Events you won’t want to miss

As summer draws to a close, it is time to plan what classes you want to take this fall. It is also a time that I like to update my personal calendar with events that I don’t want to miss. While my list may have an emphasis on Southern California activities, if you live out of the area I’d like to invite you to use this calendar to plan a trip to visit So. Cal. And, if you can’t, I simply want to recommend you take time to look into what is going on in your area and be sure to mark your calendar accordingly. And share with others. Sadly, it is easy to overlook fun opportunities so I do appreciate hearing insights from others about fun events that I may want to go to.

For now, here is my list:


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:

September 17-19th SAN DIEGO QUILT SHOW
The 28th Annual San Diego Quilt Show
San Diego Convention Center
Thursday, Friday, Saturday September 17-18-19, 2009
Enjoy the show with no crowds at Preview Night. It is Wednesday, September 16th from 6 -9 PM. Single day pass: $8. Three day pass: $11
For tickets or more information, go to

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: mailto:sue@travelingquilters.comWebsite:

September 25 and October 5. Visions Art Quilt Gallery Classes: “Painting and Composition” with Emily Richardson, 9/25, 10-4; Emily Richardson Exhibition Artist’s tour, 9/5, 1-2:30; “Layer by Layer” with Australian Art Quilter Gloria Loughman, 10/5, 9-3:30. For more class information and supply lists see and click on News/Events/ Classes
September 26 -27. Quilting in the Garden. Presented by Alden Lane Nursery, Livermore CA.
September 26 – 26 North County Quilter’s Assoc. Quilt Show/Auction Email Contact: Website:

September 26 – 27 Kings River Quilter’s Guild KRQG Bi Annual Quilt Show Immanuel High School Dinuba, Ca 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: mailto:pcalvert@santa-ana.orgWebsite:

October 1-3 Reindeer Quilt Dash Thursday – Saturday 10am-6pm. FREE Benartex fat quarter I Believe in Santa (while supplies last). Bring your can goods to your local quilt shop to be donated to the local food bank and receive a discount coupon for 20% 1 item in the month of December. Grand Prize: 21 yards of fabric (your choice of 3 yards of fabric from each quilt shop). Other prizes include $50 gift certificate from each participating quilt shop. Seven Participating Quilt Shops: Stars & Scraps Quilt Shop (Corona, Ca), Sewing Shack (Riverside, CA), The Calico House (Redlands, CA), Busy Bee Quilt Shop (Calimesa), The Quiet Mouse (Calimesa, CA), Georgia’s Quilting Obsession (Banning, CA), and Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations (Palm Desert, ca).

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. Autumn in the Alps Quilt Show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weaverville, CA. email contact:
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 10-12, 2009 – International Quilt Market – Houston, TX. (Wholesale Only)

October 15-18, 2009 – International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX.

October 15-18, 2009 – Pacific International Quilt Festival XVIII – Santa Clara, CA

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 mailto:deequilts@cox.netWebsite:

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 17th KALEIDOSCOPE OF QUILTS, Kaleidoscope Quilt Guild Show, 2590 Main Street, Lemon Grove Masonic Lodge, Lemon Grove, CA Contact Debbie

Oct 17 – Oct 18, 2009 Idyllwild … Mountain Majesty
Presented by: Idyllwild Mt. Quilters
They will have over 150 quilts, a country store, vendors, crafters and our opportunity quilt drawing Admission $5.00 for both days, husbands free Sat. 10-4 & Sun. 10-3Location: Idyllwild Elementary School, 26700 Hwy 243, Idyllwild, CA, 92549
Contact: Deanna Collins for more
PO 603,Idyllwild, Ca. 92549

October 24 Orange Grove Quilters Guild – Quilt Auction & Tea. Lynn Mann is the auctioneer. Lunch is scheduled for 11am and auction begins at 1pm. There will also be a boutique and opportunity baskets, including a sewming machine and fat quarter basket. Orange Grove Quilters Guild meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 9 AM. They are one of the few daytime quilds. They meet at Garden Grove United Methodist Church/Acker Hall, 12741 Main St. Garden Grove (corner of Stanford) in Garden Grove Ca. The Auction and Tea are at the same address. Email Contact:; mailto:sharon@hritzy.comwebsite:

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: mailto:scott760760@hotmail.comWebsite:

