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 . . .


New Members Tea 2011

We have pictures from the April 10th New Members tea on our Facebook page. Enjoy the beautiful quilts and tea settings!


The Quilt Show is Coming!

I drove by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on Sunday morning and was delighted to see the marquee announcing next weekend’s annual Quilt Show! There’s so much to see. We’d love to have you come and enjoy the show with us, including:

I want to mention the wonderful vendors who will be joining us. I’m always eager to see what new fabrics and patterns and notions they bring!

Betty’s Photos On Fabric
PO Box 930
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

Cindy’s Fabric Shack

Crafts by Jean
14124 Desert Rose St
Hesperia, CA 92344

Cranberry Quiltworks
3810 Prospect Ave Unit A
Yorba Linda, California 92886

Dee’s Designs
Fontana, CA

Dragon Lady Quilts
PO Box 6305
Oceanside, CA 92052

Elkhorn Quilt Company
2244 N Hunt Circle
Mesa, AZ 85203

Fabulous Fabrics
11300 Maverick Drive
Weldon, CA 93283

Kalimba Soundz
1060 Winter Ct
Tracy, CA 95376

Luella’s Quilt Basket
1512 Aviation Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

1323 El Prado Ave
Torrance, CA 90501

O’rajess Creations
12830 6th St #66
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Pegboard Highway
Marina Del Rey, CA

Rusty Crow Quilt Shop
6949 Elfin Oaks Road
Elfin Forest, CA 92029

Sew EZ Quilting
3254 Reese Lane
Gardnerville, NV 89410

Sewing Arts Center
3330 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sweet Comfort
PO Box 27898
Santa Ana, CA 92799

The Batty Lady
1831 Lexington Drive
Corona, CA 92880

The Fabric Quarter
Santa Barbara, CA

The Quilt Attic
106 Bridge St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

The Quilt Cupboard
11891 Valley View
Garden Grove, CA 92845

We look forward to seeing you next weekend!


Passing Along Your Hand Skills

(Maddy Lou)

Dottie directed me to a wonderful post about the importance of passing along our hand sewing and other skills. Giving the Gift of Hand Skills at Craft Nectar (by Weeks Ringle of Fun Quilts) suggests a new tradition of sharing a hand skill with a child or young adult. Dottie also mentioned this as a possible New Year’s resolution. Weeks provides examples of how surgeons would benefit from improved fine motor skills, and that texting and using a computer mouse are not helping to develop these skills. I recommend a quick visit to Weeks’ blog to read the short article.

Who are you passing your skills to?