Monday, September 27, 2010

Save 30% at Quilt In A Day!

As a thank-you to all participants in the Symphony of Quilting Challenge, Eleanor Burns is offering 30% off all non-sale items on her websites. Use the code BABYLOCK in the coupon code when you check out. Plus orders of $100 or more ship free, and orders of $50 or more get a free gift. This offer is valid through October 30, 2010, and can't be used on furniture, classes or retreats.

Her websites are and, where you can find books, DVDs, fabric and kits, thread, patterns, and many other quilting supplies.

Also, visit her website to download a free pattern. This page is updated regularly, so visit it often.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

San Diego Quilt Show!

The 29th annual San Diego Quilt Show is taking place at the San Diego Convention Center this Thursday, Friday and Saturday (September 16-18, 2010).

Show hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 am - 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm.

Admission is $8 for a single day pass, and $12 for a three-day pass, for attendees 11 years and over. Children 4-10 years are $5 and children 3 and under are free.

The show includes hundreds of quilts on display, a charity raffle, sales booths, vendors,  exhibits, cloth doll displays, a quilting bee, wearable art and the 2009 fashion challenge.

For complete information, visit the San Diego Quilt Show website.

Treasures from the attic

This is a quilt my friend Stacy received from her mother this past summer. A little background first:

Stacy was expecting her first baby when the package arrived (in fact, Ella just arrived on Sunday!). Her mother, who is in Minnesota, sent her a package of gifts from friends there (from her shower) to her home here on the west coast.

When Stacy opened the package, she was delighted to find two treasures. This is the first one: the quilt Stacy's mom made for her when Stacy was born. I find it absolutely charming.

Stacy actually remembers her older brother having a suit made from the red gingham. The appliqué is done perfectly, and the colors are bright and bold primary colors--the patterns are solid and gingham. Simple, 1970s and utterly perfect.

The rickrack trim adds texture and character, and the wide red border gives weight to the design.

I have to say--Stacy is a lucky mom, and Ella a lucky little girl--to have this treasure in her family. We were able to gently clean this gorgeous quilt, and it's as fresh, bright and bold as new.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Visit the Fashion Doll Review

My other blog has been devoted to my obsession with dolls, sewing for dolls, and modifying them. It ranges from vintage Barbie to 16" Tonner fashion dolls to ball-jointed dolls. Check it out for some inspiration!

Click these links to let me know when you visit with a link back to your site.

The photo here shows a a Rose Fairy costume I made for my ball-jointed doll made in Korea by a company called Peak's Woods. Her name is Mintie, and she stands almost 23" tall.

The Fashion Doll Review is set up to keep you informed on the latest and greatest in doll collecting, plus we feature sewing projects and doll crafts as well as some of the more humorous aspects of doll collecting.

When I say "we," I refer to an eclectic group of contributors who submit articles to the blog. We're a pretty diverse group of collectors.

Check out this blog...

What a lovely crazy quilt Altered Trading Card I came across while browsing today. It's quite lovely! What a great way to use up all these extra scraps...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Another blog of interest

If you love contemporary quilting, be sure to check out Quilting Arts blogs. It's packed with great inspiration and ideas. (Sign up for their newsletter, too!)

The most recent article discusses design ideas to help you improve your art. Frankly, I'm blown away by the "Trees" quilt by Lyric Kinard. It's just beautiful. Makes me want to get out my supplies right now!