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Archive for the ‘Road 2015- 20th Anniversary Show’ Category

2015 Featured Artist: Meet Sheila Frampton Cooper

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Award winning artist, Sheila Frampton Cooper, has come a long way in her six short years as a quilter. Sheila1Prior to quilting, Sheila had an extensive art background in oil, acrylic and watercolor painting, jewelry-making, and architectural photography. Her first foray in to quilting was in 2009 when she made quilts for the Project Linus. Sheila began working on her first art quilt in January of 2010 and completed that project in October of the same year. Titled, “Life in the City,” it was her first entry in to any quilt show. And that first quilt show just happened to be Road to California 2011!

[caption id="attachment_2845" align="aligncenter" width="497"]Life in the City by Sheila Frampton Cooper Life in the City by Sheila Frampton Cooper[/caption]

In 2013, Sheila was asked by Carolyn Reese to curate the special exhibit, Perspectives: Fantasy and Reality, which showcased quilts that were inspired by maps, aerial views and topography of actual or imaginary places. Then, in November 2013, Matt Reese asked her to be 2015’s featured artist.

Sheila’s favorite quilting technique is taking piecing, using her hand dyed fabrics, and pushing the piecing to “the max” using engineering, thought, consideration, and forward thinking to see, “how far I can go to bring my vision to life.” Sheila's work4

To prepare for her featured artist exhibit, Sheila began with Life in the City and created 7 new pieces just for the 2015 show.Sheila's work3

Sheila was so “grateful to be invited as the featured artist. I enjoyed interacting with the show attendees, and was thrilled to see my work on the cover of the catalog.”Sheila's work1

What does the future hold for this talented art quilter? Until April 4, 2015, a special exhibit she curated, Expressions in Equality, is on display at the Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles, in San Diego, CA. Sheila recently relocated to Pont Royal, Mallemort, France. Her new home in this small village is providing the inspiration for 10-12 new pieces she is currently creating for her next exhibit which will be shown at the European Patchwork Meeting being held September 16-19, 2015. 



The Best In Quilting 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Excellence in Longarm Quilting – Matilda

 Made and Quilted by Jocelyn Atkinson

Sponsored by American Professional Quilting Systems – $1,500 PrizeExcellance in Longarm Quilting


Excellence in Machine Quilting – A Letter Bit of Baaltimore

Made and Quilted by Janet Stone

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings – $1,500 PrizeExcellance in Machine Quilting

Excellence in Hand Quilting – White Bouquet

Made and Quilted by Mariko Duenwald

Sponsored by World of Quilt Travel – $1,500 PrizeExcellance in Hand Quilting


More Top Winning Quilts from Road 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Outstanding Modern Quilt – Keep It Simple

Made and Quilted by Jodi Robinson

Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co. –  $5,000 Prize

Outstanding Modern Quilt

 Outstanding Traditional Quilt – My Brunette Whig

Made by Gail Stepanek – Quilted by Jan Hutchison

Sponsored by ABM International/Innova – $5,000 PrizeOutstanding Traditoinal Quilt

  Best Use Of Color – Starlette

Made and Quilted by Cheryl L. See

Sponsored by Primitive Gatherings – $1,500 PrizeBest Use of Color



And The Winner Is….

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Introducing the top winning quilts for Road 2015

Best of Show – Vivaldi by Midnight 

Made and Quilted by Sandra Leichner

Sponsored by Gammill Quilting – $10,000 PrizeBest of Show

Marie White Masterpiece Award – On This Winter Day

Made by Nancy Prince — Quilted by Linda French

Sponsored by Road to Califorina, Inc. – $7,500 PrizeMasterpiece Award

 Director’s Choice – Juanita’s Pearl

Made and Quilted by Sue Hawkes

Sponsored by Moore’s Sewing Center – $5,000 PrizeDirector's Choice

Outstanding Art Quilt – Yellow Sky

Made and Quilted by Shirley Gisi

Sponsored by Handi Quilter – $5,000 PrizeOutstanding Art Quilt

Outstanding Innovative Quilt-Skyfall

Made by Kathie Beltz — Quilted by Mara Novak

Sponsored by SewBatik – $5,000 PrizeOutstanding Innovative Quilt



Let's have A Parade

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A 20th Anniversary deserves a special celebration. And that’s exactly what occurred on opening day of Road to California 2015.Band

