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9300C Hitch Hiking Through LA! Bus Trip 1 $83
Wednesday January 21, 7:50am - 5pm

We will begin our Los Angeles day with a stop at the home base of Robert Kaufman Fabrics where we will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about how their beautiful fabrics are conceived and manufactured. Please note that because we will be touring around the warehouse at Robert Kaufman, they ask everyone to wear close-toed shoes for safety. Additionally, Robert Kaufman does not offer retail shopping at their facility.

Born in 1899, Robert Kaufman emigrated from Russia and settled in New York. He first had a successful menswear company, but by 1942 he was operating from a showroom on 5th Avenue in New York City where he began the company that exists today. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1944 where he restarted his company, focusing on fabric for clothing. In the 1980's the company began to market fabric for the growing quilting community. Today they operate two separate design studios, each one generating fabrics specific to the quilting and manufacturing customer. Robert Kaufman also employs a large family of talented signature artists that supply innovative exclusive collections to the line. Robert Kaufman's sons are still involved in the business their father began along with their sons and cousins.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics offers an extensive supply of cotton prints, novelty fabrics, yarn-dyes and solids, covering a full assortment of woven fabric offerings such as poplin, twill, denim, corduroy, linen, canvas, crepe, voile, lawn, satin, georgette, flannel, organza, chenille, stretch woven's, plaids, stripes, etc.

After our morning tour of the Robert Kaufman studios you'll be ready for lunch at the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. The options for lunch are numerous (lunch not included in the tour price).

Then we're off to wander and shop at Michael Levine's where you will find that special item you need in the way of fabric, notions, and trims. They have a wide selection of upholstery fabric, wools and more as well as a wide selection of cotton quilting fabric. Here you will find a large and varied selection of quilt fabric as well as fabric suitable for clothing, upholstery, etc. You will have time to visit some of the shops in the area that specialize in beads, ribbons, silks and just about anything else you need for sewing. While there are many fabric stores around Michael Levine's, it is one of a very few with quilting cotton and certainly the largest.

Our last stop for the day will be at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (www.amoca.org). As part of its mission, AMOCA preserves and collects significant ceramic achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the present. Their permanent collection, which consists of over 3,000 pieces, is a growing representation of the impact of ceramics on the development of human cultures.

9800C - Bus Trip II - Fried Chicken & Fabric! $71
Monday January 26, 7:50am - 5:30pm

Our first stop today will be at Hoffman California-International Fabrics. In 1924, Rube Hoffman founded Hoffman California Fabrics, selling wool flannels to California department stores and clothing manufacturers. Rube played an important role in the growth of California's textile industry. His sons, Philip and Walter, both championship surfers, joined the company in the 1950s and combined their passion for traveling to their favorite surfing spots with discovering unusual printing processes and different types of fabrics. Soon, Hoffman Fabrics abounded with their original designs of surfing scenes, beach life, and underwater settings.

Today, three generations of Hoffmans are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. More than eighty employees are involved with filling orders and shipping fabric to retail fabric stores, craft shops, quilt stores, apparel makers, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers throughout the world. The Design Department creates more than 800 designs of colorful screen prints and luscious Bali batiks each year. We will have an opportunity to learn more about designing and printing this beautiful fabric while we tour the facility. Please note that Hoffman does not offer retail shopping at their facility.

We know you will want to find that perfect fabric, so we'll also visit two of our favorite Southern California fabric shops ­ M&L Fabrics discount store in Anaheim and The Orange Quilt Bee in Orange.

M&L Fabrics. The store is 23,000 sq. ft of fabric ... in some areas almost floor to ceiling! They carry a wide variety of quality quilting and upholstery fabric, vinyls and sewing notions! You'll find all the major brands including but not limited to a large selection of Robert Kaufman, Hoffman, Moda, Timeless Treasures, Clothworks, Michael Miller, VIP, Quilting Treasures, Alexander Henry, Logantex, Shanon Fabrics, David Textiles, Andover Fabrics, A E Nathan, and more and they are all at discount prices. Looking for some quilt backs? Then you'll have to browse through the flat fold section. That's an adventure! www.Mandlfabricsdiscountstore.com

The Orange Quilt Bee. This lovely shop is a full service quilt shop providing an excellent selection of fabrics, books, patterns, notions and in-store machine quilting. OQB offers a full array of supplies and classes including quilting for all levels, garment sewing, handbags and hand embroidery. www.orangequiltbee.com

For lunch today (not included), we've planned a special treat . . . Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm. Since June 1934, it's been the same story every day: locals, tourists and folks "just passing through" start lining up on Grand Avenue for Cordelia's famous fried chicken. Of course, back then Mrs. Knott did all the cooking and her three daughters served the five-table Tea Room. Since 1934, over 20,000,000 guests have eaten chicken dinners in the famous restaurant. In fact, the restaurant bearing Mrs. Knott's name has grown into one of the country's largest full-service family eateries.

While the name sake dinner is still the main draw for the restaurant's 1.1 million annual guests, the menu features other items as well. These include various lunch and dinner entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and a complete Farm breakfast featuring French toast, pancakes, and daily specials. Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant also serves a delicious farm fresh country breakfast as well as the option of family style meals.

We will also have time for shopping at Knott's Marketplace Shops. Are you a collector, baker, animal or Christmas lover? The Marketplace has a store for you! From fine art and collectibles to souvenirs from the largest Snoopy store in the country, these shops have something for everyone!


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