Seaside Quilt Guild Presents: Mary Ellen Kranz

Seaside Quilt Guild is hosting a workshop on May 6 and 7 with Mary Ellen Kranz for Landscape Photo Quilts. There are openings to attend this workshop for guild members and non-members. Plans for these two day classes are:

Day 1 – we will learn how to incorporate Digital Photography, Printing and Quiltmaking.

Day 2 – we will do Photo Inspired Landscape Quilts.

For more info on the classes, check out Mary Ellen’s website at :

Classes will be held at Rosie’s Calico Cupboard from 9 am – 4 pm.
Class fee is $45 for each class plus a $10 fee paid to the teacher for the supply kit.

To sign up for either one or both classes contact :
Patti Brown, 858 270-0403,

June Tailor

It would be difficult for me to count how many June Tailor products I have in my sewing room, so I’ll simply say I have “oodles”. And they are all wonderful. One of my recent additions, which I absolutely love, is a June Tailor Creative Cut Ruler. Before I bought this ruler I thought I had plenty of rulers and didn’t need any more, but I now wonder how I ever managed without one. It is a perfect ruler to help expedite cutting strips, squares, diamonds and triangles.

June Tailor has many wonderful products. From great rulers, cutting mats, quilting products, thread racks, fusible batting, and many other great products. As I’m big on organizational tools, especially to help me when I go to sew-cials, my wish list for my next June Tailor product is for one of their wonderful Quilter’s Totes. I can’t wait to get one!

Fun Events To Go To

April 18th
Quilt Show
First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino Del Rio South
Linder Hall Admission $7 (husbands and parking are free!)

April 18 – 19 2009
Nite Owl Quilters Guild Quilt Show Ontario Senior Center, 225 B Street Opportunity baskets and silent auction–both days Email Contact: Website:

April 24 – 25 2009
Friendships made by the Sea Quilt Show Email Contact: Website:

April 25 – 26 2009
Seven Sisters Quilt Show The Associated Quilt Guilds of the Central Coast present the 2009 SEVEN SISTERS QUILT SHOW April 25, Saturday 9a.m.-5p.m.and April 26, Sunday 9a.m.-4p.m. to be held at the Alex Madonna Expo Center, Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road San Luis Obispo, California $7/one-day pass or $10/two-day pass The show will includes Over thirty vendors,Opportunity Quilts, Challenge Quilts, Wearable Art, Food Vendors and a beautiful quilt display! Email Contact: Website:

May 1 ‐ 2
Inland Empire Quilters Guild presents “Country Quilt Fair” Quilt Show. Come and join us for a fun filled quilt show. We will have a silent auction. We also are selling tickets for opportunity baskets and each one contains a sewing machine. Our opportunity quilt will be raffled off on Saturday. Over 100 quilts on display. Vendor Mall, Hoffman Challenge Quilts, Guild Challenge Quilts, Craft Boutique, Door Prizes, Special Exhibits and Quilts for sale. Admission $7. Email Contact:

May 14, 15, 16
Del Mar Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival
Del Mar Fair Grounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014$8.00/person. And there is a $1 off coupon online.

May 16 – 17
Antelope Valley Quilt Association’s quilt show AVQA will be having their 32nd annual quilt show on May 16‐17, 2009 at the Antelope Fair grounds at the J. P. Pavilion building at 2551 W. Ave H (at Hwy. 14)
Lancaster, Ca 93536. Email Contact:, or
Antelope Valley Quilt Association’s quilt show AVQA will be having their 32nd annual quilt show on May 16-17, 2009. It will be held at the Antelope Fair grounds at the J. P. Pavilion building at 2551 W. Ave H (at Hwy. 14) Lancaster, Ca 93536. There will be a fashion show on Sunday,at 1pm., quilt auction on Saturday, at 1 pm., vendors, door prizes, Children’s color block workshop, opportunity quilt drawing, and a Bernina sewing machine drawing. Admission is $7 for two days, Husbands and children under 12 are free. There is also $5 for parking. Email Contact:, or

May 15-16
Quilt Show presented by the Chula Vista Quilters Guild.
The show will also display 40 of the Hoffman Challenge quilts and there will be various vendor booths, along with refreshments to purchase. There are 80+ entries in this quilt show!
Community Congregational Church, 276 “F” St. Chula Vista CA 91910,
Fri and Sat 10 am – 4 pm. $5 Nancy Higgins 619-475-7615

