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Text in Textiles

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Julie Silber presented a fascinating lecture during Road@Home May, Text in Textiles. She organized her lecture by quilt technique and theme, giving background on quilts that featured letters, text, and messages.

Who is Julie Silber?

Julie Silber was a unique presenter at a quilt conference because she is not a quilter or quilt maker. Rather, she is a collector and dealer of quilts.

Text in Textiles

Julie is one of the world’s most respected quilt experts. She has been selling antique quilts to museums, businesses, and individuals since 1968. Julie was the curator of the world-renowned Esprit Quilt Collection in San Francisco and is the co-author of the critically acclaimed books, Hearts and Hands and Amish: The Art of the Quilt. She has curated two of the most respected quilt exhibitions of modern times — those at The Oakland Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Finding Text in Textiles

Julie Silber’s specialty is buying, selling, and appraising antique quilts made between 1780 and 1950. Where has she found text in textiles during this date span?

Inscribed in Quilting

Pieced Letters

Text in Textiles

Religious Themes

Text in Textiles

Appliqued Letters

Text in Textiles

Printed or Woven in the Fabric

Text in Textiles


Text in Textiles

Song of Songs

Text in Textiles
Family History or Causes


Text in Textiles

Julie fascinated her class with her knowledge and unique examples. She offers to share her collections of quilts with guilds are as a special exhibit. To learn more about Julie, please visit her website.

Have you made or own a quilt that has text in textiles?

More Fabric Dyeing Tips

Friday, June 4th, 2021

Cheryl Lynch is a quilter, designer, author, teacher, and fabric designer. She taught a workshop at Road@Home May, sharing her fabric dyeing tips.

fabric dyeing tips

Cheryl spent a lot of time at the beginning of her workshop demonstrating how to prepare for the fabric dyeing process. That preparation was covered in a previous Road to California blog post. The following fabric dyeing tips are for when you are ready to begin the actual dyeing.

Dye Activator

Before the class, Cheryl had her students purchase a dye gradation kit of their choice from Pro Chem. Each kit came with three packages of dye, measuring about 10 grams each. In addition to the dye, students also had to purchase a dye activator. This product is what sets the dye by bonding the color to the fabric. It is a Ph changer. You can use it one of two ways: either use it when washing the fabric before dyeing or use it with the dyes as you are dyeing.

fabric dyeing tips

The type of dye activator Cheryl uses is called a synthrapol: “a special detergent used in pre-scouring fibers before dyeing, and in washing out fiber reactive dyes after dyeing. It is also sometimes used as a surfactant or wetting agent to improve dye penetration.

A synthrapol detergent contains long, thin molecules which each have one end that “likes” oily substances, and another end that “likes” water. Detergent molecules will completely surround a tiny particle of something too oily to be washed away by water alone, leaving just their water-loving ‘tails’ sticking out, to be easily swept away by the water. Water is the strongest of all solvents, but it requires detergents to wash away oily substances.”

Add ½ to 1 cup of dye activator to a gallon of water.

30 Dyes for 30 Fabrics

The three dyes were first mixed in juice bottles then transferred a little bit at a time into condiment squeeze bottles. Cheryl recommended labeling A, B, or C on the shoulder of the squeeze bottle so that you can see which color dye you are using. Refill the squeeze bottles during the mixing process.

Fabric dyeing tips

Starting with 3 ½ yards of fabric, cut the fabric into fat eighths. Label each piece 1 to 30 to correspond with the mixing cups or baggies. This helps you keep track of the color gradations. Put each piece of fabric in the corresponding cup or baggie.

Begin the dyeing process by adding two tablespoons of water to each fabric filled cup.

Cheryl shared that there are two ways to dye:

  1. Add dye to the fabric then add the dye activator. If you were to omit the activator, Cheryl commented that fabric would be pale in color.
  2. Soak the fabric first in the dye activator before you dye. This method is especially good for tie dyeing and is the method that Cheryl prefers. She told her students, “This works for me but we are all creative. If you have a better way – do it.”

