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Archive for the ‘Special Quilt Exhibits’ Category

Special Quilt Exhibit: The Work And Wisdom of HERstory Quilts

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Road to California prides itself on presenting new and timely Special Quilt Exhibits.

One such Special Quilt Exhibit at Road 2018 was HERstory Quilts – A Celebration of Strong Women. The brainchild of Susanne M. Jones, HERstory “celebrates the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since 1920 when women were given the right to vote in the United States.” Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  The Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts included the work of 85 fabric artists from seven countries. They used fabric, thread, paint, and embellishments to honor strong women – some well-known, some not so much — who cracked glass ceilings, made discoveries, broke into fields previously dominated by men, or were the first to do something.Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  All work in the Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts were original designs that fit a portrait orientation measuring 24 inches wide and 30 inches long.    Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  The Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts debuted at Houston Quilt Market in October-November, 2017. Road to California 2018 was its second stop. It is intended that the exhibit will travel for two years.Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  The quilts are also featured in a 240 page book named after the exhibit, HERstory Quilts – A Celebration of Strong Women.Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  Quilts from the exhibit are organized in the book by theme:

Suffragists: Women who fought for women to receive the vote

Strong Women: Women who did something that was a first for humankind or for womenSpecial Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts

Groups: Women who worked together for a common goal, and

Personal Heroes: A relative or individual admired by the artistSpecial Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts

Each quilt highlighted in the book has a description of the woman being portrayed including a brief historical summary of what made her famous. There is also a description of the artist, why she chose the woman to be honored, and what methods were used in the fiber art work she created. Thank you, Susanne M. Jones, for the vision and direction in putting together this Special Exhibit. To see where the exhibit is going next or to purchase the book, please visit Susanne’s website.]]>

Up, Up And Away With Modern Quilts

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

At Road 2018, the Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild created the beautiful quilt exhibit that rose above everyone’s heads as they entered the venue.  The Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild was established in January, 2015 to bring together individuals who are passionate about modern quilting. Their goal is to inspire, educate and develop friendships and they continually strive to use their love of quilting to bridge the needs of our community.   Guild Members were active participants with this year’s Quilts from the Ashes, the initiative created to support the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild’s efforts in supplying quilts to the survivor’s of the  devastating Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California.  Another philanthropy the guild supports is the Memory Pillow program. On the one year anniversary of the passing of a child, the guild makes a memory pillow which is customized to that child and which the hospital presents to the surviving family members.    The Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild is also a member of the worldwide Modern Quilt Guild, founded in 2009 as an online community of modern quilters by one of Road 2018’s vendors, Latifah Saafir.  Road 2018 was Latifah’s first time hosting a retail booth for her Latifah Saafir Studios. She really enjoyed being in front of customers and putting faces to names.   Latifah also hosted a Special Exhibit,  Expanding Traditions. One of the quilts included in the exhibit was Latifah’s first free motion quilt. Because it was her first quilt, there were a lot of mistakes. Latifah felt it was important to show this “not perfect” quilt because learning to quilt is a part of the quilting process.  Thank you Long Beach Modern Quilt Guild and Expanding Traditions for sharing modern quilting with Road 2018 guests.  ]]>

