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Some Family Quilt Bonding Time at Road

February 28th, 2020

Sharing a love for quilting with other family members is extra-special. It makes for a great outing to Road to California for some family quilt bonding time.

Family Quilt Bonding

Cousins Cookie and Joyce live in Los Angeles. They have been coming to Road together for over 20 years. They book a room at the Residence Inn and stay for four days. “It’s our annual retreat” for some family quilt bonding time.  While Cookie says she has been “playing” at quilting for the past 10 years, Joyce has been seriously quilting for 20.  Joyce learned to quilt after trying to figure out how her mother quilted. Today, Joyce quilts for enjoyment and to honor her heritage. She comes to Road to California to “get away from home” and “to be motivated.” She likes to meet other quilters, learn about new quilt products, and find fabric that she doesn’t usually see. Cookie finds that coming to Road energizes her to get back to quilting. When she isn’t quilting, she also has interests in ceramics, fused glass, and beading. Cookie also has over 600 Barbies that she collects. “Road inspires me with all my art interests.”   

Family Quilt Bonding
Cheryl, Linda, Tassie, and Marianne

These three sisters – Tassie, Linda and Marianne – plus their friend Cheryl (who is just like a sister), are artisans that work together on themed projects. Linda and Cheryl are “quilters extraordinaire,” Tassie does cross- stitching, and Marianne likes to embellish fabric using buttons.  They were looking for their next group project for family quilt bonding at Road 2020 as well as enjoyed seeing all the “beautiful” quilts.

Family Quilt Bonding

Ten-year Road to California attendees, these sisters didn’t let Cancer get in the way of their family quilt bonding time. They were interested in researching new projects and finding things they didn’t have yet. For the past 8 months, Brenda has been being treated for Periteneal Cancer- cancer of the stomach lining. She started quilting after she retired in 20013. Jeri learned to quilt from a friend at her work. Both Brenda and Jeri’s first quilts were patterns from Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in a Day. Quilting has kept Brenda going through her chemotherapy treatments. “I’m not ready to die yet—I have too many quilts yet to make.”    

Midnight Frolic – Outstanding Large Quilt Road 2020

February 25th, 2020

Molly Hamilton-McNally won $5,000 from Sponsor, Pollard’s Sew Creative for Midnight Frolic.

Midnight Frolic

The year 2000 was not a good one for Molly Hamilton-McNally. That was the year she lost her mother and husband to cancer and Molly, herself, was also struggling with the disease. Needless to say, Molly fell into a deep depression. To aid her recovery, an acquaintance encouraged Molly to take a class in basic quilting. Unexpectedly, Molly found herself developing a passion for this art form and it helped in her recovery.

Making Midnight Frolic

All of Molly’s quilts reflect the journeys and roads she has traveled. Midnight Frolic, Road to California’s Outstanding Large Quilt for 2020, was no exception. It was Molly’s re-creation of a moonlit night long ago in Maui. She saw the soft light touch the sea and the flowers and there were tiny insects darting everywhere. Molly says that “I have never forgotten that moment. This quilt is my way of sharing this special time with you.”

It took Molly about 1700 hours, on and off for 2 years, to complete Midnight Frolic. She learned that she needed to concentrate on what she was doing in order to keep on improving.

Midnight Frolic

Molly learned from friends on Facebook that Midnight Frolic had won Outstanding Large Quilt. Of the award, Molly commented, “I was, of course, extremely happy to have won such an honor.” She hasn’t decided what she is going to do with her prize money yet. She went out of her way to thank Pollard’s Sew Creative for her cash prize.

Midnight Frolic

A Three Time Winner

Molly is not a stranger to winning awards for her quilting at Road to California. Molly won Best of Show in 2012 for Everlasting Bouquet, a quilt she made and that was quilted by Cindy Seitz-Krug.

She won again in 2017 in the category, Outstanding Innovative Quilt, for Reborn.   

Molly is an active member of the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters where she is always willing to teach her quilt skills.

Future Quilting

What is up next for Molly? “I always have several projects on my mind so I will pick one of these next.”

Congratulations to Molly Hamilton-McNally for her award winning entry.

