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Posts Tagged ‘Road to California’

Country Heritage Tours Makes It Easy To Get To Road

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Country Heritage Tours began bringing guests to Road to California. Their Ultimate Road to California Tour returned in 2006 and 2008 and 2016 will mark their fourth year in a row of providing a hassle-free experience to quilters who don’t want to travel alone to the show.CHT logo 690 bk Country Heritage Tours’ custom itineraries are planned 12 months in advance and are handcrafted to include must-see highlights and delightful surprises. Every component has been carefully chosen to showcase iconic landmarks, extraordinary museums, and legendary quilt shows.customer 24 What are the benefits of joining their bus tour? For one, “they are so much fun,” says Scott Brodsky of Country Heritage Tours. “Everyone starts with a common thread (heehee), friendships are made and stories are written to last a lifetime.” This year’s Ultimate Bus Tour to Road 2016 begins in San Diego;Road 3 Travels to Temecula; Then ends in Ontario at Road.  Tour highlights include:

  • 6 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
  • Unlimited Admission to the Road to California Quilters Conference & Showcase
  • Fabulous Quilt Shops
  • Quilt Show Sneak-Preview Admission
  • Private Lecture & Lunch at Eleanor Burns Shop & Studio
  • Private Tour of Hoffman Fabric Factory
  • Rosie’s Calico Cupboard
  • Fat Quarters Quilt Shop
  • Olde Town Temecula
  • Temecula Quilt Guild Meeting
  • Baggage Handling
  • Commemorative Video
  • Souvenir Tote Bag
How does someone prepare for a Country Heritage bus tour? First and foremost, leave room in your luggage for all the fabric and other treasures you will find at the quilt shops you will visit. And bring comfortable walking shoes.  Country Heritage trips provide an opportunity to visit off-the-beaten-path destinations and attractions so you’ll want to make sure that your feet are comfortable. Country Heritage Tours LOVES bringing their customers to Road. The excitement of the show and the growth every year makes Road to California an annual favorite of their clients. For more information on Country Heritage Tours Ultimate Road to California Tour, or any of their other tours, visit them on their web site where you can also order their FREE catalog.2016CHTCatalogMechanical.indd Country Heritage Tours can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.      ]]>

Road 2016 Faculty: Meet Mary Kerr

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Mary will be teaching four classes: 4009R  Saving Our Treasures on Thursday; 5006R  Searching for Clues  on Friday; 6005R  A Hexed Affair on Saturday; and on Sunday, 7005R The Business of Being in Business Mary Kerr bio photo 2015

Mary Kerr has moved around. She was born in South Bend, Indiana where her father was a graduate student at Notre Dame and grew up in Athens, Georgia. When she met and married her Army husband, they moved 16 times during his 22 year Army career. While they have lived in Virginia since 2003, Mary is still moving around with her quilt activities. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States with her classes and her exhibits. As Mary says, she “love(s) this crazy quilt life!!”MK My Heart Soars Mary has three grown children and three grandchildren; 4 year old twins (a boy and girl) and a 4 month old grandson. When she isn’t quilting, Mary loves spending time with her family and friends …..traveling, playing music, enjoying the beach, riding bikes. How did you get started in quilting?  I grew up in a family of quilters ….two of my great grandmothers, both grandmothers and numerous aunts quilted. I began quilting myself after I was married in 1982 and started teaching in 1987. Where do you find inspiration for your quilting?  I am often inspired by our quilting heritage including vintage patterns and designs. I love using the vintage fragments and pieces in new ways. My current work incorporates these leftovers into new and exciting quilts. I have written 5 books, three of which focus on saving these unfinished fragments in unique ways. I enjoy giving my students permission to play with vintage. MK Recycled Hexie Quilt cover (2)What has been the best class you have taken?  The class that sparked my love of quilt history was Barbara Brackman’s  Clues in the Calico workshop  that I attended in 1999. What is the one tool you can’t live without?  My digital camera. I can play with designs until I get the one I am happiest with. Pictures in progress just add to the fun! What do you like best about teaching? I love the moment that students fall in love with the project they are working on. I adore this quilt community and the opportunity to share our history, traditions and inspiration.MK Mary Mary fragment What do you want your students to get out of your class?  I want them to be inspired to explore new ways and new ideas. I want to be the one who gives them permission to work with vintage textiles and the stories behind their creations. What is your best quilting tip? You can do anything!MK Roses for Opal Mary Kerr will also be presenting the special exhibit, Quilt as Desired” at Road 2016. This exhibit features quilts that blend the old and new quilt worlds. The best long arm quilters have taken unremarkable vintage tops and created something magical!]]>

