AccuQuilt Blog Hop, New Dies-Our Go! Kite project

May 28th, 2014

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How are you enjoying the AccuQuilt Block Party Blog Hop?
Have you seen something you want to try soon?

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Sue and I are about done with our Go! Kite project, let us know what you think!
We got all the blocks made and got ready to design the quilt.

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I decided to sew them together in groups of four and then place them on point.
To avoid sewing the four points together in one seam, Sue added lattice and cornerstones.

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We used just the triangle part of the die to make this fun border. Make sure you cut pairs of fabric wrong sides together to get the mirror image.

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We got the top pieced together and ready to send to the quilter. It went really fast with the Accuquilt GO and Kite die!

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A big Thank-You to AccuQuilt for asking us to participate in their premier of their new Dies!
You can view the new AccuQuilt Dies here.
Also, “Hop” on over to Nancy Mahoney’s blog for tomorrow’s Inspiring Project post!

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AccuQuilt Blog Hop and New Dies!

May 18th, 2014

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AccuQuilt has 11 New Dies that they are releasing this Spring!
We are participating in their Block Party Blog Hop to premier their new dies!
Every day, a blogger will feature one of AccuQuilt’s new dies and give you ideas as to some of the fun projects you can create with AccuQuilt!

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As you know, it can get a little busy, now with 5 grandchildren AND getting my quilts done.
Sue and I have teamed up to make this project using AccuQuilt’s new 4″ finished Kite die.

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When we received the die, we were very excited to see how it would sew up.
Sue and I cut the fabrics a little bit bigger than the outline of the die.

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After running them through my AccuQuilt GO, we successfully got the exact size we needed.

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I laid out the patches so that we could get a visual of how the blocks would look.

The notches at the ends of the patches are such a great way to position your fabrics for sewing. We love it!

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After sewing a few patches together, I can use the design wall to figure out what to do with them.

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I think I will place the patches on point and make the Hummingbird Block. Before I finalize anything though, we will make some more. They go so fast with the Accuquilt!

Sue and I will post the progress on this project on our Blog Hop day, the 28th.

“Hop” on over to the other blogs participating to see what they are up to with their new AccuQuilt Die!

May 19th – Samplings from a Blue Ribbon Quilter - GO! Simple Shapes by Edyta Sitar
May 20th – Beaquilter – GO! Flowering Snowball
May 21st – Freemotion by the River – GO! Ohio Star
May 22nd – May Chappell – GO! Kite
May 23rd – Sew Incredibly Crazy – GO! Flowering Snowball
May 24th – Laundry Basket Quilts – GO! Simple Shapes and GO! Dancing Umbrella
May 26th – Inventive Denim – GO! Rag Circle
May 27th – Sew Fresh Quilts – GO! Kite
May 28th – Quilt in a Day – GO! Kite
May 29th – Nancy Mahoney Designs – GO! Kite
May 30th – Ray’s Sew Crafty – GO! Flowering Snowball

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A new Fabric Line!

March 31st, 2014

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When I first started publishing my quilting books, I never imagined having my own fabric line.
And now here we are, 36 years later, and I have designed 10 fabric lines with another line coming out soon! Benartex, Inc. and I collaborated to design “Anniversary Florals” in 1998. This fabric line was showcased in “Grandmother’s Garden Quilt” book.

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With the overwhelming success of this line, Rainbow Florals was introduced in 2001. I designed 6 color ways consisting of large-scale prints, floral strips, checks, and tone on tone prints.

A third line of fabric, Yours Truly, Eleanor Burns and Yours Truly Holiday debuted in May, 2003.

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Since then, I have designed 5 additional fabric collections for Benartex including Magic Vine, Victory Garden, True Blue and Perennials, Perennials II, Perennials Wide, Ellie Ann and now a new line that is going to be named Zoey Christine.

I have seen so many beautiful projects and quilts made with my fabric lines throughout the years, I am very happy to see that you all enjoy my designs.

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Benartex is going to give my Ellie Ann line a “make-over”, giving me a chance to add a little zest to my new fabric line.
Want to hear a funny story?

My Ellie Ann fabric line is named after my oldest granddaughter, Eleanor Ann, one of Grant’s daughters. When I was brainstorming about what I would name my new fabric line, Orion pipes in and says ” Zoey Christine! We will name the new fabric line Zoey Christine!”
Zoey Christine is my youngest granddaughter, one of Orion’s daughters.
I couldn’t be anymore happier naming my new fabric line after another grandchild!

