Aug 31-Sept 3, 2016

San Diego Convention Center


2016 Theme announced. . .

QUILT AMERICA  Show us Your Red, White, & Blue is the theme for the 35th annual San Diego Quilt Show to be held August 31 (Preview Night) through September 3.  Edyta Sitar, founder and owner of Laundry Basket Quilts ( is our Guest Artist. We are making plans for the best show yet!! Enter a quilt or quilt challenge by July 1, 2016, enter the block challenge by August 1, 2016, and make plans to take a class or workshop!  Sign ups will begin after January 1, 2016.

2015 Quilt and Block Challenges Announced

The rules for the 2015 Quilt and Block Challenges have been posted.  Some basics:

Quilt Challenge

  • Your interpretation of the theme, “A Walk in the Park”
  • Quilt may be any size
  • Deadline for entries is July 10, 2015
  • Prizes:  1st place $100; 2nd place $50; 3rd place $25

Block Challenge

  • Block must finish at 12-1/2 X 12-1/2
  • A recognizable piece of dotted fabric must be used in the block
  • Deadline for entries is August 1, 2015
  • Prizes:  1st place $50; 2nd place $25; 3rd place $15

See complete rules at

2015 Guest Artist & Theme

We are excited to announce that Lisa Bongean, of Primitive Gatherings in Wisconsin, will be the 2015 San Diego Quilt Show Guest Artist!  See her blog at and her shop’s website at  

Lisa Bongean 2

The theme for the 2015 show is “A Walk In The Park.”  Start thinking about a challenge quilt … rules will be posted soon!

Another Winner!

Many thanks to our vendors and sponsors for contributing gift baskets for our raffle table.  Trish Rye won a Janome 3160QDC, donated by Janome and Sew Hut.  Trish, seen here with Ingrid Leake, owner of Sew Hut, picked up her machine the day after the show closed.

Machine 1 (640x480)

Viewer’s Choice & Challenge Awards Announced

Congratulation to Kathy Steuermann – her quilt, “Dan’s Train”, was awarded the Viewer’s Choice Award at the 2014 San Diego Quilt Show.


Also awarded were the prizes for the Challenge Quilt and Challenge Blocks.  Click here to see photos.


Last Day

Don’t miss the 33rd Annual San Diego Quilt Show … the last day of the show is Saturday, September 6, from 10:00AM – 4:00PM.  Come join us at the San Diego Convention Center, Hall A!


Quilt Show Classes

Many of the Quilt Show attendees were fortunate to register for one of our classes this year.  Here are some of the photos of projects from those classes.

From Desiree Habicht’s “Stone Age Art Quilts”




From Dierdra McElroy’s “Tahitian Applique”



From Desiree Habicht’s “Art Applique”


Winners Announced

Please check our “Winner’s Circle” page for a list and photos of all our winning quilt entries!


Oh, What a Night!

San Diego Quilt Show’s “It’s a Zoo Out There” Preview Night was a huge success!  Here are some of the sights from that evening:

Tuxedo’d men in white gloves helped throughout the show!


Our President, Pam Kay, was surprised by her husband, Jerry, with birthday cake decorated with the Quilt Show logo.


Guest Artist, Sue Rasmussen, gave a wonderful talk about her quilting adventures, complete with many samples.



Emily and Kim from the San Diego Zoo’s Education Department brought several animal ambassadors to share … an armadillo, a sugar glider, an African gray parrot, and a North American Porcupine





Special Help!

We were fortunate today to have several men and women from the U.S. Navy help us with hanging quilts at the Convention Center.  Thank you for your service to our nation!