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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!!


We Love The Boy Scouts (Happy Boy Scout Day)

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

On February 8, 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America. Every year on this date, troops around the country celebrate their birthday.  At Road to California, we especially want to give a birthday shout out to the “official” Boy Scout Troop of our show,  Troop 628, a member of the California Inland Empire Council and chartered through Water of Life Church in Fontana, California.

The Reese family has a long history with this troop. Carolyn’s son Mike was an Assistant Scout Master. His son, Matt Reese, (Show Manager for Road to California), went all the way through the troop, eventually earning the Eagle Rank.   

The Boy Scout motto is “Do a good turn daily.”  For the past 11 years, Troop 628 has been doing this for Road by offering patrons assistance with their belongings. For a suggested donation of just $2.00 per bag, attendees are able to leave whatever they want at the scout station. And for just 25 cents per visit, patrons are welcome to take their belongings in and out of the secured area. These prices have remained the same for the entire eleven years. And of course, tips are always welcomed._i4c4045_copy

What do these scouts think about their service at Road?

For identical twins and brand new members to Troop 628, Brandon and Brian Rivera, they enjoyed walking the halls, talking to the guests, and advertising about the Sack Sitter Service._i4c3927_copy

Otto, a Life Scout and Freshman at Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, shared that this was his second year working at Road. He said, “It feels nice to help out. We know we are appreciated.

Emmanuel is a 10th grader attending International Poly High School located on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona. He currently holds the rank of Star and is a soon to be Life Scout. Emmanuel said, “People are always friendly. I have good conversations with them. Road has a nice atmosphere.”

David, who is working towards his Eagle Scout rank, commented, “All the ladies are really nice and helpful.” This was also David’s second year offering his time. He is a 9th grader who attends Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga.


Where do the monies go that the troop earns while serving at Road? Funds go toward the boys’ camp fees. All of the boys are planning to attend summer camp at Catalina Island this summer.

Thank you Troop 628 for providing a great service at Road.