Lisa Moore – Coming to Rosie’s Calico Cupboard

Lisa Moore, is a wonderful quilt artist, from SE Alaska. She is coming to Southern California soon, and we’ll be teaching a class at Rosie’s Calico Cupboard.

The class is an easy curve technique using half square triangles and one seam flying geese. She has named the design, which will be taught in this class, Alaska Toss – Creative Curves. It wll be offered on Thursday, April 16th from 10am-4pm. This class is only $35.

If you are interested in taking the class, you can contact Rosie’s Calico Cupboard directly. Phone: 619-697-5758 7151 EI Cajon Blvd. Suite F, San Diego, CA 92115

And, even if you are not able to attend this class, you may want to pop into Rosie’s between now and April 16th. There is currently a trunkshow of many of Lisa’s quilts, on display at Rosie’s.

For more info on Lisa Moore, check out her website:

Great Gadgets: Bendable Light

I love great gadgets for sewing and machine embroidery. One of my favorites is the bendable LED light. While I have great home lighting and built in lights on all my sewing and embroidery machines, I really find that this bendable light really makes a big difference. I can easily angle it, helping me see more details & texture, as well as fine stitching. I find my eyes do not get tired as easily, when I use this light source. And I find I simply enjoy quilting in the dark evening hours more!

I also bought the additional mounting kit, for all my machines. This way, I can easily use my bendable LED light on any of my machines! If you don’t yet have your own bendable light, trust me….this is a gadget that is well worth the money and you’ll be happy you bought it!

I’ve also heard great feedback from customers who have been very happy with the manufacturer’s (Dream World) warranty!

These bendable lights also make great gifts and not just for quilters, embroiderers or sewers. But guys working with power tools also love them! Perfect gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, or any day!
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Creative Kindness: Rosie’s Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop – Camp Reach For The Sky

Each year the San Diego-area American Cancer Society hosts camps for kids battling cancer. Rosie Gonzalez organizes school kids, quilt groups, guilds, and individuals to make twin-size quilts that are donated to the campers. As they go through treatment, these special kids can hang onto their quilts as a reminder of their happy camping days.

How you can help: The group gladly accepts quilt blocks, twin or larger quilt tops, and completed new quilts. Or donate quilt fabric and/or batting. Finished quilts must be twin or larger, machine quilted, and bound for stability.

Rosie also needs “long arm quilters” who can help with machine quilting (and shipping costs can be provided, if necessary). Anyone in the San Diego area is invited to join the group’s sew-a-thon, where there are jobs for non-sewers, too.

SewCalGal will also be recognizing long arm quilters that donate time to help with the Camp Reach For The Sky program. Once a month, I’ll recognize a long arm quilter that volunteers for this program.

For more info Contact:
Rosie’s Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop
7151 El Cajon Blvd. Suite F
San Diego CA 92115
Fax: 619-465-8298

Featured and Related Information and Projects in the book “Creative Kindness

Click here to learn more about how you can be involved in making quilts for Camp Reach For The Sky.
Rosie’s Calico Cupboard Quilt Shop/Camp Reach For The Sky

Inspirations Quilt Shop

Want an inspiration? Visit Inspirations Quilt Shop! This is a delightful store, with a very friendly and helpful staff. Actually, it is one of the friendliest quilting shops I have ever visited!

The Inspirations Quilt Shop opened for business in November 2007, in Valley Center, CA. This lovely little shop is located at: 27350 Valley Center Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082. Their hours are 9am to 6pm Monday thru Saturday. You can contact them at (760)751-9400 or for class schedules and product updates.

Their motto is “A place to Inspire and Be Inspired” and I definitely get inspired every time I visit this store. They offer a wide range of floral, children’s and novelty prints from Avyln, Blank Quilting, Kings Road, Northcott, Troy Riverwood, In The Beginning and more.

They also offer long arm services, where they will do your quilting, or you can take a private class to learn to use a long arm quilting machine, and later rent their long arm quilting machine. A 3 hour long arm quilting class is $50 and rental of their long arm quilting machine is only $10/hour.

Udderly Delightful, Udder Cream

Today my hands felt pretty abused. They were dry from all my household projects and spending time playing with fabrics. I was pleased to find quick relief with Udderly Smooth, Udder Cream.

I consider myself selective in the types of hand lotions I like to use, as many cause my skin to react with a rash. I have been really happy with Udderly Smooth, Udder Cream. It quickly sooths my skin and moisterizes it, allowing my hands to quickly feel relief. And the dryness goes away and stays away! I keep a bottle in my sewing room and in my bathroom.

I recommend Udder Cream to all my friends. Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll love it.







note: This is a completely honest review of Udderly Smooth, Udder Cream.  I have purchased and used this product for years and absolutely love it.  You can purchase Udderly Smooth products from their online store,  and here is a list of stores that carry it:

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Quilt Shows

Here is a list of some wonderful quilt shows, you will not want to miss!

