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Best Use of Color Road 2020

July 24th, 2020

$1,000 was awarded to Terry Sargent Peart from Road Sponsor, Carriage Country Quilts, for her Best Use of Color winning quilt, Carolinas.

Best Use of Color Road to California 2020

Unconventional Quilter

Terry Sargent Peart “very rarely” follows a pattern. When she sees a quilt pattern that intrigues her, she will make it into her own, changing a thing here and a thing there, making it the size and colors she wants. This is as true today as it was in 1978 when she made her first quilt. At that time, Terry had seen a quilt kit advertised in a magazine and thought, “I don’t need to buy that, I can make it myself.  This was before rotary cutters and rulers.  I used cardboard templates and traced around them for every piece.  I thought I was so clever.  There weren’t many books available, so I would have to figure out the pattern and measurements myself.  Luckily, I like math and drafting.” Those developed talents proved themselves when she won Best Use of Color at Road 2020. 

Best Use of Color Road to California 2020

Quilt Show Regular Entrant

Terry has entered a quilt into the Washington State Fair every year for over the past 30 years. At first, she was “really thrilled just to get a Participant ribbon and free admission to the Fair.”  Over the years she has won a few ribbons at the Fair and eventually some bigger shows too. Road to California’s 2020 winner for Best Use of Color, Carolinas, was juried into Quiltcon 2019 in Nashville and in Quiltcon’s 2020 show, winning third place in Piecing.

Making Best Use of Color, Carolinas

Carolinas, was inspired by a trip Terry and her husband made through the Carolinas, spending a few days with relatives in Charleston.  They returned home on October 5th.  Terry thought about making this quilt to commemorate their trip.  In order to submit the quilt to Quiltcon, she had to have it done and photographed before November 30th.  She finished it with about a week to spare!!!

Photos and sketches of things Terry and her husband had seen and done on their trip served as the foundation for the quilt.  Terry transferred her sketches into simple drawings using Electric Quilt.  She recalled that by abstracting them, some of the sketches were barely recognizable.”  She printed each block out and then enlarged them to 15 inches. Next, Terry transferred the blocks onto freezer paper and used those as templates for each piece. 

Best Use of Color Road to California 2020

The blocks represent some of the things they saw, including capital buildings, a horse carriage ride, historical buildings and architecture and landscapes.  The color palette was unlike anything Terry had done previously.  The colors were representative of the bright sun, the colorful flowers and trees, and the sea of the Carolinas.  After Terry had made a few blocks, she realized the quilt was becoming too colorful so she went back and swapped out some of the colors for neutral greys which, she learned, “helped the colors to be more vibrant.” Terry shared that she didn’t have a set plan when she began this project; she just picked the colors as she made each block with concern about how it would look next to its neighbor color. 

Winning Quilter at Road 2020

Terry wasn’t able to attend Road 2020. She asked one of her friends, who was working in a vendor’s booth, to take a picture of Carolinas hanging in the show. The first picture Terry’s friend sent back was just of a description of Carolinas. Terry reached out again for another picture and the second time, her friend sentthe “real picture of my quilt and the fact that it had won ‘Best Use of Color.’  I was totally surprised to win such a great award.  I was just thrilled that the quilt had been juried into the show!”

Most of Terry’s winnings for her Best Use of Color quilt was used to attend Quiltcon in Austin, Texas.  Terry said that trip, “was a lot of fun.  I went a little crazy in the vendor mall.  We had to figure out a way to get all that extra stuff home in our luggage without going overweight!”

Moving On 

Terry related that she is currently working on a series of quilts based on the number Pi (3.14159…). She has made several iterations and has a few more in mind. After she exhausts her ideas on Pi, Terry is “Thinking about exploring artist, Bridget Riley’s work.  A lot of Riley’s paintings almost beg to be interpreted into a quilts.”

Congratulations, Terry Sargent Peart, for winning Best Use of Color at Road to California 2020. To read more about Terry, please visit her blog.

Why Did You Come to Road 2020?

July 17th, 2020

Attending as a group, where everyone had the same interest, was a great way to share the magic of Road to California 2020.

