Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Road Home to Silicon Valley

Welcome to QuiltFabrication, and Silicon Valley, home to all things tech!

When first approached by Marian at Seams to be Sew about participating in the 2016 Road Home Row-along, I immediately said yes! Such an easy decision because the area I live in, Silicon Valley, is home to all of the great tech companies that we know and love.

My row depicts four large companies that are along major roads, and within close proximity to my humble home. We're talking a 15 mile radius, that's how close. Believe or not, 'tech tourism', the visiting of these companies as if they were tourist attractions, has sprung up. Today, I'll be your tour guide to these four companies.

Let's start at Facebook, where the 'thumbs up' sign greats us at the entrance.

Awesome quilt pattern in the background, huh? The buildings are nice, with lots of open sky and the bay on the backside.

Continuing down the freeway for a few miles sits Google, which in my opinion, has the best location. Perched on a small hill, surrounded by lots of trees and open space,

and, of course, plenty of parking for the famous green, yellow, and red bikes used by employees to get from building to building.

And just a half mile away, is it's friendly neighbor, LinkedIn, another favorite company.

Before hitting the freeway again, we could make a stop at the Computer History Museum, and check out just how far we've come in all things tech.


But let's continue on, past my house, and move on to Apple, another favorite. Below are the current headquarters,

with the Apple Campus 2, (the Spaceship that's under construction) and future headquarters a mile away. 

Can you get a feel for how massive this building is? With the freeway to the south, retail west, residential north, and a hospital on the east, it's a huge campus in the middle of suburbia. There's a flyover view  (not mine) if you want to see more.

Of course, the list of tech companies goes on and on. Sorry if I left out other favorites, but there's just so much room in a 12 1/2" x 42" row! 

To download the Silicon Valley Row for free, visit my Craftsy Pattern shop, and check out the Free Pattern area on Craftsy for other rows. And don't forget to visit the other row-along participants today.

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The giveaways today end Wednesday, October 5 @ 11:59, so be sure to visit the other participants and enter their giveaways too. If you don't see a giveaway showing, feel free to enter at Seams To Be Sew  where you can also enter to win The Fat Quarter Shop's bundle of quilting fun with a total value of $300.00.

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(Dual Posting)
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October 11
Show N Tell Day

I hope you've enjoyed your short tour of Silicon Valley, the birthplace of tech, and my home.


  1. Susan very creative block. Thank you for sharing

  2. Such a fun and whimsical row and an cool way to drive home also. I've never been to Silicon Valley, but I can see why it would become popular for tourists also. Thank you for joining us for The Road Home Row Along, it's has been fun to see all the rows come together and this row is so perfect for the area you chose to do, when I hear Silicon Valley, I absolutely think Hi-Tech.. I didn't even realize their was a museum for all that stuff. :)

  3. Enjoyed the visit to Silicon Valley :) Love the row!

  4. Your row is so original and creative! I enjoyed the tech tour!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial of the capital of tech companies. Fun row.

  6. What a neat row and living by near Silicon Valley sounds like fun! Thanks for the tour.

  7. Great info on tech companies-what a wonderful place you call home! Love your block-great ideas! Thank you, Susan

  8. OH MY! I didn't know there were actual places like that. LOL I loved all the info. I think it would be an exciting place to visit. I am not computer smart so I might could learn a few things. Thank you for sharing.

  9. How fun to see all these places we all know by name. Your row sure added some fun to this hop. Thanks for a great pattern

  10. Wow! I had no idea what Silicon Valley looked like. Thank you for the tour. Your pattern is great!

  11. Your row definitely shows off those amazing places in Silicon it! Thanks for sharing your row!

  12. Such an out of the box row, to highlight an out ofthebox area! thanks for sharing..

  13. this is a wonderful representation. thanks for sharing

  14. That is fabulous!!!! I LOVE the idea.

  15. Quilters map of Silicone Valley.

  16. Really love your row, so techy. Thanks for the tour too. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  17. Your row is great - just love your sense of humor!!

