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A Modern Twist At Road 2016

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.

There were many opportunities for guests to experience modern quilting at Road 2016. One way was to take a class with two of the popular modern quilter teachers, Natalia Bonner and Jenny Pedigo.

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Natalia taught six classes including  Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting and Incline, a quilt pattern from her book, 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. Natalia and her three year old stayed in Whittier with family for the week she was at Road. Natalia thought all of her students were awesome. As they sewed, Natalia would encourage and help her students. She even did some ripping out!!188

In one of her classes, there were two ladies sitting across from each other who were both from Maryland. About half way through the class they realized that they were from the same quilt guild!!191

Lynn Mysel from Beaumont, California said she “really enjoyed Natalia’s class on improvisational piecing. Even though I didn’t finish my project, I gained the confidence needed to continue when I go back home.”192

Jenny Pedigo

Jenny enjoyed everything about her Road teaching experience — including the weather. She was really busy during the show, teaching two all day classes, Chic Kisses and  Metro Rings, plus being a vendor for her company Sew Kind of Wonderful.036

After attending both of her classes and borrowing other students’ supplies, two ladies finally decided that they “really needed to buy Jenny’s Quick Curve Ruler” so that they could make more of her projects when they got home.037

Jenny couldn’t say enough about her “friendly” and “nice” students. Pam Russell and Karen Brohmer (pictured above) said they had a “so kind of wonderful time” in Jenny’s classes.

Road to California is a quilt show for all quilters!!


Meet Road 2016 Marketplace Vendor: American Made Brand

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Last year, Road introduced Marketplace where top manufacturers in the quilting industry shared their knowledge and expertise directly with our guests. Located right in the center of the main show floor, Marketplace is the destination for innovation and inspiration on the latest and most popular quilting products. This year, there will be 6 companies in Marketplace. This post features our second vendor, American Made Brand.

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That’s the apt slogan of American Made Brand fabric, a division of Clothworks. From farm to fabric, the cotton is grown, spun, woven, dyed and rolled onto bolts in the U.S. People often comment on the color saturation and soft hand of the fabrics, and longarmers delight in how it quilts up! It is surprising to learn how difficult it was to bring an entirely American-made fabric to market. While our country produces huge amounts of high quality cotton, the supply chain has evolved to direct nearly all of it for immediate export to overseas mills. Meanwhile, textile manufacturing in the U.S. uses imported raw materials. It is perfectly legal for goods made from imported cotton to be labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” Clothworks’ owners, Ted and Candice Hoffman, wondered if they could do better. They had a vision of an entirely home grown fabric. Connecting the farmers to the yarn and weaving mills seemed logical, yet the process took years to achieve!AMB image2 AMB’s designers worked with quilters and quilt pattern makers around the country to develop a range of shades to encompass the American vision. From clear, vibrant tones to soft pastels and neutrals, AMB’s palette of 75 colors can fulfill any creative vision in this big country of ours. Thirteen of the colors are brand new for January 2016!AMB newcolors_2015_300x300 This is American Made Brand’s first year at Road to California. On display in their booth will be a gorgeous, oversized interpretive American Flag quilt. Also featured will be a stunning new Block of the Month quilt, Empire Place, from Sassafras Lane patterns. Empire Place is a contemporary paper-pieced quilt inspired by the amazing Art Deco era buildings in Chicago. Nine different diamond block designs create this modern quilt. Guests who come by their booth can pick up their free 2 1/2″ square AMB sampler pack and can sign up to learn of upcoming AMB challenges and offers. Support the U.S. economy by asking for American Made Brand solids at local quilt shops and making your next quilt an all-American one!AMB 20141007_163343 For more information, please visit their website.]]>

Road 2016 Faculty: Meet Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Third in Road’s video series introducing their newest faculty, you are invited to listen to fabric designer and author, Weeks Ringle, of Modern Quilt Studio

Weeks Ringle will be teaching on Thursday, 4014R  Improvisational Piecing; oon Friday, 5011R  The Role of Color in Your Quilts, on Saturday, 6010R  Working with Large Scale Prints, and on Sunday, 7010R  Understanding Value & Piecing Curves

