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Posts Tagged ‘Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations’

Going To Road’s Quilt Show Is Always A Holiday

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Road to California is always scheduled the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Anytime you plan to meet friends at Road’s Quilt Show, it’s like creating your own special holiday:quilt show friends Robert Tucker and Patricia Young are quilt guild friends. They belong to the Coachella Valley Quilt Guild which meets in Palm Desert, California. Robert lives in Palm Springs year-round while Patricia is a “snowbird” who resides in Wisconsin. Road to California was the first quilt show Patricia ever attended and she’s been hooked ever since her first show in 2014. Patricia likes how convenient Road to California is to get to. She enjoys seeing the varied work on display and all the places to shop while at the show. Robert has joined Patricia at the quilt show the last 3 years. He likes seeing fellow guild members’ work on display. At Road 2018, three members of the guild had quilts entered in the quilt show. Robert is an artist but when he moved to the desert he wanted to try something new and meet new people. While attending the Big Bear Quilt Show, they put him in touch with the Coachella Valley Guild and Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations (one of Road to California’s popular vendors). He likes how quilting has become another way to express his artistic talent.quilt show friends Simone and Dianne are both originally from the Bay Area although Simone has since moved to Pomona, California. They met and became friends through Simone’s mom who is Dianne’s best friend. Dianne has been quilting for four years. Her grandmother was a quilter and it was something Dianne always wanted to try. She finds quilting to be very relaxing. Road 2018 was the first time Dianne had come to the show and she wanted to bring Simone with her. They couldn’t believe how “gigantic” the quilt show was. Simone said she could tell a lot of work went in to each piece on display.quilt show friends Elaine and Pat say that Road to California is a great place to have “great friend time.” “We wouldn’t want to go to Road without each other,” remarked Elaine. They take classes and share with each other what they have learned during their time at the quilt show. They also enjoy attending Preview Night to see all the quilts on display without the daily crowds. Elaine has been coming to Road for ten years and Pat for eight. “Road has everything we want in one place,” said Elaine.quilt show friends Val and Mary Beth have traveled together from St. Paul, Minnesota to attend the quilt show the past five years. They met while teaching for the same school district; Mary Beth taught Special Education and Val taught Home Economics. Both are long time quilters who like seeing all the different quilts and accessories that they don’t usually find in Minnesota. Have you made your friendship “holiday plans” to visit Road to California 2019?    ]]>

A New Decade Of Adventure For Carolyn Reese

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Road to California is a family owned business.

Bought in 1991 by Carolyn Reese, she added the quilt show four years later. New logo Carolyn’s three sons and their families have helped out with Road from the very beginning. Oldest son Mike is the financial officer. Middle son Dave provides the technical assistance; he is the one who designed the on-line registering system for the conference. Dave and his wife Susan also photograph all of the winning quilts. Youngest son Darrell is charge of equipment logistics, overseeing the set up and take down for the entire show. [caption id="attachment_4433" align="aligncenter" width="1000"](l-r) Mike, Darrell, and Dave Reese with their mother, Carolyn Reese (l-r) Mike, Darrell, and Dave Reese with their mother, Carolyn Reese[/caption] Reese family members can also be found in the Road vendor booth, at the registration table, and assisting teachers and lecturers with the evening classes. Carolyn has a Halloween birthday.  For as long as she can remember, she has spent her birthday at Quilt Market in Houston, first as a quilt shop owner of the Fabric Patch in Upland, CA from 1980 until 2006, then as owner of Road to California. But this year, Carolyn will be celebrating her birthday at home with family and friends. [caption id="attachment_4434" align="aligncenter" width="480"]80th Birthday dinner at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar 80th Birthday dinner at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar[/caption]

Why the change?

Because this year marks Carolyn’s 80th birthday and she has decided to retire from managing Road to California.  Carolyn has “turned the management over to my Grandson, Matt who has been working with me for the past six years and he is doing a great job.”Matt and Carolyn After managing businesses for over 37 years, what will Carolyn be doing with all her free time? As a quilt shop owner, Carolyn has taught many people how to piece quilts and other aspects of quilting. She also organized the first mystery quilt class in Southern California. Carolyn has always enjoyed helping people with sewing projects so she decided teaching would get her out of the house and working with people with similar interests. Carolyn Carolyn’s first class was at The Quilt Loft in Upland, CA teaching the POP-UP container. She has now taught at Sewn Together in Norco, The Busy Bee in Calimesa and Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations in Palm Springs.  Other projects have been The Sweet Pea Pods, Fold and Stitch Wreath, Fold and Stitch Leaf Topper, Hexagon Star Table Topper – which Carolyn designed – and an Octagon Tablemat. Her newest class is Perfect Binding Corners for any shape, squares and rectangles, hexagons, octagons and even an inside corner for each shape.  The binding can be any width up to 1” wide width which is great for placemats, table toppers, etc. With a background in sewing that has covered many aspects of dressmaking, tailoring, upholstery as well as quilting, Carolyn also has lots of tips to share in her classes for easier methods of construction than what is found in a published pattern. What other classes will Carolyn be teaching in the future? “Who knows,?” says Carolyn. “What ever strikes my fancy!!” Of course, as his grandmother, you can be sure Carolyn will be keeping “an eye on Matt and what he is planning for Road to California…he has some great future ideas for Road.” Carolyn is looking forward to be able to “just go to the show – SHOP – and visit with the vendors as well as enjoy the beautiful quilts.”Carolyn on Harley Thank you Carolyn Reese for your leadership and vision in establishing Road to California as “The Best in the West Quilt Show and Conference.”      ]]>