May 16 – 17
San Fernando Valley Guild and Valley Quiltmakers AROUND THE WORLD IN STITCHES Quilt Show Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4,Cal State Univ Northridge. Hoffman Challenge Quilts, Asilomar Raffle Drawing, Vendor Mall, Quilt Auction Sunday 2PM, and much more. Email Contact: Website:

June 5 – 6
North Cities Quilt Guild “ALL THAT JAZZ”, our biennial quilt show, will be held at the Placentia Presbyterian Church, 849 North Bradford, Placentia CA. Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-4pm. Email Contact:

June 9 – 14
The Traveling Quilters Join us as we visit Minnesota . . the land of the Lakes. Our feature for this trip is the Minnesota Quilt Guild Quilt Show in Duluth. Before heading to the show we’ll spend some time at Gull Lake near Brainerd (home of Cherrywood Fabrics) where we’ll enjoy a lecture and trunk show about how the Cherrywood fabric is created. We’ll visit St. Cloud (home of Gruber’s Quilt Shop, Munsinger Gardens, and more) for a day and then we’re off to Duluth. We’ve planned a number of quilt shop stops and we’ll even dip into Wisconsin to visit a few of their shops. Join us? Email Contact: Website:

June 13 – 14
Santa Monica Quilt Guild presents “Explorations 2009” a quilt exhibition of traditional and contemporary works. Located at Loyola Marymount University in Westchester. Over 150 quilts on display. Featured Quilter: Sherry Kleinman Vendors, Bag Boutiue, Raffles, Auctions, Demonstrations, Opportunity Quilt, Games & More. Admission $7 at the door. Contact Tina Nord 310/838-4333. Email Contact: Website:

July 9-12 and July 16-19;
Southern California Quilter’s Run. Great Prizes.

July 24-26th, 2009
One of the newest and largest Quilt Shows in Southern California! Classes begin on Wednesday, July 22 (a day earlier). Tours begin on July 21st.
Shopping Hours: July 23, 5-9pm Preview Night; July 24 & 25th 10am-7pm; July 26th 10am-3pm.

September 5 – 6
Busy Bears Quilt Guild of Big Bear Lake Mountain Treasures XXI 2009 Quilt Show; Labor Day Weekend; Big Bear Middle School 41275 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315 Sat. 10-5 Sun. 10-4 Admission – $5.00 Children under 12 Free Boutique, Exhibit Quilts, Vendors, Wearable Art, Door Prizes For More Information call: Sharon 909 844-4545 or Bonnie 909 866-3906 Email Contact:

Sept 17 – 19th
San Diego Quilt Show at the San Diego Convention Center.

September 17 – 2
The Traveling Quilters Our Temecula Quilt-Away Retreats are always fun and productive weekends. It’s a great opportunity to finish projects or start something new. We usually have anywhere from 30 to 45 people at the retreat so it’s always fun to see what people are working on. Each person has half an 8-ft table for sewing space in our large, well-lit classroom. Once again we’ll be staying at the Vina de Lestonnac Retreat Center in the Temecula wine region. Email Contact: Website:

September 26 – 26
North County Quilter’s Association 24th Annual Quilt Show and Auction to take place September 26, 2009. The event will be held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA. The doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the Live Auction begins at 12:30 p.m. Over 100 handmade quilts will be auctioned – from mini to bed size. Come early and show our Vendor Mall for quilting, sewing and crafting supplies. There will be a silent auction and free door prizes. Admission and parking are FREE! Contact: Joanne Eichler (760) 580-6663 or e-mail

September 26 – 27
Kings River Quilter’s Guild KRQG Bi Annual Quilt Show Immanuel High School Dinuba, Ca Email Contact:

September 26 – 27
KRQG Quilt show Email Contact:

September 26 – 27
Quilts — Our Global Language Quilts — Our Global Language is a juried and judged show open to the regional. Join us at our new venue, Cal State Fullerton Titan Center. Easy access and no fee parking. Great quilts, great vendors, and great fun ! Email Contact: Website:

October 3
Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show Admission is FREE to our lovely annual outdoor show. Over 150 quilts on will be on display on eaves and porches of Old Town businesses along Front Street from Moreno to Santiago Road. Valley of the Mist Quilters’ Guild members will be on hand to answer questions and give information about featured quilts and quilt-making. In addition to guild member quilts, past Guild President and Guild Challenge quilts will be displayed. In front of the Temecula Community Theater, there will be a silent auction for small quilted items and at noon, a live auction for larger quilts. A portion of the auction proceeds will go directly to a local charity. More info to come soon! Email Contact: Website:

