….and so is an oven! Despite the clever quip, I decided to visit my sister in Arizona during a record breaking heat wave. The thermometer shot up to 116* and, like a bad smell you can’t find the source of, it stayed around way too long. Dipping down to a less sweltering 94* at night was the real test for a Californian who loves to sleep with the windows open. By the end of the week, there were haboobs and windstorms with 60-70 mph gusts overturning patio furniture, uprooting trees and blowing down street lights. When I ask why on earth people move there, the reply is “You don’t have to shovel heat”. But I admit to loving the rainstorms with lightning and thunder. And that’s how the week ended. Monsoon season had arrived. I can sleep to that!
I mentioned in an earlier blog that my sister takes me to a fantastic discount fabric warehouse. One without air conditioning. Sometimes they even pass out bottles of water to customers. We refer to it as the “topless bar” fabric store because that is exactly what is around the corner!
It was hard to choose from these pieced batiks but one of them made it into my basket along with four other cuts for my stash. Being limited by luggage restrictions prevented me from buying fabric by the pound.
Because Patty’s next door neighbor also sews, she made arrangements to take her with us. Brenda was a delight and is an excellent seamstress.Before we left, Brenda had us in to show us her beautiful quilts and wall hangings. Since most of you are quilters, you will appreciate the work that goes into her quilts. Brenda manipulates pictures on photo shop and then prints them onto fabric. The details she adds are so amazing that I took a picture of each from a distance and then “up close and personal for your viewing pleasure”.And now my personal favorite because I love the way it glows.
Thank you Brenda for being so generous in showing us your beautiful and creative quilts. Each one is a masterpiece and reflects the time and thought invested in them.
Now that I’m home, the mad scramble to prepare for Zephyr has started. I’m busy ordering the long list of supplies needed for my students, cutting out patterns, filling paint bottles, serging stacks of canvas and checking my list twice! Do you know of someone who would like to fill my last opening to design their own canvas? How about repurposing thrift finds with Heidi? Or making a portrait quilt of their beloved pet with Jane? It’s just six weeks away. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, stay cool and hydrate. I’m heading to the coast where it will be a refreshing 70* and there’ll be no chance of spontaneously bursting into flames.