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Posts Tagged ‘Clover USA’

So You Want To Make A Winning Quilt- 1st Place Modern Piecing

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Rebecca L. Smith of Rapid City, South Dakota won $1,000 from sponsor Clover USA for winning 1st Place for Road 2016 Modern Piecing.

[caption id="attachment_4326" align="aligncenter" width="336"]Modern Medallion Modern Medallion[/caption]

Rebecca L. Smith says she was “very fortunate” to have had a grandmother that quilted who patiently taught her to hand piece and quilt many years ago. Rebecca added, “I miss her every day.”null

Modern Medallion was started in 2014 and finished in 2015, taking 60-70 hours to quilt. The quilt was inspired by Rebecca’s rather large collection of beautiful gradated fabrics and from the interesting curved patterns from Sew Kind of Wonderful. She said she learned a lot about curved piecing on this project.  The quilting on Modern Medallion is mostly free hand.

What did Rebecca think about winning 1st place for Modern Piecing? She was ‘so excited” when she found out and was pretty sure she spent her prize money on buying more fabric.

Rebecca is hoping that her future quilting endeavors will challenge her to design an original pattern for her next quilt .


Road’s Community Outreach

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

youth and senior groups to provide an up close look at quilting and Road to California. Carolyn Reese assigned associate Renee Hicks to organize free tours for interested groups with popular vendors and exhibits.Dehesa Charter School Home schoolers from Dehesa Charter School in the Escondido School District participated in the 2016 community outreach program at Road. Dehesa Charter Schools has 8 learning centers in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside County. Regional Manager Traci Lockman accompanied the students on their tour. A member of the home schooling community for over 20 years, Traci identifies herself as a “self-taught, beginner quilter.”  She belongs to the Riverside quilt guild.StudentTour-1 Members of the Marsella and Cardon families made up the Dehusa group. Mom Caryn Marsella serves as the art director for the Riverside Art Museum and has done some quilting in the past. She was joined on the tour with her two daughters: Zoe, age 15, and Abby, age 14.StudentTour-10 Erika Cardon accompanied her 3 children, Olivia (9), Lily (6), and Lizzie (3). Erika says she is a “medium” quilter who enjoys designing quilts.StudentTour-2 Renee arranged for the tour to meet and receive special hands-on demonstrations from Charlie’s EZ Mat Olfa Distributor, Flynn Quilt Frame Co., Schneck, Clover, and Handiquilter.Dehesa Charter School In-between the visits to vendors, the students viewed the Marie White Masterpiece Award and Best of Show quilts; Eqyptian quilts; and the National Parks Quilt Special Exhibit. [caption id="attachment_4055" align="aligncenter" width="336"]Best of Show Road 2016 - Silk Road Sampler by MelissaSobotka Best of Show Road 2016 – Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka[/caption] The students received a bag full of goodies filled with quilting tools from the vendors.  Best of all, they were inspired by what they saw and have a greater appreciation for the quilting community.  Dehesa Charter School thanked Road to California for this wonderful opportunity. Road is hoping to expand the community outreach program next year. If you know of a youth group or senior center that would benefit from Road’s Community Outreach during Road 2017, please contact our office.]]>

Meet Road 2016 Marketplace Vendors: Shannon Fabrics and Clover USA

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Last year, Road introduced Marketplace where top manufacturers in the quilting industry shared their knowledge and expertise directly with our guests. Located right in the center of the main show floor, Marketplace is the destination for innovation and inspiration on the latest and most popular quilting products. This year, there will be 6 companies in Marketplace. This post features two more vendors:                                                   Shannon Fabrics and Clover-USA

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If you are familiar with plush fabrics, then you must know Shannon Fabrics. Shannon Fabrics was founded in 1995 by Ebrahim Pairavi, a Persian immigrant. A few years later, his son, Arvin, joined him to help manage and grow the family business. Together, they saw an exciting opportunity, and in 2005 Shannon Fabrics entered the quilt market. The company is well known for carrying the largest selection of high-quality Cuddle (minky) plush fabric. They also offer Cuddle Suede, Embrace (100% cotton double gauze), Terry Cloth, Faux Fur, Tissavel Faux Fur, Solid Silky Satin, kits and precuts. In addition to a licensing agreement with Robert Kaufman, Premier Prints, and other industry leaders, the company works with independent and in-house designers to develop and create some of the best fabric collections available in the industry. Shannon Fabrics is an innovative and creative market leader, regularly introducing new colors, styles, and products. Booth Day 1 Shannon Fabrics is excited to be returning as a Marketplace exhibitor for Road 2016. In their booth, they will be demonstrating a variety of tips and techniques, as well as how their fabrics can be used alone and together with other fabrications, including quilting cottons. They will also be displaying numerous finished samples made from some of their kits and precuts. Their booth will have lots of tip sheets and free patterns as well as other helpful information.  A highlight at the show will be their newest Embrace double gauze collection, featuring brand new prints and solids. With its signature “Cuddle” collection, Shannon Fabrics has become a household name and is Making The World a Softer Place™. To learn more about their company, please visit their website.   Clover_Logo Clover’s history dates back to 1925  when it was founded by Mr. Toshio Okada at the age of 26. The name of their company originated when Toshio Okada was attending college. He would study in the park and use clovers to bookmark his pages. When Mr. Okada founded the company, he remembered the hard work and dedication it took to succeed in his studies and all the clovers stuck between the pages of his books that accompanied him through his journey. In 1948, Clover officially became the brand. Clover began as a wholesale company of needles and handicraft accessories. Soon after, Clover became a manufacturing company, with the use of machinery designed to capture the vision of the engineers to create the wonderful tools we know and love today. In 1983, Clover USA was established in Los Angeles. Clover USA was given the name-Clover Needlecraft Inc. selling Takumi Knitting Needles. Later, the US line grew to patchwork quilting tools and sewing notions. With the support of their parent company, Clover USA has become a substantial brand in the artisan world of North America. At their booth, Clover will be demonstrating several of their products including the Wedge Iron, Press Perfect Collection by Joan Hawley, Felting, Tassel Makers & Handy Thread Twister, the Standing Oval Knitting Loom and Nancy Zieman Notions.  Mark your schedules now to attend one of the workshops they will be hosting:

Crochet with Fabric- Thursday, Jan 21, 7-10PM

Felted Scarf-Thursday, Jan 21, 7-10PM

Wrap ‘n Fuse Round Up-Friday Jan 22, 7-10PM

Bead weaving on Mini Beading Loom-Friday Jan 22, 7-10PM

Weaving Sticks Scarf-Friday Jan 22, 7-10PM

Nancy Zieman E-tablet-Saturday, Jan 23, 6-10PM

Mini Flower Loom- Saturday, Jan 23, 7-10PM

Yo-Yo Centerpiece-Saturday, Jan 23, 7-10PM

Learn more about Clover USA on their website.          ]]>

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.