Eleanor Burns is a quilting legend with a huge fan base.
An innovative sewer since she was a young girl, Eleanor self-published her first “Quilt in a Day” book in 1978, igniting a quilting revolution. She introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt. Eleanor Burns is credited for giving quilt makers techniques that compacted months into merely a day, a quilt in a day.
Through her Quilt in a Day enterprise, Eleanor has become a prolific author (she has written over 80 books), a revered teacher trainer, popular television personality, and celebrated industry role model. In 1990, Eleanor pioneered the way people view quilt making with television. Her Quilt in a Day TV series began airing on PBS and is still broadcasting nationwide and abroad, even teaching in Japan. Adding to all of that, she has developed her own “Signature” fabric lines, several special edition sewing machines, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her lifetime of achievements.
In 2019, Eleanor celebrated her 40th year in quilting at Road to California 2019 by headlining two stage shows, Forty Fabulous Years With Eleanor, and attending a special luncheon with Marianne Frasca-Troccoli who won the Grand Prize of our Road 2019 Contest.
At Road to California 2020-25th Anniversary Show, there will be more opportunities for Roadies to see Eleanor up close:
Road to California Bus Tours
The Traveling Quilters and Road to California are teaming up to offer two pre-show bus tours that will be going to the San Diego area. The first stop is Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day campus in San Marcos. Guests will have time to shop before and after a taping of Eleanor’s show where they will be in the audience. Eleanor will be joining the tours for lunch catered by Panera. Guests will also get a behind-the-scenes tour at Quilters Paradise where Quilt in a Day’s pre-fused, laser cut kits are produced.
Also included in the bus tour is a stop in Temecula to visit one of Road to California’s Sponsors, Primitive Gatherings. Their shop features wool kits along with wool, primitive, reproduction, and a wide selection of bright, contemporary-to-modern fabrics.
New Added Classes Taught By Eleanor
Eleanor will be teaching two classes at Road to California 2020 on Thursday and Friday night. Blended Braid is a three-hour class for beginning to intermediate levels utilizing cutting skills for creating with 2-1/2” strips.
Registration is now open for the Thursday Class, 4071C, and Friday Class, 5070C, on our registration site.