Monday, February 18, 2013

Squash's and Wild Oak's Meet!

Many of you who have been with me since the beginning (and I do thank you!) know that I got started blogging because of Pam Kitty Morning!  I heard of her through Alex Anderson's web site and got curious.  Once I read her blog (my first ever), it was all over!  I started my own blog and the rest is history!
Before I continue, I forgot to show you this picture of Mr. Squash at the Culinary Institute of America - Greystone where we had lunch the other day.  I love the sign!
Since I began blogging I've had the good fortune to meet quite a few other quilt bloggers.  Today I had to good fortune to meet Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks.  I've been reading Lynn's blog for quite a while now and she is one of my favorite designers.  I knew the town where she lives is only about an hour from Napa, so I emailed to ask her if she would be available one day.  Sure enough, today was the day she works at the quilt shop where she also teaches - In Between Stitches!  We set off first thing this morning and arrived right in front of the shop just after opening.
As soon as we walked in the door Lynn immediately recognized us!  We felt like we'd known each other for a long time (and in a way, we have)!  She made a point to bring her recently completed new design - Butterscotch Baskets so I could see it in person!  Here we are wrapped up in it!  Check out Lynn's recent post about the quilt for more photos (Mr. Squash was a bit challenged with my camera).
While Lynn and I chatted and I also shopped, Mr. Squash was busy snapping photos of the wonderful shop!  My thanks to Melissa, the shop owner, for allowing Lynn and I to chatter on while she was working!
This is truly a wonderful shop - they have a wide variety of fabrics to choose from and it's so bright and cheery!
Here I am making my purchases with Lynn!  I mentioned how I got started blogging via Pam Kitty Morning and Lynn said she used to work at the shop.  When she left, Lynn was her replacement!
I loved the cutting table toward the front of the store - big and spacious for all those fabrics!
Sadly, we had to leave before the holiday traffic in the Bay Area got too bad.  If you look closely, you can see Harley the shop dog saying goodbye to us in the window!  It was so much fun to meet Lynn and I know we'll see each other again!
Livermore is a darling town.  Those trellises were all up and down the wide sidewalks - when the grapes that grow on them are in season it must be spectacular!
I know you're all dying to see what I got!  Lynn has spread the word about plaids in your quilts and I've listened!  I spied four here that I didn't yet have in my stash.  I also couldn't resist a fat quarter pack of  Jo Morton's Sweet Emilie and another Collection for the Cause!  I think I may need to look at more storage options when we get home.

Tomorrow is our last day in Napa.  There's a big snowstorm coming in tomorrow on part of our route home.  We thought we'd wait until after the storm (Wednesday) to drive back.  Hopefully there will be another post along the way.







20 comments:

Anna said...

oh I do hope you come through Bend so we can meet!!!

AnnieO said...

Well, how fun was that? Nothing like meeting a friend in real life. And at a quilt shop to boot--truly a great day!

Barb said...

Your quilt below is awesome...

It is so fun to meet blogging friends...what a fun quilt shop!

Linda said...

Oh what a wonderful day, Candace!!!!!! I would love to meet Lynn....I'd love to meet YOU in person. I think it's uber cool that you guys got to hang for a bit. The shop looks like a must see as well!!! LOVE your purchases. Looks like a dream date to me. :-)

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day. It is such a pretty place to visit too. Enjoy the storm and have a safe trip home.

Kaaren said...

Meeting a blogging friend at a quilt shop...can it get any better than that?

Safe travels home!

Stephanie said...

I know where to shop if my travels ever take me to Livermore. Lynn's quilt looks amazing, warm and cozy. I know you had lots of fun. And a shop dog! I love that. Off to visit Lynn's blog. Oh and tell Mr. Squash that Mr. Creations has the same camera issues.

Me and My Stitches said...

So glad that you had a great day! And you are very lucky to have seen that quilt in person - it looks just beautiful. You found some very nice treasures - thanks for sharing!

Lynn said...

Hi Candace and Mr. Squash! I enjoyed meeting you both so much....what a treat! I can't wait until we meet again. ~~Lynn

Tammy said...

Hello - I just discovered you through Sew'n Wild Oaks. I too am a quilter and fly fisher living in Eastern, WA. I live in Kennewick, WA. I'll be following your blog to see what you are up to and where you are fishing!! Have a great trip!!

Sue said...

Oh Candace ! How fun for you to meet Lynn and at your quilt shop too ! You lucky girl !

Sue said...

I was just drooling over your fabric purchase :-) Which Collection for a Cause did you buy ?

Michele said...

What a lovely time :-) Blog friends are the best!! Enjoy your wonderful trip.

pratima said...

How fun to meet a blog friend! It is wonderful that you had a great time at the quilt shop with your friend and also got to add some gems to your collection! Have a safe trip back.

Jackie said...

I had no idea that you were inspired to start a blog by reading another blog! And too funny that Lynn replaced Pam in the shop-the shop looks absolutely delightful! And so do your purchases!

sunny said...

How fun! I want to travel with you.

Beth said...

I love Napa. I used to get up there a lot years ago when my mom lived there before she moved on to Oregon. The scenery is so beautiful.

Carrie P. said...

Looks like you and Mr. S. are having a fabulous time. What a guy to take pictures while you visit. What a beautiful shop too. Hopefully the snow won't prevent you from traveling.

Kim said...

We nearly crossed paths! Tom and I traveled from San Francisco up to the Sonoma (and Napa) area for a days visit then on to Bend Oregon for two days where we toured Dechutes Brewery and a couple of quilt shops. I found Lori's quilts on display in Bend!(http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/). Made my way to Vancouver BC to visit friends. We could live in Bend...WOW!

PamKittyMorning said...

Well crap! I'm just catching up on blog reading and I had read Lynn's post you were in town! I would definitely have wanted to meet up and say hello! Lynn is so sweet and talented I'm glad you got a chance to visit with her!