Seeing Famous Quilters

Because of Road’s reputation as the “Best in the West” quilt show, attendees have access to learn and receive inspiration from many famous quilters and quilt teachers.  

attending as a group

These nine women from Arizona were interested in attending as a group to Road 2020 because they all wanted to see Eleanor Burns. They signed up to take a Road bus trip so they could travel together to Quilt for a Day. The leader of their group, Sandy, organized this group of experienced Road attendees as well as a few who had never been to the show before. Those ladies had Road to California as one of their bucket list items and coming as a group made that dream a reality. Another friend in the group owns a quilt shop and she wanted everyone to see the quilt show from the perspective of a shop owner.  They shared the cost of lodging and transportation, so they had more money to get lots of “goodies.” Eleanor will once again be teaching classes at Road 2021.

attending as a group

Seeing Jenny Doan in person at her Jenny on the Road trunk show, was the driving force for these six women to be attending as a group. They ended up sitting on the front row of Jenny’s Friday night presentation at Road 2020. They belong to Sew Blessed Quilters, formed in 2004 because they knew people need prayer and quilts to lift their spirits when going through problems. After they present their quilts, the group loves hearing back from the recipients who share what the quilt means to them.

Guild Togetherness

Coming to Road to California as a group from a quilt guild is a natural extension of the hobby that brought everyone together in the first place.  

attending as a group

Meet a few of the members of The Quilt Squad, who were attending as a group from their 55+ community in Indio, California. “These are the best quilters you’ve ever imagined,” commented one of quilters in the group. This group makes coming to Road an annual way to be together. The first couple of years they came, they rented a limousine to bring them to Ontario, a round trip of 185 miles!!! They always enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres on the way home from a day of inspiration and fun.

Diversity and Expertise

Road to California has something to offer groups of all ages and quilting levels.

attending as a group

Attending as a group from San Diego, NP Quilting first started meeting together to make quilts for their children as they left for college. From there, they began making prayer quilts for people in need as well as for people participating in various celebrations of life. One member in their group was a quilt teacher from Taiwan who was visiting the United States for 2 months and had wanted to go to Road. This group found coming together to the show, they were all able to experience lots of diversity and expertise at many skill levels. “It’s like a candy store.”

Road 2021 Group Considerations

Whatever the reason you might share with your favorite group, coming to Road to California 2021, will still be a great way to enjoy being together in sharing classes, connecting with famous quilters, and learning from the diverse skills and expertise that the show has to offer — all while observing social distancing and the latest health and safety recommendations from our State and Local governments.

Please Note: Normally at this time of year, we would also be advertising and promoting our groups to arrive together on a bus to help us preserve the parking spots at the Ontario Convention Center. With the COVID-19 pandemic we would advise all our attendees to take adequate caution when traveling to Road to California.

2021 Class Registration Guide

July 14th, 2020

We are excited to showcase our new integration for Registration. No longer will you have to travel to a separate website from the class list. While it is a similar process there are key changes.

In the photo above you can see our main website at www.road2ca.com which now has a login button and a My Account tab.

Here is the log in page where you can log into your account. You can also reset your password if you forgot it.

This is the reset password page where you can reset your password. 

If you have never taken classes before you can create a new account. Please note: accounts must have a unique email address. If your friend wants to take a class with you, they need their own account to register for a class.

If you are trying to register on a mobile device or your computer screen is smaller you will not have the login button or the tabs at the top, but instead three bars in the right hand corner.

You will want to click on the three bars and you will receive a drop down menu where you can login.

Now that you are logged into your account you will use the My Account Tab to enter the Registration process by clicking Register.

The Registration system is similar to how the old system is. You will click Add to Cart to add a class to your schedule and use the drop-down menu to travel between days. You can click the title of a class to go straight to that classes specific information page. Also, you will find a separate page for Volunteer Opportunities.

All of your classes and volunteer shifts will end up in your schedule as shown above with your Events/Classes to be Purchased below. The Registration Fee is only charged once and is added to your cart automatically.

The last section is the payment section which will then lead into the Registration Confirmation section.

When you click the Register Button please only click it once and do not click the reload or back button on your browser, wait for the system to take you to the next step. By clicking it multiple times you are causing the system to record multiple error payments. 