Trending: Award Winning Bags

Friday, April 13th, 2018

ByAnnie.com  sponsored a Bag Challenge at Road to California 2018.Participants submitted their finished bags to compete for cash and prizes which were awarded during the show. The judges were delighted at the 31 entries and had a difficult time choosing the top five prize winners. Here are the winners along with the judge’s comments:    Karen’s original design received $400 from sponsor Road to California. Karen has used her bag for numerous family reunions. The bag carries plates, wineglasses, wine bottle, silverware. napkins, placemats, potholders, serving spoon, & napkins. A unique feature is that she used elastic ponytail holders for the expandable side closures and the bow is a separate pattern that consists of bias strips sewn and turned over yarn. Comments from judges: The silverware set on the front button is awesome! This bag is incredible! Bias strips OVER YARN are perfectly done. Amazing. Never would I have guessed this was not commercial cord. Well done! Mirla used a Cecile Franconie pattern to showcase her large collection of African fabrics. This jewelry bag has pockets for make-up as well as jewelry. Comments from judges: Love the Bohemian feel of this bag, with its intricate and unusual construction. Love the bells, charms and special gold stitching. Great use of different fabrics, and nice, consistent mix of textures. Amy was looking for a way to use up her stash when she created this bag. It was inspired by a 1950’s style vacation souvenir tablecloth and two leftover garment sewing fabrics, red wool and blue/white striped cotton. Recycling these materials helps Amy remember memories of past trips. Comments from judges: Very interesting! Love the wool (stunning) and rivets. Good fussy cutting. Very well made! Love the special pocket inside. Kathy loves to wear backpacks when exploring and traveling. She has an RV and travels throughout the US in it. Backpacks free up her hands and can carry a lot of things. The train case bottom separates items for easy location. It also has a convertible strap that can be changed from backpack straps to a cross body or over the shoulder style bag. Comments from judges: Beautifully made and perfectly done. Great job with all the zippers. Love the cork-bottom and fabric combinations. The cording in seam is beautifully done! Rebecca gives lectures on her quilts to local quilt guilds as well as teaches Orange Peel machine applique. She needed something to hold the money she gets for selling her patterns as well as her iPad when she is doing her presentations and came up with this idea to showcase her skills with this purse. Comments from judges: The Trapunto flowers are gorgeous! 5 stars on the cotton, lining and quilting. Love the Orange Peel design. Good contrast. Beautiful! Road and ByAnnie.com will be sponsoring another bag challenge soon. Start thinking about  your designs and styles and stay tuned for details.   ]]>

Meet The Designers Behind Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric's Van Gogh Challenge

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics continued its tradition of hosting remarkable Special Exhibits with van Gogh. Using a color palette of Cherrywood hand dyed deep blue hues, fabric artists were given the challenge of creating their interpretation of van Gogh’s work. Cherrywood received 465 submissions from four countries—the most ever for their specialty challenges. Because of the overwhelming response, two travelling exhibits were created: French and Dutch—symbolizing both areas of van Gogh’s important life work.  The larger French exhibit was shown at Road to California 2018. Some of the artists were able to come to Road 2018, meet guests, and autograph their entries in the Cherrywood van Gogh book, a compilation of all the quilts. Karen Courtney, a resident of British Columbia, Canada, chose orca whales for her theme. The challenge for her was figuring out how to make and use fabric tubes for her background. It took 4-5 tries to achieve the look she wanted. Karen has been quilting since 1992. This was the first time she ever entered a challenge. It was also the first time she had gone to Road. She thought the show was “really great” and loved the warm weather!! The Cherrywood Choice Award was presented to Lynn Randall for her entry. Lynn said she was “humbled” for receiving the award that followed the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning designs. Lynn shared that she stood on the exact spot where van Gogh painted the picture she used for her inspiration one year before she created her quilt. Lynn is a resident of Dunlap, Iowa—population 1,100. She has been quilting for over 30 years and said that she learns something from every quilt challenge she enters. It was trying to create a brush stroke effect to achieve realism that challenged her the most with this project. Sally Wright “adores’ Cherrywood fabrics and has used them in many of her quilt projects in the past. An Art History major in college, she has long been a fan of van Gogh. The hard part for Sally was coming up with an original idea. After that, it didn’t take long for her to sew her quilt. “I love blue and I love van Gogh,” said Michelle Baker. “I love to go camping to Lake McDonald and see the borealis over the lake.” Previously to this project, Michelle considered herself a modern quilter and was used to working with large pieces of fabric.  She loved the experience of using “teeny tiny” pieces (shreds of fabric actually) to create her brush strokes. San Diego resident, Kay Laboda, was inspired to enter this challenge after seeing Cherrywood’s Lion King exhibit. Growing up in Texas,  Kay has always loved stars. She had four different ideas before she settled on her composition and wasn’t satisfied with her choice until she was all done. Her advice to other quilters: “Don’t give in. Don’t give up.” Angie Gohn was used to using bigger fabric pieces and lots more color prior to this piece. Her biggest challenge was the size of the quilt as well as using less color. Drawn to van Gogh’s boots and shoes, she decided to modernize them with hi-tops. “Live, Love, Breathe Quilts,” says Margaret Vachon. Familiar with Cherrywood challenges (she saw Wicked and participated in Lion King), little did Margaret know that a picture she took in 2013 at the Centre Pompidou Museum of Modern Art in Paris would  be used four years later for another Cherrywood challenge. Margaret said she lets “Cherrywood fabric speak to me.” She started sewing not really knowing what she was going to do and before she knew it, her piece was created and finished in just 2-1/2 months.  Knowing that she loved art and art galleries, a friend encouraged Diane Winder, a quilter for 10 years, to enter this challenge.  When it was all said and done, Diane wished she would have been “braver” in her design and “experimented” more. Road thinks Diane and all the other fiber artists who entered this challenge were very brave to share their talents in this fabulous exhibit. The 2018-2019 Cherrrywood Challenge honors the legendary singer Prince with his favorite color: purple. Entries will be accepted until July 2, 2018. For details on the Prince Challenge, please visit the Cherrywood website.        ]]>

