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Archive for the ‘Road 2016 Challenge’ Category

Rebooting Your Creativity

Friday, August 14th, 2015

It’s back to school time all over the country. Evidence of this is all the school supplies showing up aisle after aisle in retail stores. You don’t have to have someone in your household going back to school to utilize these great supplies – especially when it comes to your quilting creativity.    

Our friend, Jacquie Gering, recently pointed out in an article for the Modern Quilt Guild’s August newsletter, that school supplies can be a great source of creativity.Jacquie Gering Head Shot

Says Jacquie, “There’s something special about newly sharpened pencils, virgin crayons, and crisp empty notebooks. Back to school is a time for fresh possibilities and new experiences…As a creative person, I get stuck staring at a blank design wall wondering if I’ll ever come up with a new idea. I feel stale. That’s where the newly sharpened pencil and crisp empty notebook comes in… They seem to inspire a new attitude for a new year, and remind me to open my mind to the ideas I know are stuck inside.”download

Sometimes, all it takes to reboot your creativity is to participate in a specific project. Unlocking creative ideas can come from planning and making a quilt to be submitted to Road to California 2016’s Quilters Showcase, or following through on a quilt challenge like the Road 2016 Bag Challenge or Tiny Quilt Challenge.screen shot 2015-04-29 at 102029 am

The Modern Quilt Guild is looking for creative ideas for their 2016 Quilt of the Month series.quilt-of-the-month

Twelve new quilts, that are original ideas that have never been published before, will be chosen to be shared with MQG members.  Submitted designs should have a challenging creative element (like a color study, new technique, or unique structure or piecing — they want their members to learn new things and challenge their skills). Most importantly, they want to see the vision behind the design. A visual guide to the quilt submission — a sketch (using your fresh back-to-school notebook and pencil) or a computer-generated design – however way best shows the quilt as close to the final product as possible.  Designers retain all rights to their quilt patterns, and the MQG will compensate winners for the right to first publish the pattern in their MQG newsletter and on their website. For additional information and submission rules, you can go to the MQG website.

A new school year or committing to a specific quilting project are great ways to reboot the creativity within you.

How do you reboot your creativity?

 

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Road 2016 Bag Challenge

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Have you caught the latest handbag trend?  Here’s a way to join in — and possibly earn a great prize!!ByAnnie.com bag challenge

Road to California, ByAnnie.com and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable, have partnered to sponsor the Road to California Bag Challenge. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1,000 will  be awarded for purses or bags made from Road’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Fabric, designed by Alexander Henry Fabrics.  

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Bags or purses can be any size or style, uniquely designed or made from a pattern and can include other fabric, embellishments, hardware, or stabilizers. Entries will be juried and the winners, along with a few additional selected entries, will be displayed at Road to California’s 2016 show.

What are the prizes being offered for the Road to California Bag Challenge?

Best of Show: $400 Cash Prize from Road to California.

1st Runnerup – $300 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

2nd Runnerup – $200 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

3rd Runnerup – $100 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

The deadline for the contest entry is October 1, 2015. Rules and the official entry can be found on the Road to California and ByAnnie.com websites.

You can order the exclusive Road to California 20th Anniversary commemorative fabric online at Road’s store.  The fabric is a limited printing and will not be reprinted, so be sure to order early. road_bags_small

Looking for ideas to design your bag? ByAnnie.com featured some great bag designers on their blog who shared their expertise and inspiration. Check out these fabulous designers including Annie from ByAnnie.com,  Kat from StudioKat Designs, Trisha from Trisha JaneSam from Hunter’s DesignsMarcea from Abbey Lane QuiltsGinnie from Wonder Woman QuiltsNancy from Pink Sand Beach Designs, and our very own Carolyn Reese.

