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Road 2016 Faculty and Vendor: Meet Michele Crawford Plus A Giveaway

Michele Crawford will be teaching on Monday, 1003R Carpenter Star, and an evening class on Saturday, 6066C  Crumb Quilting

Michele’s company, Flower Box Quilts, will have a booth on the vendor floor.Michele Crawford - head shot - 5 x 5

Michele Crawford has a long history with sewing, crafting, and pattern making. Since the age of 9, she has always had a needle and thread in her hands whether it was stamped cross stitch, crewel, crochet, knitting, embroidery or sewing clothes. Michele taught herself to sew. Her first projects were sewn on her grandmother’s featherweight sewing machine. Michele’s first business was making woven potholders on a loom and selling them in her neighborhood. While in high school, she wanted to be a fashion designer and go to New York City to school. She ended up being an elementary school teacher, getting married, starting a family, and then began her life as a self-employed designer and business owner. Michele’s first business was Cross ‘n Quilt. Started in 1986, Michele designed and sold her patterns combining counted cross stitch and quilting. Through this experience, Michele has created over 4,500 published sewing, needlework and quilting designs in over 40 different publications. She has worked with over 35 fabric, thread and batting companies to date. In 2002, a few quilting magazines started offering kits for the projects in their magazines featuring new fabric collections, and that was the start of Michele’s internet business, Flower Box Quilts. By 2008, she began designing her own quilt patterns to sell on her website as Flower Box Quilts, and also offered other quilt fabric kits exclusive to her site.Michele Crawford booth The Flower Box Quilts booth is known as the “happy booth.” She likes to showcase many different styles and techniques to inspire her customers. Featured in her booth are seasonal and non-seasonal fabrics as well as 100 of her original quilt patterns including those for quilts of all sizes, runners, place mats, pillows, Christmas ornaments and tree skirts, and other decorative items. She still likes to combine counted cross stitch with quilting and has started to offer other types of handwork including working with wool felt and embroidery, and hexagons.Michele Crawford quilt Michele is looking forward to teaching her two classes. She enjoys interacting and being with the quilters, and sharing her tips and techniques for quilting. She wants her students to have FUN and reminds them that there are many ways and techniques to achieve the same results in quilting. Her motto?  “We cannot achieve perfection but we can strive for excellence.” She especially loves it when she sees the “light bulb” come on in a student’s face when they have tried something new that she taught them and it works for them. There are several sewing tips that Michele likes to share. One is Don’t wash fabric before piecing. She believes that the finishes help achieve a “cleaner” cut with a rotary cutter. Some other tips: Iron as you go; It’s OK to sew over pins; and Use 100% Cotton thread. To learn more of Michele’s tips, you’ll just have to take one of her classes!! Michele is looking forward to being at Road 2016: “I LOVE the amazing and positive energy of all the quilters – vendors – staff at Road! The extreme excitement of being at the cutting edge of quilting and being inspired by so many incredibly talented and creative people is mind boggling, humbling, and fabulous!” To learn more about Michele, please visit her web site.Michele Crawford JCTS cover Now for the giveaway: Michele is giving away 5 copies of her book, Just Cut The Scrap. To enter, simply comment below what you are looking forward to the most at Road 2016. You have until midnight on Sunday, December 20, 2016 to enter. Five lucky winners will be chosen using Random Number Generator and will be notified on Monday, December 21, 2016. Good luck to all who enter.  ]]>

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63 Responses to “Road 2016 Faculty and Vendor: Meet Michele Crawford Plus A Giveaway”

  1. Michelle Baker says:

    I’m looking forward to my class with Nancy Prince to learn free motion embroidery. I was so amazed by her awesome quilt on a fine winter’s day.

  2. Road to California gives me inspiration and new ideas of things to try, both from the quilts on display and the vendors.

  3. Marilyn Sabens says:

    Every year I look forward to Road. It’s my birthday celebration with classes, shopping and being around people who have a passion for quilting. It’s always a very happy birthday for me.

  4. Barbara Montejo says:

    I’m looking forward to studying the quilts and visiting all the vendors.

