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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

IQF Long Beach 2010

It’s almost time for the 2010 edition of International Quilt Festival/Long Beach! The show, sale, and quiltmaking academy will feature close to 500 quilts, textile artworks, and wearable art garments on display; close to 100 classes, lectures, and special events; and shopping in more than 300 booths selling quilts, fabrics, patterns, notions, books, machines, sewing supplies, crafts, antiques, and gifts.
Within the event is Make It University!™, a special area of the show floor featuring mixed-media, textile arts, paper, and fiber crafts. Developed in collaboration with Cloth Paper Scissors® magazine and its editor Pokey Bolton, Make It University!™ includes teaching showcases, workshop projects, special exhibits, vendors, and Open Studios, where artists demonstrate right on the show floor.

July 23-25, 2010

Classes begin and Preview Night July 22
Tours offered July 21 and 26
Preview Night, July 22—5-9 p.m.
July 23-24—10 a.m.-7 p.m.
July 25—10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.  (Note: front entrance actually on Pine Ave.)
Long Beach, CA 90802

$10 general
$8 seniors 65+ and students
$10 Preview Night ticket (no discount) includes on free additional day
Children 10 and under admitted free with a paying adult
$25 for a Full Show Pass


Call: 713-781-6864
Fax: 713-781-8182


{above} Balancing Act (33” x 43”)by Sally Gould Wright
From the special exhibit “West Coast Wonders 2010.”

I do hope you get a chance to go to this fantastic show.  If you do live out of the area, please keep in mind that the LAX airport is nearby, and that a great public bus transportation that drops you off a short distance from the show.  You can come by car, airplane, bus, and even a boat (yes, that is how I went last year).  Great show.  Don't miss it! 

Monday, June 14, 2010

Southern California Quilt Run

You probably know that I love to shop, and love to find new items. I also love to shop with a purpose, and plan on doing some shopping to find items for my  June giveaway.

I've enjoyed participating in various quilt runs.  I have participated in quilt runs in Washington, Colorado and, of course, in California.  Hymm.  Maybe someday I can say I've participated in a quilt run in every U.S. State, but for now,  I'm just excited as a summer butterfly in that the Southern California Quilt Run starts this coming Thursday. And, I'm planning on visiting all the participating shops.   We have a variety of quilt runs in Southern California, but this is the largest, and the one that has the best prizes.

There are 38 shops participating (although somewhere I thought I heard 39).  Each shop has a prize valued at $300 and you are qualified to win that prize, by simply visiting that store and getting your "passport" stamped.  Plus, each store is giving away a free pattern and a free charm to everyone that visits their store during this quilt run! 

With so many stores, they've grouped them into four areas where quilters could also win area prizes.  While I'm not sure what all the area prizes are, I know Area 4 is giving away 130 yards of coordinated fabric!  {what a stash builder / dream stash}.  To win an area prize you simply need to visit all the shops in that area to be eligible for the drawing of the area prize.

And, of course, there is a grand prizes.  Eight Grand Prizes:
  • THREE (3) lucky quilters will win a retreat weekend to share with three of their friends (either The ‘Castle’ in Temecula or Inspirations in Big Bear) + a Bernina 210 sewing machine (donated by Bolts in the Bathtub in Lancaster and Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon)!
  •  Five (5) lucky quilters will win a Five Hundred Dollar ($500) shopping spree at any or all of the participating quilt shops!
I'm a bit nervous of how to effectively cover all four areas.  And I could certainly use your feedback.  I'm currently planning on starting out on this quilt run this coming Thursday.  I'm sure there are a variety of starting/ending points, but I'm listing the participating shops in the order that I'm thinking of starting & finishing. 

If you have any feedback on the order I'm planning, I'd really like to hear your recommendations.  I hope to share insights while I'm out "shopping" this week, but as I'm trying to pack as many shops in as I can, each day, I'm not sure how much time I'll have for internet access...but I'll try to post insights each night.

I'm essentially trying to start this run this Thursday and pack as many stops in as I can each day. With luck I can finish this run in 3 days, but I'm also leaving a 4th day as a backup.  If you are interested in joining me, please let me know ASAP.  Or, if there is a chance we can meet for coffee, lunch, or a few shop visits, I'd love to try to connect with you.  In the meantime, I'm looking for inputs to help me "shop with a purpose".  If you have recommendations, please let me know ASAP.

