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Road's Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Anita Grossman Solomon

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Full time quilter and author, Anita Grossman Solomon, has the least distance  to travel to get on board Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise September 27-October 4, 2015.   

A New Yorker, living in Manhatten, it only takes 30 minutes to fly from Anita’s home to Boston where the cruise embarks.Solomon

Anita was part of our faculty on Road’s maiden cruise through the Panama Canal last year. This trip she will be joining four other teachers —Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Shelly Pagliai, Stevii Graves and Margie Ullery — on this quilting cruise off the New England coast at the height of the Fall Foliage Season.Fall colors

With a degree in art and experience as an art curator, Anita has developed an in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for quilting’s history as well as its more modern trajectory. While passionate about the look of some of the most complex traditional blocks, the daunting amount of cutting and sewing involved (and high seam-ripper potential) got Anita’s brain working overtime to figure out an easier way. Her Make It Simpler technique makes quiltmaking faster and easier. Anita has shared her method in her three books, as a Craftsy instructor and as a guest on HGTV’s Simply Quilts (twice), The Quilt Show,  and Quilt Out Loud on Since 2003, Anita’s books and the blocks she chooses to “revolutionize” keep all quilters in mind, offering techniques that will quickly deliver perfectly pieced blocks every time. Solomon_Anita'sAngle

Anita will be teaching two classes on Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise: Anita’s Angle and No Waste Windmill.  Both classes incorporate  Anita’s simpler way of making elegantly proportioned blocks, perfect for using souvenir fabric from the trip. solomon You can learn more about Anita from this fun video or on her blog, Make It Simpler



How far will you be traveling from to join our cruise? 


Road’s Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Award Winning, Modern Quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Victoria Findlay Wolfe, founder of the New York City Modern Quilt Guild and winner of QuiltCon 2013 Best of Show for her quilt, Double Edged Love, was introduced to Roadies at Road to California 2015. She was the curator of the Special Exhibit, Double Wedding Ring Challenge, partnered with Simplicity and Interweave Magazine.

[caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="606"]IMG_8536 Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]

Victoria was born in rural Minnesota and learned to sew and quilt practically as an infant. Both her mother and grandmother were quilters and her father, a farmer, also had an upholstery business. A graduate of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, she landed in New York City in 1994 and has never left.  

[caption id="attachment_3016" align="aligncenter" width="641"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]


In addition to her business making custom quilt commissions, Victoria is a fabric & thread designer, author of the books, Double Wedding Ring Quilts and 15 Minutes of Play and was the Modern Contributor to Quilt Life magazine.Victoria Findlay Wolfe

In 2010, Victoria started Bumble Beans BASICS, an ongoing quilt drive bringing quilts to homeless families being put back into transitional housing in the NYC metro area. Through this outreach program, over 3000 quilts have been made and donated from quilters all over the world.Bumble  bee Basics

Road to California welcomes Victoria Findlay Wolfe as one of the faculty for Road’s New England Fall Foliage Qult Cruise September 27-October 5, 2015. On the cruise, Victoria will be teaching two classes. She will be sharing her method of improvisational piecing from 15 Minutes of Play, helping students “play” with their design skills while learning to combine colors and prints in new ways. In her other class, time will be spent learning how to sew together the pieces of a Double Wedding ring so that students can conquer this beautiful quilt.

There are only a few spots left on Road’s fall cruise and to experience Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s fun way of quilting. Will you be sailing away with us?


Cruising With Road: Won’t You Join Us This Fall?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Even though snow is still falling in some parts of the United States and Spring is still more than a week away, that won’t stop us from dreaming about our upcoming New England Fall Foliage Quilt Cruise, September 27-October 4, 2015.

[caption id="attachment_2961" align="aligncenter" width="403"]Fall colors Photo courtesy of thelifeofluxury.com[/caption]

Road to California sponsored its first cruise with Deb Roberts and World of Quilts Travel last year. We had so much fun, we could hardly wait to go again. This time, we are taking advantage of the fall brilliance in the scenic northeast.Royal Carribean

We set sail on this colorful journey on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, sailing round trip from Boston, with stops in the ports of Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine as well as St. John and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Cruise route

Our 7-day cruise adventure features two non-stop quilting days with classes offered from these award winning quilting educators: Stevii Graves, Shelly Pagliai, Anita Grossman Solomon,Margie Ullery and Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

Deb points out five reasons what makes Road’s fall quilt cruise off the coasts of New England and Canada is so special:

 1- Historic sites to visit

2-Famous Fall colors to enjoy

3-Natural beauty of the shoreline to view

4-Quaint villages and architecture to explore

5-Local food, including lobster and crab, to experience

This quilt cruise is filling up fast. We’d love to have you join Carolyn Reese for this amazing adventure. Don’t miss the boat – spaces are selling fast!!

See you in New England!! 



At Sea With Deb Roberts' Tours And World Of Quilts Travel

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Note: This is first in a series detailing Road to California’s recent sponsored cruise, Quilting Through the Panama Canal, that took place April 15-29, 2014.  Guest writer, Stevii Graves, shares her personal account of Cruising with Road to California with Carolyn Reese, talented quilt teachers, and a fun group of Road quilters. 201404_cruise

Road to California sponsored its first quilt cruise in April. Eighty quilters and quilt spouses rushed aboard Holland America’s Westerdam in Ft. Lauderdale. First stop…. The Lido Deck for some food! Always the food! 

On board were several Road workers: Cathy Norell, Sharon Chaffino, Barbara McDowell, and Carol Marchant. Naturally, Mrs. Road, Carolyn Reese, was there to try to keep us all under control. 

The first two days on board were spent at sea. At sea days meant classes! Lots of classes! Gregory Case taught photography classes as only he can do. Frieda Anderson taught fused applique and machine quilting. Melinda Bula also taught fused classes. Anita Grossman Solomon taught her innovative piecing techniques. And Patt Blair taught fabric painting with inks as well as machine quilting. Every night was “free-sew” in the two sewing machine classrooms. 

[caption id="attachment_1861" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Carolyn and Carol Marchant sewing pineapples in Anita Grossman Solomon's class. Carolyn and Carol Marchant sewing pineapples in Anita Grossman Solomon’s class.[/caption]

Carolyn, Cathy and I took two days of painting with Patt Blair. We had success with both projects and no one except yours truly managed to get ink on their clothing! 

Our first Port of Call was Cartagena, Columbia. Cartagena is a beautiful Spanish colonial city. Many of the quilters took shore excursions around the city or out in the countryside. 

The following morning we were up bright and early for the highlight of the cruise: going through the Panama Canal. (Truth be known, Carolyn was bright, I was just up). Carolyn had requested a room in the back of the ship which was the perfect place to watch the locks close behind the ship and to watch the progress of a container cargo ship that was coming behind us. It took us all day to travel the 48 mile canal, going through three sets of locks and Gatun Lake. That was long enough for three meals and two ice cream snack times! 

[caption id="attachment_1862" align="aligncenter" width="356"]View of closed lock from Carolyn's veranda. View of closed lock from Carolyn’s veranda.[/caption]

We all laughed a lot, but the funniest thing we heard was a guy walking to the dining room who said, “Ok, we have now fasted for two hours. Time for another meal.”

The funniest sight was Gregory Case’s plate the night he ordered a steak and three scoops of plain mashed potatoes. The plate arrived with one scoop of potatoes and three steaks! 

Next up… Costa Rica and Mexico!

Have you ever cruised before? What is your favorite thing to eat on board?