9300C    RJR, Momen+ and More!     $83

Wednesday January 18th, 2017

 

This morning we’re off to the home of RJR Fabric in Torrance, CA where we will enjoy a tour of the fabric design and printing processes used by RJR. We’ll tour their warehouse and learn about how they work through the design process to create the fabrics that we all know and love.

For 40 years, RJR has been dedicated to the art and craft of making the highest quality fabrics for the quilting industry. They make fabric so you can make quilts for the people you love. They are a family run company, and there is care in every step of their process, from the design and manufacturing to their workers who lovingly place the fabric inside the boxes that end up at your local quilt shop and in your hands.

 

Lunch (on your own) will be at the Souplantation (www.souplantation.com) where you may choose from a wide variety of salads, soups, and desserts.

n beautiful Old Town Torrance we will visit Momen+ (www.momenplus.com/). This fabric shop is unique! Are you interested in Japanese fabric, indigos, Japanese novelty prints – for children and adults - embroidery and Sashiko? Then this is the place for you! In addition to a wide variety of Japanese prints (traditional and contemporary), they also carry a full line of solids and traditional “western” prints from some of your favorites – Moda, French General, Robert Kaufman, RJR and more. They offer a wide variety of classes in purses, pillows, garments, embroidery and quilt making and carry all the tools and accessories that you’ll need for those projects. You’ll find samples, books and patterns throughout the store. Need some rick-rack, lace, ribbon or trim for a project? They have it! They also have an interesting selection of one-of-a-kind fabrics to use for pillows or purses. And . . . when you’re done shopping (or perhaps before), you’ll find the shop is just two doors away from the Torrance Bakery – one of the best in the area. Yes. . . You’ll have time to pop in for a treat!

We’ll also visit another one of our favorite Southern California fabric shops –M&L Fabrics discount store in Anaheim.

 

M&L Fabrics. The store is 23,000 sq. ft of fabric . . . in some areas almost floor to ceiling! They carry a wide variety of quality quilting and upholstery fabric, vinyls and sewing notions! You’ll find all the major brands including but not limited to: Kaufman, Hoffman, Moda, Timeless Treasures, Clothworks, Michael Miller, VIP, Quilting Treasures, Alexander Henry, Logantex, Shanon Fabrics, David Textiles, Andover Fabrics, A E Nathan, and more and they are all at discount prices. Looking for some quilt backs? Then you’ll have to browse through the flat fold section. That’s an adventure! www.Mandlfabricsdiscountstore.com

 

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

Return to Ontario Convention Center: 6:00 p.m

9800C     L. A. for a Day!      $89

Monday January 23rd, 2017

 

 

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 woven’s, plaids, stripes, etc.

After our morning tour of the Robert Kaufman studios you’ll be ready for lunch at the Phillipe’s – the home of the original Beef Dip Sandwich. The options for lunch are numerous (lunch not included in the tour price).

 

Then we’re off to wander and shop in the LA Fashion District (www.fashiondistrict.org) including Michael Levine’s www.mlfabric.com where you will find that special item you need in the way of fabric, notions, and trims. Looking for ready-made garments at a discount? We can point those shops out. Looking for fabric for a new chair or sofa? You’ll find it here. You’ll also find shops with beads, ribbons, silks, and just about anything you can think of to incorporate into your next quilt or garment.

 

Then we’re off to the SewNSew Quilt Shop in Glendora (http://www.thesewnsew.com/). At The SewNSew, they offer an extensive selection of fabrics (over 12,000 bolts) from manufacturers such as Hoffman, Northcott, Robert Kaufman, Moda, Alexander Henry, Timeless Treasures, Benartex, Quilting Treasures, Wilmington, Windham, and Princess Mirah (just to mention a few!). You will also find a wide variety of kits, sewing notions, books and patterns, along with sewing machines, Gammill Quilting Systems and accessories. Located in downtown Glendora, CA, the store features a welcoming atmosphere, with a friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand to assist you with your every sewing and quilting need.

 

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

Return to Ontario Convention Center: 6:00 p.m.

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9400D     Party Time!

 

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     Roundabout

 

Friday January 20th

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Hosted at the DoubleTree Hotel

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 Friday 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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