October 3 – 3
Wanderingfoot Quilt Guild Tea Email Contact: OR

October 10
SCCQG Council Meeting Hosted by Valley Quilters Guild, The Simpson Center, 305 E. Devonshire, Hemet, CA 92544. Topic: Philanthropy/Community Outreach

October 16 – 17
El Camino Quilters presents “JOURNEYS” their Fall October 16, 10 – 5, October 17 10 – 4, 2009 . Located in the Clarke Field House at Cal State San Marcos . (Same place as 2007) Free parking, husbands free. More than 200 quilts, fabulous Boutique, Opportunity Baskets, Live Auction on Saturday, Make and Take It, Special Exhibit – Quilts of our Journeys. Contact – Heather at, or Dee at Ride the Sprinter from Oceanside ! Email Contact: or Website:

Oct. 16-17
Ramona Back Country Quilters Quilt Show;
Mountain View Community Church 1191 Meadowlark Way
(corner of 78 and Ash St.), Ramona.
Fri and Sat 10-4; FREE

October 24
Orange Grove Quilters Guild – Quilt Auction & Tea
“Fall Into Winter”, featuring Lyn Mann as Auctioneer!
Garden Grove United Methodist Church in Acker Hall, 12741 Main Street, Garden Grove.
Preview & Refreshments 11am. Auction 1pm. 100 = Items.
Admission: Bid # & refreshments $5, Pre-sale tickets: $4.
Email Contact:;

November 6 – 7
Fallbrook Quilt Guild Quilted Treasures Quilt Show at the Fallbrook Presbyterian Church, 463 S. Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook, CA 92028, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Vendors, Quilters’ Cafe, over 200 quilts on display, Opportunity Quilt raffle, and much more. Email Contact: Website:

Nov. 5-7;
Thurs – Sat. 10-5; The Rusty Barn – Pomona’s Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival ,
at the Fairplex in Pomona, Bldg. 5.

Nov. 6-7;
“A Harvest of Quilts” a Flying Geese Quilt Guild Quilt Show at Soka University,
1 University Dr., Aliso Viejo, CA.


Jan 14-17, 2010
Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA

February 12 – 13
Valley Quilters (Hemet) 30th Annual Quilt Show, Valley Wide Recreation Center, 901 Esplanade Ave., San Jacinto, CA. Featuring over 125 quality quilts, consignment shop, boutique, quilt appraiser, venders, & featured quilter. 10 am – 4 pm. Admission $6. No strollers or children under six. Info: 951-927-4348 Email Contact:

Rainbow Fabrics

I love beautiful hand dyed fabrics and I’ve been very happy with the fabrics from Rainbow Fabrics. In addition to offering a large selection of hand dyed fabrics, they also offer books, patterns and discount quilting fabrics.

Their confetti quilt pattern, designed by Diana Lacy, owner of Rainbow Fabrics. While it was designed to show of hand dyed fabrics, I also love this pattern with all types of fabrics. This design is one of my favorite quilt designs.

Photos shown here are of the Confetti quilt pattern, using scraps of cheerful fabrics. These quilts were made by Patti Brown, Jeanne Smerdon and Ann Conn to help raise money for Susan G. Komen For The Cure.

Row Quilt Run

Mark your calendars, contact your quilting friends. There is a new quilt run coming to Southern California that you won’t want to miss! The “Row Quilt Run” in San Diego County is scheduled from Saturday, May 2nd thru Sat., May 9th.

Are you wondering what a “Row Quilt Run” is? No, it isn’t a quilt run where you have to row to the quilt shops. It is a quilt run where each quilt shop you visit will give you a free pattern for a quilt row. You can put all the rows together and make a terrific quilt measuring 60″ x 70″.

There are 8 wonderful quilt shops participating in this quilt run and each will be giving away a free pattern. You simply need to visit these stores between Sat., May 2nd – and Sat., May 9th. Some shops will be closed on Sundays, so check each store for hours.

Enjoy getting a carload of friends together, or take time for yourself. You’ll get some great free patterns, see some beautiful quilts on display, and have a great time visiting 8 delightful quiltshops. And, if you don’t live in San Diego County, May is a great time to visit, so come have some fun on this “Row Quilt Run”.