Who is Weeks Ringle? [youtube]https://youtu.be/WVkepLtSRr0[/youtube]

Weeks has a unique story on what led her to quilting: [youtube]https://youtu.be/Ds654b9_0Ms[/youtube]

Weeks explains “Modern Quilting” [youtube]https://youtu.be/aqQnAbS5YYI[/youtube]

Where does Weeks find her quilting inspiration? [youtube]https://youtu.be/s4Ff-CBpOGM[/youtube]

What are the quilt tools Weeks can’t live without? [youtube]https://youtu.be/8rYeJ4el6LU[/youtube]

What does Weeks like best about teaching? [youtube]https://youtu.be/VKMF52LpYB4[/youtube]

What is Weeks looking forward to at Road to California? [youtube]https://youtu.be/em_R3GE-_V4[/youtube]

Weeks talks about her classes at Road 2016:  [youtube]https://youtu.be/oDPJiwIADAo[/youtube]

What is Week’s best quilting tip? [youtube]https://youtu.be/uVmOh5stVEY[/youtube]

Weeks has a message for her Road 2016 Students: [youtube]https://youtu.be/RO8bcWFZJP0[/youtube]

To learn more about Weeks, please visit her website.


Road 2016 Faculty: Meet Sew Kind Of Wonderful's Jenny Pedigo

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Jenny Pedigo will be teaching on Friday, 5008C  Chic Kisses and on Saturday 6007C   Metro Rings.  Her company, Sew Kind of Wonderfulwill have a vendor booth during the show.

***This is our second in a series of video interviews of some of our Road 2016 faculty.

Jenny starts off our interview by telling us a little about herself: [youtube]https://youtu.be/ElMvaXcJOno[/youtube]

What was Jenny’s path to quilting?  [youtube]https://youtu.be/euXwCBXPjZA[/youtube]

Jenny is not the only quilter in her family: [youtube]https://youtu.be/fzj409iGZUc[/youtube]

What inspires Jenny’s quilt designs? [youtube]https://youtu.be/ogPCuuyT_ek[/youtube]

How does Jenny keep her skills sharp? [youtube]https://youtu.be/RoAK_f18t2g[/youtube]

What is the one quilting tool Jenny can’t live without? [youtube]https://youtu.be/O5HQBi7NZrE[/youtube]

Why is Tuesday Jenny’s favorite day of the week? [youtube]https://youtu.be/cY8Vqa3z7P4[/youtube]

Jenny loves to teach quilting: [youtube]https://youtu.be/vbrMwWgjjk4[/youtube]

What was one of Jenny’s embarrassing teaching moments? [youtube]https://youtu.be/tLlP44adJsg[/youtube]

Jenny describes the classes she will be teaching at Road 2016: [youtube]https://youtu.be/B_mA-Z2G30k[/youtube]

Jenny has high hopes for her students: [youtube]https://youtu.be/Ur__IbQ1cUg[/youtube]

What is Jenny’s best quilting tip? [youtube]https://youtu.be/saBTh10jVsI[/youtube]

Road 2016 is Jenny’s first time at the show. What is she looking most forward to? [youtube]https://youtu.be/u-PTlFnQi_s[/youtube]

To learn more about this modern quilter and her company that creates contemporary quilt designs, please visit Jenny’s website.


