September 4-6, 2014

San Diego Convention Center

Take the trolley! Park FREE at Old Town or the Grantville station and ride the trolley to the Convention Center stop.


Did You Know?

Did you know that the San Diego Quilt Show has a Facebook page?  Go to and “Like” us!  While you’re there, see the latest post … add your favorite quilting tip to the Comments and be eligible to win two complimentary passes to the 2014 show!

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It’s Not Too Late!

You still have time to enter our BLOCK CONTEST!  Entry deadline is August 1, 2014.  Enter a 12-1/2″ square block using our challenge fabric (available at Sew Hut, 4226 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117 ~ 858-273-1377).  See for complete rules and mailing instructions.

Zebra Fabric

Class Scholarships

An ANONYMOUS, MORE-THAN-GENEROUS, QUILTER is donating funds for the third year to a “Scholarship Fund”.  Here’s how it works:  If you have entered your quilt in the show, you have a chance to be one of at least 5 lucky winners of a free class at this year’s show.  Numbers are randomly drawn and the person with that entry number will be called and offered a one day free class.  If you would like a 2 day class you pay half the fee.

So start looking at our class list to see which one you’ll choose if you are one of the lucky winners!


Special Exhibit for 2014

Have you ever wondered what qualifies as a “SPECIAL EXHIBIT”?  Well, I did, and so I went to the dictionary and found the definition of “SPECIAL”:  Better, Greater, or otherwise Different from what is usual, Exceptional, Unusual, Singular, Uncommon, Notable, Noteworthy, Remarkable, Outstanding, Unique.  After reading this, my first thought was “Antique Quilts”, and my second thought was Pat Nickols.  Pat has graciously agreed to allow us to display some of her beautiful Antique Quilts at the 2014 Show.  We have chosen a variety of styles for this exhibit.  You may also see more of her Antique Quilts at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park throughout the year, as she has donated a good portion of her collection and they are on rotating exhibits.

These Quilts are our history and, therefore, the true definition of “SPECIAL”.  Hope you enjoy the display.

Charlotte Coomes

Special Exhibit Chairman

Board of Directors, San Diego Quilt Show

Antique Quilt

What Is She Looking For?

When a judge examines your quilt, she (or he) has only a few short minutes to do as thorough a job as possible. At most, a judge may spend three minutes looking for what makes your quilt unique, and what areas need improvement. Most problems lie in one of three areas: bindings are not filled to the edges with miters stitched closed, quilting marks have not been removed, and outside edges are not straight and even.

To get a full and even binding, cut strips 2 1/4″, fold in half and press. Pin and sew to the top of the quilt, where you have carefully trimmed the edges. Sew in place, being very careful to maintain an even 1/4″ seam. Press to the back, then hand stitch with a small, tight and invisible stitch.

Removing quilting marks may prove to be more difficult, so test your mark-makers before using. Most pencil lines can be removed with a solution of 1Tbsp.water, 3Tbsp. rubbing alcohol, and 2- 3 drops of any dishwashing liquid that does not contain bleach (read those labels!). Test on a scrap first, then using an old toothbrush, gently brush the pencil marks. Blot with a clean cloth, then allow to dry. If you have used a blue marking pen, be sure to get all of the marks out with a long soak. You don’t want those lines to re-appear at the most inopportune moment!


Ann Turley

Certified Quilt Judge

Vice President, San Diego Quilt Show


Best of Show

Evelyn Eilers

2013 San Diego Quilt Show


Longarm Quilting

Do you take your quilts to a longarm quilter?  Some suggestions:

  1.  Trim any long threads on quilt top.
  2. Check for any open seams – close them up.
  3. Press top and back and put on a hanger. (Some longarm quilters prefer that they are folded – check with your quilter for her/his preference.)
  4. Have a batting choice in mind (cotton, polyester, etc.).  If it’s something other than what your quilter carries, please bring the batting with you.
  5. Make sure the quilt back and batting are at least 4” larger than the quilt top on all 4 sides.
  6. If the border “waves like a flag”, please remove it, re-measure, and sew it back on.
  7. Have a thread color choice and a quilting pattern in mind.

The better product you bring to a longarm quilter, the better the quilt will look when finished.

(Betty Hernandez, Committee Member, San Diego Quilt Show)

quilt top on hanger

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