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I am excited about my new fabric line coming out soon.I have a few saturated colors that will appeal to beginners as well as those advanced quilters who do a lot of fussy cuts.
And we all know how fun fussy cuts are!

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Quilted in Honor Giving Challenge: Deadline Extended!

March 7th, 2014

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Attention: The deadline for the Quilt Giving Challenge has been extended to March 28, 2014!

The Quilted in Honor Quilt Giving Challenge, led by Island Batiks, was created to help and support veterans, wounded warriors and military families part of Operation Homefront.

The challenge is to make a quilt top with little pockets on it to be hung in public places like banks and community centers to collect donations.

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I talk a little more about it in this video here.

I hope that you chose to participate and donate a quilt to help us help a military family. You can view all of the challenge details here.

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A Giveaway in honor of Worldwide Quilting Day!

February 16th, 2014

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER: The winner is Lisa Lee who said she will be washing fabric to make quilts for her grandchildren. Congratulations Lisa!

**UPDATE**
It has been brought to my attention that my “follow” button is not visible on the blog. Please “follow” my blog via Bloglovin.com here. You will have to sign up for Bloglovin, all it requires is an email account. I am very sorry about the inconvenience, I hope to get the follow button fixed soon!

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In honor of National Quilting Day on March 15th, I will host a giveaway!
How does that sound?

With a special day so significant to us quilters, we are excited to work with The Fabric Shop Network in holding yet another contest beginning ON Worldwide Quilting Day!
Information on that contest will be posted as the day approaches.

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Would you like to know what you could win?
I am giving away a cool bundle: an autographed copy of my newest book, “Quilts from El’s kitchen“,a handful of patterns (some also autographed), a Wonky Ruler, a large project bag and a pack of beautiful hand-dyed batik strips provided by Island Batiks!

To enter, you must follow my blog and leave a comment below on how you will celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day! If you already follow my blog, all you need to do now is leave a comment below and you are entered for this giveaway!

For additional entries, you can do a few things giving you up to 3 additional entries.
1.Like my Quilt in a Day Facebook and leave a separate comment that you liked my Facebook. (One entry)

2.Follow me @quiltinaday , leave a separate comment that you are following me on Instagram. (One entry)

3.Last but not least, help me spread the word to introduce quilting with a fun giveaway to anyone around the world! (One entry)
It is WORLDWIDE Quilting Day ,after all!

The winner will be announced on this post on the 15th of March!

Are you ready to celebrate this special day with me?

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Road to California 2014

January 31st, 2014

20140128-234022.jpgAs quickly as 2014 came, so did Road to California!
Road 2 California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase has made it possible, once again, for quilt shops, vendors , teachers, authors and quilters to gather together and share our passion for quilting. There were classes, lectures and presentations on various quilting topics everyday. And it wouldn’t be a Quilters Conference without an abundance of breathtaking quilts on display!

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I taught my “Hole in the Wall” class with Sue and it was so much fun! Even George from Babylock joined in the fun and stripped with me!

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In between teaching my classes and lectures, I was giving demos at our Quilt in a Day booth. I demonstrated how to make our fun and easy Nouveau Wedding Ring pattern as well as how to use our new Wonky Ruler!
Did you see any of my demonstrations? What did you think?

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I am always flattered when my students show me the quilts they’ve made with my patterns and books! It reminds me why I started teaching in the first place!

Thank you all for starting this new year off great!

The Block Party and the AccuQuilt Sampler class has already begun! Our classes are held at the Quilt in a Day location in San Marcos, CA. It’s not too late to sign up, come join me for a fun day!

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A Log Cabin class at Bear’s Paw Ranch

December 3rd, 2013

With the holidays right around the corner, and so much to do, I decided to teach a class right in my home at the Bear’s Paw Ranch. We started our day off with freshly baked pumpkin bread and coffee then went on up to the Koala Studio. The ladies just absolutely love the Koala Studio, it’s such a splendid place to spend the day!

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Most of the group had already been introduced to the famous Log Cabin pattern but we did have a “log cabin virgin” among us. After showing a handful of possibilities with the log cabin pattern, we pulled out the AccuQuilt cutters and got to cutting!

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The AccuQuilt cutter makes cutting and piecing your projects so much easier: Just place your fabric on the die, crank it through your cutter and you’re ready to sew!

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Brenda and Karen pay close attention on how to sew their centers for their blocks; Remember to always press AWAY from the center.

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Diana, our “log cabin virgin”, got the hang of chain piecing very quickly! Here’s to introducing quilting to the new generation!