Party Time Never Disappoints

February 21st, 2020

Year after year, Party Time sells out to a very enthusiastic crowd. At Road’s 25th Anniversary Show it was bigger and better than ever.

Party Time

History of Party Time

Party Time was the brainchild of past Road owner, Carolyn Reese, as a way for guests to unwind after a long day of classes, shopping, and quilt admiring. The event is a two-hour extravaganza that includes games, food, and over a hundred prizes, donated by vendors at the show.

For the last 14 years, one of the highlights of the evening has been the ever-flowing chocolate fountain.  

Party Time

Diane Martin, a member of the Night Owl Quilt Guild and longtime Road to California volunteer, has acted as Mistress of Ceremonies for the past few years. While she confesses that she always gets a little nervous overseeing the event, when the night is over, she is always thrilled with the results: happy quilters who have enjoyed an evening of fun and friendship.

Crazy Guests

Getting into the spirit of Party Time often includes dressing up. This group of Reindeer met years ago at the Oxnard Adult Education Quilt Class taught by Evonne (bottom left). At their table of 10, there was a combined 110 years of quilting experience!!! Road to California is their favorite reunion as the ladies now live in California, Texas, and Arizona.

Party Time

Carolyn, from New Mexico, has attended Party Time the past 18 years. She said that the “antler ladies” inspired her to dress up and wear hair gear this year. Carolyn bought her costume at a collectibles shop in El Paso, Texas in 2019. She said that she received many compliments from other guests at Party Time, telling her they had wished that they had dressed up too.      

Mary and Pat bought their matching shirts at Road. They are from Chatsworth, California and have attended Road to California together for the past 5 years, when they both started quilting. They both agreed: “It’s an awesome party!!”

Jean came to Party Time from Fresno, California. Her friend, Diane, made her festive vest. Jean has been coming to Party Time for 12 years!! “It’s fun and exciting,” remarked Jean. Each year, Jean makes the most of her visit to Road. She takes classes and shops all the vendors. In 2020, she took classes from Deb Tucker and Krista Moser. Her all-time favorite Road teacher is Kimberly Einmo.

Mother and Daughter, Kendra and Judy, don’t quilt. They call themselves “quilt appreciators.” One of the reasons they come to Road is to attend Party Time. “A friend has been to Party Time the past 5 years and told us that we had to come.”  Kendra commented that even though she doesn’t quilt (she does do needlework) she loves the Show including the vendors. “There are lots of ideas for new projects here.”

Another Mother/Daughter pair at Party Time were Roxanne and Shirley from South Gate, California. Both have been quilting for the past 10 years. This was their 8th year going to Road. They come on a bus with their quilt group, a machine quilting class in Pico Rivera. Roxanne gives the gift of Party Time each year to Shirley for her birthday.

Mark your Calendar

Party Time continues to be one of Road to California’s most popular events; it sells out every year. Plan now what you’re going to wear to Party Time in 2021 and be sure to enroll as soon as registration opens in early July 2020. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun!!!   

Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge Exhibit

February 19th, 2020

Cherrywood Fabrics and Bob Ross

For the 5th year in a row, Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics presented their annual fabric challenge at Road to California. For 2020, the theme was Bob Ross, the iconic American painter, art instructor, and television host.

Mr. Ross was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States. It was also aired in Canada, Latin America, and Europe. His belief that everyone has “a creative need inside of us,” was the perfect inspiration for such a fabric challenge.

Cherrywood Challenges

Cherrywood Fabrics began their fabric challenges in 2014 with their Wicked Challenge– based on the hugely successful Broadway play. Other challenge themes have included The Lion King, van Gogh, the musician, Prince, and 2019’s Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge.

All Cherrywood Challenges incorporate hues of Cherrywood’s 100% cotton dyed fabrics that look like suede.  Up until the Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge, fabric artists utilized four coordinating fabrics. The Bob Ross challenge doubled the fabric choices to eight.

Bob Ross Cherrywood Chalenge

Two hundred quilts were chosen for the entire Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge collection. The collection was divided into “trunks,” organized by when they arrived at Cherrywood’s offices to compete in the challenge. Certain trunks are chosen to travel to various destinations throughout 2019-2020. At Road to California’s 25th Anniversary Show, all 200 quilts were on display.