At precisely 12:00 noon, the Colony High School Drumline (the official band of Road to California) led a parade through the Ontario Convention Exhibit Hall that included Road’s Founder, Carolyn Reese; Matt Reese, Road’s Manager; the Mayor of Ontario, Paul Leon; and representatives from San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman; Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez; and Senator Connie Leyva.  Also marching in the parade were John Flynn and Anita Shackelford, two of the first judges for Road; the five vendors who have been with Road for the past 20 years, and Fairy Earnest, who has had a quilt entered each of the 20 years.

The parade ended in the front of the hall where a podium was set up and a short program took place. Each of the dignitaries presented Carolyn and Road to California a certificate of recognition.Mayor presentation

After, Carolyn and Matt gave each of the 20 year participants, yellow roses in recognition of their long and committed involvement with the show. FlowersThe celebration concluded with confetti being shot in the air. A festive ending to a festive occasion.Confetti2

After the special celebration, Carolyn remarked, “I have been blessed to be able to work in a great industry since 1981. Thanks to all the suppliers, the sales reps, employees, and customers who worked with mother and I in The Fabric Patch days.  Road to California is another blessing. Special thanks to my family, friends, and employees for all your hard work. You, the customer, also deserves A BIG THANK YOU for without you, none of this would have happened. The quilting world is a great community!!!!”Carolyn

What a terrific way to start out the 2015 20th Anniversary Show.


Road 2015's Top 20

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Have you heard?

It’s Road to California’s 20th Anniversary

and we are celebrating with 20 things you won’t want to miss at this year’s show:

1)      Anniversary Celebration. Thursday, January 22nd at noon on the convention center main floor. Marching drumline, dignitaries, and special presentations._i4c2887[1]

2)      Quilts, Quilts, Quilts. Over 1,000 quilts will be on display

3)      Quilt Winners. Cash awards totaling $92,000 were given out this year.

4)      Vendor Mall. 220 Retailers with more than 700 merchant booths selling a wide variety of merchandise of interest to quilters, textile artists, home sewists, and crafters. Multiple locations: Exhibit Hall, Ballroom and Hall.   

5)      The Pavilion. First opening last year, the pavilion offers extra vendor space and is located adjacent to the south side of the convention center.

6)      Marketplace. Eight top manufacturers are available to talk with face to face, answer questions, and discuss their latest product line.

7)      Special Exhibits. There are 14 special exhibits including Fiber Art Celebrating 150 Years of California State Parks and Textile Art Inspired by the Beatles.

8)      Featured Artist. Meet award winning artist, Sheila Frampton Cooper.sheila_headshot_02

9)      Tentmakers of Cairo. Welcome Tarek Abdelhay and Hosam Hanafy from Egypt as they demonstrate the lost art of Egyptian applique. Egyptian Exhibit

10)  $5.00 Lectures. Each day, experts from various trades in the quilt world will be sharing their expertise. No advance registration is required. Sign up and pay that day.

11)  Road Booth. Purchase special show items including the 20th Anniversary commemorative Road to California fabric designed by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. Also, learn more about the 2016 Tote and Handbag Challenge.

12)  The Daily Drawing. Each day, a different prize will be offered. Thursday: Babylock Rachel Donated by Moore’s Sewing Center MSRP $699.00. Friday: Bernina Sewing Machine Donated by Mel’s Sewing Center. Saturday: Viking Sapphire 930 Donated by OC Sewing MSRP: $1899.98. Sunday: La Cresta Premiere Work Station Donated by Martelli. MSRP: $3,250. Daily drawing tickets are available at the North Information Desk. The drawing is conducted daily at 3 PM. Must enter daily; only one entry per person; and winner must be present to win.

13)   Quilt Appraisals. Certified appraisers from the American Quilter’s Society are on hand to appraise quilts and answer questions.

14)  Sack Sitters. Boy Scout Troop 628 is available in Room 2 to watch over purchases, quilt supplies and/or sewing machines for a minimal donation.  