Follow the color mixing using the formulas that come with the dye chart. The longer you let the fabric sit in the dye, the deeper the color will be. Cheryl said she likes to leave the fabric in the dye overnight to create the darkest, richest colors.    

Fabric dyeing tips

If you don’t do anything to the fabric after you add the dye, the end result will be a “mottled” color. Stirring or squishing the fabric changes what the result will look like.

Cheryl added these fabric dyeing tips before she let her students start creating: “Be sure to rinse and mark everything after each step so you don’t get mixed up in case you get distracted.” And finally, “Dyeing fabric takes time. Go slowly and take frequent breaks.

If you want to learn more about Cheryl Lynch, please visit her website.

Dye Your Own Fabric

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Cheryl Lynch taught a class during Road@Home May on how you can dye your own fabric.

Why Learn How to Dye Your Own Fabric?

For one reason, Cheryl pointed out that purchasing hand dyed fabric is expensive. She also said that when you dye your own fabric, “You get a surprise every time!!”  

Dye your own fabric

Students in her class had their reasons why they wanted to learn how to dye their own fabric. Cathy, from Kentucky, always wanted to learn the process. Sally from Los Angeles and Sonja from New Mexico had both dyed fabric before but were interested in learning Cheryl’s techniques. And Janet, from Los Angeles County said she likes to “learn new things.”

Preparation for Dyeing

Cheryl was a chemist “in my previous life” so being around chemicals is nothing new for her. However, she knows that isn’t true for most fabric artists, so she spends a lot of time at the beginning of her classes demonstrating how to prepare for dyeing before actually doing the process.

One preparation tip when you dye your own fabric: Never use the same utensils you use for dyeing for eating food. A residue always stays behind and cloth dyes are poisonous.

Another tip: Don’t store leftover fabric dye in the refrigerator. Again, you wouldn’t want someone to accidentally mistake the fabric dye for a beverage.

Supplies you want on hand to mix the dyes: Either plastic cups or baggies. Plastic cups make it easy to mix up the dyes and put the fabric in. They aren’t recommended to use if you have children or cats that could knock them over.

Baggies work best if there is a chance for any disturbances. They also help to distribute the dye better when you dye your own fabric.

Dye your own fabric

There should be one baggie or cup for every fat quarter you are dyeing. For this class, students used cups and had 30 fat quarters to dye. Cups were numbered 1 – 30 with a Sharpie marker for each of the dye selections. Cheryl said to also use the Sharpie marker to mark 4 cups on a plastic pitcher, so you don’t have to measure the amount every time.

Another important supply is empty juice bottles. You will also need enough juice bottles depending on how many dyes you are working with. For this class, students had three different dyes. They marked their juice bottles A, B, and C for the three different dyes.

Dye your own fabric

A tablespoon measuring spoon and a plastic spoon for each cup or baggie rounds out your supplies.  

Mixing the Dyes

Cheryl recommends Pro Chem dyes when you dye your own fabric. They have lots of color palettes and come with instructions on how to mix the different color variants.

When mixing the dyes, wear gloves and an apron. If you get dye on your hands or clothes, it will stain. Cheryl said it takes several days for it to wash out of your hands.   

Dye your own fabric

There is a warning when you dye your own fabric: don’t breathe in the dye powder. Cheryl recommends wearing a mask or holding your breath. Once the dye is mixed in the water, it’s safe to breathe.    

Another tip for mixing the dye is to start with a little water in your juice bottles, add dye, shake and then fill with the rest of the 4 cups of water. Twist the cap on tight and give it a good shake.

In our next blog post, we’ll share Cheryl’s technique on how to apply the dye to fabric.    

Change Up Your Quilt Stitching

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Catherine Redford taught the class, Walking Foot Quilting, at Road@Home May. After talking about how to prepare your quilt to do some Walking Foot Quilting, she introduced different ways to spruce up quilt stitching by going beyond simply “stitching in a ditch.”

quilt stitching

Pay attention to Pressed Seams

Traditional “stitch in a ditch” means you are stitching down the middle of a seam and are just stitching thread on thread. Catherine suggests stitching instead according to your pressed seam. If you pressed your seams open, quilt to either side of the seam which Catherine says is much more “prettier.” You can decide how far away you want to stitch from the middle. Catherine prefers stitching a quarter inch on either side.