Meet the Makers of the Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge

On Saturday afternoon of Road 2020, a few of the makers of the quilts in the Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge, were on hand to answer questions about their experience and to autograph the official, Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge Book.

Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge

When raising her family, Cindy Thompson would relax by watching Bob Ross’ television program. “His technique was so fun. It blew me away,” she recalled. Like Bob Ross, Cindy is an artist and was really interested in doing the challenge. A veteran of two other Cherrywood Challenges (van Gogh and Prince), the hard part for Cindy with this challenge was the colors of the fabric; they weren’t exactly her favorite. She knew she wanted a couple of features to stand out in her quilt: a TV and Bob’s hair. With those decisions made, her quilt came together.

Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge

The Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge included the first mother/daughter winners, Sara and Clarice. The challenge was the first contest Sara had ever entered and Road to California was only the second quilt show she has ever attended. Sara is also an artist and she felt a responsibility to be credible with this project since Bob Ross “is an inspiration to all painters.” Sara chose to do a “self-portrait” and to keep it simple. Sara said it was a “fun” experience that pulled her in to the quilting world.

Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge

Sara’s entry was her first ever art quilt—and it was her mother’s first art quilt as well. Clarice is a quilter and loved doing this challenge with her daughter. Clarice commented how Bob Ross’ landscapes spoke to her on how anyone can “move mountains” and as Bob said, “You can do anything in your life.”

Maryland resident, Kathy Freeman, chose to use traditional quilt techniques in her entry because to her, Bob Ross’ paintings reminded her of folk-art quilts. Kathy’s quilt was entirely pieced; several hundred pieces in all. At Road, Kathy wore a knitted shawl she made in all seven colors of the challenge’s fabric palette. She purchased her yarn from independent knit dyers to match the exhibit.

Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge

Cherrywood’s 2020 Challenge

The Cherrywood Challenge for 2020 is Diana

The goal of this challenge is to take inspiration from Diana, Princess of Wales, in creating a unique quilt measuring 20” square, using the limited color palette of pink and white. Entries are due by July 1, 2020. Additional information for this challenge is on Cherrywood’s website.

Congratulations to all those whose quilts were exhibited at Road to California 2020. To see if the Bob Ross Cherrywood Challenge will be on display near you, check out the exhibit’s schedule.            

Jen Kingwell at Road 2020

February 14th, 2020

Do you know Jen Kingwell?

An Australian, Jen Kingwell describes herself as “a traditional quilter with a modern twist.” In her perfect world she would hand stitch everything but with today’s busy lifestyle, she does machine piecing as well. Hand appliqué and quilting are among her favorite pastimes.

Jen Kingwell at Road 2020

Jen “stumbled” into quilting 30 years ago. She is a teacher, author, and designer for Moda Fabrics.  Jen has owned quilt stores for over 15 years and currently owns amitie Textiles in Melbourne Australia.

Jen Kingwell at Road 2020

Jen taught 7 handwork classes at Road to California 2020.   

Jen Kingwell at Road 2020

She found Road 2020 to be a “fantastic show” that was “well organized.” Jen added that she had a “really nice experience” teaching every day of the show where she met “the loveliest ladies” who were enthusiastic and willing to try whatever she gave them to do.

We stopped in during Jen’s Creative Hand Quilting and Finishing class and talked to some of her students:

Debra was from Discovery Bay, California. She said she got lots of good information from Jen and that the class was fun, casual and relaxing.

A Road to California attendee since the show was in Anaheim, Elaine has been quilting for over 26 years. Even though she lives local (in Orange County), she likes to stay overnight in one of Road’s host hotels so she can walk over to the show. At Road 2020, Elaine took  2 classes. “I haven’t done any sewing since last January at Road 2019 so I’m excited to pick it up again. I like handwork; repetition is relaxing. Jen is excellent.”