Meet Road 2016 Vendor: The Cloth Pocket

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The Cloth Pocket is a ‘bitty lil shop” that carries an ever-refreshed, carefully curated stock of textiles for use in quilting, crafting, & apparel inclined toward the more modern styles.logo Cloth Pocket Located in Austin, Texas, The Cloth Pocket is owned by Nicole LaBry. Nicole comes from a background in apparel design by way of graphic design, so the bold graphics found in a lot of the modern quilting fabrics have always appealed to her. She used to have a local line of kidswear as well. Nicole’s mother, Cindy, is the other half of The Cloth Pocket. Cindy comes from the corporate business world & helps with numbers, profit solutions, show booking & logistics. Knowing something about marketing, a bit about IT, a lot about design, & enough about the sewn product industry was enough of a baseline for Nicole to start this business.pocket_gals_large When Austin suddenly lost a number of local fabric stores in succession, Nicole knew it would be prudent to fill the gap. Aware of the pitfalls befallen by her compatriots in the fabric business, Nicole and Cindy realized that there was also no way to make a mom & pop shop profitable anymore. Nicole explained their business model in this way: “It’s just not enough to sustain a brick & mortar- there has to be an online presence as well. We are hoping to get to enough places in the next year to put ourselves on the map. Hopefully, if we can reach our audience in person, they’ll come find us on the web so we can keep getting them all the great fabrics!”Cloth Pocket What does Nicole like best about The Cloth Pocket? “I love getting to meet my customers & hear their enthusiasm. I’m not doing anything any other fabric retailer isn’t doing; I’m just putting together things I like. When people come into the shop or our booth & tell me how happy they are to find these sorts of fabrics, it’s just gold. I’ve done my job right! And most of all, the relationships I get to forge are worth so much. We meet people from all over the place going from show to show & it never stops feeling great to be able to offer them something they get excited about. I can see the inspiration in their faces. It’s really something! Of course, it also feels like Christmas every time the UPS man rolls up. We call him Santa at the shop! Getting all the new things out, onto the shelf & posted about… generating the buzz & excitement over a new collection… back to showing it to our customers- it’s fantastic fun!”Cloth Pocket2 What will be in The Cloth Pocket Booth at Road 2016? They will be bringing all of their latest collections from their shop like Art Gallery, Think Cotton + Steel, Alison Glass, Lizzy House, Japanese prints plus an abbreviated array of choices from their vast collection of solids & chambrays. They hope Road guests will be as excited about their wide array of fabrics as they are! To learn more about The Cloth Pocket, visit them on their website.  ]]>

So You Want To Make A Winning Quilt? 2015 Outstanding Modern Quilt Winner

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Keep it Simple was made and quilted by Jodi Robinson. She was awarded $5,000 from Robert Kaufman Co., Inc.Best Modern Quilt 2015

How did you get started in quilting? My mother-in-law introduced me to quilting about 20 years ago.  The first quilt I made was a log cabin.  It wasn’t until I had made all of my blocks, and began the layout process, and saw all of the design possibilities that this one stack of blocks had …. I was hooked.  A couple of years later, we purchased a longarm machine and I found my passion. I have been machine quilting for others ever since. What inspired you to make Keep it Simple? My inspiration for this entire quilt came straight from the pattern on the backing fabric.  I actually started with an idea for the quilting, and kind of made the quilt to fit the quilting designs.  I wanted to see if I could make a very simple modern quilt that would still have a very strong visual impact. How long did it take to make your winning quilt? I made and quilted my original design for Keep it Simple in 2013. The quilt piecing actually took very little time. I had made the small applique blocks and then didn’t actually do anything with them.  Then, a few months later, I needed something to work on at a sewing day I was going to, so I grabbed those blocks and some matching fabric and pieced it into a finished top. What was your reaction when you won? I was so shocked!  I am amazed by how well this quilt has done!  I never in a million years could have imagined winning an award like this, especially knowing the incredible talent that is displayed at the Road to California Show every year. Did you do anything special with your prize money? I did not.  I am hoping to purchase a new longarm machine at some point in the future, and this prize money will definitely help me reach that goal sooner. What quilting will you be working on next? I will continue to explore my love of modern quilts.  I was so happy when I saw that Road to California had added “modern” categories to their show.  I am definitely planning on entering again in 2016!]]>

Modern Quilting At Road 2016

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Road to California prides itself as being the quilt show for every quilter.