  5. Melody Lutz says:

    Looking forward to volunteering. 2nd time, last year was so fun being up close, touching the entries and chatting with the viewers. AND a class with Cara Gulati on 3D. Challenging myself to try new things by drafting a quilt. Love your quilt here – very peaceful.

  6. Penny Holliday says:

    I am looking forward to taking classes at Rd with my daughter. I get in such a traditional rut with my quilting. She generally selects classes for us that I probably wouldn’t select yet I end up learning something new & enjoying so much! Then seeing the award winning quilts displayed ~ always such inspiration! Of course, we enjoy shopping the vendors together, also. Well I guess that’s everything I/we especially like about Rd but I did list in order of what I like the most.

  7. Karen August says:

    I am looking forward to sharing with all the quilters. It is so wonderful to all have the same hobby in common. So many stories and talents to share. I learn so much that it takes me all year to digest it all. Can’t wait!!!

  8. Kathleen Drovdal says:

    Would love to win!

  9. Doris says:

    This will be my first time at the show. I am looking forward to all the vendors and the classes.

  10. Anne McKenzie says:

    I am looking forward to all the energy that is felt at Road, that re-energizes my creativeness. Love all the quilts, just so inspirational. Fun to see the newest gadgets & fabrics from the vendors. Would love to take a class one year.

  11. Deborah Barrett says:

    I look forward to spending a week with my best friend. We take class’s all week and love to learn. We drink wine, laugh and shop. I have been attending the show for 12 years with her. This show is the best I have been too. It gets the creative juices flowing with all the talent and new ideas we find at the show.

  12. deborah Turnage says:

    I am looking forward to learning more about longarm quilting.

  13. Marianne Troccoli says:

    I’m excited to meet other quilters and artists. See the amazing works of all the participants. And enjoy being around the vendors and the possibilities of learning something new.

  14. Cindy Zabuska says:

    I am looking forward to another week of great classes and a show full of great quilts and fun, friendly vendors! Can’t wait to meet you!!

  15. Barbara Atwell says:

    Longarm classes and just being there.

  16. Linda Hutchongs says:

    First, I look forward to just walking into the building, there always beautiful displays and then seeing what’s new.

  17. Judee says:

    The quilts!

  18. Sindy Vieting says:

    Love seeing her booth at shows in NW. Would love to experience Road to CA.

  19. Donna Bach says:

    Seeing some friends made last yr at our first time to Rd to Cali Show. The vendors, new ideas for quilts, just the whole experience!

  20. Deb Finken says:

    I am looking forward to attending the Road show for the first time with 3 of my best friends, we are all from Parker, CO. Looking forward to taking classes and can’t wait to meet all of the instructors and vendors and get new ideas to bring back to our quilting group, Mission Quilters! See ya soon!!

  21. Connie German says:

    I love to see new ideas and new notions and rulers.

  22. Sandy Wagner says:

    I am so looking forward to all the activities that the Road has to offer. I’m especially excited about the classes that I will be taking. I had the opportunity to white glove for Nancy Prince last year and the experience was inspiring to say the least.

  23. Patty Latourell says:

    Excited every year to see all the new ideas at ROAD

  24. Pam Nourse says:

    I have attended and volunteered at Road for several years now, but this is the first year I’m taking classes, and I’m really looking forward to them!

  25. Darlene Major says:

    Looking forward to all the beautiful quilts.

  26. Wendy Bolton says:

    I’m looking forward to 4 full days of being immersed in quilting through classes, quilt displays & vendors. My friend & I have made this an annual trip for quite a few years & always come home with great new ideas & techniques!

  27. Kathy Greene says:

    I enjoy looking at all the quilts and visiting all the vendors. This year, I hope to find some bright LED lights to add to my Handi-Quilter Sweet Sixteen.

  28. Barb says:

    Most would be the vendors!

  29. Dee F says:

    I am looking forward to shopping!! I usually take classes, but this year will only be at Road one day.