Here is the list of participating shops:

Amidon Quiltworks
12625 Danielson Court #111, Poway, CA 92064
(858) 486-0696
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am-5pm
Tues, Th: 10am-7pm
Sun: Closed

Cozy Quilt Shop
2940 Jamacha Road, Suite H, El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 670-0652
Mon – Sat: 9:30am-5:30pm
Th: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Sun: noon-4pm

The CraZy 9 Patch
1174 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065
(760) 789-4050
Mon, Wed, Th, Fri: 9:30am-5pm
Tue: 9:30am-7pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: Closed

Fat Quarters Quilt Shop
728 Escondido Avenue
Vista, CA 92084
Mon – Sat: 10am-5:30pm
Sun: Closed

Inspirations Quilt Shop
27350 Valley Center Road, Suite B
Valley Center, CA 92082
(760) 751-9400
Mon – Sat: 9am-6pm
Sun: Closed

Memory Lane Quilt Shop
225 C Town Center Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
(619) 562-2288
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-6:30pm
Sat: 9:30am – 5pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

Quilt In A Day
1955 Diamond Street
San Marcos, CA 92078
(760) 591-0929
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sunday & Holidays: Closed

Quilters Paradise
1451 Montiel Road, Suite 140
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 738-9677
Mon-Wed: 9am-6pm
Th: 9am-9pm
Fri: 9am-6pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 11am-4pm

50 is Nifty for Machine Embroiderers

Don’t you just love the number 50? Especially when it means you can get $50 worth of free machine embroidery designs? And it gets better when these freebies are available from, one of the premier sources for embroidery designs online.

Use code “MyEmbBucks9002: when you finish shopping (just apply in the section that asks you to appl code).  If you purchase $50 or less, all your items are free. If you want to buy more than $50, this coupon will be used towards your total bill. This offer is good thru 2009.

I hope you agree 50 is nifty!

Thank you to Sew With Viking and


Quilter’s Paradise

In the North County area of San Diego County you can visit Quilter’s Paradise.

Some view they have found Quilter’s Paradise when they visit a major quilt show, attend a great quilt class, or find a great store full of wonderful items that you can’t live without. But for me, Quilter’s Paradise is in Escondido, California. It is a wonderful shop that offers it all and stimulates the senses.

They have a very large selection of beautiful quilts on display, which frequently change, so I always feel like I’m visiting a new quilt show! They always have a great selection of classes, for beginners to advanced quilters, as well as classes that would interest non-quilters (e.g. smocking, purse making, jacket making, etc.). They have a large selection of fabrics, one of the best in Southern California, if not the best. Their selection of fabrics also includes the largest collection of batiks I’ve ever seen in one place. This combined with a great selection of books, magazines, patterns, fat quarters, and various supplies all get me very excited.

I must confess that every new gadget I’ve purchased, in the last few years, I was introduced to those items at this store (before I saw them at any quilt show).

Can it get any better? Well, another great point about Quilter’s Paradise is that they also teach long arm quilting and you can rent use of their long arm machine! And they have two of the nicest classrooms I’ve ever taken a quilting class in.

Are you wondering how they can do all of this in one store? Well, Quilter’s Paradise has 9,000+ square feet. And the owners of Quilter’s Paradise, Sue Mezera and Mark Tiedeman have a great vision that made Quilter’s Paradise what it is today. The two are a great team and compliment each other’s talents and business skills. In addition, they have a wonderful staff that is all very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly! After all, they enjoy working in Quilter’s Paradise as much as quilter’s enjoy visiting Quilter’s Paradise.

Quilter’s Paradise
1451 Montiel Road
Suite 140
Escondido, California 92026
(760) 738-9677

Stash Control

Once again, my fabric stash has grown out of control like weeds in an unkept garden! How could this happen? I love gardening and I love my fabric collection, just like I love quilting, embroidery and sewing. I know I have too many projects going on, have been having fun at sew-cials with friends, attending workshops, etc..
Was it the recent week long shopping experience with friends, during the San Diego Quilt Run, that did me in?


I’m going to try a new theory, that I’m going to call the “Fabric Diet”. Like counting calories, I’m going to count my yards of fabric. Well, count the yards of fabric going in vs out of my sewing room. For each completed project I know my stash gets reduced, so I simply need to monitor my fabric and focus on more yards going out than in. Sounds like a good diet to me. But can I stick to it?

This week I only need to buy 1 yard of fabric, to finish my Bella Bella Quilt. And I haven’t been able to finish any project this week. So I must confess my stash will grow by one yard of fabric!

Starting stash = {nightmare on Fabric Street that needs to be measured as a starting point}

Fabric in = 1 yard

Fabric out = in my dreams

Ending stash = Nightmare + 1 yard

Oh my. I really need to work on my Fabric Diet this next week! Wish me luck. I’ll report back soon on how my new diet works out! I’m just not sure I’m up to confessing my starting point (I hate to admit how much I weigh, as well as how much fabric I have in my stash).

Free Machine Embroidery Designs

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:
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