Old quilts are reborn with new faces
What could be more satisfying than encouraging young quilters with their quilt making skills? That’s exactly what Road to California and six other sponsors did when they initiated The Next Generation special exhibit at Road 2015.[caption id="attachment_3201" align="aligncenter" width="619"] Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]
Youth, aged seven to sixteen years old, were invited to participate in this non-competitive exhibit. “It’s important to let our younger generation know that quilting can be experienced in all different aspects and that it isn’t just about making old-fashioned blankets,” remarked Carolyn Reese.[caption id="attachment_3205" align="aligncenter" width="627"] Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]
There were a dozen exhibitors: Crystal Farrand – Lake View Terrace, CA; Paige Graves – Leesburg, VA; Shayla A. Adams – Farmington, UT; Alexus Jekill – Calgary, Canada; Charlotte Upitis – Calgary, Canada; Amberlin Garcia – Perris, CA; Mickyla E. Wiggins – Albuquerque, NM; Peyton Chaffee – Ventura, CA; Kali Stone – Fullerton, CA; Cambria Lee – Purcellville, VA; Avery Lee – Purcelllville, VA; and Zenden Hutchins – Santee, CA.[caption id="attachment_3202" align="aligncenter" width="546"] Kali Stone is excited about her entry. Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]
Each young quilter received a special gift package that included:
A participation ribbon
Finger guard set from Guidelines 4 Quilting
$20 gift certificate to Superior Threads
One Year Subscription to Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine
Charm Square packet from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Gift Set from Quilter’s Rule International
The exhibit was also supported by The Cotton Patch.
During the show, participants were able to invite family and friends to see their work free of charge in the North Lobby of the Ontario Convention Center.[caption id="attachment_3211" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Zenden Hutchins signing out his quilt.[/caption]
A Chinese Proverb says, “If you want happiness for a lifetime – help the next generation.” From the looks of this exhibit, the future holds a lot of quilting happiness!!
Look for more youth quilting events with Road 2016.