15)  Local Quilt Guilds. Each day of the show, different guilds have tables set up in the north end of the arcade, displaying their raffle quilts._i4c3326

16)  Complimentary Show Book. This is the first year all attendees get a show book for free with their admission thanks to our Bronze Sponsors.  

17)  Contest Entries for Sale. Eligible quilts will be specially marked for sale.

18)   Food. The Ontario Convention Center offers delicious food choices including California Pizza Kitchen. Food stations are located throughout the convention center.

19)  Great Weather. The forecast for Ontario, Califorina during Road to California is:

Thursday: 73° and partly cloudy

Friday: 74° and sunny

Saturday: 77° and sunny

Sunday: 80° and sunny

20)  Family Feel. For 20 years, Carolyn Reese and her family have offered the best quilt show in the west!! _i4c4160pg

Enjoy the Show!!


Five Special Vendors

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Road to California 2015 – 20th Anniversary Show will have 220 retailers set up more than 700 merchant booths devoted to selling a wide variety of merchandise of interest to quilters, textile artists, home sewist, and crafters.  Of those 220 retailers, there are five vendors who have been with Road from the first year:

ABC PatternsABC Booth Pics

Sally Bertetto, owner of ABC Patterns, remembers that in 1996, their dimensional patterns were VERY popular as well as their applique tools like mini-irons. In 2015, they have more patterns to choose from including at least 20 new paper piecing patterns, large baby quilt patterns, dimensional quilt patterns, redwork patterns, stained glass patterns, applique patterns, mini-quilt patterns, and more….patterns that is…  They will also carry some applique tools and small lightboxes, as well as some very nice hand dyed fabrics. 

ABC Patterns is thankful to be a part of Road for the past 20 years. Sue would like to wish Carolyn, “The very best this next year.  May her quilts shine bright above her mantle (or on her wall or bed), may she learn new quilting techniques, may her quilts touch the hearts of those around her, may she meet new quilting friends, and may she have fun quilting this next year!”

Pincushion BoutiqueST-country_elegance-SM

Pincushion Boutique, which carries Sweet Treats™, the coordinated groups of eight fat-quarters, uniquely named and tied with a ribbon, have been grateful to see the transformation of Road from a little “quilt shop” in 1996 to a national vendor and quilt show in 2015. Owner, Mary Hubka, reflected on the quality of the show for the past 20 years. Says Mary, “Carolyn has maintained the integrity of the show since the beginning.  The quilts are outstanding, and so are the vendors, which many shows can’t claim. We tell everyone across the country to come and check it out for themselves.  We’ve had many, many of our customers do just that!”

This year, Pincushion Boutique will not only have an assortment of Sweet Treats™ in their booth but also Pressed For Time Quiltworks patterns (they are the original designers) and Snuggle Upkits  that all use Sweet Treats™ interchangeably. In addition, they will have an abundance of specialty kits, including a salute to Frozen with a cuddly minkee back.

Mary wishes Carolyn “continued success” and thanks her for the opportunity to be a part of Mary’s “favorite show in the country.” 

Prize PossessionsPrize Posessions

Back in 1996, Prize Possessions owned by Susan and Allan Baker, made jewelry from antique and collectible buttons and somehow got named the “button people” which has stuck until this day. Susan remarked, “Just like 20 years ago, we still have the name Prize Possessions and we still make jewelry from antique and collectible buttons.  We like to think our skills and the quality of our jewelry has improved with age and experience.”

Susan added, “It feels great to be at Road for 20 years although it makes us feel a little old. However, we just like to think of ourselves as ‘experienced’. We have seen lots of changes over the years and have had many memorable experiences. I will never forget the day the Santa Ana winds almost blew us all away. I also remember the move from the Hilton to the new Convention Center. It was great to have so much room and such a beautiful facility to work in.”

“Allan and I wish Carolyn continued success. She has always been a good friend and a first class promoter. Road is a great show and it is definitely due to Carolyn’s talent and hard work as well as the great work of her outstanding staff.”  


