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Expert Garment Sewing Tips

August 9th, 2021

Certified Fit Specialist, Joe Vecchiarelli, will be conducting 3 Evening Lecture Classes during in-person Road to California 2022:

On Wednesday, 3065C – Get The Most Out Of Your Body Form

On Thursday, 4066C – Commercial Notions For The Home Studio

And on Friday, 5068C – Fitting A Dress Form To You

Getting a great fit requires expert garment sewing. And at Road to California 2022, attendees will have the opportunity to get tips from the owner of a world renown dress form company.

Meet Joe Vecchiarelli

A Certified Fit Specialist, Joe Vecchiarelli has made a career in the garment industry, making dress forms so that when garments are constructed, they properly fit their owner. He is best known for his work with fitting television celebrities. He has helped create the body forms for outfits made for stars of the Seinfeld Show, Drew of Property Brothers and Dolly Parton (Joe said she was challenging. He felt a huge sense of accomplishment because he created a form that matched her body perfectly).

Perhaps Joe’s most popular work has been with the hit television show, Dancing with the Stars. Before a season starts, Joe and his team create body forms for all the dancers. Then, the dancers and celebrities begin the arduous training for the show, dancing every day for weeks. As the season progresses, Joe is able to adjust the dress forms up or down to make the various costume changes work throughout the season. Some of his most memorable – and challenging — celebrity clients on Dancing with the Stars included Kristi Alley, Paula Deen, Candace Cameron Barre, Sean Spicer, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.    

Vendor French European

Joe shares his expert garment sewing tips through his company, French European.

French European started 45 years ago. It began as brothers doing scissor sharpening all over the United States and today it is a 3rd generation establishment that has added selling fashion and sewing supplies.

Three years ago, French European became known as the premier manufacturer of dress forms. They specialize in helping people with garment fitting issues. The reason why the company is called, French European, is because the dress forms are made in Paris.

Creating A Body Form

It took French European years of trial and error plus modern technology to develop their patented body forms. Each body form is unique to the individual. Their construction is based around weight: the weight of the individual at the time of the pre-cast and the projected weight if the person loses 10-20 pounds. A 3-D body scan is taken of the person with all of their clothes on and is kept in a data base. The body form can then be adjusted as the weight goes down.

Road 2022 is thrilled to give attendees the chance to experience expert garment sewing tips with these three lectures. To learn more about Joe Vecchiarelli and vendor, French European, please visit their website.

It’s Almost Time to Register for Classes!

August 9th, 2021

We can’t believe it’s almost time to register for Road to California In Person Classes! This has been a long time in the making! We are so appreciative of our faculty for sticking with us through the pandemic and to our new teachers for joining the team! We are always working on picking classes that offer a wide variety of techniques and styles of quilting.

Registration will be opening on August 14th at 8 am PDT which will be this Saturday! (Somehow Matt also planned Registration on the same day as his oldest son Braden’s 4th birthday.) Our team will be in the office to help during registration. (We always suggest email over a phone call for a faster response.)

Take a look at this blog post to find out our tips for registering for classes.

What should I do before Saturday?

It is important whenever planning on registering on opening day to go in with a plan. We have four tips that are a great start to your plan.

Tip #1 Check Your Login

For our returning Roadies you need to make sure you can login into your account and reset your password if needed. If this is your first time registering you will need to make a new account!

If possible please register on a computer using Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Morzilla Firefox. Do Not Use Internet Explorer as it is out of date and our website does not function correctly. If you are registering on a mobile device (phone or tablet) we do suggest switching to a computer for an easier experience.

When you first come to the website it will say in the upper right hand corner Log In or Sign Out. If it says Sign Out you are already logged in and are set to sign up! If not you will want to click the Login button. You can also find Login under My Account if you do not see it in the upper right.

On this page you will see the two places to enter your username and password. Your username will be your email address that is listed on your account. If you do not already have an account make sure to click Create an Account in red so you can make a new account. (If you already have an account with us please do not make a new one.)

If you are not sure what your password is or you enter it in wrong you will be taken to the Reset Your Password Page. It will ask for your email address and email you a reset password link. (This email may end up in your spam/junk box or under promotions for gmail email addresses please check there first.) If you did not receive the email fill out our contact us form so we can help you.