On the first day of general registration at 8 am we always suggest having the list of classes you want to take written down and that you prioritize registering for the class you want the most. Sadly, some classes can sell out quickly, but you can always add to the waitlist in case of an opening later.

If you have any questions about classes or the cancellation policy you can find them at https://www.road2ca.com/class-info.php#Cancellation

Meet the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters

July 10th, 2020

Where is Tehachapi?

The city of Tehachapi, California is located off Highway 58, north of Mojave and south of Bakersfield. The Tehachapi Mountain Quilters has 100 members that meet the first Monday of every month.

Tehachapi Mountain Quilters

The Guild’s Opportunity Quilt was on display at Road 2020. The quilt was supposed to be featured at the Guild’s Annual Show on August 15-16, 2020, but the show has been canceled.

Famous Tehachapi Mountain Quilters

One of Tehachapi Mountain Quilters famous members is Molly Hamilton – McNally. Molly credits the guild for not only teaching her how to quilt but helping her learn English.

Molly arrived in the United States in 1996 from China. When Molly’s husband tragically died in 2020, Molly was left with no income, no children, no relatives, and no way to effectively communicate in English. She had recently visited the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters’ quilt show and thought that quilting would be an interesting hobby to look in to. Molly had no background in quilting; there are no quilts in China. But she did love art and could see where her interest in art could benefit her in this hobby. She decided to join the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters to find out what quilting was all about.  She remembers that the first meeting she went to was difficult because she didn’t know English. Molly learned how to quilt not by following verbal directions but by carefully watching the demonstrations.  Over and over again, she diligently watched the steps repeated and repeated until she was able to basically self-teach herself.   Over time, the friends she made at the guild not only showed her how to quilt, but also helped her to learn English. Molly credits the guild and its members for saving her life.

Molly is a familiar winner at Road to California. She won Best of Show in 2012, Outstanding Innovative Quilt in 2017, and at road 2020, she won Outstanding Large Quilt.  

Another famous Tehachapi Mountain Quilters member is Gina Siembieda, a Handi Quilter Educator. Gina started sewing when she was 12 years old. In 1985, Gina’s love of quilting started when bought her first, hand-quilted Amish quilt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Soon after, she joined a quilt guild, learned to quilt herself, and began teaching others. Gina started longarm quilting in 2003. She has made over twenty million stitches!!!  She presently quilts with an HQ Infinity® with Pro-Stitcher®. Gina has also entered quilts in Road to California shows.

Philanthropy

The Tehachapi Mountain Quilters have the distinction of being the only quilt guild in California who donates quilts to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Earlier this year, the guild had donated 140 quilts to the hospital. They also donate quilts to the Madera Children’s Hospital.

The guild contributes quilts to local veterans’ groups as well as bereavement quilts to community members—all by word of mouth.

Money received during their annual Christmas party is donated to Links for Life, an organization in Bakersfield, that pays for mammograms for underprivileged women.

To learn more about the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters, please visit their Facebook Page.  

Most Humorous Road 2020

July 7th, 2020

Road 2020 Most Humorous went to Kathryn Bernstein (along with Cindy Brauntmann who did the Embroidery). Kathryn received $1,000 from Sponsor, BlocLoc Rulers – USAUS INC, for  A Tale of The Salem Witches Quilt Guild – Those Pesky Goblins!

Most Humorous

A Sense of Humor leads to winning Most Humorous.

When Kathryn Bernstein’s grandmother passed away, her grandfather sent to Kathryn one of her grandmother’s homemade quilts, a flour sack utilitarian quilt. Kathryn washed it and started using it for her television quilt.  It didn’t take long for her husband to take possession of using the quilt. As Katherine recalled, “Finally, I said, ‘If I make you a quilt will you please stop touching my grandmother’s quilt?’” She went out and bought a book and some fabric and made him the “ugliest first quilt on record.” Over the years, Kathryn has invested in “fifty plastic bins of fabric and four sewing machines” and she feels like she’s “just getting started!”