Janet and Tom Stocker remember Road’s first show in 1996. Says Janet, “We were fortunate enough to be at the inception of helpful gadgets, notions, and even CD’s with tutorials. It was an exciting time in the quilting business. New techniques were introduced and more books made variations to the original books.” That year, TreadleArt featured in their booth a lot of books, patterns, and new notions and gadgets just coming onto the market. Janet recalls, “Do you remember the adjustable cutting table; rolling cutters and mats; Laurel Burch bags; the walking foot; the Open Toe Applique foot which was the first device to hold your quilt while you did free motion quilting?”

Look for books having to do with quilting plus lots of notions, patterns, and rulers that make quilting more fun and accurate in this year’s TreadleArt booth.

On Road’s 20th Anniversary, the Stockers hope Carolyn can relax and that Matt keeps up the good work. Wallow in your accomplishments and remain excited about what is to come.” 

Treasures of the GypsyTreasures of the Gypsey

In 1996, Treasures of the Gypsy had a small 10X10 booth that featured four art dolls and one small art quilt on display. Says owner Pamela Armas, “ It feels great to have been a part of this show for 20 years and having watched it grow from Carolyn’s dream to one of the largest and most impressive shows in the country. We have always felt like we were part of the ‘Road’ family. Carolyn has been a good example for us all. Now after 20 years, I feel like ‘dead Gypsy walking’ But at least I am still walking!!”

This year, Treasures of the Gypsy will have lots of new fabrics, embellishments and patterns plus a huge selection of trims, braids, and ribbons to co-ordinate with all the fabrics. There will also be 160 art dolls on display with some new surprises!! 

“The Gypsies wish for Carolyn healthy years to come and some well-deserved REST!”

Road to California thanks these five special vendors for being with us for 20 years and we hope 20 more.




Marketplace: No Middleman Here

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

In most retail situations, the consumer has no choice but to talk to a middleman seller when asking questions about a particular product or service. What would happen if the middleman was cut out and you, the consumer, could learn directly from the wholesaler about the product you were interested in?

Well, that is exactly what Road’s newest feature – Marketplace — is all about.  Carolyn Reese has come up with a way for guests at the show to meet and ask questions directly with top manufacturers in the quilting industry. And it gives the wholesalers a chance to meet their buying public face-to-face, share their techniques and introduce what is up and coming with their product line. 

Eight exhibitors will be stationed in the Marketplace which is located at the front of the Exhibit Hall, right where Road’s guests first come in. Exhibitors that will be in the Marketplace include:

Robert Kaufman Co., Inc.Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Clover USAClover USA

Shannon FabricsShannon Fabrics

Riley Blake Designs

Riley Blake Designs

Maywood Studio/EE Schenck CompanyMaywood Studio

Marcus Brothers TextilesMarcus Brothers Textiles

Michael Miller FabricsMichael Miller

Hoffman California FabricsHoffman California

This is not a purchase area. Rather, it an area that provides knowledge and expertise from the wholesalers themselves. 

Learn from the industry’s leaders. Experience firsthand what is new. Visit Marketplace.



Road 2015 Faculty: Meet Jenny Bowker, International Quilter

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Tentmakers of Cairo demonstrators, Tarek Abdelhay and Hosam Hanafy,  3017C Tentmaker Work. Jenny will also be teaching on her own  two day classes on Thursday and Friday,  4501C Shimmering Triangles and on Saturday and Sunday, 6701C Images in Appliqué

Jenny Bowker bio

An Australia native, Jenny Bowker’s quilt journey began thanks to her husband’s assignment as a diplomat for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the Middle East. When her husband first moved to Gaza, Jenny had some time on her hands. She and her children couldn’t join him for about six months as it took that long for them to get into high school there. Her part time job had just run out of funding. And while she had recently finished her full time degree in Visual Arts, she was all “painted out.” How did she fill her free time? Jenny bought some fabric and equipment and decided to make a quilt “just for fun.” Today, much of Jenny’s quilt inspiration comes from living fifteen years in Arab and Islamic countries. 

Jenny likes to read and travel and has become an internationally known quilt teacher. She has taught in the USA, Brazil, South Africa, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Thailand, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Dubai, Turkey, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, Syria, New Zealand and of course, her home country of Australia. She had an exhibition in Malta and taught at the University there this past December. Her biggest trip was when she went to America, worked in California for two weeks, arrived home in Canberra, Australia for three hours and then had to board a plane again for London.