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!]]>

Road 2016 Bag Challenge

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Have you caught the latest handbag trend?  Here’s a way to join in — and possibly earn a great prize!!ByAnnie.com bag challenge

Road to California, ByAnnie.com and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable, have partnered to sponsor the Road to California Bag Challenge. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1,000 will  be awarded for purses or bags made from Road’s 20th Anniversary Commemorative Fabric, designed by Alexander Henry Fabrics.  

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Bags or purses can be any size or style, uniquely designed or made from a pattern and can include other fabric, embellishments, hardware, or stabilizers. Entries will be juried and the winners, along with a few additional selected entries, will be displayed at Road to California’s 2016 show.

What are the prizes being offered for the Road to California Bag Challenge?

Best of Show: $400 Cash Prize from Road to California.

1st Runnerup – $300 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

2nd Runnerup – $200 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

3rd Runnerup – $100 gift certificate from ByAnnie.com

The deadline for the contest entry is October 1, 2015. Rules and the official entry can be found on the Road to California and ByAnnie.com websites.

You can order the exclusive Road to California 20th Anniversary commemorative fabric online at Road’s store.  The fabric is a limited printing and will not be reprinted, so be sure to order early. road_bags_small

Looking for ideas to design your bag? ByAnnie.com featured some great bag designers on their blog who shared their expertise and inspiration. Check out these fabulous designers including Annie from ByAnnie.com,  Kat from StudioKat Designs, Trisha from Trisha JaneSam from Hunter’s DesignsMarcea from Abbey Lane QuiltsGinnie from Wonder Woman QuiltsNancy from Pink Sand Beach Designs, and our very own Carolyn Reese.

Good luck. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

 

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Meet Quilters By The Sea Quilt Guild

Friday, July 17th, 2015

It just seems fitting during summer to talk about a quilt guild that is located by the ocean.logo_color-156x151

Quilters by the Sea is based in Long Beach, California. The guild started in 1993 and their membership is open to anyone 11 years or older. Meetings are held each month on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the First Baptist Church of Lakewood.  In addition, the guild holds Saturday workshops, social sewing nights, retreats, and fun-day excursions.

 “The heart of our guild is supporting our community,” said Treasurer, JoAnn White. “We believe in strong community involvement.” Quilters by the Sea supports local Long Beach agencies by supplying them with quilts and/or pillowcases. In 2014, the guild contributed 361 pillowcases and 350 quilts to groups like the Long Beach Police Department – SART (Sexual Abuse Rescue Team) Unit, Long Beach Battered Women’s Shelter, For The Child, New Life Beginnings, St. Mary’s Hospital pediatric unit, and the VA Hospital in Long Beach. So far for this year, their members have made 188 quilts to be donated.QuiltShow2015Logo

Every other year, Quilters by the Sea presents a quilt show featuring their members’ work. This year’s quilt show will be held August 1st  and August 2nd  at the National Guard Armory in Long Beach. Over 200 quilts will be on display along with workshops, gift basket raffles, and a silent auction.IMG_1541-302x298

At Road 2015, Quilters by the Sea displayed their 2015 Opportunity Quilt, “Starry Night at Sea.” The quilt is the 10th Anniversary edition of Jinny Beyer’s “Moonglow” pattern and kit.  Originally a block of the month pattern, the quilt covers a variety of techniques, from strip piecing to using templates and foundation piecing, they range from beginner to advanced and the quilters all did an excellent job.  Members of the guild did all the work, including custom machine quilting done on a long arm.  Each compass has a different freehand quilting design; the courthouse steps have a feather motif, while the borders have a feather and piano keys design.   The drawing for the quilt will take place at their December meeting.

