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New year. More sewing. 2014 is bringing some fun sewing conventions, socials, and vacations to our area. Connect with other sewers in your area and add some tricks to your sewing tool bag.

Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild
GBACG Open House
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Veterans' Memorial Building, Albany, CA
http://www.gbacg.org/current/open-house.php
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Very fun event. a "light afternoon tea, a fashion show, a door prize giveaway, a membership drive and a great big party all wrapped up in one fine afternoon."Costumes admired, but not required.

Sewing retreat with Sandra Betzina
Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel and Marines’ Memorial Theatre
http://www.powersewing.com/classes/sewing-retreat/
San Francisco, CA 94102
Spend a weekend under the tutelage of sewing personality (HGTV), guru, author and professional pattern maker (Vogue Patterns), Sandra Betzina.
January 18-25 (space available)
February 9-16 (full)
February 22-March 1 (spaces available)
March 16-23 (full)
July 13-20 (full)
August 17-24 (spaces available)
Sept. 21-28 (spaces available)

Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild Costume Academy
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
http://www.gbacg.org/gbacg-calendar.html
Workshops, tips & tricks, vendors. Not to be missed.

Quilt, Sewing and Crafts show (The Rusty Barn Promotion Group, Inc.)
Mar 20-22
Sacramento, CA
http://quiltcraftsew.com/pdf/2013-sacramento-program.pdf
Sewing, Quilting, Needle-art and Craft supply exhibits, “Make and Take” workshops and educational Seminars such as "Applying Iron-on Designs", Penny Rug History, Become smartest Quilter in Your Guild, Textile Care and Preservation, Redwork Made Easy, Japanese Braiding, Easy Stained Glass, and more

Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County
QUILTS BY THE BAY
April 5 & 6, 2014
Centre Concord (Clayton Faire Shopping Ctr.), Concord, CA
Website: www.contracostaquiltguild.org
http://www.mpqg.org/quilt-show/
Displays of over one hundred quilts, wearable arts and member challenge quilt items, vendors, demonstrations.

Jane Foster's Sewing and Clothing Design Retreats
Spring Monterey Bay Sewing Retreat and Vacation
May 9, 2014 to Friday May 16, 2014
Monterey Bay, CA
http://www.janefosterdesign.com/Sewing_retreat_Vacations_California.html
Come for 7, 4, or 3 nights

Costume College®
Costumer’s Guild West, Inc.
July 31st – August 4th
Warner Center Marriott, Woodland Hills, CA
http://www.costumecollege.net
Annual three-day costuming arts conference with lectures, workshops classes and demos on all things costuming. Plenty of opportunity to show off your costumes at themed events. A gem of an event

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival (The Rusty Barn Promotion Group, Inc.)
September 25-27, 2014
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
Website: www.quiltcraftsew.com
http://www.quiltcraftsew.com/pleasanton.html
Sewing, Quilting, Needle-Art and Craft supply exhibits from many quality companies.

Napa Valley Quilters Show
September 27 & 28, 2014
Napa Valley Expo, Napa, CA
Website: www.napavalleyquilters.org

Pacific International Quilt Festival (P.I.Q.F.)
Oct 16-19
Santa Clara, CA
http://www.quiltfest.com/activities.asp?id=7
The largest quilt festival on the west coast. Magnificent quilt competition, wearable art competition, over 60 workshops and lectures, 300 merchants. Save the date. details for this convention will be posted in late spring.

River City Quilters Guild Show
(3rd weekend in November) (date not confirmed)
Scottish Rite Temple, Sacramento, CA
Website: www.rivercityquilters.org

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