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. for more information click here

December 5 – 5 Pine Needles Quilt Guild Holdiay Home Tour 16th ANNUAL WRIGHTWOOD HOLIDAY HOME TOUR AND BOUTIQUE PINE NEEDLES QUILT GUILD AND WRIGHTWOOD FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY December 5, 2009 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit four Wrightwood homes that are beautifully decorated with quilts for the holidays. Also available: our popular craft boutique located in the Wrightwood Community Building, and a refreshment house. Email Contact: Website:

December 3-5 Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar (with Alex Anderson and Libby Lehman), Downey Theater, Downey, CA, – info


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

February 6-14 Row Run: Spring Fling. Mark your calendar and visit each shop for a FREE pattern. Each shop will give away directions to make a different row. Put them all together and you can make a terrific quilt measuring 60” x 72”! Participating shops include: Amidon Quiltworks – Poway , Cozy Quilt Shop – El Cajon , The CraZy 9 Patch – Ramona , Fat Quarters Quilt Shop – Vista, Inspirations Quilt Shop – Valley Center, Memory Lane Quilt Shop – Santee
Quilt In A Day – San Marcos, Quilters Paradise – Escondido

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:

February 20 – 21 South Bay Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show. Over 150 quilts on display. Quilt Auction, Sunday, 1 PM. Merchant Mall. Quilters Cafe. Email Contact: Website:
March 6-13th San Diego Quilt Run
1st Fri & Sat of March Desert Guilds Quilt Show Palm Springs Pavilion, 401 S. Pavilion Way, Palm Springs, Fri & Sat 10 – 5 $7 Desert Guilds Quilt Guild, Yucca Valley,

March 19 – 21, 2010 Glendale Quilt Show Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel & Convention Center , 2500 Hollywood Way, Burbank, California, $9.00 general, Husbands are free on Sunday

Mar 20 – Mar 21, 2010 Concord … Guild of Quilters’ 37th Annual Show Presented by: Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County
Location: Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord, CA, 94521
Contact: Kathy Callahan email:
c/o GQCCC, P.O. Box 23871, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-0871
925 937-5209 website:
Description: Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4
Admission: $6 for 1 day, $10 for 2 days
Come see our show filled with quilts of all sizes and styles, wearables too. Check out the guild challenge, “Bouquet of Roses”, inspired by our stunning opportunity quilt “Chesapeake Rose” that has been appliqued and hand quilted. There will be demonstrations on both days. We will have a well-stocked Country Store with items made, donated or for sale by our members. There will be plenty of vendors offering everything from fabric to sewing machines and many other things. There will be door prizes. Food and drinks will be available on site. Come see “Chesapeake Rose” and get a sneak peak as members hand quilt the 2011 quilt. We will again ask the public to help us make blocks for Quilts of Valor daily during the show. Saturday after Mother’s Day

3rd Fri & Sat in May Chula Vista Quilters Guild Show Contacts Email: mailto:higginsnc@cox.netPhone: Nancy Higgins, (619) 475-7615
Location: Cummunity Congregational Church, 276 F St, Chula Vista, 91910
Hours: Fri & Sat 10 – 4 Admission: $5 Sponsored by: Chula Vista Quilt Guild, Chula Vista, 100 quilts on Display, Hoffman challenge, guild challenge, guild boutique and wearables. 3 Vendors

Sat & Sun of Memorial Day Weekend Calico Quilters Quilt Show
Contacts Email: mailto:nela@usamedia.tvPhone: Jan Dunaway,
Location: United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler (next to the H.S.), Bishop,
Hours: Sat & Sun 10 – 5 Admission: $6

Held in conjunction with Bishop Mule Days. Come and join in the fun, as well as our quilt show. Lots going on in the town, from rodeos, to craft shows to our wonderful Quilt Show.

