It started on Friday when Becky and my long time BFF, Nikki and I met up and drove to Thimble Creek Quilt Store for a class. The owners, Joe and Roxie are awesome and always make us feel so welcome. You never know how long it's going to take to drive there. We would be driving in Bay Area work traffic so we left at 7:30 a.m. for a 10:00 class. The last time Nikki and I went there was an accident and we arrived with just minutes to spare. This time we breezed through and had time for a leisurely breakfast at a local Denny's.
The class we took was with none other than (drum roll, please.............) Pam of PAMKITTYMORNING fame and Elizabeth of The Late Bloomer fame! I know!!!! Nikki and I had previously taken a class from Elizabeth so we knew what a great gal she is but we had never met Pam. I had suspicions, though, that we were going to have a fun day. Was I ever correct! Pam is so funny (I'm sorry, I'm going to be using fun and funny a lot). The class was the start of their once a month "Fun with Late Bloomer and PAMKITTYMORNING" class. The class description says that you can just hang out and work on your own project or make the class project that they provide. Puleeeeeeze! Like I'm going to pass up the opportunity to make an original design from these two! It turned out that Becky, Nikki and I were the only students! We immediately became charter members in good standing (anyone for an autograph?).
Miss Jean, Nikki, Elizabeth, Pam and Becky
Becky, Nikki and I then ran over to the local Panera Restaurant for a lovely lunch outside. I had a Tomato and Mozzarella Panini . I would have taken a picture of but I ate it so fast because it was AWESOME! Becky couldn't stay any longer as she and her DH are redecorating and remodeling her already beautiful home. She had to make a stop and look at some fixtures for her bathroom. Bye, Becky!!!
I had found a great deal on a motel near Thimble Creek so after lunch Nikki and I checked in. Nikki had time for a quick nap and I sat and read. How relaxing! Then it was off to Thimble Creek again for another class. This one is a monthly class hosted by none other than (another drum roll please........) Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts fame. We've met Joanna before so we knew we were going to have a great time. She is so fun and so talented! (There I go again. I think I need to buy a thesaurus) The class is from 6:30 p.m. until midnight and has been held for a while so she already has a core group of regulars that show up. They were so welcoming to Nikki and I and made us feel right at home. You could work on any project you wanted, which gave Nikki and I a chance to get some serious sewing done on a donation quilt we're working on.
I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures, but managed to take this one of Nikki and Joanna before we left. (Joanna took her shoes off so she wouldn't be so much taller than Nikki! LOL!)
Saturday Nikki and I had breakfast at the local Denny's again and then hit the road to visit two quilt shops on our way home. Now, I am not going to give the name of the first quilt shop we stopped at. All I can say is, PEOPLE! Times are tough!! If you want us to spend our hard earned money in your store on stuff that we really don't need, the least you could do is say hello and be friendly when we are there! Nuff said. Our next stop was at one of our favorite in the whole wide world quilt stores, In Between Stitches. I knew Melissa and Leslie wouldn't disappoint us. "Hi, girls!!!! What are you up to?" Love, love, love that store!!!!! After some shopping and a fabulous lunch at the AWESOME restaurant next door, The Railroad Cafe, we made our way home. I dropped Nikki off at her place in Manteca and then made the short drive home to Escalon. "Hi, honey, I'm home. I'm going to take a nap!"
We had such a great time. But that's not the end of the story, either. The next day Nikki and our friend Cindy picked me up bright and early and we went to a quilt show in Sonora. I'll post about that next. I've made myself tired thinking about what all we did and I think I need another nap.
All I can say is: "Girls! Get out there and have some fun!!!"