Once logged in, it will return you to the home page with the top right now saying Sign Out. You are all set to register on the website once it opens. Registration can be found under the My Account tab, but until the 14th it will say Registration is closed.

Tip #2 Pick & Prioritize Classes

It is important when you get ready to register to list your classes on how much you want to take the class. Registration is a live process that does have some classes fill quicker than others. Especially classes with teachers like Eleanor Burns and events like Party Time and the Bus Trips. Our team here in the office always advocates to make a detailed list of the classes you want to take and prioritize them. Take a look at one we made as an example.

Shown above is an event and two classes I want to hypothetically sign up for. Party Time, for example, fills up very quickly. To improve my chances of getting in I can register for just that event and then go back into the system later and register for my other classes. Sometimes when you are adding all your classes to your schedule a class/event can fill and when you click register you added to a waitlist.

Tip #3 Make sure you have a stable internet connection

When registering your internet is in communication with our server and you want to make sure your internet is stable when you begin to register. Normally registering from home will work just fine as long as you don’t have any known internet issues. On our end we have worked with our developer to make sure there is no bugs or slow downs.

Registering on the Road or using Public wifi should be avoided at all costs as you are trusting that they have a good connection. Sometimes the website might seem slow but it is actually the internet and server trying to communicate and it can take time.

Do not add classes to your cart and then attempt to register for them later. The system is not saving your spot until you process your payment for the class. Trying to save classes in the cart will cause all sorts of not so fun problems, and may result in not getting the classes you want.

Tip #4 Set your Alarm/Notifications

Make sure to add registration to your calendar so you are ready at 8 am PDT. As we mentioned above classes do fill up fast and you want to make sure you are ready in front of your computer to get your class. You can click Register under My Account or on the Class Information page click Register Here.

Bonus Tip #5 Students who registered for Road to California 2021

If you signed up back in 2020 for the 2021 show your classes were postponed to 2022. You are still registered unless you requested to be cancelled. Not sure you can check on the My Schedule Page shown under the My Account tab. You need to be logged in for your classes to show. You can also email us if you are not sure.

If there is a class you want to transfer out of you must email us before Saturday by Friday the 13th at the latest to transfer without a $5 transfer fee. After this date you will be charged the $5.

What do I do on Saturday the 14th?

It’s Registration Day! It is time to register for those classes and events you want to take in 2022! We are going to give you the process on how to register for classes. These steps will walk you through registering for classes.

Step #1 Login to Your Account

If you have already practiced logging in you want to double check that in the upper right hand corner it says Sign Out. This means you are in your account and are ready for registration to open. If not go ahead and login to your account.

Step #2 Open the Registration Page

When 8 am hits the Registration Closed under My Account will turn into Register and the Register Here on the Class Information page will open the Registration page instead of the homepage.

Step #3 Start to Add Classes to your Schedule

When you get to the registration page you will see an empty schedule on the left and a list of classes on the right. Classes on the list are grouped by day and are listed by start time.

To add a class to your schedule you will want to click Add to Cart if the class is full it will say Add to Waitlist. Once it is in your cart it will add to your schedule and get listed under the Events/Classes to be Purchased. (Any classes that conflict with the class will become hidden.)

As a reminder – the system has not saved your seats for classes until you complete the registration process and pay for the classes. We can’t help you if you forget to pay for the class and complete the registration process and your class reaches capacity. We do not over sell our classes.

Step #4 Pay and Register

You will need to fill out the payment section on the page and check your address (pulled from your account) and then click Register. There is also listed the cancellation and transfer policy for Road to California 2022.

Only click Register once do not click the back button, do not spam the button, and do not refresh the page. The system tries to charge your card each time you click the register button and it will invalidate your entire registration as it will come across as a duplicate payment. Please be patient and let the system work.

Step #5 Check your Confirmation Email

Once the system has processed your registration you will receive an email showing what you signed up for. Do not skip this step double check your registration immediately after to make sure you did not accidentally sign up for the wrong class. You have 7 days to transfer or get a full refund, make sure to double check the day you register so you don’t miss this period.

