CQJP2015 Peacock Project

CQJP2015 Peacock Project
Only four out of 12...in progress

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Valentines!!!
Well, it's hard to believe that we are already into February!!! We just got back from two weeks traveling in Oregon! Naturally, I visited several quilt shops along the way. I will give you a short list here, just in case you find yourself traveling in Oregon. I know I didn't get to all stores available, but here goes.
We landed the first evening in Bend, Oregon. Got in late, so we hit the bed, but up bright and early the next morning. We had to see Mt. Bachelor for the ski fanatic in my hubby. That was way too much snow for me!!! Just notice how high the snow is near the truck!!!!

 Now, you can't go to Bend, and not go to Sisters, Oregon! And I had my second visit at the Stitchin' Post! So much fabric, classes and outstanding art quilts on the walls. It was hard, but I only bought a few pieces of fabric/threads. I knew I still had two weeks ahead of me!!!!
These fabrics will do wonders in my Under The Sea projects. Be sure to visit their web site and Facebook site!
From Sisters, we headed over to near Eugene, and then down Freeway 5 to Medford, Oregon, which is only about two hours from the California border. In fact, when we went a little south to Mt. Ashland, we could see Mt. Shasta from where we were!
I visited a wonderful quilt shop in Jacksonville, Oregon, that had hundreds of beautiful quilts for sale!
Country Quilts, and lots of small gifts ideas for your quilting friends!

Then in Ashland, Oregon I came across Sew Creative, where I was greeted with such friendliness from Jeanette and Mary. I didn't meet the owner, but these two ladies were so helpful. They loved my artwork, and had some crazy quilt books in the store! And look at the Kaffe Fassett fabrics I bought. They had the whole collection, and it was really hard to hold back!
Then latter in the day, back in Medford, we found Cottage Quilts.  Carolyn McCray, the owner, is a crazy quilt enthusiast, and she fell in love with my work, as I fell in love with her store!!! And I fell all over the ribbon embroidery she has stocked.
I have a huge stash of ribbon embroidery, but I have to have some of these colors.  At least, now I know where I can go back for lots more!!! Thanks, Carolyn for your warm hospitality! California sisters that we are, I will be back!!!

The next day, we took a trip to the coast, only 2 1/2 hours away, but you end up in the tip of California!
  South Coast, Oregon is so beautiful, and now one of my favorite spots of the West Coast! I visited Country Keepsakes Quilt Shop, and I was thoroughly impressed with the whole shop and the reception I received from Laurie Mitts. She really has a very active store set up for retreats and teachers! I will be back, Laurie.
Then it was time to hit the road for Depoe Bay, on the coast, where we were going to be staying for 8 days. WorldMark Depoe Bay,  is set along a beautiful spot on the coast.
We didn't have access to walk the beach, as you can see, very rocky. But it was wonderful listening to the surf day and night!
 Yes, it rains a lot, but not necessarily all day, sometimes only an hour and then the sun would come out. Best of all, the temperatures were in the 50's or more!
 Our view from our room. We purposely chose the first floor, so we could walk out of our room and feel the spray from the surf!
It was amazing to us, to see green grass in January/February!!! Not possible in Idaho!!!
In Newport I found a couple more wonderful fabric stores. Quilters Cottage, is another wonderful shop. Monica gave me another wonderful reception and has taught Crazy Quilt classes herself!
Here's a couple she has in her shop:
The next stop found me at Quilter's Cove and Holly Nevins was fun and friendly and had some wonderful sea fabrics! She has a wonderful online store here: https://www.quilterscove.net/shop/

One event I would miss, by having to go home, is the Quilt Run 101!!! As you can see on their home page, there are a lot more quilt stores than I even got to!!! Which is another reason for another trip to Oregon!!!

Although I wasn't focused on bead stores, and had seen some on my travels, but I only made it to one! Beluga Beads has a wonderful large inventory of all kinds of beads!!! And they do shipments, so be sure to visit their website!

I have been working on my CQJPChallenge 2015, a Peacock theme, all year. I took the last four blocks with me to embellish.  I didn't get them finished, but I did get some stitching in.
And here are the four that I still need to finish!!!

Well, thanks for visiting, and check back for pictures of finished blocks!!! Be sure to click on the highlighted sites to go to their websites and look for them on Facebook!!!