  30. Jeri Adams says:

    I am looking for to spending a week away from home with my sister and sister in law. Shopping daily and trying hard not to go over budget. Watching all the new demos at Roundabout and taking from new teachers. Going home with luggage that goes way over the airline weight limit.

  31. Denny says:

    Looking forward to my classes and the quilts in the show.

  32. Sheila Keeling says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing all the beautiful quilts!

  33. Carolyn Reese says:

    We are working very hard to make 2016 the best year yet at Road.

  34. Pat Basch says:

    I am looking forward to being inspired by the quilts in the show and in the vendor booths, spending time with a friend, and the warm CA weather.

  35. Lisa Jenni says:

    I’m so looking forward to my 2-day class with Cindy Needham! Even when this means I’ll have to haul my sewing machine to Road2CA via carry-on on my flight from Seattle.

  36. Deb Gipe says:

    Looking forward to seeing the gorgeous, creative quilts! Coming the first day..yay!

  37. Shireen Hattan says:


  38. Karen Stenback says:

    I am looking forward to visiting the booths of European vendors.

  39. Bonnie Favorite says:

    I would love to go…learning new techniques from renowned teachers is awesone!

  40. CJ says:

    Looking forward to our Quilt For a Cause, Inc Bus trip from Tucson, AZ! A great fund raiser for QFAC and a lot of fun for us and our guests!

  41. Anita Johnson says:

    Every year I travel to CA for the show and to hook up with my sister. This year I’m bring a good friend. We Quilters are looking forward to seeing all the amazing entries, and roam the vender booths. I even entered a quilt one year.

  42. June hutchison says:

    I’m looking forward to my classes and shopping!

  43. Judy Bartzatt says:

    I’m hoping to take your class on Monday with my sister who just lost her husband this past week to cancer. She is a quilter, but has not been able to do much quilting over the past year because of this battle. She is planning on traveling to Road where I hope taking a class and intermingling with other quilters will be helpful in her healing process.

  44. Cheryl Thompson says:

    I am a novice quilter. I love to create! Can’t wait for this show to come to a city near me. I would love to take one of your classes.

  45. Cyndi Beres says:

    WOuld love to go! I keep saying I am a beginner – learning new techniques all the time!

  46. QuiltShopGal says:

    I enjoy all aspects of the show. Wanted to take a couple of classes, but by the time I was able to register they were already full. Still, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the exhibits and the vendors. Road is always great fun.

  47. Barb says:

    I would love to take a class to learn new techniques, especially in machine quilting!

  48. Linda vipond says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing all the handmade quilts! Love it!

  49. Linda Schaefer says:

    I’m looking forward to attend with friends

  50. Cheryl Rupp says:

    I discovered Road to California just this year. I was excited to make 2 entries….and floored to receive notice to send both!! Wish I was able to attend this wonderful event, but there is always next year!! Appreciate the opportunity to show my bags and to enter the book giveaway from Michele. Her book looks like a ton of inspiration!

  51. Kath says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the international quilts and reading the stories behind them.

  52. Cathy Hesler says:

    This will be my first time to go to Road 2 California. I live in Indiana and my sister
    invited me to go with her. As this will be all new to me, I am looking forward to everything!
    (except the plane ride…) It will be fun to spend time with my sister and be able to share our love of quilting.

  53. Cathy Hesler says:

    looking forward to all of it, as I have not been there before.

  54. Jeanne Lucas says:

    I am most interested in fiber art quilts, those for the wall, not the bed.
    Thank you and have a great show!

  55. Kathy Townley says:

    I love “Road” and have been attending since 2002 whenever time and distance permit. It is my favorite Show. Just being there this year will be my “favorite”.
    Thank you for the chance to enter the drawing. Love your designs.

  56. micki shaffer says:

    I took my first quilting class last weekend. It was great. I received a moore catalog today and saw this event. I think attending would be awesome and I hope I can get tickets.

  57. Darlene Young says:

    I am a new quilter and taking the bus trip from Lake Havasu Arizona. I signed up for the RTC website and found you here. I cannot wait to stop at your booth. It sounds real exciting!! Thanks and Hugs.

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