Most Humorous

Kathryn started entering quilts in competitions after she made her third and fourth quilts. She entered them in the Santa Monica Quilt Show, “which, thank goodness, was not a juried show.”  Kathryn ended up showing her sixth quilt, “Jumping Off the Cliff With Freddie” at Road to California and the Quilters Guild of Dallas.  It won a ribbon in its category in Dallas, which qualified it for submission to Houston.  It was also displayed in Houston in the Texas Guilds exhibit.

Inspiration for Most Humorous Winner

The whimsy of Crabapple Hill designs has always appealed to Kathryn. She had been working on her family tree when she came across the Salem Witches Quilt Guild pattern at the Paducah show.  “Two of my great grandmothers were accused in the Salem witch trials.  While those trials are a horrifying episode in American history, the fact that there are two accused witches in my family explains a lot about the women in my family and the qualities I look for in my friends!  The notion that goblins love attending guild meetings and meddling in the stitching took hold in my imagination, so I sketched drawings of them to hover in the background.  The limerick for the label of the quilt just popped into my head, “There once was a coven of Witches who couldn’t master their stitches.  For a wee taste of gin, the goblins stepped in and stitched in all of their Ditches.”

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The quilt took several years to make. Each witch figure took a day to color.  Kathryn discovered that microwaving a white crayon to soften it up, permitted her to quickly lay down a thicker, smoother white base, which in turn allowed for better shading and highlighting of the figures.  She quickly realized that she needed help completing the embroidery, so she enlisted her friend, Cindy Brautmann. 

It took months to settle on the setting blocks and fabrics when Katherine decided, “What could be more appropriate than Spider’s Web?” Katherine approached several long arm quilters about how to incorporate the goblin drawings. Susan Corbett of Fort Worth, Texas, “is such a talented quilter and she was so excited about executing the drawings that she was the natural choice.”

What Was Learned Along the Way?

Kathryn said that while making this Most Humorous quilt, she “learned to never give up on completing a complicated quilt.  Rely on your friends and listen to their encouragement and advice, trust your talent and instincts to develop new techniques and be willing to permit other talented people to shine as well.  Last but not least, when its 2:00 AM, it is time to stop adding hot fix crystals and always, always let the goblins help!”

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A Winning Design

Kathryn was sick with a cold and couldn’t make it out to Road 2020. Susan Corbett called Kathryn to tell her that a friend had posted A Tale of The Salem Witches Quilt Guild – Those Pesky Goblins! on Instagram as a winner.  A  member of Katherine’s beloved quilt group, the YaYas, also called to tell Kathryn that one of her friends had spotted the ribbon. 

Of winning Most Humorous, Kathryn commented, “Winning a ribbon is always such a joy because it validates the time, money and effort spent pursing excellence.  It also allows me to wave the ribbon at my husband to justify my credit card bill!”

Kathryn shared her prize money with both Susan and Cindy “because they worked so hard on the quilt too

What’s Next?

Kathryn hopes to spend 2020 completing the applique baby quilt that she started when her first grandbaby was announced.  “Catalina turned six on February 27, 2020, so maybe it will be finished before she goes to college!”

Congratulations, Kathryn Bernstein, for winning Most Humorous at Road 2020.

International Quilt Exhibits

July 3rd, 2020

Road to California attracts quilt exhibits from all over the world. In 2020, there were six international quilt exhibits representing such countries as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and the United States.

Pack and Follow- Australia

international quilt exhibits

This international quilt exhibit was curated by Road to California teacher, Australian, Jenny Bowker. One of the quilts, After the Last Sky, told the story of a massacre in Egypt.

international quilt exhibits

Stitch Like An Egyptian

international quilt exhibits

A favorite and returning international quilt exhibit where quilts were not only on display but also offered for purchase. It was also fun to watch the Road 2020 teachers stitch and share their ancient applique tradition.

international quilt exhibits

French Quilt Exhibits

There were two international quilt exhibits from France on display from French Patchwork:

Do, Re, Mi, Lin

international quilt exhibits
international quilt exhibits

and From the Earth to the Moon

international quilt exhibits
international quilt exhibits

World Wide Whispers

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Ireland

This special exhibit featured contemporary quilts from around the world. The idea for this international quilt exhibit began following a conversation between quilter Ann Hill and four other international quilters – Paula Rafferty from Ireland, Jeltje van Essen from The Netherlands, Debbi Cagney from USA and Kim Caskey from Canada.