Good luck. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

 

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Road 2016 Tiny Quilt Challenge

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Juried by American Made Brand, the Tiny Quilt Challenge will have its debut at Road to California 2016 as a Special Exhibit.amb_circle-logo

The tiny house movement was in the back of the jurists minds when they were brainstorming for this challenge. In the end, American Made Brand wanted the Tiny Quilt Challenge to be accessible to as many quilters as possible. Knowing that it is very time-consuming to create large works, they felt the smaller dimensions for the finished quilts would be enticing. They also hoped to excite junior sewists to enter the challenge. tiny-quilt-challenge_web

There is no theme to this challenge other than the size. Quilts are to be no larger than 15” x 15”, have attached to the back a 4″ hanging sleeve along with a permanent label with the maker’s name and address and be made from any of the 62 American Made Brand cotton solids.  images

Any technique may be used (piecing, appliqué, embroidery, photo transfer, manipulated fabric, etc.) and quilters can enter as many quilts as they wish. However, all quilts must be an original design. No quilt entered may have been published in patterns, books, calendars, magazines, newsletters, websites, blogs or any other form of publication prior to September 2015. Entries will be accepted online until the deadline of September 15, 2015.

The Tiny Quilt Challenge was announced in May. American Made Brand is getting the word out about the challenge in several ways. They started by giving out Tiny Quilt Challenge posters to the many US quilt shops that carry the American Made Brand and they created artcards for shops to hand out to their customers.  American Made Brand has also emailed thousands of enthusiastic AMB fans that they met at QuiltCon as well as quilters who entered their Farm to Fabric Challenge or who participated in their AMB Blog Tour last summer.  Lastly, they are advertising in a variety of quilting magazines as well as online and via magazines’ e-newsletters. poster_feb_2015

Judging will be done by American Made Brand in-house staff with winners notified by October 1, 2015. Awards will be given in four categories:  Pieced, Applique, Quilting, and Junior Quilter. The top three winners in each category will receive:

1st Place: 1 yard each of the 62 colors of American Made Brand Cotton Solids, a color card and an AMB tote bag

2nd Place: 62 fat quarters – 1 each of the American Made Brand Cotton Solids, a color card and an AMB tote bag

3rd Place: 31 fat quarters of American Made Brand Cotton Solids, a color card and an AMB tote bag

In addition, one Best of Show grand prize winner will receive an airline ticket plus 2 nights accommodation to see the Tiny Challenge exhibit debut in Ontario, California at Road to California 2016!

Great Prizes — Great Challenge

What better way to spend the dog days of summer than by making a tiny quilt or two!!

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Road 2016 Special Exhibit: Woolies Four Pound Challenge

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Work begins on specialty exhibits long before they go on view at Road to California.

What would you do if you got 85 pounds of fabric scraps in the mail? Well, if you were Pat Sloan, you’d take them to your friendship group and issue a challenge!!

And that’s exactly what Pat did. The scraps were sent from Moda Fabrics and were strips from two of Pat’s fabric lines that she had designed for them: One for You, One for Me and The Sweet Life. Pat wanted the scraps out of her house, so she enlisted the help of her Woolie Nuts Friendship Group.

Woolie Nuts started as a group of six  crafter-artist-quilters who wanted to get together and work on wool projects. Today, the group has grown to over 15 members. The Woolie Nuts meet monthly from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in a grocery store in Sterling, Virginia  under a sign that says, “Do Not Schedule Meetings In This Area.”  Like any other friendship group, they order food, pull up some tables, socialize while they work on their projects, and are supportive of each other in all aspects of their lives. 

One of the Woolie Nuts, Sue Graham, went over to Pat’s house and got the 85 pound box of fabric scraps. It took her two hours to sort the strips by color.IMG_0519

Then with the help of 5 other gals, Sue and her friends dropped and mixed the different width strips into 20 piles, each weighing four pounds.IMG_0523

The group decided together on the rules for their Woolies Four Pound Challenge. Each participant has to use one of the random 4 pound bags of Pat’s scraps to create an original quilt that is no longer than 85” on one side. It is OK to add fabrics to their design, so long as it is another Moda fabric. They have until September 1, 2016 to complete their quilts.

