A special weekend, travel, and more

The birthday 

People gathered on the Santa Monica pier to watch the sunset.

Wow! The past couple of weeks have flown by! I can’t believe we’re already in mid-September with the fall season fast approaching. Since I blogged last time, I celebrated a quiet but lovely birthday with my sweetheart who treated me to a fabulous dinner out and a lovely birthday cake from a local bakery. 

We dined at The Lobster right on the Santa Monica pier.

The Lobster sits at the beginning of the famed Santa Monica pier.

A trip to Ohio for a week of work and fun!

I was delighted to travel to Dayton, Ohio, to present a lecture and teach two sold-out workshops for the Miami Valley Quilt Guild. The members gave me such a warm welcome! I was born in Akron, OH, so I’m a buckeye girl at heart no matter where life has taken me. Plus, we lived in the Dayton area from 2004 – 2008 when Kent was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB so it was like returning home again after ten years. My dear friend (and longarm quilter, Carolyn Archer of Ohio Star Quilts) invited me to stay in her fabulous home on a lake. My sweet cousin, Denise Bartram, traveled from Columbus to spend the day with us and help at the lecture on Tuesday evening. 

Carolyn and her husband have moved into the most beautiful home with other buildings on the property and a serene lake.

She has great photo opportunities right in her own backyard!

Meet Toby, Carolyn’s side kick and best furry friend, who was a rescue pup.

Their house sits next to a gorgeous lake with a beautifully landscaped waterfall. If I lived there, I might never leave!

Lakeside selfie. Denise (center) and Carolyn.

I’m sure you can imagine the trouble we three got into prior to the guild meeting! We met for lunch in Waynesville, OH, and did some retail therapy at the world-famous Fabric Shack and other local shops and antique stores. We laughed and giggled and had a true girls’ day out — which is honestly something none of us get to do often enough! If you’re ever in the vicinity of Waynesville, OH, do yourself a favor and make a stop at the Fabric Shack. They have a fabulous shipping department but honestly, their shop is one of my most favorites anywhere! 

The Fabric Shack is one of my personal TOP 5 quilts shops in the world!

I was delighted to see Zola (center) who had traveled all the way to Archbold, Ohio to take a class with me at Sauder Village this past April. Amanda (right) is one of the nicest ladies ever! She and her family own the “Shack.”

Of course I was beyond thrilled to learn they carry my Solid-ish line of fabrics by Timeless Treasures and have had to reorder twice already!

True confessions? Carolyn and I couldn’t stop giggling about this Michael Miller print. Hunky, shirtless Christmas dudes? Too funny……

At the Miami Valley Quilt Guild meeting….

I was thrilled to have some former students bring their completed class quilt projects for me to see!

Denise and Carolyn took care of the products table leaving me free to visit and chitchat with so many wonderful MVQG members. And that little thing we are doing with our hands? It is a silly game for my nephews…..one of those “made you look” things, but it is nothing bad, folks. Honest!

More fun…

The next evening, some of the board and guild members treated us to dinner out in Dayton’s Carillon Park at the Carillon Brewing Co.

This truly one-of-a-kind place serves food and beverages prepared as they would have been in the 1850’s. It was wonderful! I highly recommend this.

After dinner, my cousin spent time sharing her expertise in antique costume jewelry by pouring through some of Carolyn’s cherished family heirlooms. Denise is so knowledgeable about jewelry from the Victorian era up through present day. She has a shop on Etsy and she buys and sells jewelry. I hope you’ll check out her treasures by clicking the link.

Carolyn had a treasure trove of things from her family ancestors.

Denise surprised me with the most special gift for my birthday. She gave me a glass bulb “locket” with a picture of my Mom and Dad inside. Of course, I cried when I opened the tiny box. What’s remarkable about this is I had remarked to my husband two days prior the one thing I really missed on my birthday was getting the annual phone call from my Mom and Dad singing “happy birthday” to me. Seeing this gorgeous, antique locket with their pictures was like receiving that song and a hug from heaven. Thank you, Denise.

While Denise was with us, we took a photo of Carolyn’s version of Night Stars, which was the 2015 CRAFTSY FREE Summer Block of the Month project. The original quilt had been made with bright batiks and a black background.

Carolyn’s version of Night Stars with reproduction prints is simply stunning!

And finally, we had a chance to drive by our old Cape Cod home in Kettering. My goodness, it brought back so many sweet and happy memories. Our boys were much younger (elementary and middle school ages) and we loved living in this community. The owners have certainly done a great job taking care of it, for which I’m grateful. 

It was a wonderful week and I enjoyed spending time with friends, old and new. I came back to California with a full and happy heart. 

Flying into LAX, the city and suburbs of LA stretched out like a patchwork quilt of light. What a sight!



  1. Oh! I loved the blog! I love you! We really did have a wonderful time!!! Can’t wait to see you again – sooner than later!!!

    • Hey everyone! Here are the links to my cousin’s shop on Etsy!!!! Check out all the really cool stuff she has!

  2. Happy belated birthday Kimberly!

    Louise C (Your friend from Montreal)

  3. It was great meeting you Kimberly. I’m such a fan and you are truly a wonderful teacher. I learned so much in between all the laughter. I hope to take more of your classes and look forward to finishing the quilt we started. Best wishes to you and yours and happy belated birthday!…..Your #1 Fan and Quilt Instructor Stalker…..Brenda????

    • Brenda — You are a delight! LOVED getting to know you, hanging out with you. We definitely have to do more of the “hanging out” part! Next time I come to town, please join us for lunch in Waynesville, shopping and FUN!!!!

  4. I enjoy your blog so much. It is fun to see all the pictures and hear about everything you are doing. Happy Birthday (belated) Kimberly.

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