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 Gaslamp stop.


Quilts on Exhibit

Recently several San Diego Quilt Show Board and committee members viewed a special exhibit at the Mingei International Museum ( in San Diego’s Balboa Park.  This exhibit consisted of 8 antique charm quilts (most made in the 1880s) from the Pat L. Nickols Collection.  Pat and Tom Nickols gifted the Mingei with a collection of 350 antique American quilts made from the early 1800s to the 1950s.  ( Pat Nickols, who has been a judge at two San Diego Quilt Shows, spoke about each of the 8 quilts that were hanging.  She gave us lots of interesting details about each quilt – dating some of the fabrics and telling stories about the women who created these masterpieces. 


The quilts on exhibit will be rotated periodically … the charm quilts come down at the end of December, and be replaced with log cabin quilts from Pat’s collection.  If you’re in Balboa Park, don’t miss this wonderful display of quilts!





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Decorating with Quilts

Do you decorate with quilts for the holidays?  I love Christmas, and I love quilting, so it seemed a good match!  When I started quilting over 25 years ago, I decided I would try to create one Christmas quilt every year.  Well … that was a bit ambitious!  I now have about 15 Christmas-themed quilts, and display them in my home beginning right after Thanksgiving.  Some are hung on the walls and some are thrown over the back of a chair or couch.  They are so festive, and, as you can imagine, a conversation piece when visitors come.  How do you use quilts at the holidays?  (Pat Spurgeon, Board of Directors, San Diego Quilt Show)






San Diego Quilt Show Announces 2014 Show Details

The San Diego Quilt Show is pleased to announce preliminary details for the 2014 show:

Dates:  September 4-6, 2014

Preview Night: September 3, 2014

Location:  San Diego Convention Center, Hall A

2014 Theme:  “It’s a Zoo out there!”

Guest Artist:  Sue Rasmussen

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We will have two challenges in 2014 – a BLOCK challenge and a QUILT challenge.  Quilt challenge details are still being developed.

Block challenge details are:

Theme: “It’s a Zoo Out There”

Deadline for entries is August 1, 2014.  Entries postmarked after that date will not be eligible for prizes.

 1. Anyone is eligible to enter.  Enter as many blocks as you wish—only one prize per person.

2. Blocks must finish 12-1/2” x 12-1/2”—may be appliquéd or pieced; NOT to be quilted. Blocks submitted which do not measure 12-1/2” square will not be eligible for prizes.

3. Fabrics used must be 100% quilt shop quality cotton.

4. Zebra challenge fabric must be used in each block.  Fabric (fat quarters) available at:

                Sew Hut

                4226 Balboa Avenue

                San Diego, CA 92117


 5.  Blocks will be on display during the 2014 San Diego Quilt Show (September 4-6, 2014) and will be judged by popular vote by those attending San Diego Quilt Show.

6. Votes will be tabulated by contest committee at the end of the 2014 Show.  Winners will be notified by email and/or phone.

7.  Prizes:  1st $50; 2nd $25; 3rd $15.  Blocks will be randomly divided and distributed to prize winners.

Mail all entries to:

                Pat Spurgeon

                San Diego Quilt Show

                P.O. Box 420148

                San Diego, CA 92142-0148

Auction Basket Winners

Congratulations to the following on winning one of the spectacular auction baskets at the 2013 San Diego Quilt Show:

Debbie Heaton – Basket of BeautiControl Products

Norma Jones – San Diego Quilt Show Board of Directors Basket

Ann Turley – Janome Magnolia Sewing Machine

V. Holley – San Diego Zoo Basket

Ruth Jones – $50 Superior Threads Gift Certificate

Stephanie Walk – 1 year membership to The Quilt Show

Angela Soriano – Rosie’s Calico Cupboard Basket

Janet Harris – Teresa Church Memorial Basket

Rosie Basket

Memory Basket

Saturday Class Gallery

Did you attend a class this year?  Here are some photos from Saturday’s classes:

Cheri Payne’s Plaid Pumpkins class:


Terry Waldron’s Scraffito class:



Ann Turley gave a free, fun, and informative lecture called “Confessions of the Quilt Police” and talked about what judges look for when judging quilts:


Last Chance!

Today is the 3rd and final day of the 32nd annual San Diego Quilt Show.  Don’t miss out!  We are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today.  Feeling the heat in Southern California?  Come on down to the Convention Center and beat the heat in air-conditioned Hall F.

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