When it comes to Modern Quilting, Road 2016 has it covered:

Road to California 2016 is proud to host the special exhibit, The Best of Quilt Con 2015. Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, 20 inspiring quilts showcasing the work of some amazing modern quilters will be on display.  dsc01685 What kinds of quilts can you expect to see in this exhibit? Quilts that are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.download The Modern Quilt Guild was developed out of the thriving online community of modern quilters and their desire to start meeting in person. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in October of 2009. Through blogs and the Internet, word spread quickly of the fun they were having and soon guilds started popping up everywhere. Today there are over 125 guilds around the world with members on six continents. [caption id="attachment_3419" align="aligncenter" width="352"]4020C - Incline Class with Natalia Bonner 4020C – Incline Class with Natalia Bonner[/caption] Modern quilters that will be teaching at Road 2016 include Natalia Bonner, Sue Bouchard, Catherine Redford, and Weeks Ringle – just to name a few. [caption id="attachment_3417" align="aligncenter" width="324"]4013C    Happy Scrappy Improv Quilts Class with Catherine Redford 4013C Happy Scrappy Improv Quilts Class with Catherine Redford[/caption] Whether you want to simply admire or you want to create your own modern quilts, there’s lots to see and do with modern quilting at Road 2016.]]>

Modern Quilts for Charity

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The Modern Quilt Guild will have a special exhibit, The Best of QuiltCon 2015, at Road 2016.

The Modern Quilt Guild is a thriving online community of modern quilters. The founding guild was formed in Los Angeles in 2009 and has grown to over 125 guilds around the world with members in 6 continents.

Last August, the MQG offered a challenge to its members: the QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge. This challenge required participating Modern Quilt Guilds to work collaboratively to create quilts using a predetermined color palette and alternate grid work design. Quilts could utilize blocks of different sizes and additional negative space plus any other creative ideas.  Finished quilts were then donated by the guilds to local charities benefitting children.

The official rules also included:

  • Guilds had to complete a quilt using the predetermined color palette of white, light gray, chartreuse, burnt orange, sky blue, cerise and a deep turquoise.
  • The quilt had to use alternate grid work.
  • A pattern could be used provided the guilds got permission from the pattern designer.
  • A guild’s members provided the blocks for their quilt as well as all the necessary batting, backing, binding and additional fabric to complete the quilt top.
  • The finished quilts could be no smaller than 68”x 88” and not greater than 72” x 92”
  • Quilting could be no farther apart than 2”
  • Machine sewn binding was allowed.

Pictures of the finished guild quilts, along with their story on how they were created, began appearing on the MQG’s blog last spring. Some of the recent entries included:

Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guildann-arbor-4

A quilt inspired by ideas! Arrows swarming and circulating represent the coordination of thought fragments.

Chicago Modern Quilt Guildchicagomqg1

Inspired by the pattern “Blue Ice” from Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen.

Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guildcentral-jersey-pic2

“Modern Bracelets” is a tribute to minimalism, bright colors, and modern piecing of every kind.

Boise Modern Quilt Guildboisemqgquiltconcharityquilt

The idea of a block slowly building and getting bigger with additional elements being added to it. It has double batting so it really “pops.”


Congratulations to all the modern quilt guilds that participated in MQG’s QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge.




Road 2016 Faculty: Meet Modern Quilter Natalia Bonner

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Natalia Bonner will be teaching two long arm quilting classes: 1203C Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting; 3018C   Next Steps to Free-Motion Quilting and three piecing quilt classes: 4020C Incline; 5018C A-Maze Me; and 6019C Typhoon10937_NataliaBonner

Natalia Bonner is a self-proclaimed quilting addict. As the second of five children, Natalia grew up watching her mom, grandmas and even her great grandmothers sew and quilt. For over 20 years, she has been creating here own award winning quilts.

[caption id="attachment_3232" align="aligncenter" width="393"]Typhoon Quilt by Natalia Bonner Typhoon Quilt by Natalia Bonner[/caption]


Natalia’s favorite quilting tool is her sewing machine. She learned to quilt on a conventional home sewing machine. It wasn’t until eight years ago, when she was pregnant with her daughter, that she got the crazy idea to quit her job and pursue a career as a longarm quilter.