Road 2018 Special Exhibit: Red & White Quilting, An Iconic Tradition

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Red & White Quilting, An Iconic Tradition. Red & White Quilts have been popular for over three centuries of quilt making and have been a staple since the mid nineteenth-century.  Red & White quilts are bold, graphic and eye-catching and are the most iconic color combination in quilting. The exhibit highlighted this tradition celebrated in Linda Pumphrey’s newest book, Red and White Quilting an Iconic Tradition in 40 Blocks. The book features instructions for 40 blocks and 14 projects.  Each project has three variations shown so readers can decide which version they want to make. A total of fourteen quilts hung in the exhibit, highlighting the versatility of a two-color quilt. Eleven of the quilts came from Linda’s book and the other three came from the International Quilt Study Center & Museum located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln which were used as inspiration for some of the new quilt designs in the book. The production of the quilts used for the book and the exhibit, were actually a “Pumphrey Family affair.”  Linda’s mother and sister each made one of the projects and the rest were made by Linda.  Linda said that she “set out to develop new quilt patterns that were little on the modern aesthetics, definitely contemporary but yet classical with using very tradition blocks.”   All of the quilts were quilted by Karen Kielmeyer who also did the quilting for the Special Exhibit seen at Road 2017, “Mountain Mist Historical Quilts.” Road to California 2018 was the first place Red & White Quilting, An Iconic Tradition has been shown.  After Road, the exhibit will be on tour at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos throughout the country in 2018.  In addition, the quilts and the book will be featured on an upcoming segment of “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  ]]>

Meet Pattern Designer Kenna Ogg of Madison Cottage Design

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Quilts Anyone Can Make, the booth will include patterns designed by  Kenna Ogg, of Madison Cottage Design. Kenna lives in Boise, Idaho. In addition to being a quilt pattern maker, she also has a background in photography, weaving and knitting. How did she pick quilt making from all the arts she is involved in?  Kenna told Beyond the Reef, “Quilting picked me.  One day, while unemployed, I was out shopping in a quilt store (A Quilter’s Dream) and foolishly said, “I can help” and, well, need I say more.” Her design room at home consists of an old JC Penney table (her dad was a retired Penney man, had the table for years and now it belongs to Kenna), a Pfaff tiptronic 2040 sewing machine that she has had for years, and a bulletin board shaped like a nine-patch. Kenna loves listening to music while she works. She has a 50-disc CD player that she plays everything from Bruce Springsteen to Dean Martin, Tracy Chapman, David Cook, Barbara Cook, Patti Lupone, Patti Scialfa, and George Strait. Madison Cottage Design was started 6 years ago. It is a wholesale only business. Most of Kenna’s quilts and patterns have been at various quilt markets, either in her own booth or other fabric vendors. The booth at Road to California will be located next to the Road to California booth in the main ballroom. Matt Reese and Stevi Graves came up with the idea to showcase a pattern designer like Kenna. The booth will give a more complete sense of quilt work rather than just bits and pieces. Most of the patterns will be easy to make from mostly fat quarters. Says Kenna, “Some may look more complicated than others but they are all very simple to do.”      ]]>