Your email may have gone to spam/junk, it is immediately sent so please check there first. (Gmail users should also check the Promotions tab as well). If you do not see your email please send us an email at info@roadtocalifornia.com so we can double check your account.

Registration Problems?

If you have any problems registering or logging in make sure to send us an email at info@roadtocalifornia.com so we can help you.

What Classes are you most looking forward to Registering In? Make sure to tell us in the comments!

Hawaiian Quilter Carrie Fondi

August 6th, 2021

Carrie Fondi will be teaching two handwork classes during Road to California 2022:

On Monday, 1004C – Traditional Hawaiian Applique

And on Tuesday, 2002C – Design Your Own Hawaiian Appliqué Quilt

The Path to Aloha Quilting

Carrie Fondi’s path as a Hawaiian quilter began with her love of crafts as a child. Her grandmother first taught Carrie how to quilt and crochet. Carrie started making Hawaiian Quilts as a teenager as a way to combine her love of the islands and her love for doing hand work.

In 2006, a quilt store in California asked Carrie if she would share some of her Hawaiian Quilts to their local quilt guild. Carrie remembers, “I had no idea people wanted to hear how the Hawaiian Quilt came to be.” Lecturing and teaching Hawaiian Quilting led to the need to have a website to display her quilts. Shortly after, she started selling her designs and by 2008, Aloha Quilt Shop was born.

Quilting at Home in 2020

During the Covid pause last year, Carrie discovered she loved to stay home where she could slow down and re-focus on her true love of being a traditional, Hawaiian quilter. Her favorite quilting tools at home are her silver thimbles. She has one for two fingers on each hand. She also gets a lot of use from her “great” small scissors. Carrie confides, “I keep a pair in every sewing bag.”    

Started years before, Carie finished this quilt during Covid. Ku’u Hae Aloha (My Beloved Flag) was common in late 1800’s. Women made flag quilts after the overthrow of 1893 (when flags were torn down) to keep their beloved emblems around them . The flag quilts were hung on the bedposts above the bed.

Fortunate for Carrie, during the lockdowns, her business hit a boom in March 2020 due to the high demand of fabric sales for face masks. Because Hawaiian fabric is fun, bright and upbeat, Carrie thought that “a lot of people chose Hawaiian prints for such a scary time.”

Teaching Experience

Hawaiian quilter, Carrie Fondi, taught her first quilting class at a quilt store in California in 2007. Her most favorite thing about teaching quilting is the inspiration she gets from her students. “I leave every class with fresh ideas, new perspectives and knowledge. Everyone’s creative process is different, teaching Hawaiian Style Applique I get to see the students use and interpret my applique techniques in different ways.” 

The handwork for Hawaiian quilting is best taught one -on one. Carrie taught her Hawaiian quilting techniques online during Road@Home which required her to slow down and record all of her hand techniques with close up cameras. She is looking forward to getting back to in person teaching at Road 2022 where she will be able to help students understand the history of the art and confidence in the basic techniques. “My goal is to make sure everyone goes home with confidence and a new love for handwork.”

To learn more about Hawaiian quilter, Carrie Fondi, please visit her website.

Sisters Who Teach at Road

August 3rd, 2021

Sisters Helen Robinson and Jenny Pedigo, creators of Sew Kind of Wonderful and the Quick Curve Ruler, will be teaching several classes during Road to California 2022.

Helen will be teaching:

On Tuesday, 2009C – Step By Step Custom Quilting

On Wednesday, 3018O and on Saturday, 6019O – Posh Penelope

On Thursday, 4017O – Diamond Daze

And on Friday, 5016O – Flower Pop

Jenny will be teaching one class, 1009C – Wonder Feathers, on Monday

Quilting Sisters

Helen Robinson and Jenny Pedigo are two of four sisters that share their love of quilting through their business, Sew Kind of Wonderful. How did these two sisters get started in quilting?

About 25 years ago, Helen taught herself to quilt from a Fons and Porter book when she had to teach an after-school sewing/quilting class to junior high students. She taught Jenny how to quilt soon after that. 

Helen and Jenny’s quilts have a mostly modern feel. The sisters find inspiration for their designs in everyday objects: patterns in floor tiles, weaving, nature, and also through a desire to challenge themselves to go to a different place than the usual.