United States of America
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Canada

They each chose 12 quilters, one for each month of the year, and asked them to make a quilt from a photograph they would receive from the quilter who had made the photographed quilt the month before them. This resulted in 12 quilts from 5 countries, totaling 60 in all.

Netherlands

Bringing in international quilt exhibits is another feature that sets Road to California apart in the quilting world.

Quilts and Veterans

July 1st, 2020

Road to California has a long history of celebrating quilts and veterans.

Road 2014: A Special Exhibit and Presentation

Led by Island Batik, Quilted in Honor was a fund-raising initiative for Operation Homefront, one of the top military fundraising organizations. A special exhibit they sponsored recognized quilts and veterans with a collection from top industry celebrities and quilters. They were asked to incorporate specially designed fabrics created by Island Batik for this initiative in their quilts. The results were truly patriotic!!! After the show, the quilts were donated to support military families and returning veterans whose lives were forever changed because of their service to our country.

quilts and veterans

Also, at the 2014 Show, Road to California, Island Batik, and Quilted in Honor recognized quilts and veterans when they presented to veteran, Ron Baker, a special quilt to thank him for his patriotic service. Mr. Baker was a former combat photographer who spent 12 years in the military (from 1964 until 1976), serving in Germany, Vietnam, Japan, and California. In 2014, Mr. Baker also worked as an advocate for other veterans.

Quilts and Veterans

Road 2016: Southern California Quilts of Valor

The Long Beach Chapter of Quilts of Valor recognized quilts and veterans by collecting donations during the 2016 show ranging from quilt tops to selling raffle tickets for their opportunity quilt. The drawing for their opportunity quilt is held annually on Veterans Day at the Long Beach VA Hospital.

Quilts and Veterans

During the years, Long Beach Quilts of Valor has gone to various veteran events around Southern California, telling their story and presenting quilts. In 2015, they gave away 417 quilts to service members and veterans. At the time of Road 2016, they had already given away 134 quilts with 78 more being donated January 26th to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder sufferers affiliated with the West Los Angeles Veteran Hospital.

An interesting fact is that not all veteran recipients request a patriotic themed quilt because it can be a painful reminder of what they went through, especially with POW’s. For those instances, Quilts of Valor volunteers have made quilts in a range of colors and themes such as animals or sports. “You never know what a veteran will request. Whatever type of quilt we make, it always finds its rightful owner,” remarked Chapter leader, Barbara Winkler.

Veterans at Road 2020

Frances attended Road 2020 with his wife, Betty. Both are long time quilters who had only missed one Road to California Show since it moved to the Ontario Convention Center. Frances served as an Electronic Technician in the Navy during the Vietnam War. His ship, the USS Forrestal, was the first of the “super carriers.” While Betty has been quilting for over 20 years, Frances got interested in quilting when attending Road and saw a demonstration on how to use circles in quilts. That was 10 years ago.

Quilts and Veterans

David and Elaine are residents of Boise, Idaho. Road 2020 was their second time at the Show. They love the great weather in California in January. David liked seeing all the quilts on display. He too served in the Navy, as a medical captain during the Korean War. His responsibility was to save Marines from their battle wounds.  

Quilts and Veterans

It is a privilege for Road to California to honor both quilts and veterans during our shows.

Thread Education

June 26th, 2020

Each year, Road to California offers $5.00 Lectures: one-hour classes presented by vendors featuring their popular quilting techniques, tools, and trade secrets.

At Road 2020, Eric Dressler of Sulky of America, engaged students with thread education tips using Sulky’s needles and threads.

Who is Sulky of America?

Sulky of America sells over 4,000 products that include their popular thread lines and stabilizers. The company was founded by Joyce and Fred Drexler almost 30 years ago. A priority for Sulky of America is thread education. Remarked Fred Drexler, “Educating consumers has always been a top priority and our extremely strong focus on education through the years has caused Sulky to become the most recognized and asked-for name in decorative threads.”

