Central Coast Tour: Brownie’s Basement to welcome roaming quilters

May 29, 2002
Santa Paula News

Brownie’s Basement on Main Street, a favorite stop for all kinds of shoppers, is being highlighted through The Central Coast Quilt Shop Association’s first ever Quilt Shop Tour, being held May 31 to June 2.

Quilters are being urged to grab their friends and quilting buddies and hop in the car or van to take the tour, which has 13 quilters’ stops in Atascadero, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ojai, Camarillo and Santa Paula.

The tour is 207 miles in length - which can be done in one day - and quilters can take up to three days to visit all 13 shops (tour passes will be validated); only those who stop at all the shops are eligible for great prizes, including a Handy Quilter (valued at $579) and the Shop Owners Commemorative Quilt, a priceless item made by all the shop owners containing special designed blocks representing their areas.

In addition, there will be daily door prize drawings at each shop (winners need not be present including fabulous gift baskets.

Santa Paula will be represented by a replica of the clock tower, said Brownie’s Basement owner Cheryl Baudizzon.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesBrownie’s Basement on Main Street, a favorite stop for all kinds of shoppers, is being highlighted through The Central Coast Quilt Shop Association’s first ever Quilt Shop Tour, being held May 31 to June 2.Quilters are being urged to grab their friends and quilting buddies and hop in the car or van to take the tour, which has 13 quilters’ stops in Atascadero, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ojai, Camarillo and Santa Paula.The tour is 207 miles in length - which can be done in one day - and quilters can take up to three days to visit all 13 shops (tour passes will be validated); only those who stop at all the shops are eligible for great prizes, including a Handy Quilter (valued at $579) and the Shop Owners Commemorative Quilt, a priceless item made by all the shop owners containing special designed blocks representing their areas.In addition, there will be daily door prize drawings at each shop (winners need not be present including fabulous gift baskets.Santa Paula will be represented by a replica of the clock tower, said Brownie’s Basement owner Cheryl Baudizzon.Baudizzon said the tour is going to be “really awesome. . .it’s the first one up the Central Coast,” although other quilt tours held in different areas are usually called “runs.“
“Ours is a nice, small run but we’re calling it a tour and encouraging people to take their time,” so they can really explore each stop.Baudizzon had displayed the Shop Owners Commemorative Quilt that features the city’s famous clock tower: The quilt has “made the rounds,” of each shop featured on the tour, she noted, and “anyone that comes in can get a free block with the brick fabric,” to make their own.Other free gifts will be available at Brownie’s Basement and the other quilt shops throughout the tour weekend. In addition, Brownie’s Basement will have extended tour business hours (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and offer free refreshments.“We’re going to pull out all the stops,” for the expected crowd of roaming quilters, which could number as many as 900 people, Baudizzon noted.A special feature of the tour are lectures and “trunk shows” by prominent quilters Jean and Valori Wells, whose Camarillo appearance will be May 31 at the Community Center; they will also be making a stop in Nipomo.“Quilters get excited about these tours, they get into the motor home with about a dozen friends, plot their course and have the husband drive,” laughed Baudizzon. “I’m not sure how many quilters we’ll have, but it will be exciting to find out. And this tour will be annual event; when people start quilting you just go places to find the pieces,” as well as have fun in new places, such as “unique and beautiful Santa Paula.”For more information, call Brownie’s Basement at 525-4556.



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