Sew Kind of Wonderful

Helen and Jenny’s business, Sew Kind of Wonderful, began with Jenny’s brain child, the Quick Curve Ruler. She wanted it to be something the sisters could share together and give them a chance to see each other more.

The sisters are equally involved in the design, piecing, and quilting process.  They have a constant group text running and do lots of FaceTime sharing their ideas.  Jenny mostly manages the distributor orders and Helen handles the online store and wholesale orders. Another sister, Sherilyn Mortensen, does the blogging and trunk shows.  

Quick Curve Ruler

Of course, the Quick Curve Ruler and the QCR Mini Ruler are the sister’s favorite quilting tools.  They haven’t sewn a quilt without a curve in ten years because their Quick Curve Ruler made quilting fun again! 

Each sister also owns their own longarm quilting machine. Their machines allow them to do the whole creative quilt process from design, fabric selection, piecing and finishing it off with the quilting.

During Road to California 2022, Jenny’s class, Wonder Feathers and Helen’s class, Step By Step Custom Quilting, will be using Handi Quilter stand-up longarm machines. Two students share a machine head, and time is split equally on the machine.  

Teaching at Road 2022

Teaching classes at the same show says Helen “is the cherry on top” because they get to see quilters when they have their ‘lightbulb’ moment; when the methods and processes they use click and their students fall in love with sewing curves. Helen adds that the sisters ‘have a great time being together!  It is the best part of our business.   If you spend any amount of time with us there is way too much conversation about ‘gluten free’ and ‘bathroom issues’….LOL”

What can Helen and Jenny’s students expect to get out of their classes? “Lots of energy, conversation, hands-on help, and uniquely different snacks,” reports Helen. “We want students to enjoy a no stress approach to quilting and piecing curves.  There are not any quilt police that will knock on your door at 11 pm and tell you you did it wrong.  Enjoy the quilting process.”

Besides teaching their classes, you will also find sisters Helen and Jenny, during the show in their vendor booth for Sew Kind Of Wonderful.

To learn more about Sew Kind of Wonderful and the Quick Curve Ruler, visit their website.

Old Favorites With A New Look

July 28th, 2021

Two of Road to California’s old favorites – Party Time and Roundabout – are changing with the times of post-Covid. These beloved special events will have some of the same activities presented in a different format.

Party Time

The old favorite, Party Time, was started by Road’s original owner, Carolyn Reese, as a way for guests to unwind after a long day of classes, shopping, and quilt admiring. Party Time was designed as a two-hour extravaganza on Thursday night, that included games, food, and over a hundred prizes given out to Party Time attendees. The prizes were donated by vendors at the show.

Since 2006, the event included a popular chocolate fountain where guests dipped Rice Krispie treats, fresh strawberries, marshmallows, and vanilla wafers in the flowing milk chocolate. 

Party Time guests sit at round tables with seating for 10. Groups often dress alike which adds to the festivities.

While mostly attended by women, some ladies succeed having their significant others attend and join in the fun of this old favorite, nighttime activity.

Roundabout

Another old favorite, Roundabout, was traditionally held on Friday night during Road. It was a great way for guests to learn from Road’s expert faculty and vendors, especially if they weren’t able to get into one or all of their classes.

Overseen by a local quilt guild, the Nite Owls Quilters Guild, guests rotate every 10 minutes to different topics shared at over 20 different stations.  Teachers at each station share information about different products and techniques. A few of the centers also give hands-on demonstrations. At the end of the night, items featured at each of the stations are available for purchase. It’s a great way to get some shopping done without the crowds on the show floor.

Roundabout was updated for Road@Home in January 2021. Instead of guests moving around, it was the teachers that changed on the Zoom screen every 10 minutes. Topics covered included “Creative Painting on Fabric,” quilt collages, different block techniques and even “The Ergonomics of Healthy Quilting.” 

Changes for Road 2022

How will these old favorites be different for Road 2022? Party Time 2.0 will be hosted by Road’s online talk show hosts, Matt Reese and Linda Hahn. They will bring their special brand of humor and bantering to the event, continuing the tradition of silly games with lots of prizes for guests to win. It promises to be new and exciting while maintaining the original old favorite fun. The only thing missing will be the chocolate fountain- due to COVID restrictions.