Committed to quality, Sulky of America only uses raw rayon fibers made by ENKA in Obernburg, Germany. They have been tested and proven to be the very highest quality raw goods produced anywhere in the world.

Sulky also has a strong presence with community involvement. Fred has had a 44-year involvement with Rotary International, being involved in hundreds of local community projects. Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Sulky invited sewers all over America to “Share their Stash” with Hurricane Andrew victims. Thousands of people ultimately did, which netted two full semi-trailer loads of sewing machines, fabric, patterns and every other imaginable sewing tool and supplies. Their caring ways continue to support community outreach.

Newest Products

Sulky of America introduced two new products at Road 2020:

Filaine, a 12-wt. acrylic thread that comes in 129 colors. Fibers can be brushed out to create a fuzzy look in projects

thread education

Sulky recently became a distributor of Organ Needles, a company that was founded 100 years ago in Tokyo, Japan. All Japanese-made sewing machines (like Janome, Juki, Brother and Babylock) are “born” with Organ Needles.

thread education

Sulky of America at Road 2020

Sulky’s thread education $5.00 Lecture was given on Friday afternoon by Eric Drexler. Eric has spent 35 years in the sewing industry. The last 13 years he has been working with Sulky as an educator. Besides being a teacher, Eric is also passionate about free motion artistry.

thread education

Eric shared that quilters should not be afraid to “mix up their threads in their projects.” The ideal thread weight which Eric says is “good for everything” is 30 weight – a medium weight thread. He also added that whenever you change the thread in a project, you should also change the needle.

thread education

During the thread education session, Eric emphasized the following thread rules for quilters:   

  1. A spool of thread should be able to turn freely in a machine. This keeps the thread from curling.
  2. Loosen the tension two numbers before threading your machine.
  3. Use a 90-14 topstitch needle. Should your thread “kink,” it will still be able to pass through the larger eye.
  4. Which color thread to use? Have it match the back of your quilt.
  5. Thread weight does not have to be the same on top as in the bobbin. Just be sure to adjust the tension.

Thank you Road 2020 Sponsor, Sulky Thread of America, for sharing your thread education.

Best Applique Winner At Road 2020

June 23rd, 2020

Georgia Spalding Pierce received $1,500 from Sponsor, Fiberworks, Inc., for Balam (Jaguar)

Best Applique

Meet Georgia Spalding Pierce

Georgia was familiar with quilts before she started making them herself. She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where quilting and the Amish community is synonymous. Georgia started quilting 1987.  Her first quilts were functional quilts for beds, both pieced and appliqued.

Georgia entered a few quilts in her local guild shows starting in 2005.  About this time, she attended Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She wondered if she could make a quilt that would be accepted into that show.  Her first quilt she entered had a cultural theme, “Baltimore Goes to Japan.” Georgia commented, “Amazingly it was juried into the show and then much to my surprise; it received a Judge’s Choice award.”  Since that time, Georgia has made four quilts exclusively for shows and has “been blessed to win a number of awards. I am now hooked on making show quilts for the challenge they present as well as the feedback that I receive that helps me to become a better quilter.”

Making Balam

This Best Applique quilt is the fourth in a series of quilts based upon the art of various cultures. The first was based on Japanese family crests. The second, on the art of the First Nation People of the Pacific Northwest. And the third quilt was based on Ancient Egyptian art. Balam is based on Mayan art.

Georgia shares that she always researches the art of the culture she chooses before she begins.  For this award-winning Best Applique quilt, Georgia found a book called, “Blood of the Gods,” published in support of an exhibit of Mayan art in Texas.  She became acquainted with the drawings of Linda Schele, an artist and archaeologist, and was fortunate enough to receive permission to base the central portion of this quilt on one of her drawings. 

Best Applique

Georgia surrounded the central panel with Mayan hieroglyphs. The color pallet used on this Best Applique winning design is the same one found on existing Mayan wall paintings.

Best Applique

Because Georgia is also a full-time nurse, work on Balam took 2 years to complete as she had to deal with long interruptions during the quilting.