This is the current order I'm looking at for this quilt run.

(19) A Time to Sew
27071 Cabot Road, Suite 101
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(949) 282-0084

(18) Flying Geese Fabric
307 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 544-9349

(3) Quilters Country Cottage
4449-B Cochran Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063
14) Timeless Quilts
1135 E Lincoln Ave
Anaheim, CA 92805

15) Bears Quilt Shop
10722 Trask Ave Suite A
Garden Grove, CA 92843

16) The Quilt Cupboard
11891 Valley View St.
Garden Grove, CA 92845

{above} I sure hope shop Kitty Annie enters the Pets on Quilts show.  She is such a cutie.

(17) Luella’s Quilt Basket
1512 Aviation Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

(8) Quilt Emporium
4918 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

(5) Cotton & Chocolate
1774 Avenida De Los Arboles #E
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

(3) Quilters Country Cottage
4449-B Cochran Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063

(2) Loving Stitches Quilt Shoppe
21515 Soledad Canyon Rd #121
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

(6) Patchwork Penguin
6245 Foothill Blvd
Tujunga, CA 91042

(7) Quilt’n’ Things
2411 Honolulu Ave
Montrose, CA 91020

(1) Bolts in the Bathtub
1965 West Avenue L
Lancaster, CA 93534

(20) Cozy Quilt’n
21810 Hwy 18 Ste. 9
Apple Valley, CA 92307

(21) Calico Horse
461 Tennesse Street Suite J
Redlands, CA 92373

23) Quilter’s Cocoon
10250 Indiana Ave
Riverside, CA 92503-5357

24) Stars and Scraps
2175 Sampson Ave Ste 121
Corona, CA 92879

(13) The Calico House
1279 East Imperial Hwy
Placentia, CA 92870

11) Cozy Cottage Fabrics
740 N. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

(9) Ginger’s Quilt Shoppe
1120 Dewey Way, Suite B.
Upland, CA 91786

{above}  Cute little Tiki would certainly make for a fun entry in SewCalGal's upcoming Pets on Quilts Show.

(10) The Fabric Patch
5436 D Arrow Highway
Montclair, CA 91763

(33) Quilt in a Day
1955 Diamond Street
San Marcos, CA 92078

(32) Quilters Paradise
1451 Montiel Rd, Ste 140
Escondido, CA 92026

(30) Fat Quarters Quilt Shop
728 Escondido Ave.
Vista, CA 92084

29) Quilter’s Cottage
131 E. Fig St., Suite 6
Fallbrook, CA, 92028

(27) Quilters Coop
28677 Old Town Front Street
Temecula, CA 92590

(26) Butterfield Quilt Company
1130 N. Juanita St.
Hemet, CA 92543

22) Busy Bee Quilt Shop
1007 Calimesa Blvd. Suite J
Calimesa, CA 92320

(25) Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations
77780 Country Club Dr, Ste C-D
Palm Desert, CA 92211

28) Temecula Quilt Company
33353 Temecula Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592
You may remember that Temecula Quilt Company was nominated for the Best Physical Quilt Store in the Golden Quilter Awards.

(31) Inspirations Quilt Shop
27350 Valley Center Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082

34) CraZy 9 Patch
1174 Main St.
Ramona, CA 92065

35) Amidon Quiltworks
12625 Danielson Court, #111
Poway, CA 92064

36) Memory Lane Quilt Shop
225 C Town Center Parkway
Santee, CA 92071
37) Cozy Quilt Shop
2940 Jamacha Rd. Ste H
El Cajon, CA 92019

38) Quilters Choice
417 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910


Please let me know if you are planning on going on this quilt run, or have been on it in the past and have any recommendations.  I'd also love to hear any recommendations you may have for tips to participating on quilt runs, or what I should be shopping for.  I do so love to shop with a purpose.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Have you seen them yet?

Have you seen the new fabrics arriving in Quilt Stores for Christmas yet?  Yumm.  There are still many to come, but this is a great time to start planning your Christmas quilt project for SewCalGal's 2010 Christmas Quilt Show.

Here is what has caught my eye:

The Fat Quarter Shop has a great collection of "12 Days of Christmas" by Kate Spain.  Update:  They also have At Home for the Holidays, Christmas Magic, and Penguin Happy Holiday in stock.  And more collections are coming soon.
Cozy Quilt Shop has some beautiful Christmas Fabrics available, including some lovely layer cakes by Robert Kaufman (above).  They also have several shelves of yummy Christmas fabrics to choose from too!