Roundabout 2.0 is going to combine the best of a virtual and live event. Guests will sit in the middle of two stages with a giant screen to view the classes being demonstrated by the various instructors. Up to a dozen of Road’s best 2022 faculty – along with a few teachers for 2023 – will be demonstrating their techniques. And as with previous live shows, there will still be product tables for guests to purchase their favorite supplies.

Road to California is confident that the revamping of the old favorites Party Time and Roundabout, will begin new traditions for guests to enjoy for years to come.

Note: Be sure to be ready to register for these old favorites as soon as sign-ups begin on August 14th as these special events always sell out fast.     

Discovering So Cal On A Quilt Bus Tour

July 23rd, 2021

Road to California is offering two quilt bus tours during Road 2022. Each tour will be discovering So Cal through a quilter’s point of view:

On Monday, 9100C – San Diego Highlights and On Tuesday, 9200C – Fabric, Fabric, And More Fabric!

Quilting Tour Tradition

Road to California uses The Traveling Quilters, Lynn Crawford and Pam Overton, to take guests on quilting bus tours discovering So Cal. They have been offering a niche tour service for quilters for 31 years. Based in Southern California, the company’s philosophy is: “As long as we’re going to a quilt show, let’s take 40 friends along with us!”

The Traveling Quilters offer day trips to local quilt shows, quilting retreats in Temecula, California, and at least one “quilting adventure” a year. In October 2021, they will be “Exploring Washington.” The trip was originally scheduled for October 2020 but had to be postponed due to COVID. Stops will include Seattle, Leavenworth, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene. Idaho.

The Traveling Quilter’s relationship with Road to California began in 1998 when they sponsored bus trips from the San Diego area, bringing quilters to the show. Then, in 2013, Road asked them to oversee one-day quilting bus tours discovering So Cal during the show.

San Diego Highlights Tour

The first stop of the day will be at Quilt in a Day in San Marcos, the home base for Eleanor Burns. Guests will be in the audience of Eleanor’s show and have lunch with Eleanor catered by Panera. There will also be time for shopping before and after the show.

From San Marcos to Valley Center, guests will go to Inspirations Quilt Shop which offers a wide selection of fabrics, notions, and patterns.

Before returning to Ontario, the tour will stop in Temecula to visit Primitive Gatherings, known for their wool fabric and kits, primitive fabrics, reproductions, and a wide selection of bright, contemporary-to-modern fabrics.

Admission to the Eleanor Burns show, lunch and all gratuities are included in the price of the tour.

Fabric, Fabric, And More Fabric Tour

The first stop of the day will be at Hoffman California-International Fabrics. A family-owned company since 1924, they are known for their hundreds of colorful screen prints and Bali batiks they design each year. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about designing and printing Batiks as part of the tour of the Hoffman facility.

Guests will enjoy a box lunch from Panera as part of the tour price as the group travels to the next stop, M&L Fabrics Discount Store. A fabric super store, they carry a wide variety of quality quilting and upholstery fabric, vinyls and sewing notions! Major brands including Kaufman, Hoffman, Moda, Timeless Treasures, Clothworks, Michael Miller, VIP, Quilting Treasures, Alexander Henry, Logantex, Shannon Fabrics, David Textiles, Andover Fabrics, A E Nathan, and many more are all sold at discount prices.

The last stop of the tour before returning to Ontario is at the Orange Quilt Bee with a wide selection of quilting fabric and supplies.

A quilt bus tour discovering So Cal with The Traveling Quilters is one of Road’s popular Special Events. If you like discovering new places plus learning about the Southern California area with its many quilt stores and fabric manufacturers, then planning to go on a quilt bus tour at Road 2022 is the right activity for you!!

Those attending these tours, please note that COVID safety precautions will be in effect: masks are required to be worn by everyone during the duration of each tour. 

Registration for Road to California 2022 begins August 14, 2021

Alaska Cruise with Road to California

July 20th, 2021

With traveling more accessible since the Pandemic, Road to California is pleased to announce its next vacation: an Alaska Cruise plus an optional land tour to Denali National Park. The dates are July 10 – 17, 2022 for just the cruise and the additional land tour will run July 18 – 20, 2022.

