The campground is terraced, so everyone has the perfect view.
On one of the days, we took our tandem over to Balboa via the (short) ferry and rode along the coastline from Newport to Seal Beach.
It was my favorite by far!
It was a treat to drive up to Ventura and see Kelly and her Superbuzzy store, then driving back to Laguna beach via Malibu. I have to say, Malibu felt a lot like "the old" Las Vegas if you know what I mean!
Our early morning beach walk on Christmas morning was such a treat.
And Newport Pier was fabulous
I can vividly imagine a trip to this area becoming a Christmas tradition!
I hope your Christmas was filled with wonder and your 2014 is filled with joy!
Aurifil has long been my favorite thread for piecing. The 50wt is thin and strong, and that's a huge deal when I have lots of seams when I paper piece. Thread takes up space in the seam, so I want to make sure it takes up as little space as possible.
So when Kristin at Sew Mama Sew asked for submissions for an Aurifil Mini Quilt Challenge, I jumped at the chance. Here are the participants:
I have to admit, I felt extremely unworthy when I saw Geta's submission, and tossed and turned and all night before I finished my quilt, thinking it wouldn't be good enough.
But in the end, I went with my original idea because it represents me so well. After all, that's one of my deepest desires, to create work that speaks of me and my style. And my style is simple and uncomplicated.
Aurifil sent this thread set and the only guidelines were to use some of a few of the threads in the pack.
(image credit Sew Mama Sew)
All the colors in Camille's set are so pretty, I decided I wanted to use a little bit of each of them.
*All the block patterns are from the Sew-Ichigo "In the Pantry set", available here, at Sew-Ichigo.
And here's my little mini all quilted. Each piece is outlined with the darker teal thread and then I added some sparkles (one sparkle of each color of thread in the set) to make it retrofabulous.
Thank you Sew Mama Sew for allowing me to participate and thank you to Aurifil for making and sharing such fabulous thread!
p.s. If you'd like to purchase Aurifil, the Fat Quarter Shop has a huge selection!
Also, if you'd like to make an "In the Pantry" mini like mine, leave a comment saying you'd like to make one and I'll put together an illustration with measurements for you!