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Posts Tagged ‘Pat Yamin’

A New Class To Help You With Your New Year’s Resolution

Monday, December 31st, 2018

ADIOS UFO- BIENVENIDO NEW PROJECTS, Class #5070C, is being offered Friday night from 6:00 – 9:00 PM and will be overseen by Pat Yamin of Come Quilt With Me and expert quilter, Stevii Graves.  Both are excellent teachers and problem solvers that are anxious to help students make it past the finish line with their lonely UFO’s. This unique class is also a great way to meet old friends, make new friends, and enjoy projects made in a Road 2019 class. Sewing machines will be provided, so there really are no excuses not to start the New Year off right. Pat has been talking about offering this type of class to show promoters for years and finally got the chance last year at Road 2018. Why was she so passionate about coordinating this class? Pat shares that she has found over the years that many students want to take a completed project home from a workshop or conference. But after the class has ended and their project needs just a little more time to complete, students usually find that there is not a place for them to sit, sew and maybe even get some additional help. Also, Pat has had customers stop by her vendor booth to show her their class projects and often they say, “I wish the class had been a little longer, so I could have finished it,” or “I know when I get home it will remain in that plastic bag since I have lost interest and I will have no help.” (Does that sound familiar?!!) And did we mention that the class will also be a lot of fun? There will be door prizes and special surprises for all of the students. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come to this class. It will be especially useful to the gal or guy who doesn’t live near a quilt shop or belong to a guild to offer them additional support. Stevii and Pat circulate around the room and oversee the projects that are brought to class from home or learned at a class at the show. Both Pat and Stevii have been associated with Road to California for many years and both will be coming from the east coast for the event. Pat lives in New York and Stevii lives in Virginia. They both know that there is never just one way to do something. They appreciate the many talented teachers that are out there and will never criticize someone else’s techniques. Besides teaching this class, Stevii is on the Road to California staff. One of her many responsibilities is overseeing the judging of the contest quilts. Pat will also be teaching five other classes at Road 2019 focusing on hand work and English paper piecing as well as manning her vendor booth. To learn more about Pat’s other classes, please visit our website. Whether you bring a project from home or one that you worked on during Road, let Stevii and Pat help you start the New Year right!!]]>

Say Good-Bye To Your Quilt UFO's

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

a little push to get those quilt UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects) done. All quilters have them. Some are out in the open; some are hidden away. Some cause frustration; some are presumed to never again see the light of day. No matter the reason, a quilt UFO is a nagging reminder that a job wasn’t finished and that someone might be missing out on a really nice, homemade gift. To help solve this dilemma with our guests, Road to California 2018 instituted its first class dedicated to finishing those pesky quilt UFO’s. Titled, Goodbye UFO’s-Hello New Projects, it was led by acclaimed Road teachers, Pat Yamin and Stevii Graves. Of the class, Pat remarked, “We wanted to bring back community sharing in this class; sharing what each other was working on and sharing everyone’s different levels of experience and use of techniques to get the projects done.”finish your quilt UFO's Students were encouraged to bring work they started from home or what they began in classes taught during Road. Sewing machines were provided so that there would be one less excuse for quilters not to finish their project.finish your quilt UFO's

What else did the class offer to encourage quilt UFO success?

A quiet, dedicated time to work.finish your quilt UFO's

A cell phone free zone to avoid distraction.

Rewards for showing up (everyone got goodie bags filled with sewing gear from Primm USA) and for hanging in there (throughout the evening, students won door prize giveaways donated by Pat and Stevii).finish your quilt UFO's

One of the door prize winners was Gwendolyn Humphries from Victorville, California. She has been quilting for 3 years when she found more free time after retiring from a career as a Speech Therapist for the San Bernardino County Schools. Gwendolyn signed up for this class because “I have a lot of stuff to finish. I knew Pat could help me if I got stuck.” Gwendolyn has been to Road to California the past 3 years and “loves it.” She said she loves trying new things, especially new machines, when she takes classes.  finish your quilt UFO's Fontana, California resident, Angelica Reyes, took Lee Chappell Monroe’s Blooming Dresden class and was looking forward to having quilting experts Stevii and Pat share their knowledge in helping her finish up the class project. Do you have any quilt UFO’s waiting to be finished? Try these class reminders: finish your quilt UFO's    ]]>

Returning Quilts Safe and Sound

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Why do our guests come to our show?

