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.


Instructor Highlight – Sue Rasmussen

Take a class with this year’s Guest Artist, Sue Rasmussen!  Sue’s class, “Machine Quilting on Your Home Sewing Machine”, will be held on Saturday, September 6, from 9:00-4:30.  This workshop teaches students, while working through several exercises, the basics of free motion machine quilting on a home sewing machine. Beginning with simple shapes, students work through many quilt designs such as echo quilting, stippling and other “filler” designs, and simple curves to more complex designs. Class includes discussions of basting techniques, differences in batting, marking quilt tops, comparisons of threads and needles, and quilt binding.

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Instructor Highlight – Joyce Weeks

Joyce’s class, “Land That I Love”, will be held on Saturday, September 6, from 9:00-4:30.  Let’s get together and piece some stars and rails. Students will learn to piece stars using the “Mini Fit to be Geese” ruler. You will learn the importance of accurate ¼” seam allowances and how to appliqué using cotton and wool fabrics.


Instructor Highlight – Lujean Seagal

Lujean’s class, “Beyond Boring Borders”, will be held on Friday,September 5, from 9:00-4:30.  The purpose of this workshop is to explore the wide variety of borders that can enhance your quilt. Borders are the hidden factor in creating a pleasing quilt.

This Class is very different from most workshops. A Border Workbook will be given to each student and a discussion of many different borders will complete the first part of the workshop. The discussion includes how to figure the correct size, design, and color. Lujean will demonstrate how to make some of the borders. We then look at unfinished projects you bring in and discuss how to pick a border and explore the many possibilities.

Instructor Highlight – Judy Madsen

Judy is teaching TWO longarm quilting classes.  “Quilting Fabulously Detailed Feathers and Motifs” will be held on Thursday, September 4, from 9:00-12:00.  Come and learn with Judy as she shares with you her secrets to her fabulously detailed feathers and feather motifs. You will be learning how to quilt feathers that are featured in her book,  Quilting Wide Open Spaces, as well as learning the ins-and-outs of several feather motifs she uses in her clients’ quilts. The designs will be broken down in sections to build your confidence while quilting, and show you that it is not scary or difficult to add detail. You will be a more confident quilter as you learn to plan your feathers’ path and know how to make your feathers more beautiful. You will come out of this class with more free motion quilting confidence.

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Judy’s second class, “Background Quilting for Borders and Sampler Blocks”, will be held Friday, September 5, from 9:00-12:00.  In this class we are going to go over several different ways to quilt the background of quilt blocks and borders. Find out how Judi quilts  straight line borders with incredible detail and how to approach those darn sampler blocks. The hardest part of quilting can be the quilting design aspect and we will go over what looks good with quilts that have the most piecing. You will feel more confident as you approach your next sampler quilt.

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Instructor Highlight – Rita Verroca

Rita’s two-day applique Basket class will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 4-5, from 9:00-4:30.  In this appliqué class, Rita brings her artistic sensibility.  She will practice with you how to make small invisible stitches, smooth curves, sharp points, frayless V’s and U’s; and show you how to stitch split leaves and exquisitely skinny stems. To give the block an authentic Baltimorean look, she will demonstrate the effect that ombres and vermicular fabrics can have on your appliqué work plus how to use ultrasuede for those tiny fiddly pieces. Further enhance your block with inking (manuscript and shading) to evoke Baltimore’s three dimensional effects. Fulfilling fun!


Instructor Highlight – Dierdra McElroy

Dierdra’s class, “Tahitian Applique”, will be held on Wednesday, September 3, from 9:00-4:30.  The Tifaifai is Dierdra’s singular passion because it exudes complexity when, in reality, its simplicity is unrivaled in the appliqué world. Students leave the class with enthusiasm and confidence. This free-form appliqué method requires no pins, ironing, spray starch, or major preparation. Just grab your project, little supply bag, and take along to the doctor’s office waiting room with you!

Students are treated to accounts of childhood in Tahiti during class and entertained with cultural differences.  The secrets of laying out the appliqué piece (which is cut while folded like a paper snowflake) onto the base fabric are shared and practiced in class. Students experience and learn about grain lines, warps and wefts of fabric weave and then baste their design with Roxanne Glue-Baste-It (which Dierdra invented expressly for this technique).  After all the cutting and basting is done the class enjoys an ‘after lunch’ Show ‘N Tell to show off their fabric and pattern choices. The afternoon is then dedicated to learning the five basic elements of Needle turn Appliqué and Dierdra’s tricks for easy precision. Lots of individual attention is given so that everyone can learn the techniques easily. This class is designed to be FUN and promotes INDIVIDUALITY!

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What Is She Looking For? (Part 2!)

I previously discussed what a judge looks for in the brief time she spends with your quilt (see “What is She Looking For”, June 23).  Today we’ll take a look at “Hold or Release”. After the quilts are sorted into the correct categories and delivered to the team of judges for a quick overview, each quilt is held up for the judges to see and for visual impact. This is probably the most important part of the entire process, for this is where the judges decide what is held for further examination, and what is released to be only hung at the show. Visual impact is the WOW factor.

Here are some areas to consider if yours is a traditional pattern. First, have you treated an old favorite in a new and exciting way? Have you considered an unusual setting or an out-of-the-box color palette? Next, is there enough contrast from color to color and block to block? I’m reminded of a quote that says color gets the credit but contrast does all the work.

If yours is an art quilt, you have the same areas to consider and more. Composition and design principles are important to remember as well as color placement. Construction, while not as picky as for traditional quilts, still plays a big role. Your quilt still needs to lie flat and display even quilting over the entire surface. Edge finishing has a bit more freedom – fused, stitched, couched, faced, etc. – but should still be clean and neat, straight and even.

For all quilt styles, it is your job to see that your quilt hangs straight, is clean, odorless and free of pet hair. BTW, contrary to popular opinion, a well-trained judge does her best to see that she is impartial, doesn’t favor one style of quilting or a favorite color over another, or dictate written statements that would be perceived as hurtful. The surrounding staff, made up of aides and scribes, are held to secrecy and are not to repeat any comments made by the judges as they work through the judging process. Please seriously consider having your quilt judged at some point. The judges’ comments are truly meant to help you become a better quilter.


Ann Turley

Vice President, San Diego Quilt Show

Instructor Highlight – Desiree Habicht

Desiree’s class, “Stone Age Art Quilts Landscape”, will be held Wednesday, September 3, from 9:00-4:00.  Recreate old world tiles and murals on fabric. Using inks, paints, pencils, and other techniques, you will make your own faux stone masterpieces that defy time. Everyone will be amazed that you have created your piece from fabric! Work at you own speed. No art skills needed since the templates will be provided for your landscape painting along with thorough instructions and demos. 


Desiree will be teaching a second class, “Art Applique”, on Thursday, September 4, from 9:00-12:00.  Learn the secret for creating an applique look with colored pencils, watercolor pencils and more. Learn how to apply these pencils to look painterly and dimensional. You will learn faux techniques like marbling along with blending to give a more realistic look to your designs. Once sealed, these pieces become washable and permanent. 


Instructor Highlight – Laural Arestad

Laural’s class, “Garden of Life”, will be held Saturday, September 9, from 9:00-4:30.  In this class you will learn hand embroidery, wool applique’ and template piecing for a 5×7 framed stitchery.  The class also includes paper piecing and bias binding making.  Register here:


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