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Road 2020 Atrium Quilts

Thank you to the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild for providing the beautiful quilts that hung in the Atrium of the Ontario Convention Center during Road to California 2020- 25th Anniversary Show.

Atrium Quilts

Atrium Quilts Tradition

Road to California knew early on that the beautiful, light filled main hallway of the Ontario Convention Center could provide a remarkable welcoming statement to the guests who arrived at Road to California.

In 2004, local quilt guilds were asked to supply the Atrium Quilts. That year, the quilts were placed along the walls. It was in 2011 that the Atrium Quilts hung for the first time from the ceiling. Then show owner, Carolyn Reese picked a theme for those Atrium Quilts, “So. Cal Ice Storm,” and local guilds were encouraged to participate.

The following year, in 2012, began the current tradition of inviting one local quilt guild to provide the Atrium Quilts made by its members. The first quilt guild to participate was the South Bay Quilters Guild.

25th Anniversary Show Atrium Quilts

For Road to California 2020, the Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild was asked to provide the Atrium Quilts. The guild reported that they felt “very fortunate” to be asked to participate.

Atrium Quilts

President, Gayle Bennett, helped gather the quilts from guild members. Gayle kept the quilts at her home, delivered them to Road, retrieved them after the show and delivered them back to their quilters.

Not only did IEMQG provide the Atrium Quilts, they also had three members who had quilts displayed in the Road to California Quilt Showcase.

Guild members, Kelly and Simone, had their diptych juried into the show

Atrium Quilts
Simone and Kelley, shown with their diptych quilt, in black and white. Simone designed and made the quilt; Kelley quilted it. Photo by Mike Graves

and guild member, Elizabeth, had three quilts accepted.

Atrium Quilts
Elizabeth next to her Plitvice millefiori quilt. Photo Credit: Mike Graves

Inland Empire Modern Quilt Guild

Photo from IEMQG Blog

The Inland Empire Chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild, is a relatively new guild with just over 40 members. They meet on the first Saturday of each month between 2:00-4:00 pm at different locations throughout the Inland Empire.

Thank you IEMQG for providing such a stunning display of quilts at Road 2020. To learn more about their guild, please visit their website.

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