Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Olde Fashioned Christmas Boutique

If you happen to be in the San Diego area check out the Village Quilter’s booth at the “Olde Fashioned Christmas Boutique”. It will take place on:

Friday, December 5th 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 6th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Sunday, December 7th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The address is 10842 Charbono Point, Scripps Ranch, CA 92131

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jacket Class in Escondido

I will be teaching a jacket class at Bits and Pieces in Escondido on Sunday, January 25, from 10-5. It will be one class covering the techniques for two jackets. Also I will be happy to help you with fabric selection, if you wish. If you're interested please call Bits and Pieces at 760-745-5878 for more information.
Trickles Echoes of the East

Friday, November 21, 2008

Palomar Classes

For those of you who can't find the quilting classes that Palomar offers here is a list:

Wendy's beginner classes:
Quilter's Paradise M 1-4 from 2/24 - 5/5
Quilter's Paradise T 1-4 from 2/23 - 5/4
(These are the correct dates. I checked and confirmed with Wendy.)

Karen's class:
ARTCAMP T 6:30-9:30 from 1/20 - 5/19
(no idea where ARTCAMP is, but I'm guessing somewhere in Fallbrook)
I thought she had more than this, but this is the only one listed in the online catalogue

Janet's classes:
RSCPR T 9am-12 from 1/20-3/17 (somewhere in Ramona?)
Ramona High T 6:30-9:20 from 1/6 - 3/17 (weird start date, check with Janet)
Escondido Senior Center W 6:30-9:20 from 1/21 - 3/18

Mary's classes:
San Marcos Senior Center T 1-4 from 1/27 to 5/12
High Country West TH 9am-12 from 1/29 - 5/14
San Marcos Senior Center T 5:30-8:20 from 1/27 - 5/13
Poway Senior Center W 9am -12 from 1/28 - 5/13

Sandra's class:
ARTCAMP M 6:30-9 from 1/26 - 5/18

Sherrie Smith will be teaching a free class at Bits and Pieces in Escondido, but not through Palomar. They will work through patterns and/or books which you will need to buy yourself. This is a a community service by Sherrie and she hopes that others will step up and help out as needed. The planning meeting will be on Wednesday, December 3 at 1 pm and they will begin sessions in January.

It has been my pleasure getting to know all my students. I hope you will keep in touch. And thanks for all the thoughtful cards, gifts and yummy treats. You are the best!


Friday, November 07, 2008


Quilts, Inc. and Bernina sent me some wonderful professional photos of my 2008 Bernina Fashion Show ensemble. The theme this year was Rendezvous. Photos are all by Kim Coffman.

It was my honor and privilege to be a part of the Bernina Fashion Show this year, as well as in 2004 and 2005. I'm very sad to hear that it was the last year. I hope they will come up with something equally as exciting next year. If you feel as I do, please let them know!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Home from Houston

I'm baaack! I've been to Houston, seen the show, done my shopping and arrived home safely. No strange or scary travel stories, all went smoothly. I met a LOT of wonderful friendly quilters in Houston. Everyone seemed to be there for the quilt show and it was natural to strike up a conversation with anyone you met whether it was on the shuttle bus, in the elevator or in line for breakfast. I was even lucky enough to have breakfast with 4 fun ladies from Colorado one day!

The show was awesome and bigger than ever. There's no way I could do it every year, it's too exhausting! I'm not sure exactly how many vendors, but as far as booth space goes (and of course some vendors have more than one space) it went to row 2000! I ran through quickly grabbing business cards and booth numbers on Wednesday night during the preview, then spent Thursday, Friday and Saturday going through more slowly, making purchases. I shipped them home so I don't have anything to play with yet (boohoo!), but I have plenty to do to prep for class this week.

The Bernina Fashion Show was wonderful. Christina and I peeked at them online on Thursday morning, but there's nothing like seeing them on the runway moving and glittering under the lights. We had seats at the end of the runway, but confidentially the seats are much better at the luncheon at Long Beach. It's so sad that they won't be doing it any more. Here is a picture lifted off of the show website of my ensemble. If you want to see the rest of the show click on

Friday night Christina and I went to the art quilt list party in the Hyatt. Fabulous food, lots of famous people and, of course, our hostess Karey Bresenhan. We arrived during the presentation of the tiaras for the infamous tiara parade and were lucky enough to be sititng at the table with one of the winners! After that we went back to our hotel room and played with some cool new dyes Christina discovered. Too much fun!

I brought 3 pairs of shoes with me and rotated them, but still, by Saturday night I was a walking zombie with aching feet as the only sign of life, LOL. It was definitely time to go home.

If I had to do it again here are a few things I'd do differently:
  • Stay at the Hilton if I could get in (nearly an impossibility) or try the Doubletree. My room at the Hyatt was not so great
  • arrive on Tuesday and take one class on Wednesday, prior to the show opening
  • sign up for at least one luncheon. The foodcourts were not too crowded, but prices were sky high and the food only so-so
  • make a tiara for the tiara parade!

Even though I was traveling alone some of the time it was never a problem. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I received many compliments on my jackets and that made it easy to strike up a conversation with other quilters. My 3-D jacket was even admired by 2 sweet Japanese women on the elevator who had almost no English. We do have one word in common: origami!

All in all I highly recommend going to Houston at some point in your life. It's an experience I'll never forget! But yes, it's good to be home again.