Mohamed Sa'ad in Cairo Quilt by Jenny Bowker. Photo by Daniel Heather.

Mohamed Sa’ad in Cairo
Quilt by Jenny Bowker. Photo by Daniel Heather.

Her favorite class that she has taught was one she gave in Ramallah. It was four intensive weeks teaching three classes each day, six days a week, and all the women she taught ended as patchwork teachers.

Ramallah was also the place for one of her funniest teaching moments. She had a standing arrangement for a cab to collect her for class every morning. One morning it was sleeting – the wind was blowing a mix of snow and ice sideways. If she had waited outside the wall, she was in the snow. If she waited inside the walled area, the taxi would not have been able to see her. So she decided to wait outside. When she finally made it to the class, the organizer explained her situation and scolded her in front of everyone: “You must ask the girls to bring you a chair, and wait inside. Then, with the driver comes, he will make horny noises to you.” Jenny choked on her mouthful of coffee – and worse – she couldn’t even explain why she found this so funny as the organizer was a very proper, elderly Palestinian lady.

What does Jenny like best about teaching? “The lift of joy in the room as students start to get excited about what they are seeing coming together in front of them.” She hopes her students at Road come out of her classes stimulated, excited and invigorated; looking at the whole world differently as they realize that their quilting horizons have just opened right up.

Jenny’s favorite quilting tip is to remember that all the processes of quilting are easy if you consider them as one tiny step at a time. She added, “I give a LOT of tips in my classes.”

To learn more about Jenny, go to her website, jennybowker.com

Meet Fairy Earnest: 20 Years of Road to California Quilt Entries

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

City of Orange, California resident, Fairy Earnest, has submitted her hand applique quilt entries each and every year of Road to California – the only entrant to achieve this great accomplishment.Fairy Earnest

Fairy was born New Year’s Eve in 1925. She was raised in the small town of Rock City, Illinois, population 100.  She later moved to Rockford, Illinois where she worked, married and began raising her family of two daughters and one son. Today, her family includes her children’s spouses, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She has lived in Illinois, Phoenix, Arizona, and for the past 32 years in Orange, California. From the backyard of her house, you can see Camp Pendleton Marine Base to the south, the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island to the west and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium and Disneyland to the north.

Fairy began quilting in the 1960’s. Her husband worked long hours and she was looking for something to occupy her time with that she could do with her hands. She first saw a tulip quilt pattern in a farm magazine and taught herself how to do the appliqueing. Since that first quilt, she has “found her own way” with needle turn appliqueing – the only technique she uses. Fairy quilts every day. She says it is her form of “relaxation and sanity.”Fairy Earnest3

Fairy participated in her first quilt contest in 1989. A friend who lived in Wisconsin encouraged Fairy to enter the Quilt Expo in Madison. Fairy couldn’t believe her quilt was show worthy. She let her friend take her quilt and enter it in the show and ended up winning recognitions that first year and for several years after. From that Wisconsin show, Fairy was invited to participate in the first AQS Quilt Week in Tennessee and was later honored as one of their “Artists of the Year,” with 23 of her quilts on display. In all, Fairy has entered her quilts in 35-40 shows winning many awards. She enjoys the “fun and challenge” of creating an award winning quilt.

[caption id="attachment_2769" align="aligncenter" width="535"]Fairy Earnest2 Fairy and her most famous award winning quilt[/caption]

Fairy is Road to California’s only 20 year quilt contest entrant. She has taken home many quilt prizes over the years from the show and in 2001, was Road to California’s Featured Artist. She likes that Road is close by and easy to get to. Fairy goes to Road every year with a friend who  travels from Alabama to attend. 

[caption id="attachment_2771" align="aligncenter" width="609"]Fairy Earnest4 Fairy’s latest project: Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley[/caption]

What advice does this 89 year old, award winning, Quilters Hall of Fame quilter have for those interested in quilting? “Enjoy it. Have fun. Take classes to learn things and meet other quilting people. The more you quilt the better you get.”

Meet Fairy Earnest at Road to California’s 2015 20th Anniversary Kick-Off at noon on January 22nd on the trade floor.