  18. I like the way you did your row. I like its simplicity and the way you depicted the area around you.

    1. Thanks - just keeping with the 'tech' theme

  19. Funny how all the tech companies are in the same area. Love the simplicity of your row, Thanks.

  20. It's really fun to see the area where you live, and how it's reflected in your row. You had a lot of options!

  21. Didn't realize that Facebook used a great quilt pattern for their sign! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  22. What an exciting area to live in. I love the design of your row and the map feel to it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  23. A thoroughly modern row, so appropriate for Silicon Valley!

  24. I'm from Half Moon Bay originally, and used to work in Mountain View. Your Silicon Valley Row took me down memory lane! Love it! I also checked out the flyover video of the Apple Campus 2. All I can say is O.M.G.!!!

  25. What a creative row! I love the virtual tour. :-) Thanks for the link to the flyover. The kids will love seeing that.

  26. And the craziest part of Apple 2 is that it won't be big enough to house ALL local Apple employees.

  27. I did enjoy your short tour of Silicon Valley! Creative row design.

  28. I must say, how can anyone live there if they aren't being paid by one of the biggies. Your row is great!

  29. I must say, how can anyone live there if they aren't being paid by one of the biggies. Your row is great!

  30. What an interesting tour of the valley! I love Apple products and never want to have to switch OS to the other kind. =) Thanks for the great row!

  31. I am glad to know what the Silicon Valley looks like, thanks.

  32. HA haha love it very modern looking....

  33. Your row is a very cool way to represent Silicon Valley. Looks like an interesting place to live!

  34. Didn't know all those buildings were on the same street! Great row.

  35. What an interesting place to live. Your row is great.

  36. Wow. So much tech. Where would we quilters be without tech these days? I certainly wouldn't have learned so much more than I have without Internet.

  37. Wow! You really live in techie heaven! I didn't know those places were so close together. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, and there's more that just couldn't fit in the row

  38. Interesting. I did not know that those three companies were so close together, but I guess it makes sense.

  39. What a fun idea for your row. Great job. Thanks.

  40. I loved that picture of the Facebook billboard. Thank you for the row pattern.

  41. Thanks for sharing tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  42. What a creative block! Thanks for sharing, great job!

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  43. Very creative and I was glad I recognized the logos. So cute.

  44. Very cute, they should pay you for the great ad.

  45. What a fun row! Has the Chamber of Commerce seen your row?

  46. When I was a computer operations consultant, I spent a LOT of time in your area - your row is PERFECT, I fully GET IT!!! Sew Creative.

    1. Thank you! Nice to hear from someone who totally understands this high tech area!

  47. How fun! I love the trip down techy lane. And I a big fan of Apple!

  48. Looks like a fun row. thanks for sharing

  49. What a fascinating post! I've heard of Silicon Valley of course, but I never saw pictures. Thanks for sharing! And I love your quilt!

  50. This is an awesome row by row design and I loved seeing the headquarter buildings too!

  51. Thanks for the little tour! Your row is a great design.

  52. Thanks for the little tour! Your row is a great design.

  53. very interesting! I am living in a whole "nother world so enjoyed the tour.
    great row!

  54. Oh my gosh, you nailed it. the trip down tecky was was a great addition. Moddern, and cityfied

  55. You definitely live in an interesting area. Hard to believe that they are so close to each other. Thank you for the informative tour and an interesting block.

    1. Yes, it certainly is an interesting area! A bit mind boggling in how close they are. FYI Yahoo would have been in the upper right corner of the row had I had room!

  56. A very creative row! And what an interesting place to live, thanks for the walk/drive around!!

  57. So clever - brilliant idea! And where would we be without this Valley? I certainly would not be taking part in this incredible journey while I sit in my lounge in England!

  58. I had no idea these companies were so close together! It's interesting how you incorporated them into your row...brilliant!

  59. Love your row, perfect for Silicon Valley.


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