There will be 20 quilts in the Woolies Four Pound Challenge Special Exhibit. Fifteen will be made by Woolie’s members and an additional five quilts will be made from quilters not in the Woolie Nuts group.IMG_0526

Are you as curious as we are to see what these talented quilters come up with? We will just have to wait until Road 2016 to find out!!    

  

  

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Let’s Get Organized With Bags

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Annie Unrein, owner of ByAnnie.com, knows a lot about keeping things organized. For one, she used to be a Certified Public Accountant. Having order was her life then and continues today. She has a special interest in keeping her home organized, especially her sewing room. Annie with bags

Fifteen years ago, Annie’s passion for organizing led her to create patterns for bags that keep things organized not only around the house but when traveling too. Annie developed an online class on the web site, Craftsy, showcasing how to make her travel bags. It became apparent very quickly that other people saw the value of being an organized traveler, as over 9,000 people signed up for Annie’s Craftsy class in just the first six months!!   

At her Road 2015 class, Let’s Get Organized, Annie offered 3 Top Tips for making useful, fashionable, and efficient handbags, purses, and organizer bags:

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1)      Handbag Zippers are a must!! Clothing zippers are not wide enough, long enough, or sturdy enough to hold up to all the constant opening and closing.   

2)      Proper Zipper Form. Sewing a zipper in your project is not like how you did it in HomeEc. The best way to put a zipper in a project:

Make sure the zipper is all the way shut

Lay the zipper face down on top of the fabric, allowing it to hang over on both ends

Stitch zipper down with a ¼” seam 

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Turn zipper over and finger press the zipper tape so that it lies flat. Stitch again along zipper tape

3)      Vinyl is Versatile. Vinyl is a great addition to handbags, purses, and organizer bags. Always use heavy, 16 gauge, premium weight vinyl, 50 weight polyester thread, and a 90-14 topstitch needle (the eye is twice as big).  There is no need to change the stitch length on your machine. To avoid static when sewing vinyl, use the tissue paper that comes with the fabric as a backing between the fabric and the sewing machine. Simply tear away when you are done stitching.

Annie, along with Road to California, is sponsoring the Purse and Handbag Challenge. Using Road’s 20th Anniversary fabric as the foundation, participants are encouraged to use their imagination in embellishing their designs.

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to get organized around the house and for upcoming trips. Sewing handbags, purses, and organizer bags – using Road to California Fabric – is a great way to start!!!

 

 

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Special Road Fabric Inspires A Special Road Challenge

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Have you started putting together your shopping list for Road 2015?  

We hope it includes Road to California’s 20th Anniversary Celebration fabric designed by Alexander Henry Fabrics. This commemorative fabric comes in two different color backgrounds and in two different weights: cotton and heavy oxford.

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To encourage creativity – and some fun — with this great fabric, Road to California and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable are sponsoring the Road to California Tote Bag and Purse Challenge. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1,000 will be awarded for purses or tote bags made from the heavy oxford weight of the 20th Anniversary fabric. The bags or purses can be any size or style, uniquely designed or made from a pattern and can include other fabric, embellishments, hardware, or stabilizers. Entries will be juried and the winners, along with a few additional selected entries, will be displayed at Road to California’s 2016 show.

What are the prizes being offered for the Road to California Tote Bag and Purse Challenge?

Best of Show: $400 Cash Prize from Road to California.

1st Runnerup – $300 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

2nd Runnerup – $200 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

3rd Runnerup – $100 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

The deadline for the contest entry is October 1, 2015. Rules and the official entry blank will be available beginning March 15, 2015 on the Road to California and ByAnnie.com websites,

Remember, the exclusive Road to California 20th Anniversary commemorative fabric is available to purchase during Road to California 2015 at Road’s Souvenir Booth #702/703 or online at our store. The fabric is a limited printing and will not be reprinted, so be sure to order early. The 45”” wide oxford fabric used for the Road to California Tote Bag and Purse Challenge is $15.74 a yard.

How will you design your tote bag or purse for this challenge? We can’t wait to see what you come up with.  

 

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