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Road 2016

So my final thoughts on Road…

It took me awhile to get this up and next week it’s already QuiltCon.  But I wanted to get this in here before I forget.  I kind of want a refresher when I start looking at classes in July.

First, I enjoy shows and I love taking classes.

I hope I can make this an annual event for me.  I debate between Road and PIQF every year.  I don’t think I could afford to do both and I want the consistency of attending the same one year after year.  Well, I believe QuiltCon West will be in Pasadena every other years so maybe I can go to PIQF the years we don’t have QuiltCon. I’ll have to check if my budget will allow me to do this but I definitely want to do Road every year.

Here are some guidelines for next year:

#1- Definitely staying at a hotel near the area is a must.  I enjoyed not to having to drive back and forth each day.  I enjoyed the feeling of community with the other ladies staying.  This year I stayed at Ontario Inn and Suites.  it’s not within walking distance of the convention center but it’s only about 1-2 miles.  So it’s a fraction of the cost of the hotels closer to the show.  I still have to pay for parking but between hotel and parking, it’s still cheaper than staying anywhere closer.

#2- Ask anyone at my guilds if they want to go too, we could share a room and/or carpool.

#3- Once I’m parked at the show, Uber to and fro if I need to. For example on Thursday, my class schedule was classes in the morning, a long break, and then an evening class.  I had to leave the show to check in at the hotel, and then get back to the show for the evening class.  That meant I paid twice for parking.  I thought about Ubering from the hotel to the evening class but I’m not familiar with the area and whether there would be an uber nearby at 10 at night.  I didn’t want to risk it.  Afterward, I figured I could have left my car at the show Ubered to the hotel to check in and a short nap and then Ubered it back to the show before the evening class.  Well, I would have to get the fare estimate to see if that method would be cheaper or if paying twice for parking would be cheaper.  But it’s an idea.

#4- Stash a cooler in the car.  We can’t bring outside food into the convention center but I could always leave and eat in the car.  This would save me a ton of money I’d rather spend on quilty stuff.  I know, there were still ladies who brought outside food inside and I guess I could do that.  We’ll see if I have the gumption to do that when the time comes.

#5- Take technique classes, not necessarily project classes. I enjoy taking classes but I don’t want UFOs.  So, I look for techniques I want to learn.  Register early for classes!

#6- Take classes where I can try different long arm machines .. this year, I tried the HQ Avante this year and would like to try others next year.  I don’t know if I’ll be in a position to seriously buy one next year but I’d like to do my research.


Stash Report – Week 4, 2016

Nothing used, Nothing added!  Woot woot!

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

I was at Road2CA this week and I’ve already posted that I spent a ton of money.  As I was going through the days, I spent money on parking, food, etc.  They were non quilty related but related to being at the show.  That totaled to being $353 for the week.  That’s most of my Road allowance.  It’s nice to know this info so I can budget more accurately for next year but I’m not adding it to my craft expense for the year.  I am adding class fees and material fees for the classes I took and ALL the shopping I did.  And for the week the grand total is $1489.50.  WOW!  Don’t tell the hubby.  Anyway, the bulk of it was due to the SewEZ table and the batting I purchased. Both of which I’ve been eyeing for quite a few years.  They’re not impulse buys. So, the SewEZ table is a one time expense and the batting will last me a good while.

Spent this week: $1489.50

Spent year to date: $1504.22

I also didn’t buy more yarn, And I didn’t finish anything yet.

Used this week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 0 yards
Added this week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 0 yards
Net Added for 2016: 0 yards

And for Slow Stitching Sunday with Kathy at Kathy Quilts, I’m going to continue working on Raining Cats and Dogs.  Last week, I worked on embroidering the the gray embroidery of the cats’ eyes and wording. Today I’ll work on the black embroidery.



see more stash reports atPatchwork Times and hand projects at Slow Sunday Stitching.

~Have a quilty week!


WIP Wednesday – 9/30/2015

Happy Wednesday!


Very little has been done on all fronts.  I’ve been out hanging with the family and when I’m not off with them, I’ve been working hard.

I have some more blue triangles cut for Celtic Solstice some left sides pieced.  I’ve got a ton to press but the ironing board is missing (Hubby took it) and I haven’t been inspired to steal it back.

On a side note – I registered for QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena.  But since I registered late, I’m waitlisted for the Special Exhibits Tour before the show begins in the morning as well as the Modern Wool Applique class.  I was able to enroll in the following lectures:

  • Color Theory for Modern Quilters
  • Great American Quilt Revival
  • How Do I Quilt It

I’m excited and cannot wait for February to come along.

I was also looking at Road2CA and I’ve got a list of potential classes to take.  This one takes more time because there are a lot more options and it’s a week long event.  I have to figure out which classes I want to take that are available and then go through and see if any conflict. Then decide between conflicting options and tally up all the costs, etc.  I’ll post the final selections when I make them.

I was also thinking of going to PIQF but I wouldn’t be taking any classes because it’s this coming month (October) and I don’t feel like trekking all the way up to Santa Clara.  There’s always next year.

See more WIPs at … WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

~Here’s to a great week!