Previous Road Cruises

The 2022 Alaska Cruise will be Road’s fourth cruise.

The first cruise was a trip through the Panama Canal in 2014.

One year later in 2015, Road sailed on a New England Fall Foliage Quilt Cruise.

Road’s last trip was a Baltic Cruise in 2018.

All Road Cruises include quilt classes with fabulous teachers and port stops for sightseeing, with a quilt shop in most ports. It is a great combination of quilting and touring which makes it perfect for individuals, couples and even families.

Our Host, World of Quilts Travel

Once again, we have enlisted Deb Roberts of World of Quilts Travel to oversee our Alaska Cruise.

Deb’s first quilt tour was in 2004 when she took her group of fellow quilt appraisers to France. A few years later, she began booking cruises to add to her land tours.

Like the rest of the world, Deb’s business shut down for over a year due to Covid-19. World of Quilts Travel’s last trip before the shutdown was supposed to be a traditional Caribbean Cruise. But because most of the ports were not allowing ships to dock, the trip ended up being a “circling the Caribbean Cruise.” Deb said that even though they had to scrub their original itinerary, that cruise ended up being “still fun.”

World of Quilts Travel’s first quilt tour post-pandemic will be in the Fall of 2021 to include a trip to the Houston Quilt Festival.

Their first “quiltcation” for 2022 is entitled, “On The Road to California Tour,” January 14 – 22, 2022.  The tour begins in San Francisco and will work its way down the beautiful California Coast to our Show. Additional sites will include a visit to wine country, quilt shop stops, a scenic journey down US Highway 1, a tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills and so much more.

Ultimate Alaska Cruise

The Road Alaska Cruise starts in Vancouver and ends in Anchorage. Port stops include Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. There will be lots of sightseeing and lots of quilt shops. Quilt teachers for the cruise will be Alaskan native, Dana Michelle, owner of Alaska Wildfire Designs, Bonnie Sullivan and Road to California’s Stevii Graves.   

Cruisers will have the option of continuing their journey to see America’s tallest peak at Denali National Park.  The extended tour will include 2 nights at the beautiful McKinley Chalet Resort, a tundra tour that goes into the heart of the Denali wilderness and finishes with a night in Anchorage.  

Personal safety will be a priority on our Holland America Ship. Vaccinations are required but masks are not mandated. There will be daily COVID testing, and cabins will be independently cleaned on a daily basis. Also, the ship will have two physicians on board who are trained in COVID treatment. Be advised that health directives will be evolving and changing regularly before the Alaska Cruise departure.

For complete details on Road’s Alaska Cruise, please visit the World of Quilts Travel website.

We hope you’ll join us July 10-20, 2022 for an Alaska Cruise to remember.

Meet Road 2022 Teacher: Sheila Frampton Cooper

July 17th, 2021

Sheila Frampton Cooper will be teaching 2 all day classes during in-person Road to California 2022:

On Thursday, 4501C – Appliqué + Piecing = New Possibilities

And on Saturday, 6015C – Lines & Curves

Do You Know Sheila Frampton Cooper?

Award winning artist and quilter, Sheila Frampton Cooper, has been quilting for over 12 years.  

Prior 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 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!

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 describes her process as “free-form” that includes “surprising twists and turns” which leads to “a place of unfiltered originality.”

Sheila has won numerous awards at major quilt shows, including: IQA World of Beauty in Houston, AQS Show in Paducah and Road to California. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, France, Italy, England, China and Japan.

Sheila Frampton Cooper is a native of Los Angeles, California. She has spent the past five years living in France and just returned to residing in Southern California.

Previous Road Experiences

During Road to California 2013, Sheila Frampton Cooper curated the special exhibit, Perspectives: Fantasy and Reality, which showcased quilts that were inspired by maps, aerial views and topography of actual or imaginary places.

Two years later, Sheila Frampton Cooper was Road to California’s 2015 Featured Artist. To prepare for her Featured Artist Exhibit, Sheila began with her quilt, Life in the City, and then created seven new pieces just for the 2015 show.

