I recently visited California for two weeks to spend time with my daughters, and while I was out there, I made plans to go visit Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Company in Thousand Oaks. Cotton and Chocolate was voted one of the Top Ten Quilt Shops in American Patchwork and Quilting’s Quilt Sampler magazine, and after visiting the shop, I must say it is well-deserved. They have a little bit of everything, and they provide a LOT of services for their customers.
This year, they are doing the Hazel’s Diary quilt from my book, “A Simple Life: Quilts Inspired by the ’50s“, as their Saturday Sampler Block-of-the-Month quilt! I’m so honored that they chose my quilt for their program.
Since my trip to California was going to coincide with one of the days the Saturday Sampler Club was actually meeting, it worked out really well for me to present “The Life of Hazel Ilene” program to them, and I was honored to get to show them all the quilts from the book.
Marilyn and Jerry are the most wonderful hosts! Funny, kind people that you just love to be around.
Both of my daughters got to come with me to the program, and they made all three of us feel so welcome. My daughters had a really good time, and I was thrilled to get to spend time with both of them together — that is a rare occurrence these days!
Here I am near the beginning of the program: “I solemnly swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth” — the truth is I’m severely un-photogenic!
Marilyn is helping me hold up the little Summer of ’51 tablecloth project from the book:
Jerry’s helping me show the Stars Over Missouri quilt:
I got to see a lot of the first blocks that the group is making! There are ONE HUNDRED quilters making this quilt in this group!!! ONE HUNDRED! I’m so flattered. They each got to choose their background colors and frame colors, so it was very interesting to see all the different frame colors being used. I just loved seeing these:
Marilyn and Jerry showed last year’s Block-of-the-Month top that was made by one of the club members. Last year’s quilt was made from my friend, Victoria‘s, Mostly Manor line of fabric! And you can see in the background Marilyn’s version of the Hazel’s Diary quilt that she made as the club sample.
After the program, I did a book signing, and got to talk to so many of the club members individually.
We had so much fun!
If you’re ever in Thousand Oaks, California, I hope you take the time to look up Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Company. You’ll feel right at home there!
(And it’s right next door to a Jinky’s restaurant, where my girls took me afterward to have one of the best chicken sandwiches I’ve ever eaten!)