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Posts Tagged ‘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.




Celebrating 20 Years of Road To California

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Hip Hip Hooray – 2015 marks Road to California’s 20th Anniversary.Logo 2015

Why did Carolyn Reese decide to purchase Road to California in November, 1990? Because she felt “Southern California deserved a good quilt show.”

Prior to 1990, Road to California was a small conference held in October in Anaheim, California. Carolyn produced her first show in October 1991. The first change Carolyn made was to move the location to Ontario, California and the Clarion Hotel. She kept the format the same as a conference only show. There were just nine faculty members and nine classes available each day. Around one thousand guests came to that first show.

In 1993, the show’s dates were changed to January. There were no other quilting events going on that time of year and Carolyn thought that California, with its superb winter weather, would be a great draw.

In 1996, Road to California became known as a “quilters’ conference and showcase.” For the first time, quilt entries were accepted only from quilters in California and Nevada. Three years later, in 1999, the show began accepting quilts for the contest from all over the world.Ontario Convention Center

With the continued growth of the show, a new location was needed. So, in 1998, Road to California was moved to its current home at the Ontario Convention Center. Road was the first public show held at the new convention center and now is the center’s largest client, taking up not only the entire convention center footage, but additional tent space as well. Last year, over 35,000 people attended the show, taking over 150 classes from an internationally known faculty.vendor floor 2

A unique feature of Road to California is that it is a family run event. Carolyn has involved her family in the show right from the start.  Her grandchildren were models for the wearable fashion show at the in first shows. They also took tickets, handed out programs, gave out prizes to the winners and visited with the guests. Seven of Carolyn’s nine grandchildren continue to stay involved by managing the office, doing computer work, overseeing the Road Booth, and assisting with financial tasks. Today, grandson Matt Reese, who was three years old when Carolyn started the show, is Road’s manager (and a law student graduating next May)._i4c4160pg

Carolyn’s three sons have always played a huge part.  Oldest son Mike works with the financial aspects of the show. David, Carolyn’s middle son, created the computer programs and registration protocols that are unique to Road. David also photographs the contest quilts and makes the annual Road CD. Youngest son Darrell oversees the set-up and take-down of the show. And don’t forget Carolyn’s three daughter-in-laws. They help their spouses in taking pictures, running the Road Booth, and handling the equipment.       

What does Carolyn do during the show? Her role is to mix and mingle with the guests. You will find her buzzing around on her cart, watching the guests “walk around with a smile on their face, enjoying themselves, and forgetting their problems for a day.”

Carolyn is really looking forward to some of the special exhibits that will be on view for the 20th anniversary show. Quilts depicting Beatles songs, 150 years of National Parks, and demonstrations of a lost quilting art from the Tentmakers of CairoEgyptian Exhibit

Another thing Carolyn is excited to have at the show is the specially designed Road to California 20th Anniversary fabric commissioned from Alexander Henry Fabrics.Fabric-Road-to-California---natura

What does Carolyn see for the next 20 years for Road to California? More new ideas and continued growth. She would really like to see this year’s latest addition, Marketplace, expand to offer more expert advice for attendees.

Road to California 2015 – 20th Anniversary Show promises to be the best Road yet. Congratulations Carolyn Reese and the entire Road family for 20 years of the best quilt show in the West.

What is your favorite part about Road to California?


Final Giveaway–Road to California Package

Friday, January 9th, 2015

First off, a HUGE Thank you to all our great faculty who donated their wonderful books, patterns and CD’s for our 8 weeks of giveaways. Winners came from all over the United States and were thrilled with their gifts. 

With Road to California 2015 – 20th Anniversary Show right around the corner, we wanted to tie in our final giveaway to the show. This is what we are giving away to one lucky winner:

2 Tickets to the ShowLogo 2015

2-$5.00 Lecture Tickets (winner’s choice)

1 yard Road 20th Anniversary Commemorative Fabric (winner’s choice of color) 


Fabric- Road-to-California---blue








A Road to California Ruler

Lunch and Behind the Scenes Tour with Carolyn Reese


If you have been participating with our giveaways, you are familiar with how to enter.  But just in case you forgot, here is a reminder:

You can enter up to three times to win our final giveaway:

1)      Write a comment on this blog post and tell us why you want to win 

2)      Write a comment on Road to California’s Facebook Page post featuring  the final giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  our final  giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for our final giveaway begin Friday, January 9th and close Wednesday, January 14th. As always, a winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator. Our final giveaway winner will be announced on Thursday, January 15th on Road’s Facebook Page.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!