Some come for the vendors. Some come for the classes. Some come to see friends. But everyone comes for the quilts. Show quilts accepted for our annual contest and for special exhibits begin arriving at our office in December. The quilts are meticulously logged in and stored until the Sunday before the show when they are moved to the Ontario Convention Center for judging and displaying. When the show closes on Sunday at 3:30 PM, dismantling the many quilt displays begins immediately. Each quilt is removed by white-gloved volunteers and carefully stored until the next day, when the process for packaging and shipping begins. Other large shows can take up to a month to return their show quilts to the makers. At Road to California, we pride ourselves in developing a process where over 1,000 quilts are readied for pick-up by FedEx by Monday afternoon following the show. Show Owner, Matt Reese, personally oversees the packing and shipping of the quilts. “I am 100% directly responsible for this special task,” commented Matt. “I do not delegate this responsibility to any of our staff.  Through the years, I have retained full oversight even when I was in law school and even when I was sick.” Matt has spent the past four years perfecting Road’s packing and shipping method. His goal is to have the job done as quickly as possible without compromise. Matt says using computers, having multiple packing stations, and hand-picked volunteers make the difference. Road 2018 Teacher Pat Yamin of Come Quilt With Me, stays in California an extra day after the show so she can help volunteer with the process.  Each quilt has a return instruction sheet completed by its owner that accompanies it throughout the 5-step Shipping and Packaging Process:

Step 1- Expediting

One person verifies the return instruction sheet along with the quilt’s assigned tracking number and a volunteer matches it to the quilt.

Step 2- Packaging

A volunteer folds the quilt as it was originally received, per the owner’s direction, and puts it in a plastic bag to protect it against any possible insect or water damage in shipping. The quilt is then placed in a brand-new box that matches the dimensions requested by the owner. These boxes are put together on site and are filled with acid-free packing paper to avoid movement of the quilt during shipping. Occasionally, when a quilt is received, the owner asks to have it returned in the box they provided. In those cases, Road holds on to the boxes until final shipment. And sometimes two quilts are returned to the same owner in the same box.

Step 4-Weighing

All boxes are weighed on a scale and the weight is recorded on the return instruction sheet.

Step 4-Computer Station

This is the final check point for the quilt. It’s number and box contents are verified and a packing label is printed.

Step 5-Sealing and Mailing

The boxes are sealed and the mailing label is affixed. Also, the number of the quilt is written on the side of the box. All sealed boxes are stacked, ready and waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive. The FedEx driver loads the boxes, verifies the order and takes all the boxes to their main hub at Ontario International Airport for shipping. We know there is a a lot of trust in us and our system by the quilters.  We take pride that we can assure them that they should be receiving their quilts safe and sound by the end of the week.    ]]>

Week 8 Giveaway: Quilting And Crafting For Winter Days

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

This week, we are featuring three books and four patterns all suited to quilting and crafting on long winter days:

Week 8 Giveaway

Quick Cozy Couch Quilts by Sandy Thompson; Simple Super One Patch Quilts by Pat Yamin; Beyond the Lines: Quilting Designs for Machine and Longarm Quilting by Debby Brown; and four Snowman themed patterns (The Winters; Three’s Company; Floozies;  and Paper Piecing For Fun) by Connie Spurlock 

  

Enter up to three ways to win these new projects to start off 2015:

1)      Write a comment on this blog post and tell us why you want to win 

2)      Write a comment on Road to California’s Facebook Page post featuring Week 8’s giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  Week 8’s giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for Week 8’s Giveaway begin Friday, January 2nd and close Wednesday, January 7th. As always, a winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator. Week 8’s lucky winner will be announced on Thursday, January 8th on Road’s Facebook Page.  Any questions? Contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!

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Week 3 Giveaway: It's All About Patchwork

Friday, November 28th, 2014

 We’re giving away some great inspiration to update and modernize your patchwork quilting:  

Week 3 Giveaway

 On-Point Patvhwork and On-Point Ruler by Donna Lynn Thomas; Two Patch Scrap Quilts by Pat YaminThree Patterns  by Connie Spurlock (Just Spoolin’ Around, Garden Lattice, and Blocks in Motion) 

As a reminder, here are the rules for entering in Week 3’s giveaway. There are up to three ways you can enter to win:

1)      Write a comment on this blog post and tell us why you want to win 

2)      Write a comment on Road to California’s Facebook Page post featuring Week 3’s giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  Week 3’s giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for Week 3’s Giveaway begin Friday, November 28th and close Wednesday, December 3rd. The winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator and will be announced on Thursday, December 4th on Road’s Facebook Page.  Any questions? Contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!

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