Jen Kingwell at Road 2020

Kim and Brenda are sisters-in-law from San Diego, California. They have been attending Road to California together since 2011. Brenda started quilting 15 years ago. She sold Kim her old machine and taught her how to quilt 13 years ago. Brenda said, “Now Kim is teaching me!!” They belong to Sew Easy Girls where they sit and sew every Thursday.

A Sewing Tip From Jen

One tip that Brenda learned from Jen was how to use thread from the right end of the spool. Thread your needle first, then cut the thread from the spool. Doing it this way, the thread and the knot will go with the nap of the thread.

It was great having Jen Kingwell at Road 2020, reminding her students how handwork is relaxing—and fun!!!     

Road 2020 Best of Show

February 10th, 2020

Congratulations to Marilyn Badger for winning Road 2020 Best of Show for Christmas in St. Andrews. Marilyn received $10,000 from Road to California’s Platinum Sponsor, Gammill Quilting Systems.

Road 2020 Best of Show

Lucky to Win

The winner for the Road 2020 Best of Show, Marilyn Badger, is no stranger to winning awards and being a featured artist at Road to California. Keeping that in mind, Marilyn commented that winning this coveted Beat of Show award at the 25th Anniversary Show was special as “I know how difficult Best of Show awards are to come by – the competition is incredible today! I also know how lucky I am when I win, whatever the award.”

Photo by Bonnie McCaffrey Photography

Getting Started in Quilting

Marilyn’s journey in quilting began in the mid-70s while she and her husband were living on their boat in Marina del Rey, California. It was all hand piecing back then because of the lack of room for a sewing machine. When they moved ashore in 1986, Marilyn became interested in machine quilting and purchased her first longarm machine in 1991.

Inspiration for Christmas at St. Andrews

Claudia Clark Myers came up with the design and challenged Marilyn to use the plaid fabric in the background. After all the piecing, appliqué and quilting, Marilyn really “had fun” adding the hand details and trims.

Road 2020 Best of Show

It took Marilyn about 9 months to complete Christmas in St. Andrews. She said that she tends to be somewhat obsessive about getting a quilt finished before starting another one. Quite a few were waiting in line when she was working on this one. By the time it was finished, she was more than ready to move on to the next one. Marilyn said she really learned a lot about matching plaid seams on this one. She eventually used 6 yards of fabric by the time she fussy cut everything.

Road 2020 Best of Show

Winning Road 2020 Best of Show

How did Marilyn hear the news that she had won? Another Road 2020 winner, Janet Stone, sent Marilyn a message late Wednesday night, January 22nd, that Marilyn had won Road 2020 Best of Show. Marilyn was “flabbergasted” that she had won. At first, she thought it must have been a mistake until she got a second message from another friend.

She’s not sure what she will do with the prize money but feels that she’s “sure I’ll think of something fun to do with it.”

What’s Next?

Marilyn just finished a new quilt in time to enter it in the AQS Daytona Beach show this month (February 2020) and is adding lots of hand embroidery to a new quilt which she hopes to have ready as an entry for Road 2021.

Giveaways and Quilts – A Winning Combination

February 6th, 2020

At Road to California, we love showcasing quilts and we love providing lots of opportunities for our guests to win prizes.

Part II- Daily Giveaways

Daily Giveaways have been a Road to California tradition for several years.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, sewing machines donated by several Road Sponsors were given away twice a day, at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM, at the North Registration Desk.

And on Sunday afternoon, Martelli Enterprises donated a Martelli Premier Workstation with Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat to one lucky winner.

Thursday Winners

Adelina Portillo of Riverside, California, won a Brother Project Runway Limited Edition Sewing Machine from Moore’s Sewing Center. A quilter for 15 years, Adelina was “really happy” to win. “I’ve never won anything before,” she said. Adelina has been coming to Road to California for the past 12 years. She makes it a day of “buying stuff” and hanging out with friends.


The afternoon winner was Lisa Pechon of Fullerton, California. The microphone was cutting out when her name was announced. Just in case, she and her daughter showed up at the North Registration Desk to check it out and when she found out she was the winner, she was “shocked.” Lisa won a Baby Lock Jubilant Model BL 808 from Moore’s Sewing Center. A quilter for 5 years, Lisa says she is “still learning.” Her daughter, Hannah, was thrilled for her mom. She was looking forward to attending the show to find out about the Cosplay costumes.   


