March 29, 2010

I was in Sacramento for three days for the Quilt, Craft, & Sewing Festival. I had so much animal company!

The show was at Cal Expo, a great big huge events and State Fair grounds. As soon as I got there I knew there had to be some horses around and I was craning my neck for stables or any other sign of equine presence. The next morning I saw the harness racers breezing around the track!


This one had his stablemate along for the jog. Either that or they were both warming up, I don’t know, but when I was a kid I read every Black Stallion book there was and sometimes the horses had friends.


I kept thinking about The Black Stallion’s Sulky Colt and it really took me back to childhood.

sulky-coltNow bear with me, I’m gonna get this to tie into quilting.

My first quilt teacher used to say, “A man on a fast horse would think it looked pretty good.” Now these men weren’t exactly on the horse, but they would still think that all of our quilts looked great!

As soon as you came in the door to the show you were treated to this sight.

scissors-headThat’s Rochelle herself from Rochelle’s Fine Fabric and Quilting, who came all the way from Port Orchard, Washington, with scissors in her head. And she didn’t even have a headache. What a gal.

My booth was directly across from The Rabbit Hole Quilt Shop from Chico, California. They had a trunk show from the Big Fork Bay Cotton Company. Look at all these splendid animals that kept me company during the show!




Little Sacramento dogs get to go with their humans lots of places. During the show, I saw a cockapoo in a European shoulder bag, a Yorkie in a sling, a poodle in a purse, but the only one I got a picture of was the pom in a pram.


Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


2 Responses to “Animal company”

  1. Kim Jamieson-Hirst on March 29th, 2010 12:21 pm

    Lucky you, Kay! Horses and quilts – my two favourites. I too read all the Black Stallion books and own a few myself. I also loved to read Marguerite Henry’s books and have some of these too – such magnificent illustrations.
    Love the Big Fork Bay Cotton Company patterns – we sell lots in the shop and they are all stunning with great instructions. Hard to imagine shopping with a pet – unless they can carry some of your loot! LOL

  2. Carrie P. on March 30th, 2010 6:06 am

    Funny picture of Rochelle. Those animal quilts are fabulous.