Leftover Block Envelope Bag tutorial

This tutorial shows a great idea for experimenting with and using a leftover quilt block. The small bag is square but could easily be adapted to a rectangular shape. I think it’s always nice to have projects that can be finished quickly and give us a nice sense of accomplishment!


Color Palette Challenge

3 Creative Studios 2011 Color Palette Badge

Thanks to Dottie for finding this challenge!

3 Creative Studios is hosting a color palette challenge for 2011. On the 16th of each month they announce a new palette, and the rules are quite “open” as to what you can create with that set of colors. By the 15th of the following month you upload your project photo to their Flickr group and then are entered into the drawing. The palettes are based on photographs, and they use beautiful and inspiring colors. If nothing else, enjoy viewing the entries and collect the palettes to spark your creativity. We’d love to see any of your creations!


Goodbye, Sacred Moondance and Hello, Sewing Party

Thanks to Pam for this information!

Sacred Moondance is closing its doors by the end of May. They began a 30% sale earlier this month, so hurry on down. While you’re in the neighborhood, just across the freeway (take Lake Forest Drive) is another fairly new shop that has some bright, fun fabrics . . . Sewing Party in Laguna Hills. Lots of Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Alexander Henry fabrics and a wonderful “romantic shabby chic” area. Are you into making purses? They have everything you’ll need. Patterns, fun fabric, purse notions (handles, snaps, etc). Let’s support our local quilt shops!


Traveling Quilters – Seven Sisters Show

This is a guest post by Pam Overton, our Guild President.

Last weekend the Traveling Quilters headed north to the Seven Sisters Quilt Show. If you haven’t been to that show, you should really mark your calendar to attend next year. It makes for a great weekend trip! We didn’t visit Hearst Castle this time, but have you ever been there for an evening tour? A must! From April through September (I think) they have docents there on the weekends that dress in period costume. You can chat with them but remember that they are always in character. The conversation will be centered around something going on in the 30’s! The lamps are lit, the garden walkways are lit. It’s just magical! Take the tour that will have you driving up the hill just before sunset!

Back to the show . . . .There were 50 vendors there and lots of wonderful quilts. Many of the vendors were from Northern California or Central California so we don’t see them at our local shows.

We stopped at a few shops along the way too! Quilters Studio in Newbury Park has a wonderful selection of fabric – Kaffe Fassett, Alexander Henry, batiks, and much more. Sadly the Treasure Hunt (a favorite of mine) is closing in June so we didn’t stop there. The The Creation Station in Buellton is also fun. Lots of “theme” fabrics and it’s just a fun place to shop. Dawn and Patrick are so clever in how they display merchandise. The notions, for example, are displayed on old ironing boards mounted to the walls! The Cotton Ball was great as always. Again, a wonderful selection of fabrics. We visited the Quilters Cupboard in Atascadero this time as well. Hadn’t been there in a number of years but it was as great as I remembered. Lots of “rooms” of fabric and nooks and crannies filled with fun things. We also stopped at Old Town Quilt Shop in Orcutt. Where’s that?? At the southern end of the Santa Maria valley. It’s just a few miles off the 101 and worth the stop. Again, lots of fabric and a great variety of it. Wonderful selection of batiks! They seem to stock something for everyone! Needless to say we shopped and shopped. Great fun!

The Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour is coming up in June . . .