If you pressed your seams to one side, always stitch to the lower side of the seam- the side that doesn’t have the bulk of the fabric pressed to it. Get as close to the seam line as possible.      

Either way, choose a thread color that disappears into the fabric.

Build on Straight Lines

The more straight lines you add to your quilting stitches, the more dimension your quilt will have.

Catherine’s favorite way to mark the original straight lines is to use painter’s tape. Because painter’s tape is very sticky and gum up your needle, Catherine recommends putting the edge of the pressure foot up against the edge of the tape. Remove the tape and then follow your original stitching line. Go back and forth stitching your lines starting in a different direction each time.

quilt stitching

Do your first go around of lines ½” apart. Then go back and do ¼”. Finally, go back and go 1/8” apart which is referred to as matchstick quilting. Catherine said not to worry if the lines aren’t exact. The more lines, the more texture.

A tip Catherine shared if your stitches start to pull and create tucks in your lines, reduce the pressure on the pressure foot.

Change Up Regular Stitches

Whatever stitch you use, try lengthening the stitch to 3 and widening the stitch to 5.

Instead of using a plain straight stitch, Catherine suggests quilting with one of your machine’s decorative stitches. Her go-to stitch is the serpentine. Using a serpentine stitch cuts down on the time it takes to quilt. Heavyweight thread is recommended and always play with the quilt stiching first. When making the next line, put the edge of the foot along the hills of the stitch. As always, it doesn’t matter if you are exact or not.

quilt stitching

Combine Different Stitches

Don’t just use the same stitch throughout the quilt. For each line, mix it up. For instance, start off stitching a line using a straight stitch, then zig zag for a few inches, then go back to straight stitching. Keep alternating until you get to the end of a row. Change directions and repeat.

quilt stitching

A warning that Catherine gave was when you go to change the stitch in a line, don’t have your needle down in your work. Keep it up to make sure your stitch stays firm.   

Creating Spirals

Spirals look intimidating but Catherine said they aren’t too complicated.

Divide the quilt into mini squares and create a grid in the background using a thread color that will disappear into the fabric. For the spiral, use a heavier weight thread and a number 10 topstitch needle.

quilt stitching

Start quilt stitching the spiral in the middle of your design by making just one stitch, holding both threads in your hand. Turn the fabric slightly and make two stitches. Turn slightly and make three stitches, turn, and continue. Go slow at first. The farther out you go, you can go faster with this quilt stitching.   

As Catherine Redford pointed out in her Road@Home May class, using different types of quilt stitching with your Walking Foot Quilting is fun and will add a unique texture to any quilt.

Walking Foot Quilting Lecture

Friday, May 21st, 2021

Catherine Redford gave a lecture on Walking Foot Quilting on the first day of Road@Home May – Road to California’s online Quilt Conference. Classes and Lectures for Road@Home May began Friday, May 21st and continue through Sunday, May 23rd.

walking foot quilting

Catherine presented the lecture from her Zoom Studio at her home in Naperville, Illinois. A quilt book author and 2016 Bernina Brand Ambassador, she has been quilting since 1998 and has been teaching since 2003. Catherine noted at the beginning of the lecture, that she has taught this Walking Foot Quilting Lecture to hundreds and thousands of people.

Basting is a Critical Step

Before Catherine demonstrated various walking foot quilting techniques, she explained that preparation is a very important step. She shared that you should be thinking about how you will be quilting your quilt as you are doing your piecing.

Pressing is another important step; you can never press too much said Catherine. You choose which way you want to press your seams in piecing: either to one side or open down the middle. Catherine noted that it doesn’t matter which method you use, just press!!!

