An “Artists Date” in Fort Collins brings inspiration and FUN!

The Little Bird Cafe, Fort Collins, CO

The Little Bird Bakeshop, Fort Collins, CO

An “Artists Date”, described by Julia Cameron in her book, “The Artist’s Way”, is an exercise for fueling creativity. My artist sister Leslie and I headed up to Fort Collins to meet our other sister Deb and artist friend Terry for coffee and catching up. Great day for an Artist’s Date. Destination #1 was the Little Bird Bakeshop in Old Town. Great choice, Deb and Terry!

Good Latte art deserves a photo, right Terry?

Good Latte art deserves a photo, right Terry?

The coffee was fantastic and pastries above and beyond delicious. Pretty sure lots of good butter went into the recipes.

Amy Wyatt is the Pastry Chef and owner of The Little Bird Bakeshop.

Amy Wyatt is the Pastry Chef and owner of The Little Bird Bakeshop.

We met pastry chef/owner Amy Wyatt outside her shop, getting ready to run a quick errand. Her extensive experience and background shows, as soon as you see and taste the goodies. Yum.

Painted piano, Old Town Ft. Collins

Painted piano, Old Town Ft. Collins

We were in for a colorful day. Pianos About Town is a project that brings art and music to the streets. I painted my violin for the fall DYAO fundraiser, but painting a piano? Now that would really be fun!

Musician, your piano awaits!

Musician, your piano awaits!

When I found out about a nearby quilt shop, “Mama Said Sew”,  it was “destination #2, here we come!”

Mama Said Sew. Cutest name ever for a quilt shop.

Mama Said Sew. Cutest name ever for a quilt shop.

Joelle cut my fabric with her ever-present smile

Joelle cut my fabric with her ever-present smile

Jelly roll quilt made from Ombre fabrics

Jelly roll quilt made from Ombre fabrics

I love this little quilt, super simple to make with jelly roll fabrics already cut. I hope one of the fabric companies will bring back this ombre design, which is simply a gradation of values in solid colors. Boo hoo, our sales gal Joelle said they were fresh out of the jelly roll kits, as they went pretty fast.

Mama Said take a class!

Mama Said take a class!

I think I talked my sister Deb into taking a quilting class! She’s not an artist, but she is very creative in many other ways, as we got her to finally admit.

After sharing our plans for upcoming projects, favorite books, and seeing the unique shops of Old Town Fort, it was time to head south for home. We will return soon! I came home and worked on my town quilt, how could I not? After all, Mama Said SEW!

town-quilt-2-blocks

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