Friday Winners

“The original Barbie Doll,” Barbara Doll, from Calgary, Canada, was the morning winner. She won a Janome 2030 QDC portable sewing machine from Moore’s Sewing Center. Barbara spends her winters in Arizona and came to the show with 12 friends from the Sun City West-Palo Verde Patchers. Barbara said she is always on the lookout for a new machine. She loved how her new Janome was “nice and light.”


Mel’s Sewing and Fabric Center donated a Bernina 215 that won by Colleen Craviero from Rhode Island. She was in Row 100 in the Exhibit Hall, “just hanging out in Row 100,” when she heard her name called. Road 2020 was her first time at the Show. She had flown to Arizona to spend time with her sister-in-law and they drove over to the show. Colleen said that the closest quilt show to her home is in Vermont. She found Road to be “amazing.”


Saturday Winners

Robyn Phelps from La Mesa, California, won a Pfaff Passport 3.0 from Pollard’s Sew Creative. Robyn had just arrived at the show on a bus with the Legacy Quilters right before the drawing was held. Se was excited to win the machine because hers was “on its last leg.”  

Shelley Holbrook from Yorba Linda, California was in the Ballroom, looking at the quilt exhibits, when she heard her name on the loudspeaker. Shelley won a Husqvarna Viking Opal 650 from OC Sewing and Vacuum. She has been to Road five times in the past. Shelley likes to see the new products. “There are things you can only find here.” She also thought all the quilts were “beautiful.”

Sunday Winner

Teri Gallagher won the Martelli Premier Workstation with Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat. This was her 2nd visit to Road.   

We hope you’re planning on joining us for Road to California 2021, January 21-24, 2021. Don’t forget to sign up for the great giveaways when you come. Who knows…you could go home a winner too!!      

Quilts and Giveaways – A Winning Combination

February 4th, 2020

At Road to California, we love showcasing quilts and we love providing lots of opportunities for our guests to win prizes.

Part I – Roadie Bucks

Each morning during the 2020 Anniversary Show, Road sponsored a “Roadie Bucks” drawing at the South Information Desk. Roadie Bucks were an idea thought up by Road to California’s owner, Matt Reese. Each Roadie Buck was worth $100 and had the portrait of Matt printed on the front to authenticate the special currency. Lucky winners of a Roadie Buck could spend the $100 at any one vendor at the show.

To join in the fun, early arriving guests simply filled out an entry slip as they came into the Convention Center’s main hall and deposited it in the raffle drum. Then, promptly at 10:00 AM, the voice of Road, Randy Graves, announced two winners for that day.

Thursday Winners

Roadie Bucks

Sue Roberts is from Menifee, California. She has been coming to Road for the past 7 years. She was “shocked” to have won. She was planning on spending her Roadie Bucks on photo fabric, thread and a light box.

Roadie Bucks

Darlene Taylor lives in Moreno Valley, California and owns Darlene’s Fabric Shop. “This is the first time I have ever won anything!!” Darlene exclaimed. She hadn’t heard her name on the loudspeaker but three of her friends did and they called her right away. She was going to purchase thread, a big cutting mat and “lots more” with her Roadie Buck.

Friday Winners

Roadie Bucks

Vicki McIntire is a Road to California veteran. The Anniversary Show was her fourth time at Road.

Roadie Bucks

Congratulations to Ruth Lofgren, a 10-year attendee.

Saturday Winners

Kathy from Lebec, California came to Road 2020 hoping to meet Jenny Doan and Eleanor Burns. Instead, she won a Roadie Buck!! “I’m going to spend it on stuff,” said Kathy.

Roadie Bucks

The second winner on Saturday was 12-year-old, Jayden. It was her first-time visiting Road. She came with her Grandma and her Aunt. Jayden didn’t even know you could win a prize at Road.   “I just walked in and I won!! I said, ‘What??!!’” Since it was her first time at the show, she was going to look at “everything” before she carefully made her purchase.

Sunday Winners

Julia Calzado has been to every Road to California, so she was celebrating 25 years of Road too!!