Build your quilt sandwich preferably on a flat table space using binder clips to hold it down. Press the backing and put it down first, followed by the batting and then the quilt top which has also been well pressed.

walking foot quilting

To hold the quilt sandwich together for walking foot quilting, Catherine prefers using Size 1 safety pins which come in two styles: straight and curved. Catherine said you can’t use too many pins. She is known to have used 300 pins in a lap quilt!! Catherine added that because you use so many pins, the basting process does take a while. “Go slow” and be intentional in your pinning. Leave them open as you put them down in case you have to move some around. Catherine starts with a straight line in the middle and works her way out in sections. To close the pins, she uses the first quilting tool that she ever bought: Kwik Klip. “It really saves my fingers,” remarked Catherine.  

walking foot quilting

What is a Walking Foot?

A walking foot attaches a second set of feed dogs to your stitching. It works in conjunction with a sewing machine’s built-in feed dogs to pull fabric through evenly.

walking foot quilting

Most walking foots need to be purchased separately from your regular sewing machine attachments. Having a open sole plate is important as it helps you see where your stitching is going.

Walking Foot Quilting Basics

Catherine said there are two purposes to quilting: 1) to attach 3 layers of a quilt together to make it functional and 2) to make a quilt prettier than when you started. Walking foot quilting not only makes the quilt prettier but also adds texture.

Basic tips to remember with all walking foot quilting include:

Use a new, 80 sharp needle (needles should be replaced after 6 hours of sewing)

Use 60 weight thread

Hold on to the thread tails when you start to avoid bird nests

Use the straight stitch default on your machine and keep tension in the middle

Use your hands as a “hoop” to guide your work through. Your hands move with the fabric.

walking foot quilting

Stop often to either add or remove pins

Work at a speed that is comfortable for you.

The remainder of the lecture time was spent by Catherine demonstrating different walking foot quilting techniques and designs. These techniques will be featured in a future Road to California blog post.

Catherine Redford was a great presenter to start off the first day of Road@Home May lectures. She will be teaching two quilt classes on Sunday, May 23rd: Walking Foot Quilting and English Paper Piecing (which is sold out).  To read more about Catherine Redford and her walking foot quilting, please visit our blog or her website.  

Winning Quilt: In Respect for Craftsman

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Masako Sanada won First Place in the Category, “What You Think You See,” for her quilt,  In Respect for Craftsman

  In Respect for Craftsmen

Meet Masako Sanada

Masako Sanada was one of three Japanese quilters who won an award during Road@Home in January, 2021. Her entry, In Respect for Craftsman, won first place.

Masako says that she considers “sewing to be my life’s work.” She has loved to sew since she was four or five years old. Her mother gave her “sewing tools” and Masako said that that gift made her “so happy.” The first thing she set out to sew were doll clothes and accessories from scraps of fabric.

By the time Masako was in elementary school, she moved on to sewing her own clothes and also started making patchwork bags. Later, when she graduated from a fashion college, Masako worked as a fashion designer for about 10 years. She quit that job when she got married but continued to design and sew quilts while raising her children. 

Masako said she was challenged to enter a quilt contest in the United States in 2016 where she ended up winning an award. She has also won the grand prize in an international quilt contest held in Japan in 2018.  

Making In Respect for Craftsman

Masako was aware of the Road to California quilt contests. She had been very impressed with the beautiful winning entries from past contests. Although she felt that her lack of knowing English might be a hinderance, she decided to give submitting one of her quilts a try.

It took Masako 10 months to make, In Respect for Craftsman.  Masako said that the inspiration for the quilt “came from parquets, one of the traditional Japanese crafts. Masako said that she respected “the aspiration of craftsmen to master their craft.”

Masako created the design “with a sense of movement and rhythm” that came to her mind. Japanese kimono fabrics (silk and cotton) were the basis of this work. The techniques that she incorporated into In Respect for Craftsman, included Machine Piecing, Hand piecing, Hand Applique, Hand Quilting, and Beading.