The Fabric Shoppe has a lovely collection of Be Merry Fabric by Riley Blake.

But I haven't yet found “At Home for the Holidays”, a new line of fabric by Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treasures, with Henry Glass Fabrics.

Moda has "A Dickens Christmas",  by Sentimental Studios and "Christmas Magic",  Kathy Schmitz both to be released this month, but I have not yet been able to find them any place. 

RJR Fabrics has "Penguin Happy Holiday" to be released in July.

Timeless Treasures released a cute Santa’s List in a 24" panel print this past Spring, along with other Christmas theme fabrics, but I haven't been able to find any of them yet.
I'm sure there are many more Christmas theme fabrics that have already been released, and I just haven't come across, as well as more to be released.  But it sure got me thinking about projects for Christmas looking at these beautiful fabrics.  Yes, it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!  That is, time to start planning projects for Christmas.  And my mind is starting to dream of such projects, as well as what quilts everyone will share in SewCalGal's Virtual Christmas Quilt Show (and what fun prizes we'll have too).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Hawaiian Quilts

Today I'm sharing one of the Hawaiian quilts that I made, many years ago, and I'm sharing this as part of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Amy is coordinating this delightful show where anyone can sit back, relax, and admire many beautiful quilts that are shared by bloggers from all over the world. 

This Hawaiian quilt that I'm sharing in this virtual quilt festival was made many years ago.  But as I've been sharing insights this month, regarding Hawaiian quilting, I thought this would be a good quilt to share.  Unfortunately, I do not have a professional photograph of this quilt and the photos I can take do not do it justice.

It is a king size quilt, where the background is a periwinkle blue.  The tropical fabric has bright colors, but my skills in Adobe PS simply do not do this quilt justice.  But I hope you can still get some perspective on this quilt from the photos I'm able to share. 

Over the years, I have donated many of my Hawaiian quilts to various fundraisers.  As, I have changed the color scheme in my house (no longer tropical colors), I can no longer use this quilt on my bed, and am no looking at various ways to donate (or maybe sell) this particular quilt.  If you have any recommendations for what I should do with this quilt, please let me know.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Quilts: 1700-2010 Victoria and Albert Museum

{above} Bishops Court quilt, Unknown, 1690-1700.

Love history and historic quilts?  The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has their first ever exhibition of British Quilts, with examples dating from 1700 to the present day.  This amazing exhibit will be on display at V&A thru July 4th, 2010.  Plenty of time to plan a trip to see this great exhibit.

This exhibition show cases 65 beautiful quilts., the majority of which are quilts from the V&A's own collection, but rarely exhibited. And, many beautiful quilts are also displayed that are on loan for this exhibit.  A rare opportunity you will not want to miss.

{above} Set of Chintz bed hangings (detail), 1730-50.

There are early silk bedcovers, with insights that link this item to King Charles II's visit to an Exeter manor house in the late 17th century. Yet, more recent examples will include works by leading artists such as Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin and commissions for the exhibition by a number of contemporary artists including Sue Stockwell and Caren Garfen.

On loan for the very first time from the National Gallery of Australia will be the Rajah quilt, made in 1841 by women convicts aboard the HMS Rajah as they were being transported to Van Diemen's Land (present day Tasmania). The women used sewing provisions donated by Elizabeth Fry's social reform initiative to create what is now the only transportation quilt in a national collection, never before shown outside Australia. The exhibition will celebrate the astonishing vision involved in the design and making of each quilt.

{above} George III reviewing the troops (detail), Unknown maker, 1803–1805.

To celebrate this exhibit, the V&A collaborated on a  limited edition collection of 18 quilting fabrics, vividly bringing to life designs from quilts in the V&A. This collection of fabrics is amazing, and all high quality fabrics. They would certainly help a modern day quilter make a spectacular quilt, with ties to these spectacular historical quilts.

