This weekend was the beginning of the Southern California Quilter's Run and this was my first year to participate. I had a lot of fun visiting the stores in zone 1 and look forward to possibly doing zone 2 next weekend. It's quite an experience and almost feels like a scavenger hunt, because all you've got is your car and your map and quite possibly a love for fabric as well. :-)
The most important thing to have is your passport, because it's your key to winning prizes! You can pick one up at your first stop on the run, and each store gives you a stamp when you get there. Once you are done visiting stores, you can turn in your passport at your final store location and that store will turn it in for you. You are then eligible to win prizes from each store you visit and each zone you complete as well. If you are one of the hard core Quilt runners and visit all 42 stores you can win a trip! I visited 8 out of 9 stores in my zone this weekend.
My first stop yesterday was "Quilter's Country Cottage" in Simi Valley. I had a hard time finding the store because all I had was an address and it was hidden from view from the street. Had I already picked up a pamphlet with a map and directions to each store, it wouldn't have been as difficult.
The "Quilter's Country Cottage" was a cute store and the employees were very nice. I was offered water and given my free pattern and my mardi gras beads. (The theme this year is mardis gras so each store gives you some colorful beads) It's fun to see the participants of the quilt run with all their beads around their necks. When you pull into a parking lot and see people with beads, you know you've found the right place! I also picked up some fun green polka dot fabric while at that store.
The second store I visited was the "Loving Stitches Quilt Shoppe" in Santa Clarita. It was a bit of a drive from the 5 fwy but very easy to find. When I walked in I wasn't sure where to go and I was told I "looked lost" and was then directed to the back room where they had their table set up.
Their goodie bag included a package of peanut m&m's which I ate during my travels so they are not shown here. :-) I also got my pattern, beads and a coupon to come back. I purchased some fun 1930's fabrics and then hit the road.
The next stop on my journey was the cute town of Montrose and the equally cute store
"Quilt'n' Things". I really enjoyed visiting this store and they had a large variety of wonderful fabrics. The way the store is set up makes you want to buy fabric and stay a while. :-)
I picked up my pattern, beads and coupon and also signed up for their mailing list. It's a little bit of a trek from where we live, but I think it would be worth going back. I bought some more 1930's fabrics and a couple fat quarters, but I definitely could have bought a lot more. :-)
Leaving Montrose, my next stop was not far at all. Only about 10 minutes down the street was the "Patchwork Penguin" located in Tujunga.
I arrived right before a group of vanpoolers so I got there just in time to miss the rush. :-) I was given a penguin charm since it was my first quilt run, some penguin gummies, a sample of hand lotion, and some games, in addition to my free pattern and beads. I didn't end up buying any fabric there but left with my hands full of free goodies. :-)
I left Tujunga and drove back to the San Fernando Valley. "Candy's Quiltworks" is in Northridge and was one shop I had visited in the past looking for fabric. I love their store because it's gigantic and they carry pretty much everything you would ever want in terms of fabric and quilting. When I got out of the car I was approached by a palm reader who kind of startled me a little, but as soon as I told him I wasn't interested he left me alone. I then headed inside to look for some fun fabrics and get my stamp.
This store had a pretty big setup for the quilt run and I was given a handy tote bag along with my free pattern, some free fabric, some candy and beads. I also got a stamp card that I can use when I go back to the store to get some free fabric down the line. I bought two Mary Engelbreit fabrics which I looooove and had to resist buying more. There were a lot of quilt runners there when I was there and everyone was discussing the challenge it would be to get to all 42 stores.
From Northridge, it was only about a 15 minute drive to the "Quilt Emporium" in Woodland Hills. I had visited this store once before and bought some civil war fabrics. They have a great selection of fabrics from that time period as well as other fun stuff. They had a nice room set up in the back for the quilt run and were even serving jambalaya! Pretty fancy!
I picked up my pattern and beads and bought a few pieces of 1930's fabrics. I think I'm ready to make my 1930's quilt now! :-)
I have to confess I was a little bit of a quilt run wimp and only visited 6 stores yesterday, but today I got to two more stores! My husband even came with me which was a treat. :-) The first one we went to was the "The Quilters' Studio" in Newbury Park. I really like this store and the fabrics they choose to carry. They had a room in the back set up nicely for the quilt run.
They were giving free samples of fusible webbing along with the pattern and beads. They had a huge selection of 1/2 yards and I picked up two that I really like. It was nice and easy to shop there because they had a whole separate pre-cut section set up for the quilt runners.
My weekend at the Quilter's Run ended at "Cotton and Chocolate Quilt Company" in Thousand Oaks.
There were several quilt runners there when we got there and one woman had already visited 40 of the 42 stores!! I am definitely a novice compared to her! I picked up my pattern and beads and coupon for the Long Beach Quilt show and headed home. I didn't buy anything there but they do carry a nice selection of fabrics.
There is one remaining store in zone 1 and it's located in Lancaster. It's a bit of a drive but I will probably go next weekend so I can complete the zone. My mom and I might venture down to zone 2 to see what's happening down there and get some more stamps... and probably more fabric... hehehe. Overall I had a great time and would recommend this to all the quilters out there who aren't afraid to drive a little. It's fun to see what's out there and see new parts of Southern California too.