In Respect for craftsman

Winning at Road@Home

Masako explained that it is very difficult for an Japanese artist to submit a quilt in international quilt shows due to the international parcel post service from Japan being stopped. For that reason, she welcomes the opportunity to enter virtual shows where she doesn’t have to ship her work.

When she found out that she had won a prize, she “couldn’t believe it, but at the same time I felt very grateful and honored.”

What will Masako be working on after In Respect for Craftsman? She is hoping to finish her current quilting project by the end of the year for an exhibit that is being put together in December.   

Handi Quilter Classes at Road@Home May

Friday, May 14th, 2021

Handi Quilter Classes at Road@Home May include the following Longarm Lecture/Demo classes, all taught by teachers who are National Educators with Handi Quilter:

On Friday:

F116 – Build Your Own Edge To Edge Design with Debra Brown

Handi Quilter Classes

F117 – Feathers, Feathers, Feathers! with Alllson Spence

Handi Quilter Classes

On Saturday:

SA115 – Using Rulers On A Longarm Machine with Debra Brown

Handi Quilter Classes

SA116 – Free Motion Quilting: The Five Basics with Allison Spence

Handi Quilter Classes

On Sunday:

SU116 – To Form A More Perfect Feather with Debra Brown

Handi Quilter Classes

SU117 – Free Motion Quilting – Beyond The Basics with Allison Spence

Handi Quilter Classes

SU120 – Fun Fills And Overall Quilting Designs with Megan Best

Handi Quilter Classes

In addition, Megan Best will be teaching this Hands-On Longarm Class on Sunday:

SU119 – Linework: A Modern Take On Longarm Quilting

Handi Quilter Classes

Handi Quilter

Since 1999, Handi Quilter has been a worldwide leader for longarm machines, for both stand-up and sit-down quilting.

It all began when the company’s founder, Laurel Barrus, was looking for a way to do her quilting at her family cabin. She couldn’t find what she was looking for – a portable quilt frame that could be used with her home sewing machine. Laurel came up with a prototype and took it to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. On the first day of the festival, she called her fabricators and told them she had received enough orders to keep them busy until Christmas!!!

Since that beginning, Handi Quilter continued to evolve, creating a longarm machine (the HQ Sweet 16) for the home environment. Today, the are industry leaders in safety, customer relations and technical solutions.     

Meet the Educators

Handi Quilter has made three remarkable educators available to present their longarm skills to attendees in Handi Quilter Classes at Road@Home May:   

Megan Best: A native of NW Washington, Megan has always loved fabrics and made her first quilt while in high school. She continued to foster this love throughout her education, achieving degrees in apparel design and merchandising/textiles. Thousands of quilts later, she still loves to create.

Megan’s career in the fabric industry includes experience in fabric stores, retail management, quilt shop ownership, and as a professional longarm quilter. She excels in both computerized and free-motion quilting, winning many ribbons at local and national shows. She loves her HQ18 Avanté® and HQ Pro-Stitcher®.

Megan’s teaching career includes experience as a college instructor, a quilting teacher for local guilds and retail shops, and an instructor at national and international machine quilting shows.

Debra Brown: The last time Debra was at Road to California was at Road’s 25th Anniversary Show in 2020.  Debra started sewing at a young age and transitioned into quilting while expecting her first child. Over thirty years and thousands of quilts later, she is an award-winning quilter who has published quilts, patterns, articles and columns in major quilting magazines, and authored 2 books. She teaches at national and international quilting shows, has filmed HQ Sweet Sixteen® instructional DVDs and has taught multiple machine quilting classes on Craftsy.

Since Debra’s relationship with Handi Quilter began a decade ago, she has owned almost every machine produced by Handi Quilter. She currently quilts using the HQ Sweet Sixteen®, the HQ Simply Sixteen®, the HQ Fusion® with Pro-Stitcher® and the entire family of HQ Stitch® machines. Debra is obsessed with the precision of ruler quilting on domestic, sit-down and longarm machines and spices up those lines with whimsical free-motion quilting that appeals to quilters of all skill levels.