For more information about Quilters by the Sea, visit their website.

 

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A Visit To Our Quilt Photographer’s Studio

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Gregory Case Photography is the only independent full-time photo studio photographing quilts, textiles, and fiber arts in the United States and has been the official show photographer for Road since 2007. In addition, they have given workshops during Road to California and on Road’s Quilting Through the Panama Canal Cruise in 2014.  

Gregory Case and his wife, Elena Morera, spend four full days at Road, capturing the community feel of the show in photographs. They arrive early in the morning and stay late in to the night each day, photographing classes, lectures, events, people, the vendor floor, the hallways, the special exhibits –even the food — all to provide for a visual memory of the latest show.

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What happens to the hundreds of pictures when the show is over? Gregory Case Photography takes them back to their studio in Pueblo, Colorado for processing and editing before releasing them back to the Reese family.

Greg’s editing equipment includes a monitor and printer that are specially calibrated for color and texture to insure the truest representation of the photos taken.Gregory Case Photography4

In addition to photographing quilt shows, Gregory Case Photography has regularly photographed for 6 different quit and textile magazines, in addition to contributing to some 20 quilt-related magazines and over 30 books. And recently, Gregory Case Photography has added travel photography and selling travel prints to their resume.

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When a quilt arrives at Gregory Case Photography studio via FedEx or UPS, it is first steamed to release any wrinkles. It is then hung on the 10 foot design wall for photographing. Lighting is adjusted for each quilt.Gregory Case Photography1

Gregory’s camera is hooked up to his computer monitor so he can see immediately how the photo shoot is going. Matching color to the original design is the most difficult part of the process. Prints are made and matched to the quilt. Both Gregory and Elena verify the colors for accuracy. Ninety percent of the time, the color falls in to place. If there are any discrepancies, changes are made to the image and reprints are made until all colors match. Edited images are emailed to the client to get their approval. The client then receives a CD disc that includes various sizes of shots that are print ready, juried show ready, and web ready – over 30 various files in all.

Sometimes, clients request a concept or theme for their quilt to be photographed with. Gregory Case Photography has an elaborate prop collection to meet their clients’ needs.Gregory Case Photography5

Past requests have included a baby layette, Christmas in July, and even jungle animals. Whatever the concept, the props are always subservient to the quilt; the quilt is the star!!

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Gregory Case Photography loves coming to Road. Gregory remarked, “No other show compares. For me, Road is the “Apple” of the quilt world. It is a high quality show with the reputation of having the best teachers, vendors, and staff. I look forward to it every year.”  

You can find Gregory and Elena on their web site: www.gregorycase.com The site is currently being updated with new images and their travel photography.

 

  

 

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When The Netherlands Came To Road

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

BeColourful is a small family business that began in Delft, Netherlands — home of the beautiful blue pottery that has been produced there for centuries.download

BeColourful was started originally as a quilt pattern company in 2004 after founder Jacqueline de Jonge won the Color Trophy of the Open European Quilt Championship. A quilt maker since 1978, it is Jacqueline’s goal to inspire quilters all over the world with her beautiful and colorful designs.

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Jacqueline is not only a passionate quilter but also an encouraging and personal teacher.  She loves to share her enthusiasm for her designs with quilters and bring them to a higher and different level to find their artistic skills in themselves. She has made quilts that have won international awards and that have been displayed worldwide. Her quilts are based on traditional designs, but with a contemporary and colorful twist. Since starting BeColourful, Jacqueline has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Jacqueline has been interviewed several times in newspapers and magazines and in 2011 she was profiled and featured on the online Quilt show from Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson.

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Joining Jacqueline in the family business is her sister, Bridget Snijder – de Jonge, who handles the social media for BeColourful. Bridget oversees their Facebook and Pinterest accounts and is the editor of the BeColourful website. She also worked with Jacqueline in making their instructional DVD, “How to make a BeColourful Quilt”, and “The BeColourful Quilt Collection”, a beautiful coffee table book that was released in July, 2014. _I4C8205 

The last family member to join BeColourful was Jacqueline and Bridget’s brother, Harm de Jonge. At first, he handled the financial aspects of the company. Then, Harm started his own company, BeColourful Quilting Supplies, which sells the beautiful fabric kits BeColourful is known for. Harm is responsible for moving BeColourful to the United States in 2007.

