Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Thank you & a little giveaway

Words can't express how thankful I am for all of the kindness and support expressed by each of you!
You have been a source of comfort to my entire family.
It is only now just sinking in that Dad has passed away.
I try to remember all the happy memories and know that we will be together again one day.

I have been gone too long and have so much to share from the past two months.
Bright little spots amongst the difficulties.

Early in September I was traveling quite a bit. I had a business trip to San Diego and found myself with four free hours. What is a woman to do?? Why, rent a car and visit her favorite quilt shops...
I had been to San Diego last fall and had a wonderful day shop hopping. I knew that I couldn't visit them all this time, but I headed out...

The first stop was Temecula Quilt Co.

Such incredible inspiration!

I so love the applique!
The postage stamp quilt behind it is awfully special too!

I just love the signature tiny prints in all her quilts.

Such beautiful colors

Such an eye for display

And some wool too :)

I didn't leave empty handed :) I need to incorporate those tiny prints into some of my creations.

I stopped at In and Out Burger to make my sons jealous ;) and thought I had enough time for one more stop...

It may look little on the outside, but the inside goes on and on...
(For you Dr. Who fans, it is like the Tardis)
You could happily get lost inside and stay there forever ;)

I was absolutely amazed at the Lantana hedge! I plant them as annuals in Chicago and am thrilled when they are a foot and a half tall. The bees and butterflies love them, and I love the tiny multi-colored flowers. Here they are bushes?!?!

I only just walked inside the front door and was inspired by these darling little seasonal quilts!

Beautiful wool and a quilt which really isn't "my style", but it spoke to me truly - I couldn't stop looking at it! Just love all the animals and the butterflies, too.

Why did I not come home with the pattern for America the Beautiful???
I looked at it a dozen times...

This is what did fit in my little carry on ;)
The models of both Bits and Pieces by Joan patterns were so gorgeous in person!

All too soon, my four hours of fun were over and I needed to get to the conference.

Surprisingly, it was cool and cloudy in San Diego, but the final day was glorious!

The beautiful view from my room.

Gorgeous Bird of Paradise.

Well, I couldn't have fun on my little trip and not include you!
So I have a little giveaway:

A few little items from both of the shops.
So tell me what is your favorite tropical flower?
Simply leave a comment on this post or send an email to me at with
San Diego Giveaway in the subject line.
I will pick a winner on Tuesday, November 8th.

Thank you again for all your kindness and support!

"Surely he will save you    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."
~Psalm 91:3-4

Thank you Kathy F. for the bible verse!

Blessings, Patti


wenhkc said...

Thank you for the give-away! I enjoyed the virtual trip courtesy of your photos. My favorite flower is the hibiscus.

Gale said...

Lotus! And what a wonderful trip to great quilt stores. I need to go to San Diego....

Primitive Stars said...

Such beautiful pictures of your trip, the quilt store is amazing.Hugs Francine.

Phyllis said...

What a great way to spend 4 hours. Thank you for offering a giveaway. I love roses, especially in peach.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

I love the yellow plumeria! Thanks for the giveaway! Love the pics of your trip!

Simple Pleasure said...

Thank you for this delightful giveaway! You sure know how to make the most of a 4 hour break....LOL I'm not drawn to tropical flowers...I'm a tulip and daffodil kind of girl!
Busy Hands...Happy Heart

denise said...

Hibiscus!Very nice shops.Sounnds like you had a good time.

Glenda said...

I love all tropical flowers. We do mission trips to Costa Rica and the flowers are amazing. I love the bird of paradise and there is another that looks like the bird of paradise but isn't.

Roberta said...

Not sure about tropical flowers but am loving the mums right now! Thanks for the quilt shop suggestions. As of last Saturday our son is now stationed in San Diego so I have a feeling I might get a chance to visit these in the future.

dq said...

hibiscus! its tropical in my northern neck of the woods!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chance to win. I love Cattleya orchids, but I am also fond of Anthuriums and Red Tower Ginger.

Felicia Hamlin. Blue Earth, MN

Rugs and Pugs said...

So good to hear from you.
Since I am not a quilter, don't enter me in the give away.
Hugs :)

Kathy H said...

I enjoyed seeing all of those quilts. My favorite tropical flowers are orchids.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

Thank you for sharing your quilt shop tours, I love those two shops and hope to visit again someday!! Thanks for sharing with your giveaway! Love your verse today!

Anne said...

Those two shops are my favorites in So Cal. You're so lucky you got to visit them. Thanks for taking us along. My favorite tropical flower is the plumeria. Makes me think of Hawaiian leis...

Mary A said...

Bird of Paradise! Love them but we get a little cold here in Northern California. Thank you for the shop tour!

Jennie in GA said...

I would love to see Temecula Quilt Co. They are one of my faves. Mandevilla is my favorite tropical.

mangozz said...

My favorite flower is the Hydrangea which is not tropical.

Marilyn said...

Greta stops!
you always seem to squeeze a little bit of fun into your work travels. :)
All of the quilts are beautiful.
My favorite is The Bird of Paradise. too.

Debra G said...

Thank you for your beautiful posts. I'm so sorry at the loss of your father. My husband recently passed, and I know how the reality just comes again and again, and feels new and raw. Our faith gets us thru those difficult times.
I love orchids. Just wish I could get them to rebloom! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Would love to see Temecula someday; thanks for sharing the photos.

Unknown said...

I so enjoy your blog. Thank you also for taking us into windows of the quilt world. Much inspiration comes from them. I think the orchid is lovely. My mom has nearly 2 dozen on her lanai in Florida of which one is 21 years old. Thank you for your generous offering.

bayrayschild said...

Glad to hear from you Patti. I hope you and your family are fairing well.

Thank you for sharing your pictures. San Diego is one of my favorites places ever!

Hugs, Audrey

Barbara said...

My favorite tropical flower has got to be an orchid -- love them but cannot grow them! So sorry to hear about your Dad. My Dad passed in late August and it wasn't until the following Father's Day that it really sunk in that he was gone. Gone but definitely not forgotten.

laceystitcher said...

Such beautiful eye candy! Thank you for sharing it with us. I think my favorite was the Americana Dream - such gorgeous colors. You have been missed by so many. Prayers for continued healing and the joy that your faith gives you in knowing that you will one day see your dad again. Blessings to you................

Will a stitch said...

Thanks for sharing photos of your trip. San Diego is such a beautiful place. As are the quilt shops! My Dad passed away 8 years ago...I only have happy thoughts now. He was a great Dad. My favorite tropical flower is hibiscus...those beautiful big flowers. Thanks for the give-away.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Paula DiMattei said...

Hibiscus it is. Thank you for the picture of the applique album quilt at Temecula! They offered it as a BOM which I just had to say yes to. I love how your fabulous picture shows the quilting. I'm always at a loss when it comes the quilting on an applique quilt and now I know how the original was quilted. I lost my dad 3 years ago. I still miss him everyday but know that we will see each other again one day. I was so lucky to have had him as long as I did. He was 89 years young when he passed away. I hope the fond memories of your dad help comfort you too.

teresa said...

I love San Diego and I love Temecula Quilt shop. I hope to get there someday! Glad you got to get away! My favorite tropical flower is the hibiscus

Jo Ann said...

Glad to see you are "back." Jo Ann

Pamela said...

I love bright pink hibiscus.
Someday I would love to visit San Diego.
Hope you and your family are coping with the loss of your dad.
Thank you for the chance.