When not traveling to spread her fun brand of quilting, Debra creates in her studio in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Allison Spence: Allison currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has had a long association with crafting in the form of knitting, sewing and quilting. Her introduction to quilting was a tied quilt given to her newborn daughter by her sister-in-law almost 40 years ago. Allison enjoys all areas of quilting but prefers simple piecing designs, so she can get to the quilting part!

After quilting many large quilts on a domestic sewing machine, Allison purchased an HQ Sweet Sixteen® sit down machine which was well used for many years.She now owns an HQ Avanté® with Pro-Stitcher Premium and an HQ Amara and loves the freedom of quilting both smaller and larger projects with ease.

Allison has an education degree from the University of Manitoba and many years’ experience teaching aquatics. She began teaching sewing and quilting while working at a sewing machine dealer in Calgary, Alberta. She has owned her own fabric store and sewing school. She now has a studio and classroom in her home and does customer quilts, as well as longarm machine rentals, and offers a variety of sewing and quilting classes.

Taking great pleasure in teaching the basic and intermediate skills in all areas of quilting, Allison encourages students to go further and see what they can do on their own. She especially loves to quilt and teach feathers.

If you’re looking to begin longarm quilting or want to improve your current longarm skills, you won’t want to miss these Handi Quilter Classes with exceptional Handi Quilter Educators.

Double Quilt Winner, Sachiko Chiba

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Sachiko Chiba was a double quilt winner during Road@Home. Both quilts were entered in the category, “Could Be Grandma’s Quilt.”

First Place – RONDO

Double quilt winner

Honorable Mention- Flower News

Double quilt winner

Meet Sachiko Chiba

Japanese double quilt winner, Sachiko Chiba, will be the first to tell you that “I’m not good at English.” But that doesn’t matter when it comes to her award-winning quilting.

A quilter for over 29 years, Sachiko first got interested in quilting when she moved to the country. She saw a small quilt exhibition featuring “very beautiful” quilts. Sachiko recalls, “I was so impressed that I got goosebumps and I was fascinated” by the beautiful quilts on display. She knew right then and there that she wanted to make a beautiful quilt by herself. At the time, she thought she was too old to start; she was “already 32 years old.”

Sachiko is a veteran of several quilt contests. She has entered her work in the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in Japan, Road to California, AQS Quiltweek, and IQA in Houston.

Making Flower News

Flower News is Sachiko’s original design. Sachiko carefully chose the fabric to accurately represent the actual color of the many kinds of flowers. The flowers are appliqued onto the quilt while the leaves and other flowers are embroidered.


For this first-place winner, Sachiko wanted “to express the competition of flowers in a quilt, just as flowers dance in a circle. And I wanted to use orchids to create an acanthus pattern.” It took Sachiko one and a half years to make this second quilt that was a double quilt winner.

The techniques in both quilts used hand applique, hand quilting, hand embroidery, machine piecing, beading, and Trapunto.

Road@Home Quilt Contest

Sachiko was aware that quilters from all over the world have entered Road to California quilt contests. She had previously entered in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 contests. Each time, she found the experience to be “very inspiring for me” and she gained “valuable experience.”

As a double quilt winner, Sachiko wanted to thank the judges and sponsors and was looking forward to receiving her prize winnings.

What’s up next for Sachiko? “I will finish the applique of my new flower quilt” and she is going to look forward to entering in the next in-person Road to California Quilt Contest.

Jenny K. Lyon Road@Home May Teacher

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Jenny K. Lyon will be teaching 2 classes on Sunday, May 23rd during Road@Home May:

SU108 – Free Motion Fills And Frills 1 from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Jenny K. Lyon

SU112 – Free Motion Fills And Frills 2 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jenny K. Lyon

Jenny will also be presenting a lecture on Saturday, May 22nd from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

SAL04 – Quilting Is A Contact Sport!

Jenny K. Lyon

Overcoming Sports Boredom

Jenny K. Lyon said she got into quilting because she “needed something to do while Hubby watched sports.” She wanted to be at home, doing something enjoyable and creative. Since three generations before her quilted, it wasn’t a big stretch for her to take up quilting.