June 17-20th & June 24-27th Southern California Quilt Run

July 10th – 15th Camp Watch-A-Patcher quilt retreat, hosted by Orange County Quilters Guild. will be held at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. Workshops include: Mark Lipinski , ra Schwarz Smith , Kirby Smith email: director_cwap2010@yahoo.comJuly 23-25, 2010 International Quilt Festival/Long Beach – Long Beach, CA Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center

August, Desert Quilt Retreat in Palm Desert. Four fun “mystery quilt” weekend retreats in August. Hosted by Monica’s Quilt & Beads.
Sat & Sun of Labor Day Weekend
Busy Bears Quilt Guild Show
Mountain Treasures Contacts Email: mailto:rscott338@charter.netPhone: Sharon Scott,
Location: Big Bear Middle School, 41275 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake,
Hours: Sat 10 – 4 & Sun 10 – 4 Admission: $5
Sponsored by: Busy Bears Quilt Guild, Big Bear Lake, This 2 day show is held in the small alpine lake community of Big Bear Lake, in southern California. All quilts in the show are made by the local guild (Busy Bears Quilt Guild) members. Many of these ladies are very accomplished quilters, others are beginners. A variety of quilting techniques are displayed on the quilts. Each year an Opportunity Quilt is raffled off at the end of the show. In addition to the vendors who have a variety of items for sale, there are 5 – 7 baskets (each filled to the brim with goodies) which will be raffled off and a Boutique with many, many hand made items available for purchase.

September 16-18th, 2010 San Diego Quilt Show

last Fri & Sat of September Orange Grove Quilters Guild Show
Fall Fantasy of Quilts Contacts Email: Phone: ,
Location: Orange County Fairground, Bldg. #12, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa,
Hours: Fri 10 – 5, Sat 9:30 – 4:30 Admission: $7 for both days
Sponsored by: Orange Grove Quilter’s Guild, Garden Grove, Featured Quilter, Hoffman Challenge, Live Auction-Sat. 1 pm, Door Prizes, Opportunity Baskets, Vendors

last weekend of September The Alameda Quilt Show
Contacts Email: mailto:cathy@quiltfans.comPhone: Cathy Rodriguez, (510) 749-6717 Location: Alameda High School Gym, 2201 Encinal Ave., Alameda, 94501
Hours: 10 am – 4 pm Admission: $5 Sponsored by: Quilt Fans Quilt Shop, Alameda, Featuring over 150 quilts, and a Needle Arts Display. Garage Sale and specialty items at Bow-Wow Boutique, Refreshments & Bake Sale at Kitty-Kat Caf?, Silent Auction and Opportunity Quilt Drawing. All proceeds benefit Humane Society of Alameda.

1st weekend in October Coastal Quilter Guild Show
Harvest of Colors: A Members’ Showcase Contacts Email: Phone: Linda Boynton, (805) 969-2817 Location: Earl Warren Showgrounds, 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, 93105 Hours: Sat & Sun 10 – 5 Admission: $7
Over 200 members’ quilts on display. Wearable art, Gift Boutique, Opportunity Quilt, Workshops, Special Exhibits, Merchant Mall, refreshments

1st Saturday in October Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show
Outdoor Quilt Show Contacts Email: mailto:votmq@yahoo.comPhone: Pauline McCauley, (951) 693-3952 Location: Old Town Temecula Comm. Theater, 42051 Main St., Temecula, 92590 Hours: Sat. 10 – 4 Admission: Free
Over 150 quilts on display throughout Old Town Temecula, including Past President quilts and Guild Challenge quilts. Events include a small quilt silent auction, large quilt live auction and many sale quilts. Come enjoy our town and our quilts

3rd weekend in October Mt. Quilters of Idyllwild
Mountain Majesty Contacts Email: mailto:dcollins333@hotmail.comPhone: Deanna Collins, (951) 659-8104 Location: Idyllwild Elementary School, 26700 Hwy. 243, Idyllwild, 92549 Hours: Sat 10 – 4, Sun 10 – 3 Admission: $5
Sponsored by: Mt. Quilters of Idyllwild, Idyllwild, Featuring over 100 quilts, a country store, vendors and crafters, and our beautiful opportunity quilt–Mt. Majesty, plus drawings this will be a quilt show you don’t want to miss.

Additions, corrections, updates to this list can be emailed to SewCalGal


4 thoughts on “Events you won’t want to miss”

  1. You have a great blog. I’d love for you to come and visit my blog. I just made a Vintage Vogue Original 1944 Design, V2858. On the previous page you’ll find a dress I made from an original 1974 pattern that I found in an antique store. I call that post The Lady in Lavender. And lots of other things in between. Hope you enjoy.


  2. I wish I was in the states, I would actually check out some of those.I am having an awesome giveaway come tomorrow…


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