 {above} Shells fabric design taken from a patchwork coverlet composed of block-printed cottons of the 1780s and 1790s, Britain, 1797

{above} Rose (pink) fabric design taken from a patchwork coverlet composed of block-printed cottons of the 1780s and 1790s, Britain, 1797

{above} Seed Head (blue) fabric design from a patchwork coverlet of printed cotton and linen with appliqué and embroidery,  England, 1802-1830
{above} Seaweed fabric design from a quilt that commemorates the Duke of Wellington's victory at the Battle of Vittoria, England, 1829

{above} Ikat (pink) fabric design taken from a patchwork coverlet composed of block-printed cottons of the 1780s and 1790s

{above} Hearts (green) fabric design taken from a patchwork coverlet composed of block-printed cottons of the 1780s and 1790s.
I do hope you can visit the Victoria and Albert Museum and enjoy this amazing exhibit.  But even if you are unable to attend, please check out the V&A website and online store. They have some delightful books and fabrics, as part of this amazing exhibit!  And I do think their limited fabric collection will make some beautiful heirloom quilts!

For more information on this exhibit:  http://tinyurl.com/yz8hqfx

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valley Quilters' 30th Annual Quilt Show (aka Hemet Quilt Show)

To those living in Southern California, we frequently refer to the Valley Quilters Annual Quilt Show as the "Hemet Quilt Show".  This year is the 30th year for the Valley Quilters Quilt Guild to hold this delightful quilt show, which SewCalGal views as a "model" quilt show for other quilt guilds.  

Valley Quilter's guild members are well organized and hold a professional quilt show, full of beautiful quilts on display, in a range from traditional to artistic.  They also add so many special touches, like the plastic glove inside of every program (e.g. inexpensive white glove alternative to allow viewers to touch the quilts on exhibit).  They also do this with their members who volunteer to help with the planning and organization, as well as sharing of quilts.  This is truly a talented guild that has great members who consistently hold a wonderful show.  And, SewCalGal views the "30th" quilt show is truly their best show ever.

Among the amazing quilts on display all were professionally labeled that were easy to read.
Bonnie Burton made this beautiful machine appliqued quilt, which she also machine quilted.

Gayle Asebedo made this delightful applique quilt, which she appropriately named "Tennessee Waltz".

{above} Jeani Campbell made this beautiful quilt, which was hand quilted by Betty Barney, and called "Old Glory II".

{above}Gloria McKeehan made this beautiful quilt, which was machine quilted by Lynette Harlan.  It is called "Moonlight Serenade".

This beautiful quilt is made and hand quilted by Rosalie Reed.

{above}Lynn Beck made and machine quilted this beautiful quilt she calls "Leftovers"

{above} Marlene Oaks made this beautiful quilt of her husband and grandaughter, which she calls "Megan and Grandpa".
{above}Marvel Dorf made and quilted this delightful quilt, which she calls "Hawaiian Memories for Kaylee"
{above} BJ Jones made and machine quilted this lovely quilt, she calls "Safari Ride"
This delightful quilt is owned by BJ Jones and made by "Gals from Maze Stone Guild".  It was machine quilted by Nancy Williams. 

{above}Libby Fritzinger made and machine quilted this cheerful quilt. 
{above}  Gloria McKeehan made this beautiful quilt.  It was machne quilted by Lynette Harlan.  

{above} Diane Best made and machine quilted this colorful quilt.

{above}Mary Waller made this quilt and Evelyn Eilers machine quilted it.

{above} Terry Sheldrake made and machine quilted this lovely quilt.  And, it was her first quilt and her first quilt that she quilted on a longarm!  Inspirational!

{above}Wilma Baker made this cheerful quilt and it was machine quilted by Barbara Ragan.

There was also a good selection of vendors offering new fabric, patterns, tools and many wonderful items that we all need!

{above} Two Wacky Woman had a wonderful booth full of beautiful sample quilts, original designs and cool gadgets.  This is definitely a booth you'll want to not miss!

There was also a fun boutique with various items for sale.  And many happy shoppers finding super deals!

{above} Mary Ann Moga finding deals in the Boutique, to help her make beautiful charity quilts.

Clearly, Valley Quilters' 30th Annual Quilt Show is a huge success.  This show continues to be open to the public tomorrow.  I hope you'll get a chance to visit this show this year, as well as make plans to attend it in 2011.  It is a fun quilt show!

Valley Quilters (Hemet) 30th Annual Quilt Show,
Valley Wide Recreation Center,
901 Esplanade Ave.,
San Jacinto, CA.

Valley Quilters Guild
P.O. Box 2534
Hemet, CA 92545