Jenny made her first quilt in the 1980’s. which to her “seems so long ago.” When she and her family moved to California in 1999, she took a quilt class and hasn’t stopped since.

Jenny is quilts on a domestic machine. She started quilting when they moved to California because they “were house poor” and sending out her quilts to be quilted was not a option. Jenny recalls, “I think that, more than anything else, made me the free motion quilter I am today. There was no choice – I HAD to get good at free motion quilting.”

Jenny Lyon started out making traditional bed quilts, then moved into art quilts, a natural progression for her. She didn’t want to work from patterns and she quickly realized that she only needed a few bed quilts. Because she enjoyed the quilting process so much, she immersed herself in making whole cloth quilts. “The line created by thread essentially sculpts the surface of the quilt and I love that.”

Creative Space

Two bedrooms in Jenny’s home have been converted into an office and a studio. Both rooms are bright and edited – because Jenny says, “I get distracted by clutter.” She is mindful about every item that she brings into her space. She strives to have her office and studio be a place of joy and creativity. Comments Jenny, “I love being in there.”

Her BERNINA sewing machine faces a window with a gorgeous view.  She has a custom cutting table made for her at just-the-right height. Fully extended it is 36 x 72.  Jenny’s stash lives in a small walk-in closet and some of it spills into her office space next door.

Jenny K. Lyon

Teaching Online

Jenny K. Lyon shared that her greatest joy comes from teaching. It is a special moment when she sees her student “get it” and they realize they CAN free motion quilt their own work on their home machine. “The joy and creativity that comes from that is priceless and a beauty to behold.”

A teacher since 2006, Jenny is constantly improving her delivery style. She says that her “biggest improvement has been in my videos. I found that videos work so much better for my students than live stitching. I put my camera right in front of the needle (not to the side) which gives a perfect view, one you would see while sitting at your own machine. I speed up some parts and pull in very close in others. I’m proud of these new videos!”

For Road@Home May, Jenny can’t wait to meet her students, helping them achieve confidence and joy in free motion quilting as well as adding more designs to add to their quilts.

To learn more about Jenny K. Lyon, please visit her website.  

A Winning Quilt by Barbara Korengold

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Barbara Korengold won Honorable Mention for Threads of Friendship (Carol`s Gift) in the category, Could Be Grandmas Quilt, during Road@Home.

Barbara Korengold

Quilting Path

Winning quilter, Barbara Korengold, has NEVER taken a quilt class and says she is “self-taught.” She has been quilting for about 15 years, following a lifetime of other needle arts (knitting, needlepoint, etc.). Bobbie’s focus is on applique quilts.  She draws on the literature for her theme ideas and does her own designing. 

Although most of her work is intended for her family, this humble quilter, does enter some of them in competitions including multiple AQS shows, Mancuso shows, Quilt Odyssey, and the Vermont Quilt Festival. Bobbie says that she is always interested in judges’ critiques of the technical side of her work but is pretty confident about what she wants to do aesthetically.

Entering the Road@Home Quilt Contest

Bobbie said she entered Road to California’s first ever online show, Road@Home, because of the ease provided by the virtual aspect. “It was really just on a lark – I figured I had nothing to loose, including the quilt in shipping.”

She entered Threads of Friendship (Carol’s Gift) in the category, “Could be Grandma’s Quilt,” because it was hand quilted using inspiration from original 19th century Baltimore album quilts. This quilt took Bobbie two and a half years to complete.

Barbara Korengold

The techniques Barbara Korengold utilized in her winning quilt included traditional needle turn applique, hand embroidery, trapunto, and hand quilting.     

Barbara Korengold

Future Quilting

When asked what she was going to do with Threads of Friendship (Carol`s Gift) after she won, Barbara Korengold replied, “It’s folded up in the linen closet with the rest of my quilts.”

For 2021, Barbara Korengold intends to “Just to enjoy the process, which I do.”

To see more of Barbara Korengold’s work, you can go to this Pinterest account.

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