The last Roadie Bucks winner of 2020 was Cindy Skolaski. It was her first time at Road to California and apparently, according to her T-shirt, Cindy was going to use her Roadie Buck to help her with her Obsessive Quilting Disorder!!

This was the second year for Roadie Bucks, and it has quickly become a new Road tradition. You can look forward to participating in this fun giveaway at Road 2021.

2020 Marie White Masterpiece Award

January 31st, 2020

Congratulations to Janet Stone for winning the Marie White Masterpiece Award for her quilt, Crazy for Ewe. Janet received $7,500 from Sponsor, Road to California.

Marie White Masterpiece

Janet Stone began her quilting adventure in the late 1990’s. She said she got serious about quilting in 2006 after she bought a “really nice new sewing machine.” Janet made her first “show quilt” in 2008 and has been hooked on making quilts for show ever since.

Making Crazy for Ewe

Crazy for Ewe was inspired by wool applique and crazy quilting, both of which Janet loves. She decided to combine the two but used flannel fabrics instead of wool because there are “so many pretty commercial flannels on the market these days.”

It took Janet 9 months to complete Crazy for Ewe, which was a little longer than her usual because of the extra quilting that she did. Janet quilted the blocks separately. Before she attached them to the background, she quilted from the back where the blocks were going to go, then appliqued the blocks on so it became a 2-sided quilt.

Marie White Masterpiece
Photo from The Quilt Show Daily Blog

Janet has a style that is easily recognizable. Her quilts are known to feature letters of the alphabet and sheep. When asked about her trademark symbols, Janet replied, “(the sheep) are not trademarked, they are just the way I design sheep. I use them in a lot of my quilts because I love sheep.”

What is the Marie White Masterpiece Award?

The Marie White Masterpiece Award is the second highest cash award given at Road to California’s Quilt Contest. It is named for Marie White, who was the mother of Road to California’s former owner, Carolyn Reese. Marie was very active in the quilting and doll making world until she passed away in 2011, six weeks shy of her 93rd birthday.

An anonymous donor approached Carolyn and offered to sponsor this first runner-up award on two conditions: One, that she, the donor, would remain anonymous and Two, that Road to California call the prize, “The Marie White Masterpiece Award.” Road gladly agreed to her terms.

Winning the Award

What was Janet doing when she got word that she had won this prestigious award? “I was in my basement working on my next quilt! I never got the promised email on Tuesday night, so I kept perusing Facebook, knowing one of my Facebook friends would be attending the sneak preview. Sure enough, Wednesday night, I saw a picture of my quilt and the ribbon that said Marie White Masterpiece Quilt!!!” Marie was “thrilled” with her award.

Last year, in 2019, Janet won Road to California’s Best of Show award. How did winning the Marie White Masterpiece Award in 2020 compare to last year’s prize? “It’s pretty much right up there with the Best of Show I won last year. I mean with the competition as amazing as it is at Road to California, I could not be more thrilled to place in the top awards with any of my quilts!”

What’s in Janet’s future?

Janet said she is going to use her prize money to help pay down the deductible on her medical insurance as her husband was in the hospital for 4 days the week prior to this win. She also figures that purchasing some more fabric and thread will also be sneaked in.

Janet is currently working on her next alphabet quilt. This next quilt be number 22 in her series. She’s hoping to have it finished this spring and will probably be visiting California next January. She’s keeping her fingers crossed!!

Road 2020 Top 10 Highlights

January 28th, 2020

Road to California 2020-25th Anniversary Show was our best yet!!! What made it so special? New changes, updates, and of course, the quilts. Here are the Top 10 Highlights from Road 2020:

#10- The Ballroom

Traditionally, during Road to California, the Ballroom at the Ontario Convention Center housed Special Exhibits and Vendor Booths. For 2020, Road redesigned the Ballroom to only have quilts on view. Both Special Exhibit Quilts and winning quilts from our 2020 Quilt Contest were displayed. Street signage was added to organize the locations of the quilts. Special LED lighting from the floor highlighted the quilt designs. Throughout the show, piano music was performed by John Livingston. Several guests remarked that they “felt like they were in a museum.” “I liked how I didn’t feel rushed. No one was bumping into me trying to get to a vendor.” Another guest said, “It was so calming. I could really see the quilts.”