Sheila was “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 Frampton Cooper is thrilled to be involved once again at Road to California. Regarding her upcoming classes, Sheila noted, “It is a privilege for me to witness what my students accomplish! I am honored to hold the space and guide them as they discover the freedom, joy, and for some, the discomfort that comes from not knowing the outcome of their creations.”

To learn more about Sheila, please visit her website.

How to Enter the Quilt Contest and Quilt Challenges?

July 13th, 2021

Quilt Contest and Quilt Challenges are open for Registration until October 1st. This guide will walk you step by step on how to register.

To start you need to head over to the website www.road2ca.com we suggest registering on a computer over a phone or tablet. For a mobile device you should still look through the guide and at the end is how to find the pages on a mobile device.

In the photo above on a website you will find the Log In button in the upper right-hand corner. You also want to at this time to make sure you are in the correct conference which it will say Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase 2022 at the top of the page. If it is not this, please use this link www.road2ca.com.

After Logging in when you hover over the My Account Tab it will say below Enter which is what you want to click to enter a quilt entry.

On the entry page you will fill this out with all your quilt information. QUILT CHALLENGES: In the Division section you will want to change it to Exhibit to submit for one of the three challenges.

After Submitting it will take you to the Quilt Tracker Page. On this Page there is a couple of important places. 

If you click your entry number (the one circled in blue) it will allow you to edit your entry information. 

The photo uploads (green circle) you only need to submit the Main and Detail. You will only be asked to submit the Back if we need more information otherwise it does not need to be submitted.

To pay for your quilt you click Pay Bill (red circle) this will take you to the payment page for your entries. Please Note: You should wait to pay until you enter all your quilt entries.

If you need to go back to the Quilt Tracker page you will want to go to My Home Page which is under the My Account Tab. Do Not Click My Entries that page will not work until after Quilt Jurying.

Once your quilt entry on the Quilt Tracker says Entry Received you are all set.

On a mobile phone instead of the drop down menus we have a list menu (three lines in the upper right) you will use this to navigate the pages as mentioned above. (You will also find the Login button in this list.)

The list will have near the bottom (Must be logged in for these options) You will still go to Enter and My Home Page.

Quilt Entries will continue to be accepted until October 1st. Please email us if you have any questions.

Hand Dying Fabric at Road 2022

July 11th, 2021

Lynn Koolish will be teaching 4 classes during the return to in-person Road to California 2022:

On Wednesday, 3068C – Ethnic Inspirations, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

On Thursday, an all-day class, 4016C – All About Fabric Dyeing & Color Mixing

On Friday, another all-day class, 5015C – Paint & Stitch: Transform Your Stash With Paint

And on Saturday, 6018C – Paint & Stitch: Make A PickUP Sticks Quilt, from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Baby Quilts to Improvisational Design

Lynn Koolish is a fiber artist, teacher, and author. She is most known for her bright colors and for her skills at hand dying fabric. She also creates mixed-media fiber art.

When Lynn Koolish’s friends began having babies, she started making baby quilts. A seamstress for years, she figured, “I have fabric,” “I know how to sew,” “No problem.”

The thing that made improvisational design and piecing click for Lynn Koolish (in terms of being able to make quilts that she really liked and was proud of) was understanding basic design principles. She then used those principles as she worked, and problem solved. Until she figured that out, Lynn felt her improv quilts were “very chaotic” and she never really liked them.

Through the years, Lynn has also become an expert at hand dying fabric. By creating her own fabrics, she has been able to expand her fiber art creations.

Teaching at Road to California 2022

A quilt teacher for the past 18 years, Lynn really likes being able to share what she knows with others. Her favorite part is seeing the “aha” moments when students understand something new like hand dying fabric. Lynn last taught at an in-person Road to California in 2018. She also taught at Road’s first online show, Road@Home.

Lynn Koolish is looking forward to meeting her students during the return to in-person classes at Road to California 2022. The most important thing Lynn hopes her students will gain from her classes is to be able to learn to trust their instincts and not worry about what other people think of what they are doing. She is hoping to provide a comfortable setting where her students will feel open to trying new things, like hand dying fabric, and not worry about their final outcome.

A special note: Lynn will be the first teacher Road has ever allowed to teach fabric dying at the Ontario Convention Center!!

To learn more about Lynn Koolish, please visit her website

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