If you would like your quilt show announced on this site, please click here to email me with appropriate info.

March 20-21st – Milwaukie

March 26th – 28th – Portland, Oregon

March 27th – 29th – Glendale, CA

April 2-4th – Vancouver, WA

April 25-29th – Paducah

July 11th – Sisters, Oregon

July 24th – 26th – Long Beach, CA
Pacific International Quilt Show – Long Beach

September 17th – 19th – San Diego, CA
San Diego Quilt Show

October 3rd – Temecula, CA

October 10-12 – Houston, TX

Missing Fabrics – A Success Story

Have you ever found the need to search for a particular fabric and had difficulties finding it? I have!

I recently switched two fabrics that I had purchased for a quilt, and my switch resulted in me being short yardage of one fabric that I needed to finish all my blocks. I went hunting thru all my local quilt and yardage stores, sent email inquiries to the fabric manufacturer, various quilt stores, and searched eBay and many online fabric stores. I was spending a lot of time on my search and truly fearful I was going to have to rip out many completed blocks, and start over with a new fabric.

A friend recommended I try While I had heard of this website previously, it is not something I had ever used. To my my delight I found it quite easy to post a notice about the fabric I was searching for, and within a few days I had heard back from the Winnipesaukee Quilt Company, that they had my fabric. I believe within a week of my notice being posted on I actually had enough yardage in my possession to finish my quilt, as originally planned.

While I hope you never have the problem where you are short fabric, or searching for a fabric you can’t find in stock, but if you are I want to encourage you to give a try as I had such a wonderful experience with them.

As I’m also very happy with the company that was able to sell me my missing fabric, at a very reasonable price, I also want to let you know more about Winnepesaukee Quilt Company. They have a store on eBay with a large selection, plus they have many more fabrics that are not always posted on eBay. So, if you are in need of a certain fabric, I recommend you consider contacting Winnepesaukee Quilt Company. There is a good chance they may have what you need, plus their prices are quite reasonable.

Click here to email Winnipesaukee Quilt Company.

KittyKitty Productions

I’ve discovered a treasure in the world of machine embroidery! Teriann Shrum is an illustrator and graphic artist of children’s art for publication. She has combined her artistic talents with her ability to create machine embroidery designs, for all of us to use and enjoy. Her design studio is called KittyKitty Productions.

Her studio offers a very large variety of colorful and artistic designs: Elegant sewing pixies, exquisite craft divas, fun fairies, lovely floral, nursery, holiday, kitchen, nature and quilt designs. All of her designs are very high quality and stitch out beautifully. And, her designs are very reasonably priced!

Her style is very unique and will certainly draw rave reviews on any project you create using designs from KittyKitty Productions.

Teriann also maintains a delightful blog: “A Slice Of Pink”.

Here are a few pictures of her designs, but please go check out her website to see her collection.

There is also a short video clip on the web to show how you can use her beautiful Mock Cathedral Windows Quilt Block{click here for the video}. And you’ll find this design very easy to use.

Click here to go to the Cathedral Window block. Or click here to go to the tutorial for this cathedral window block.

Here is a beautiful quilt, made by Becky Ericson, that used this Mock Cathedral Window machine embroidery design.

KittyKitty Productions is also releasing a new quilt design this week, called a “Mock Cardtrick” quilt block! You may be the first to hear about this, and you could be the first to make a quilt (or purse, pillow, or other project) with this new design!

Vermillion Stitchery

Some of the best cross stitch embroidery designs I’ve ever found are from Vermillion Stitchery. There designs always stitch out beautifully and they come with great instructions and color charts. And their website is full of embroidery tricks & insights. This is a great source of designs for the beginning to the advanced machine embroiderer.

They have so many beautiful designs, it is difficult for me to decide which one I want to work with next. I think I’m going to have fun this spring with their butterfly collection, but whatever design by Vermillion Stitchery, I work with, I know it will stitch out perfectly and be a treasured piece.

Here are some photos of Vermillion Stitchery’s Cats & Dog Angel design collection, which were stitched out by Chris Huysamen . I think they purrfect designs!

Hatched In Africa

Some wonderful embroidery designers in Middleburg, MP, South Africa, have created many beautiful designs. I’ve had an excellent experience stitching out their designs, and find them all of high quality. They have a large selection of designs with a good variety of designs (Quilts & Heirloom, Vintage, Florals, Applique, Stick Figures, Animals, Babies & Children, Redwork, Christmas, etc.).

My latest project using Hatched in Africa has been to make dish towels using their Vintage Cutwork set. I enjoy giving embroidered dish towels as hostest gifts, when I visit friends and family. This design set is one of the easiest cutwork embroidery designs I’ve ever made. I’ve also used it to make several beautiful table runners and shirts.
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