Hoffman Fabrics And Another First For Road To California

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Why was Road to California chosen as the location to show this special exhibit? Hoffman knew from their early planning stages that they wanted to expand the Quilt Market presentation to Road to California. Hoffman considers Road to California to be the most important consumer show for them for three reasons: 1) Because many Hoffman retailers participate at the show; 2) They often hold office/warehouse tours during the show; and 3) They have a longtime “family business” relationship with the Reese family. The special exhibit will show Hoffman’s development from its start as Hoffman Woolens in 1924 to becoming a textile converter, introducing various fabrications to the quilting market (the originator of batiks for quilting, for instance, but also as a leader now in cutting-edge digital prints), to their impact on the surf apparel industry, and everything in-between. We’re told that there will even be an actual surfboard in the exhibit!!! Part of the exhibit will include the Hoffman Challenge, which they have partnered with Road to California as a sponsor over many, many years. Other quilts that will be in the display were generated by Hoffman’s own “quilt fairies” – very talented industry designers/quilters with whom they’ve worked closely with over many years. Hoffman depended on them to design and make outstanding quilts. Some of the quilts have patterns sold by the designers, but many others have become patterns that Hoffman now offers as free downloads from its website. They plan to show quilts that feature their different fabrications and most well-known designs. What will happen to the exhibit after Road to California 2018? Well, Hoffman isn’t quite sure. They say if the exhibit is well received at Road, perhaps they will show it at another major quilt show or at a quilt, textile, or other type of museum or library – even a major university. They are also thinking about recreating at least a part of it Hoffman’s headquarters in Mission Viejo, California since they offer tours to quilt/sewing guilds as their production/distribution schedule allows throughout the year. Given that Hoffman is close to hitting the century mark, they feel confident that all types of artists, makers, collectors, etc., would be very interested in learning about the history of textiles and of Hoffman Fabrics. Be sure to stop by Booth 400 and be a part of this historic special exhibit.  ]]>

Meet Road 2018 Vendor and Special Exhibit Curator Latifah Saafir

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Latifah Saafir Studios LLC is new to Road’s vendor floor, owner Latifah Saafir is not. This innovative Modern Quilter and founder of the Modern Quilt Guild, presented a Lecture and Trunk Show to kick off Road 2017. Her special presentation was held Tuesday evening,  January 17th at the Ontario Museum of History and Art in conjunction with the exhibit being held there, Modern Quilts Redesigning Traditions.  How did Latifah Saafir Studios LLC begin? After Latifah was laid off from her technology job with a Fortune 500 company, she decided to “try my hand at doing something I truly loved.” Already having a ton of contacts in the modern quilt world, Latifah added the resources received from a Kickstarter campaign two years ago to help her launch her product line. Latifah remembers it was a whole lot of work but she wouldn’t have “given up for anything in the world.” A Los Angeles resident, Latifah and her husband help take care of her 96 year old grandfather. Latifah spends most days building her quilting business. When she does have some free time, she likes to slip out to her guild meetings and hang out with her guild friends. What does Latifah like about being a new business owner? Creativity. Latifah loves creating products that help people tap into their own beauty and creativity. Meeting and seeing people is what Latifah is most looking forward to at Road 2018. In her booth, new and classic Latifah Saafir Studios patterns will be featured as well as her Hoffman fabric line. Latifah will also be demonstrating her “Clammy templates,” showing guests how easy it is to cut and sew all kinds of curved shapes. Latifah is also curating the Special Exhibit, Expanding Tradition, which will be located at 713/717 during Road 2018. As Latifah commented, being “surrounded by quilts and quilters for a whole weekend—what could be better than that?!” To learn more about Latifah Saafir Studios LLC, please visit the website.  ]]>

