February 15, 2008

Tour de Palm Springs, California - February 2008

The Tour de Palm Springs course ranged from 5 miles to 100 miles. We signed up and rode 10 miles.

The day was sunny and warm - 78 degrees. Now that is how I like a February day!

Pallas just out of the van and ready to go.

The start and finish were in downtown Palm Springs. The ride took us up into the residential neighborhoods in the hills at the base of the mountains.

It was a fun ride with an estimated 8000 people attending the event.

John at the finish.

Pallas at the finish and of course the t-shirt and medal rewards are fun.

John and Pallas in the vendor area after the ride.

Hemet Quilt Show - February 2008

The Hemet quilt show is a wonderful little quilt show. Everyone is given a glove upon entry so that touching the quilts is allowed - and we all know that the urge to touch the quilts is very powerful. It gives you the opportunity to get up real close to the quilts, and to turn them over to look at the backs and stitches. The Valley Quilters ladies are on hand to explain the quilts in such a friendly manner.

Jodi at Hemet quilt show

Necktie Quilt

Hand quilted flour sack quilt

Hand quilted

February 14, 2008

Fabric Postcard for Cyber Fyber Swap

I made this fabric postcard for the Cyber Fyber Exihibition Swap.

You can read more about Cyber Fiber at this link:


I am excited to be part of this unique idea.

For the postcard's subject, I chose a digital photo I had taken of the old Hemet Stock Farm gate. The card is made entirely of fabrics. The photograph is printed on white cotton. The piece is made up of vintage fabrics that include scraps of a kitchen dishtowel, floursack and rick rack. New fabrics include a piece of burlap on the front and unbleached muslin for the postcard back. All are stitched securely with machine stitching.

The 36 acre stock farm was built in Hemet, California in 1909 - 1910 to breed, train and race horses. It was a film location for the movie "Seabiscuit". The property has been sold and awaits development plans.

February 6, 2008

It's All About the Hat.

Today, while browsing in an antique store, I found a little treasure. Well, at least I think it is a treasure. I can't resist interesting photographs, and this one appealed to me because of the unusual hat this young woman is wearing. Sooooo, I brought it home to join the ever more crowded collection in my stash. I plan to use my new 'friend' in a small art quilt that I will share here in my blog.