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Road Is A Friendly Place

What could be better than sharing your love of quilting with friends that you love?

That’s exactly what these friends did at Road to California 2016:152

Rosalee and Jodi say that they “have grown up together.” They met at church in La Habra, California when their children were babies. Jodi has been quilting for 21 years and when she retired, she moved to Arnold, California, in the Sierras. Roasalee started quilting 12 years ago after she retired from Bank of America. They always wear hats to quilt shows so that they can find each other. This was their 10th visit to Road to California.

[caption id="attachment_3908" align="aligncenter" width="436"](L-R) Sandra, Petra, Nancy and Patricia (L-R) Sandra, Petra, Nancy and Patricia[/caption]

Sometimes it only takes one mutual friend who quilts to get a group of other quilters together to come to Road. These ladies all credit Petra for bringing them together. Petra and Sandra are both 72 years old and have known each other since they were 16. Patricia is another long time friend and Nancy works for Petra.  They all live in different cities in the eastern part of San Bernardino County. Road 2016 was Nancy’s first time at the show. “I have seen Petra’s quilts and was curious with what quilting was about.” The other three have been to Road over 10 times. Says Petra, “There is always something different to see. It just keeps getting better year after year.”


Meet (l – r) Michele Rank, Jennifer Adams, Becky Brekke, Jody Baca, and Kathy Pruett. These friends live all around Southern California and meet up at Road each year. “We wouldn’t miss it,” they exclaimed. What do they like most about Road to California? Says Michele, “The variety of vendors.” Jennifer added, “The inspiration.” And for Becky, “The quilts.” They all take quilting classes through ABC School District’s Adult Education. They aren’t committed to any particular quilting style. “Modern or traditional — we do whatever we think looks best.”


Vivian Graham and Monica Tucker both live in Moreno Valley, California. They treat themselves to come to Road as part of their birthday celebrations which falls in January during and right after Road each year. Monica likes coming to Road for the inspiration. This year, she was looking for glitter applique sheets and art quilt ideas.  Vivian learned to sew clothing in the 8th grade and has been quilting for 34 years. She said, “I live for Road. It is four days of heaven.”

Will you and your friend be coming to Road’s “little bit of heaven” in 2017?


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