#9- Seventeen Special Exhibits

Road 2020 had the most quilt exhibits than ever before, featuring quilts ranging from Art to Traditional and everything in-between. In celebration of Road’s 25th Anniversary, six of the exhibits were invited from overseas.

#8- Mayor’s Choice Award

The Mayor of Ontario, California, Paul Leon, stopped by the show on Thursday to offer his congratulations and recognize Road to California on their 25th Anniversary. He presented a certificate and a crystal trophy to Road’s Owner, Matt Reese, to commemorate the milestone.

Top 10 Highlights

For the first time, Road offered a new prize for the contest quilts, The Mayor’s Choice Award. Mayor Leon walked the Ballroom and chose a quilt not already honored. The winner for the first annual Mayor’s Choice Award was Spring Harmony by Kathy McNeil.      

Top 10 Highlights

#7- The Tentmakers of Cairo

While having the Tentmakers of Cairo have been to Road in the past (this was the third time they have been at the show), in 2020, new tentmakers were on site to teach classes and man their Special Exhibit in front of the Exhibit Hall.  Road welcomed Ekramy Hanafy & Ahmed Kamal from Egypt. Students in their classes appreciated the opportunity to learn a new applique technique. In addition, many guests took the opportunity to purchase Egyptian Tentmaker quilts with most of the funds received going back to support the Tentmaker program in Egypt, helping to maintain this ancient tradition.

#6- Road to California Booth

Located in the front of the Exhibit Hall across from the Tentmakers, Road to California’s vendor booth had a new look and lots of new, logo merchandise. Thanks to faculty member, Pat Yamin, for redesigning the booth and overseeing the volunteers who staffed the booth.

#5- Road to California 25th Anniversary Fabric

Road to California commissioned special fabric, highlighting 25 years of Road. Featured on the fabric was Road’s logo and colors along with pictures highlighting past teachers and vendors. Not only was the fabric a great souvenir for Road 2020, it is also going to be the foundation for the Road to California Fabric Challenge in 2021. Plan now to create a garment, quilt or bag comprising of 50% of the 25th Anniversary fabric. Cash prizes will be offered. More information about this challenge is coming in April.

#4- Roadies Give Back

Once again, Road to California and some of their sponsors, provided machines, thread, batting and the room for volunteers to put together quilt blocks made and received at the end of 2019 from around the country for this project. These quilts will be delivered in the Spring of 2020 to patients at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, Road’s official philanthropy, at Pomona Valley Hospital.

#3- Daily Giveaways

Each day of the Show, guests had three opportunities to enter to win outstanding giveaway prizes. In the morning, Road to California gave away two, Roadie Bucks– gift certificates with Road’s owner, Matt Reese’s picture on them. These $100 certificates could be spent at any one vendor at the show.  

Twice a day, Thursday – Saturday, sewing machines were given away. Special thanks to Mel’s Sewing & Fabric Center, Pollard’s Sew Creative, and Moore’s Sewing Centers for donating the machines.   On Sunday, Martelli Enterprises donated a Martelli Premier Workstation with Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat.

#2- Jenny on the Road

Over 1,200 guests saw Jenny Doan and her special show, Jenny on the Road, Friday night and Saturday morning. Attendees received swag bags of Missouri Star goodies and were able to shop at a special Pop-Up Shop created just for them. Jenny did not disappoint!! She shared inspirational stories, a great sense of humor, and directions for making several of her quilt designs.

#1- Best of Show

Over 200 quilts were judged for Road’s 2020 Quilt Contest. The winner of Best of Show was Marilyn Badger. Her winning quilt, Christmas in St. Andrews, won $10,000 from Road’s Platinum Sponsor, Gammill Quillting Systems.

What a show!! These Top 10 Highlights were just a sampling of all that was Road to California 2020. Road will be featuring stories from the show here on the blog in the coming months. Keep coming back to read all about the great quilts, vendors, special exhibits, and people that were at Road 2020.