[caption id="attachment_3227" align="aligncenter" width="396"]Cabin Fever by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting Cabin Fever by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]


Together, with her mom, Kathleen, (also an award winning quilter and the first McCalls Quilting Quilt Design Star), they own and create for their web site, Piece N Quilt. Says Natalia about the relationship with her mom: “When I returned to quilting after I was married, my mom, Kathleen, became a huge source of inspiration. I had my studio in her studio for several years. It was one of the best things I could have ever done; she helped me grow in more ways than she will ever know. Kathleen and I co-wrote Modern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. Also, I couldn’t live without her. I don’t bind quilts; actually I’ve only ever bound one quilt. She binds them all for me….I know I’m super lucky!”

[caption id="attachment_3231" align="aligncenter" width="391"]Peaches and Cream Quilt by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting Peaches and Cream Quilt by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]


Natalia is “beyond words excited” to be teaching at Road 2016. Her very favorite part of teaching is seeing her students achieve a goal. “The excitement that they feel is just as exciting for me!” She also loves seeing the way each student makes a quilt their own.

[caption id="attachment_3229" align="aligncenter" width="381"]Dappled Quilt by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting Dappled Quilt by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]


Natalia wants her students at Road 2016 to feel inspired and accomplished. “I want every single person in my longarm quilting classes to walk away feeling like they can do this, it is possible!” In her piecing classes, she feels the same way. Her goal is have every student leave with something finished – whether it be just one block or a whole quilt.

[caption id="attachment_3228" align="aligncenter" width="364"]Cabin Fever Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting Cabin Fever Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]


What is Natalia’s best quilting tip? “When it gets frustrating, take a deep breath, and walk away. Come back later and the problem will be much less significant.”

Learn more about Natalia on her website, Piece N Quilt.  



So You Want To Make A Winning Quilt? 2014 Best Modern Quilt

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Claire Victor won $2,000 for her Modern Quilt Entry, Lost in Space, from sponsor, Modern Quilt’s Unlimited

Claire VictorAbout 15 years ago, Claire Victor decided she wanted to sew her own clothing. Inspired by her mother who was a great home seamstress, she started taking lessons at her local sewing store, Hartsdale Fabrics in Hartsdale, NY.  Downstairs in the store, they had a quilt shop; something she had never seen before. What she saw there was so much more interesting than any preconceived notion she had had of what quilting was, and they had classes! Because of her work schedule, she was unable to take a class at that time but she sent ahead and bought the Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Quilt-in-a-Day book, picked out some fabrics and off she went. She figured it all out on her own, laughed a lot along the way, had fun throughout the entire process and never looked back.

What inspired Claire’s winning design, Lost in Space? “I am interested in geometric patterns, especially ones with illusion. The tumbling block is my “block of choice.” I do them every which way I can think of. Recently, I had the chance to join a hand sewing group at Monica’s Quilt and Bead in Palm Desert, CA and I started to learn appliqué. All the ladies were doing more traditional patterns which did not interest me so I designed my own, an elongated tumbling block. The group came up with the name “Lost in Space”.  My favorite reference books are from Sara Nephew and Marci Baker. I had also been studying an old Katie Pasquini-Masopust book.

How long did it take to make your winning quilt? What did you learn along the way? “I decided long ago to never pay attention to how long it takes to make a quilt; I just do it until it’s finished. But if I had to guess, I would say three or four months. It was a great journey; since this was my first appliqué quilt. I was (and still am) having trouble with the technique but it was very interesting to figure out the design and combine machine piecing, English paper piecing, hand sewing and then machine quilting.

What was your reaction when you won?  “My first reaction was complete disbelief, and then I cried (a little). You might wish and dream about these moments but believe me they come when you least expect them. Needless to say, once I recovered, I was extremely honored.”

Did you do anything special with your prize money? “Almost immediately I ordered a custom made Sew Steady Table and the rest just went into my general sewing fund.”

Where do you go from here with your quilting? “I just continue…open to future possibilities. After saying I would ‘NEVER do appliqué’ it has turned out to be so interesting and challenging. I can achieve things with appliqué that I could not with regular piecing. I am now working on my fourth appliqué quilt.