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Here was Brenda with her scraps, she likes to make little wallhangings and projects with scraps! Never throw your scraps away, ladies!

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As noon came around, the smell of lunch lured us all to the dining room. We had a delicious, filling meal to give us the strength to sew some more!

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It wouldn’t be a day at Bear’s Paw Ranch if we didn’t interact with nature. We took a little hike through the yard and fed my neighbors’ donkeys. Some of the ladies were so excited to feed a donkey for the first time!

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We took our shoes off and shifted into gear with our log cabin wall hangings!

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What a fun day spent making, none other than my favorite, Log Cabins with these lovely ladies! What do you think of their wall hangings?

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Saturday with El and Julian Women’s Club

February 1st, 2012

Every year the Julian Women’s Club make an Opportunity Quilt at my home, Bear’s Paw Ranch. Each July the  winning ticket is drawn at their annual quilt show. Proceeds support the youth of Julian. Planning starts in January with a group discussing the opportunity quilt and making items for the country store.

The group decided to make a patriotic quilt, similar to Teresa Varnes’s First Ladies quilt from my new Tales of First Ladies book.


In the Koala studio, ladies divided into teams to work on each pair of blocks.

Oh  no! We skipped a whole page in the book! Time to unsew.

Jan and Diane pressed everything perfectly.

What do you say, thumbs up or thumbs down??

We used this method to vote for our favorite fabric for the Eagle’s shield.

Can you pick out the gals that voted with both hands? Shame!

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Stocking Stuffers

December 9th, 2011

Stacked and ready, these handmade caps……

get stuffed into these handmade stockings,

for a good cause of course!

On Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the QIAD Charity Quilters teamed up with students from Community Christian School of San Marcos to stuff Christmas stockings for donation to the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside.

The Charity Quilters that made this possible: Jan Thompson (photographer), Marlys Baye, Helen Dember, Nan Hallbick, Rosie McCoy, Claire McKarns, Shirely Riley, Marsha Terhall, and Betty Wagner.

Charity Quilters with a table full of goodies to fill each stocking.


The students started their stocking project in October of this year and were required to make two stockings each for donation. Their teacher, Suzanne Law, provided instruction and help as they worked on their projects. There were a total of 32 festive stockings the students made. The Charity Quilters and students donated lotions and potions, combs and candy for stuffing. The stockings were brimming over when they were finished. It is a wonderful time of giving support to an organization that provides so much for women in the north county area.

“Elves” filling up their creations with a jolly attitude.

Just a little more, it will fit!


Thanks to the students who participated:

Brett, Sean, Dante, Kylie, Kimberly, Bella, Emily, Olivia, and Naomi.

The mission of the Women’s Resource believes that all people should be free from the crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault. Those who are victims of these crimes should have access to services that assist them in recovering from their trauma and moving forward in their lives. Women’s Resource Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter and education to women, men and children involved in or threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault. Our goals are to inform, educate, support, advocate, heighten public awareness, provide short-term shelter, provide long-term residential shelter, and reinforce the fact that domestic violence is a crime. To learn more about the Women’s Resource, see their web site at: http://www.wrcsd.org/

Kylee was the youngest member of the delivery team….a little elf helper!

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San Diego Here I Come!

August 29th, 2011

San Diego here I come…nearly where I started from, in my quilting career that is! San Marcos is about 35 miles north of San Diego so it is just a jaunt down the freeway to get to the San Diego Quilt Show September 8-10 at the San Diego Convention Center.  http://www.sandiegoquiltshow.com/

One reason I am extra excited is that I’ll be featured as the guest of honor.  I AM HONORED! This is an opportunity to meet many of you who live locally and have the same passion for making quilts that I do. Much has changed in the thirty three years since I started my quilting career. To make a quilt, we tore our strips, now a rotary cutter gets the job done in no time. Gone are the days of puffy batting, simple quilting, limited fabric choices and few designs. I am happy to work with new technology, both as a design tool and putting a quilt together…still “in a day”.

Please, if you attend the San Diego Quilt Show, stop by, I’d love to meet you.

This is a quilt from our newest book, Radiant Star Quilts.

A little surprise arrived last week so I could meet her before I go on the road in September. My new granddaughter Becca Burns made an appearance two years EXACTLY since her brother Jonas was added to the family. They share the same birthday, August 24! Isn’t that fun? Has this happened in your family? I read once that within a certain group of people you will find common things, birthdays, anniversaries, people in common. I find it to be so true and now our family is proof that it happens. I will get a picture of little Becca soon to share with you.

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