The 2017 Cherrywood Challenge: Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Wicked Challenge in 2014.  Based on the hit musical, entries had to include specially dyed lime green fabrics (Cherrywood Wicked Greens) and black in their designs. The traveling exhibit was displayed at Road 2015 to much fanfare. Cherrywood’s second challenge was The Lion King in 2016.  All entrants started with the same four hand-dyed Cherrywood fabrics (in golds and black) and designed their own original quilts within a 20-inch square. What made this theme especially significant was that 2017 is the 20th Anniversary of The Lion King musical. The traveling exhibit began 2017 at Road to California and will end its tour in November 2017 at the Minskoff Theatre in New York.    During Road to California 2017, the next Cherrywood Challenge was announced – and it’s not based on a musical. Instead, the 2017 Cherrywood Challenge is a tribute to Vincent van Gogh, one of the world’s beloved artists. Entrants are encouraged to use Vincent van Gogh’s paintings as inspiration to think “outside the box” in creating new fiber art. As with Cherrywood’s other challenges, each entry must include three official Cherrywood fabrics (this time they are the van Gogh Blues) and black. The quilt must “read” blue; 60-70% of the quilt top must be in blue hues. Accent colors may be used but they have to be Cherrywood fabric. The final size of the quilt is 20” x 20” consisting of a top, a middle and a backing with a maximum thickness of one inch.  Any technique or fabric manipulation is acceptable as long as it maintains the color and character of a textile quilt. Embellishments may be added, with the exception of glitter, but must stay within the 20-inch size. No sleeve is required. The cost to enter the challenge is $45.00 and includes the registration fee, shipping, return shipping and one fat quarter of each of the required fabrics.  Photos of the entries must be received by Cherrywood by 11:59 PM on August 1, 2017. Finalists will be announced and notified by email on August 11th. Finalist quilts are to be sent to Cherrywood Fabrics by August 25th. And then on September 1st, the winners will be announced as well as the quilts that will be included in the traveling exhibit. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 is being offered to the winners.  Awards will be given for first, second and third place:

First Place – $700 Gift Card

Second Place – $200 Gift Card

Third Place – $100 Gift Card

The van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge Traveling Exhibit will debut November 1, 2017 at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas. It will travel to quilt shows for at least one year through 2018, including at Road to California. We can’t wait to see all the creativity in this exhibit. For more information regarding The van Gogh Cherrywood Challenge 2017 or with Cherrywood Fabrics, please visit their website.]]>

Meet The Quilters Behind The Cherrywood Lion King Exhibit

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Lion King Cherrywood Challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics. Cherrywood also produced a book about the exhibit, featuring each quilt and giving insights into each quilter’s design ideas and methods for their contribution.  During the show, Cherrywood held two book signings at their booth with some of the quilters whose quilts were featured in the exhibit and the book. It was a great opportunity for guests to meet these talented quilters and find out more about their work. Sandra Hankins from Lake Elsinore, California, created Simba. She has seen the Lion King musical 5 times!! “It is my favorite play by far,” remarked Sandra. She chose Simba because he is her favorite character. “He had to learn hard lessons to become the Lion King.” Wim-O-Weh is the title of Tiffany Hayes’ piece. Named after one of the songs in the play, Tiffany came up with the idea for her quilt when she heard and watched one of her favorite bands, The Fulcos, play the song. Wim-O-Weh is paper pieced. The design was inspired by her daughter’s fiancé’s tattoo artwork. From Acton, California, Anna Koelewyn likes to do improvisational piecing that is very abstract. She felt that it was hard to choose a lion to represent, so she decided to focus on the feel of the land and the umbrella trees for her piece, Serengeti. Scar-Pretender of the Throne is the first quilt Eileen Paine of Riverside, California has ever finished!! She has been making Hawaiian quilts with applique for five years before starting this project. Eileen decided to “jump in with both feet” and wanted to go to “the dark side” of the play. The face of her “Scar” is asymmetrical to give the illusion of how he was “scarred.”   “I loved the whole challenge,” commented Rod Daniel who came from Placitas, New Mexico to talk about his quilt, Sunset Maiden. The idea for his piece came from looking at African masks. Like Anna, he wanted to focus on something other than lions. And because he loves the skin tones of African-Americans, he went “crazy with color” with his design. The next Cherrywood Challenge is Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Exhibit coordinator and Cherrywood Fabrics owner, Karla Overland, said that most of the fabric they brought to Road for this upcoming challenge was sold out so they are encouraged with the initial response. To learn more about this challenge and Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics, please visit their website.    ]]>