BeColourful and the de Jonge family weren’t the only Netherlands visitors at Road 2015. Alette Wiersema also journeyed all the way from the Netherlands.  She came to Road 2015 with her sister, Jolee Johnson, who lives in Claremont, California.

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Together, they have attended Road for 10 years and have taken classes for the past seven years. “I participate each year as a white glove volunteer so that Alette can register for her classes early. That way she is assured of her selection and then she can make her travel plans,” said Jolee. Alette, who has been quilting since 1990, says coming to Road is well worth the travel expense. She remarked, “Road is wonderful.”   

Note: Early registration is now taking place for Road 2015 volunteers. If you are interested in being a “Roadie” volunteer for Road 2016, and take advantage of early registration for 2017 classes, please visit our website for more information.       

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Marcus Brothers Textiles Cares

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Did you see what Marcus Brothers Textiles was up to in their booth in the Market Place at Road 2015?

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They were all about Lucy Boston Blocks – the latest trend in English paper piecing inspired by a quilt made in the 1950’s by Lucy Boston. Not only was Marcus Brothers Textiles demonstrating how to carefully fussy-cut striped fabrics & place them to create unique kaleidoscopic effects, they were also giving away kits for Road guests to try their hand at the design.

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As an incentive to have the guests return their newly made Lucy Boston blocks, Marcus Brothers gave each person a fat quarter and the chance to win one of ten prize baskets. In addition, all blocks returned were considered to be made in to a quilt that Vicki Bellino of Bloom Creek, was putting together. That quilt is being donated to an auction being held this July, by Quilters Dream Batting. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).   

Pati Violick, Director of Advertising and Marketing for Marcus Brothers Textiles, pointed out that they were more concerned with the Road guests getting to try their hand at something new than how the blocks turned out. “Winners of the prize packages were chosen randomly, not based on the beauty of their squares,” remarked Pati.

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How was the response? Pati reported that over 120 blocks were returned – enough to make not only a quilt, but a lap quilt as well for the auction. Makers were given a label to sign their name and put on the back of their squares. Many of makers also dedicated their blocks to someone they knew who are suffering from and/or have passed away from ALS.

Two of the participants in the Lucy Boston Block activity were Donna Nordstrom of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and Joanne Larmore of Glendale, Utah. Friends for over 24 years, they having been meeting up at Road for a “girl’s week” for the past 17 years.  After stopping by the Marcus Brothers Textiles booth and getting the fabric and pattern for the Lucy Boston block, they ran around the vendor floor getting the needles and thread needed for the English paper piecing technique and cut out their fabric at one of the booths selling rotary cutters!!!

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“Then the fun began,” recalled Donna. “Joanne and I found a quiet spot to sit down at the Convention Center and began our blocks.  After running around all morning, what better way to relax with your best friend than to piece a block for charity and visit.”

When their blocks were completed, they headed down the elevator to return their squares. Who should get on the elevator with them, but Carolyn Reese, owner of Road to California!! Donna said that Carolyn “was so friendly and we were happy to get to meet her and let her know how much we loved attending every year!”

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A couple weeks later, after the show, both Joanne and Donna were ecstatic to receive a “big box” in the mail from Marcus Brothers Textiles as two of the ten winners chosen from the challenge.Marcus Brothers-Donna Nordstrom prize

Donna said she and Joanne “really enjoyed the whole experience and hopes that there are more challenges like this in future shows.”

Thank you Marcus Brothers Textiles for being in Road’s 2015 Marketplace, sharing and encouraging Lucy Boston Blocks English paper piecing. And especially thank you for caring about a cure for ALS.    

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This Family Can Quilt!!

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Some families go to the movies. Other families go camping. The Dommer family goes quilting.

