Christine

Greetings from all of us! It’s a rare occasion when we 3 can spend a day together. Christine and Sandra were on the July roster for the NCQC (Northern California Quilt Council) Meet the Teachers in Pleasant Hill, CA, a week or two back, and when it was discovered that Heidi was available for that day it became a road trip for Artistic Alchemy! Heidi is, after all, acting Program Director for our local guild, Pine Tree Quilt Guild, so she’s always on the lookout for teachers and presenters.

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In case you don’t know, Meet the Teachers is an opportunity for guilds in northern California to send representatives to scope out the talent available to come to their guilds to teach. There are 3 times a year to present, with 30 people each time, selected by lottery. July was the month that Christine and Sandra were selected.

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Here’s Christine at her table, with her latest quilt behind her and a stack ready for her presentation!

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Sandra shared a table with Marcia Stein, whom she met at the Southern California Meet the Teachers, in April of this year. Good to see her again!

Each presenter gets 3 minutes at the podium to tell her (or his) story and show her stuff. The 3 minutes are kept very careful track of by someone in the front row brandishing a green, then yellow, then red sign. Beware the red sign, or Beth will come for the microphone!

Quilter Therese May came to the event to network and visit, and came to lunch with us. She and Sandra have been friends for over 30 years and are always glad to catch up in person. She joined us for lunch and brought Sandra a one-of-a-kind Therese May birthday card and some wonderful fabric wrapped in the most fabulous big bow!

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It’s impossible to travel to the Bay Area without checking out a couple of fabric stores. First stop: Cotton Patch in Lafayette. Fabric love! Carolie has a beautiful store.

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IMG_9291We leave Cotton Patch with our goodies and head for Wooden Gate, in Danville. More goodies to be found! Gina is a fairly recent new owner and has quite an array of modern fabrics which we find difficult to resist!DSC_0368Alethea cuts fabric for Heidi, she is a wealth of information and help.

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As is Jamie. She’s cutting a beautiful piece of linen by etsuko furuya for Kokka. Sandra sees a vest to be made. Jamie even gave us directions to cut through a bit of the traffic we knew we’d encounter on our way home, given the time of day. The Bay Area, whew! We are spoiled in the Foothills. (Thanks, Jamie.)

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Time to head home after a very long day. It was great to have a day just to play, we needed that!

Zephyr is coming up soon! The summer is going by way too fast.  Stay tuned!!!

Happy weekend from Heidi, Christine, and Sandra

PS: Readers in the Pacific Northwest, there is space available in Sandra’s Matrix retreat at the Treacy Levine Quilting Symposium in Mount Vernon, WA, September 21-25. This is an opportunity to make a Matrix quilt with a favorite photograph! Contact Sandra for info.

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