Winning Best Applique at Road to California 2020

Georgia has had some success at Road to California in the past, but not with the larger awards. She learned about her award for Balam by checking the Road 2020 judging results on the Internet at home. Georgia said she “was quite surprised to have received the Best Applique award.”

With her prize money, Georgia bought herself some more quilting supplies: fabric and embellishments for her next project.  In addition, some of her prize money will fund the future travels of Balam to other shows.  For Georgia, a successful year is one where any prize money covers the cost of shipping to shows.  Georgia shared that “The money is lovely, but the recognition and the judges’ feedback is equally valuable as I hope someday when I retire from nursing to travel to quilt shows as a teacher, not just a contestant and viewer.”

What is instore for Georgia’s quilting future?   She said that she is ready to leave the world of culturally themed quilts. She is planning to combine applique and crazy quilting together for her next project.  So far, work on her new quilt is proving to be “a very steep learning curve” as she incorporates the crazy quilting into a large quilt.  Georgia added, “It has also proven to be costly, since I discovered Etsy and all of those wonderful embellishments that are available out there in the world.

Congratulations Georgia Spalding Pierce on winning Best Applique.

These Men Are Quilting Fans

June 19th, 2020

Road to California is a great place for families to meet up. Not just for moms, grandmas, daughters, and aunts. At Road 2020, we also saw lots of dads, grandpas, sons, and uncles who were quilting fans too!!

Hamilton, Missouri Visitor

quilting fans

Craig and Pat have been to Road to California six times together. From Irvine, California, both are quilting fans of the artistry element of quilting. Craig has accompanied Pat to Hamilton, Missouri – home of Jenny Doan and the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Pat makes a lot of Jenny’s patterns and Craig always enjoys seeing the finished quilts. “They are fun to look at,’ remarked Craig. Pat shared that Craig is her “design and color consultant.” She commented that “he is really good at it!”

Multi-talented Artist

quilting fans

During the Show, Jason sat in the main hallway of the Ontario Convention Center, helping his wife, Sue, check in volunteers. Jason shared that he is an artist, tattooist, painter, quilter and longarm quilter. Sue said that she introduced Jason to quilting three years ago and two years ago, encouraged him to start longarm quilting, where he became her “personal longarm quilter.” Soon after, he started a longarm quilting business and has quilted over 300 quilts for clients. These quilting fans belong to the Inland Empire Quilters Guild. Each year for their Quilt Show, Jason contributes opportunity baskets that include hand painted Featherweight machines that Jason makes especially for the show.  

Understanding the Meaning of Quilts

quilting fans

Arcadia, California residents, Luke and Robin, are originally from China and came to the United States in 2002. Robin has been sewing for 8 years and just recently started quilting. This was their second time at Road. The first time they came, they only stayed 30 minutes and quickly found out, that was not enough time. These quilting fans wanted to understand better the meaning behind quilts and quilting by attending Road. Luke added, “I like visiting different artwork and (Road) was interesting.” He especially liked the Special Exhibits, seeing the “ideas from many creative minds.”

Road to California Owner

Matt Reese grew up around quilts and Road to California. From a young age, Matt, his sister, and cousins, helped their Grandmother, Carolyn Reese, put on the show. He spent several years moving equipment around when the vendors moved in and out on the vendor floor. Later, he and a buddy were asked to stay for the entire show, doing “gopher duties,” which gave him a great perspective of all that goes on at Road to California. Matt’s role changed greatly when he became the Manager of Road. In this capacity, he oversaw acquiring teachers and setting up the classrooms. Then, in 2016, when his grandmother retired, Matt became owner of Road to California. While Matt has never finished a quilt, he is one of the HUGE quilting fans. He owns several quilts (his favorites include ones made by the Egyptian Quilters), visits quilt guilds, and enjoys taking in all the Special Exhibits at the show. He especially appreciates the opportunity of choosing the Director’s Choice winning quilt.

2020 Director’s Choice Winner: Boogie Brass Band by Sharon Casey

At Road 2020, Matt and his wife, Jennifer, had one son, Braden. This Spring, in the middle of Coronavirus, they welcomed twin sons, Owen and Oliver. We are confident that these three sons will be quilting fans too!!!