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9300C   Robert Kaufman, the Farmer's Market and then some!      $83

Wednesday January 17th, 2018

 

We will begin our Los Angeles day with a stop at the home base of Robert Kaufman Fabrics where we will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about how their beautiful fabrics are conceived and manufactured. Please note that because we will be touring around the warehouse at Robert Kaufman, they ask everyone to wear close-toed shoes for safety.

Born in 1899, Robert Kaufman emigrated from Russia and settled in New York. He first had a successful menswear company, but by 1942 he was operating from a showroom on 5th Avenue in New York City where he began the company that exists today. He and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1944 where he restarted his company, focusing on fabric for clothing. In the 1980’s the company began to market fabric for the growing quilting community.

Today they operate two separate design studios, each one generating fabrics specific to the quilting and manufacturing customer. Robert Kaufman also employs a large family of talented signature artists that supply innovative exclusive collections to the line. Robert Kaufman’s sons are still involved in the business their father began along with their sons and cousins.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics offers an extensive supply of cotton prints, novelty fabrics, yarn-dyes and solids, covering a full assortment of woven fabric offerings such as poplin, twill, denim, corduroy, linen, canvas, crepe, voile, lawn, satin, georgette, flannel, organza, chenille, stretch wovens, plaids, stripes, etc.

 

After our morning tour of the Robert Kaufman studios you’ll be ready for lunch and shopping at the world- famous Farmer’s Market. You’ll have a variety of options for lunch and shopping! (Not included in tour cost.)

 

After lunch, we will visit The Quilt Loft in Upland. The shop has a wide selection of fresh new fabrics from Moda, Hoffman, Northcott, Kaffe Fassett and much more. You’ll also find an exciting variety of contemporary patterns, notions, novelty fabrics, kits and pre-cuts to help you design attractive, and on-trend quilts.

And then we’re off to our last stop of the day, the Graber Olive House. Californians of today are indebted to the foresight of the Franciscan missionaries from Spain, who planted the first olive trees at the Mission San Diego de Alcala in 1769. Olive trees flourished, and it became a tradition of the early Californians to set their tables with plenty of fruits and wine, and always olives, whose nut-like flavor and healthfulness were highly esteemed.

C.C. Graber purchased land in Ontario and discovered olives, as cured by the early ranchers, to be one of the finest food delicacies of California. After much research and study of their methods, Mr. Graber cured several barrels himself. The following season a much greater quantity of his olives was demanded by neighbors and friends who had eaten from the original barrels. Thus, began Ontario’s oldest existing business. Since 1894, Graber Olives – fully tree-ripened with delicate, rich flavor and succulent texture – continue to be enjoyed by generations of families throughout the world.

 

Depart from Ontario Convention Center: 8:00 a.m.

Return to Ontario Convention Center: 5:30 p.m.

9800C     Hoffman International and more!     $89

Monday January 22nd, 2018

 

 

Our first stop today will be at Hoffman California-International Fabrics. In 1924, Rube Hoffman founded Hoffman California Fabrics, selling wool flannels to California department stores and clothing manufacturers. Rube played an important role in the growth of California's textile industry. His sons, Philip and Walter, both championship surfers, joined the company in the 1950s and combined their passion for traveling to their favorite surfing spots with discovering unusual printing processes and different types of fabrics. Soon, Hoffman Fabrics abounded with their original designs of surfing scenes, beach life, and underwater settings.

Today, three generations of Hoffman’s are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. More than eighty employees are involved with filling orders and shipping fabric to retail fabric stores, craft shops, quilt stores, apparel makers, wholesale distributors, and manufacturers throughout the world. The Design Department creates more than 800 designs of colorful screen prints and luscious Bali batiks each year. We will have an opportunity to learn more about designing and printing this beautiful fabric while we tour the facility.

 

Next, we’ll head south to San Juan Capistrano for a self-guided tour of the Mission. Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum, is the Birthplace of Orange County. It was founded more than two hundred years ago as the 7th of 21 missions statewide and features a chapel still standing where Saint Serra once celebrated Mass. Today, it is a monument to California’s multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion.

 

 

You’ll have time for lunch in one of the many restaurants near the mission (lunch not included in tour cost).

 

Our last stop of the day will be the Quilters Cocoon in Riverside. The Quilters Cocoon is the home of the Tuffet and loves Square Tuffets, Round Tuffets and all kinds of Tuffets! Quilter’s Cocoon is dedicated to providing their customers with a large variety of top quality fabrics, the newest book titles, patterns, notions and machine embroidery supplies. Located in Riverside, California, the full-service quilt shop is a proud dealer of the Handi Quilter long arm machine, as well as the full line of Jenny Haskins products!

 

Depart from Ontario Convention Center: 8:00 a.m.

Return to Ontario Convention Center: 5:30 p.m.

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9400D     Party Time!        $35

 

Thursday January 18th

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel

Party Time is the most sought-after event in Road to California history. This 2 hour event is all fun and games with prizes big and small. Fat quarters, to scissors, thimbles to batting and we even have a few tricks up our sleeve.

 

Also, what party would be complete without refreshments? We have not just one, but two chocolate fountains! Complete with fruit, marshmallows and the like to dip before diving into the nights festivities. This is surely an event you don't want to miss! If you don't have priority registration, make friends with someone who does because this events sells our first!

9500D Road to California Presents: Working Trunk show with Jenny Doan      $35

 

Friday January 19th

7:00pm - 10:00pm

Hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel

Here’s your chance to meet YouTube quilting "sewlebrity" Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company! She’s the smiling face behind the chicken that quacks! Jenny stitches together simplified quilts full of joy, love, and laughter in her tutorials. Combining her passion for teaching, and experience as a former costume designer, YouTube videos became the perfect way for Jenny to share her rich experience with the world. With over 300 easy-to-follow videos and 68 million views to date, she has sparked enthusiasm for quilting and warmed her viewer’s hearts across the globe. All because of her sewing tutorials online, Hamilton, Missouri has become a quilter’s paradise, attracting visitors from near and far. With the help of Jenny’s husband, her 7 children, and 21 grandchildren, this small family business has grown to include an entire community!

 

Jenny's trunk show is two fantastic hours of fun! You’ll laugh along with her humorous stories and you might even shed a few tears. Get ready to hear the story of why she got started quilting, how Missouri Star Quilt Company came to be, and the impact that this incredible phenomenon has had in her life! At this special lecture and signing, you’ll learn quick and easy quilting tips first-hand from Jenny, along with some techniques to make twenty of Jenny’s favorite quilts. She’ll show you how precut fabric helps you make beautiful quilts come together almost like magic! After the trunk show, stick around for a meet and greet with Jenny as she autographs copies of Block Magazine. She can’t wait to meet you!

9600D     Roundabout        $30

 

Saturday January 20th

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hosted at the Ontario Convention Center

Roundabout is the speed dating of the quilting world. We set up roadside stands (inside of course) with a mix of faculty and vendors ready to teach you something new! There are typically 18-22 instructors there to answer questions or show you the latest technique they have mastered, invented or one that just plain helpful for all of us!

 

This Saturday night event is tons of fun with a learning opportunity around every corner, literally! You will receive a handout with information on every technique, great stories along with tips and tricks to take back to your guilds.

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