Saturday, May 31, 2014

Quilt store visit in Placerville and Auburn California

My friend, Venita, and I went for a two shop visit a couple of weeks ago. We had a great time. We started out early and hungry. Venita had researched where the best place for breakfast/lunch was in Placerville and came up with a delightful restaurant called Sweetie Pies in downtown Placerville.It is housed in an old house with a dining patio out front. We had a great breakfast. I had eggs benedict where they used ham instead of Canadian bacon. Yummy. Venita ordered from the "light" menu. She got scrambled eggs, bacon and one olallieberry pancake with olallieberry syrup. That "small" olallieberry pancake was bigger than a dinner plate. Not such a small breakfast afterall.

They also sold pies and breads. I bought a loaf of apple cinnamon bread to take home. Toasted, it was the best. Venita took home an olallieberry pie. It was a hot day. I'm sure by the time she got home, her pie was nice and warm and ready to have ice cream on top of it.

After breakfast we headed out to find High Sierra Quilters in Placerville. It recently moved there from Cameron Park. What a treat it was. It is a relatively small shop, but it has a lot of fabric to choose from. I needed several different colors for borders on star quilt top I had made. I found all that was needed there plus a little more.

Venita found a couple of panels and other fabrics for quilts she was working on.

We had the store owner take a picture of us under their quilted sign with my phone. I didn't check until we got home and found it didn't take, so I can't share that with you. I did take the following picture of a sample quilt hanging on their wall. It is so beautiful. The piecing is about 1/4 inch thick. Wow!

After having fun there, we headed for highway 49 that runs between Placerville and Auburn and through Coloma. Coloma is where Sutter had his gold mill back in the 1800s. It is a beautiful drive. Easy for me to say, as I was not driving.

Arriving in Auburn, we quickly found the quilt store there thanks to a smart phone GPS. From the outside, the Whistle Stop Shop didn't look all that big. But it is good sized. They moved from Colfax a few months ago. I loved their little shop there, but it was not a shop I went to often, as it was quite a drive to get to. This one still isn't really close, but we do travel through Auburn more often.

I did spend quite a bit of money there. I bought some fabric, of course. I also bought a pattern that I am busy making. It is a salmon table runner pattern. I am putting two salmon tail to tail on variegated blue material. I have one sewn down after fusing it to the background fabric. I have the other one fused but not sewn down yet. That is a lot of work. It will be a gift for my brother, who is an avid fisherman.

The picture below is Venita in the Placerville store. It is a little fuzzy of Venita, but it shows part of the large array of fabric the store carries.

We had a good time. We will have to do it again when she gets back from her travels. Have a good time, Venita.

Keep on Quilting


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