Meet the Dommer family: daughter Terri Dommer Krause; son, Keith; and mom, Darlene. IMG_8758

For over 20 years, they have planned get-togethers around their love of quilting. With Darlene’s birthday falling near the week of Road to California, it has been a tradition for the Dommers to help their mom celebrate by going to Road together and taking a class or two. It’s a natural way for the three family members to spend time together and encourage each other with their quilting.

How did they get started in quilting? Darlene sewed clothes until about 40 years ago, a friend invited her to attend a city sponsored quilt class. Terri also started out sewing clothes. She says she didn’t own a pair of store-bought jeans until she got a job out of high school!! Terri thought quilting would be a fun way to use her sewing skills. Keith grew up watching his mom and grandmothers quilt and thought they made “ugly things.” In 1990, he went to Visions, an art quilt show in San Diego and it just drew him in. His quilting is a great complement to his day job as a CPA.  

Each of the Dommer family has their own quilting style. Darlene prefers traditional quilting and has done some appliqueing. While Terri loves applique, she doesn’t have any desire to do it. She prefers a more traditional style and gives away most of the quilts she makes. Keith started out making pieced quilts. After 10 years of quilting, he started doing machine applique. His quilt tops integrate bold, graphic designs. Keith has won numerous awards for his quilting including this second place award for Traditional, Large, Mixed at Road to California in 2012.

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What do they enjoy most about their annual Road family outing? For Darlene, she loves the inspiration she receives for trying new techniques. Keith is always astounded by the beautiful quilts and feels that “Road showcases the cutting edge of where quilting is currently heading.” Above all, Terri thinks Road is the best place for a family outing. And we would have to agree!!

How many quilters are there in your family?

 

 

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Matt Reese: Road’s Show Manager And New Law School Graduate

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

You might think that managing a premiere quilt show that hosts over 39,000 attendees from around the world and features over 500 vendors is a challenge, try adding to that law school student!! That’s exactly what Road’s show manager, Matt Reese, has been doing the past four years. Matt's Graduation5

Why did Matt want to pursue a law degree in addition to his Road duties? His undergraduate degree was in music performance. Knowing that one day he wanted to have a family, he knew that he needed a career.  Gigging was fun, but it wouldn’t pay the bills and allow Matt to start his life the way he had imagined.  Because he had always liked winning arguments, (so much that his family had joked that he would make a good lawyer), Matt decided to go for law school. It didn’t take long for Matt to discover that he really enjoyed the study of law.images

Matt started law school at the University of La Verne, in the fall of 2011, going part-time in the evening. He chose that school because it was close to home and offered him a great scholarship. His favorite classes have involved property and business organizations.  Biz Orgs was taught by a professor who specialized in fortune 500 mergers and acquisitions. Matt learned all about the inside world of large corporations and how to take a corporation public.

He did not like Constitutional law.  Matt thought it was too dry and based on the decisions of nine people who may or may not see the law as black and white or grey or blue or who knows what.  (For those who disagree and enjoy con law, Matt recommends they read Wickard v. Filburn and then explain to him why a farmer can’t grow a little extra wheat on his farm to feed his family).   

During Road 2015, while Matt was finishing up his law school courses, he was leading a double life. He would work at Road from 6 am to 6 pm and then go to class from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Thanks to his family and especially wife, he was able to balance both of these demanding responsibilities.

Matt graduated with his Juris Doctorate in Law on May 16, 2015. Matt's Graduation4

He is currently undertaking a ten week, seven days a week, twelve hours a day comprehensive test prep program at La Verne.   It covers the thirteen subjects that will be tested on the California Bar Exam over three days at the end of July. Matt’s wife Jennifer points put that Matt is totally consumed right now with his test preparation and is devoting his full attention to this endeavor.Matt's Graduation

But Roadies need not fear: Matt assures us that he worked very hard before he began studying for the bar to make sure Road would run smoothly this summer. Currently, the Road office staff is finalizing the Road 2016 class schedule so that registration can open the beginning of July.Matt's Graduation3

We wish Matt the best of luck on the bar exam and look forward to his return to his Road duties in August.

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