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Posts Tagged ‘Flynn Quilt Frame Company’

Meet Road 2017 Father/Daughter Teachers: John Flynn and Kate Flynn Nichols

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Tuesday classes.  

John will be teaching 2003C  Double Wedding Ring

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and Kate will be teaching   2004C   Storm at Sea

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In addition, Kate will be teaching a Friday night class5061C   Half Rail Fence

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What could be more fun than sharing your passion of quilting by giving workshops, creating innovative templates and kits, and bouncing off new ideas with someone from your own family? That is exactly what John Flynn and his daughter, Kate Flynn Nichols, have been doing for over 17 years. Both residents of Montana, they spend a lot of time together fine tuning patterns, assembly directions and pressing techniques so that their templates and laser pre-cut kits go together as easily and smoothly as possible.

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John got in to the quilting scene in the 1980’s when he was testing the quilt frames that he was designing and building for his wife Brooke. He soon discovered how relaxing hand quilting was and has been working at it ever since.

Kate started quilting in 1988. She grew up watching both her parents quilt.  She went to guild meetings with them and started stashing fabric at a young age.   Kate entered her first quilt show when she was just 8 years old!! As she grew older, she was “actually surprised to find out later in life that not everyone quilts!”

They each find inspiration for their designs in different ways. For Kate, it comes from nature and her parents’ old magazine collection. John has an engineering background so he finds inspiration in the geometry of objects and from old traditional quilts. John and Kate have different preferences when it comes to working with color. John’s favorite palette is the colors of the rainbow; bright primaries and secondaries.  Kate likes strong pastel combinations and monochromes. Interestingly, Kate is the company’s fabric buyer; she has a sure hand in color selection. While they enjoy their partnership, working closely with each other can have its drawbacks. Kate says, “It’s hard not really having a separation between work and family.  Who wants to plan their next business trip at Thanksgiving dinner?”  John admits his challenge is that since he and Kate both have engineering minds, “they think alike most of the time” which can be both positive and negative. When they aren’t working together, John likes fly fishing, fly tying, and biking.John_Flynn bike riding

Kate, who has been married since August, 2003 to graphic designer Kevin Nichols, enjoys reading, rockhounding, gardening and watching either Animal Planet, the History Channel or the Discovery Channel.

What are their favorite tips for quilters?  From Kate: “Relax and be forgiving with yourself.  You are a human, not a machine and your projects should reflect your humanity!” John adds, “Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. It is easier to take your time and do it right the first time rather than rush through and do it over and over.” There is still limited space in both of their classes. You can learn more about this dynamic father-daughter quilting duo on their website: www.flynnquilt.com

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.]]>

Road 2015 Faculty Spotlight: Meet this Dynamic Father-Daughter Quilting Duo, John Flynn And Kate Flynn Nichols

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

On Tuesday, John will be teaching 2012C Glorified Nine Patch and Kate will be teaching 2008C Crosses and Losses

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kateportrait                     What could be more fun than sharing your passion of quilting by giving workshops, creating innovative templates and kits, and bouncing off new ideas with someone from your own family? That is exactly what John Flynn and his daughter, Kate Flynn Nichols, have been doing for over 15 years. Both residents of Montana, they spend a lot of time together fine tuning patterns, assembly directions and pressing techniques so that their templates and laser pre-cut kits go together as easily and smoothly as possible. John got in to the quilting scene in the 1980’s when he was testing the quilt frames that he was designing and building for his wife Brooke. He soon discovered how relaxing hand quilting was and has been working at it ever since.  Kate started quilting in 1988. She grew up watching both her parents quilt.  She went to Guild with them and started stashing fabric at a young age.   Kate entered her first quilt show at just 8 years of age!! As she got older, she was “actually surprised to find out later in life that not everyone quilts!” They each find inspiration for their designs in different ways. For Kate, it comes from nature and her parents’ old magazine collection. John has an engineering background so he finds inspiration in the geometry of objects and from old traditional quilts. John and Kate have different preferences when it comes to working with color. John’s favorite palette is the colors of the rainbow; bright primaries and secondaries.  Kate likes strong pastel combinations and monochromes. Interestingly, Kate is the company’s fabric buyer; she has a sure hand in color selection. While they enjoy their partnership, working closely with each other can have its drawbacks. Kate says, “It’s hard not really having a separation between work and family.  Who wants to plan their next business trip at Thanksgiving dinner?”  John admits his challenge is that since he and Kate both have engineering minds, “they think alike most of the time” which can be both positive and negative. When they aren’t working together, John likes fly fishing, fly tying, and biking.John_Flynn bike riding                 kate and kevinKate, who has been married since August, 2003 to graphic designer Kevin Nichols, enjoys reading, rockhounding, gardening and watching either Animal Planet, the History Channel or the Discovery Channel.           What are their favorite tips for quilters?  From Kate: “Relax and be forgiving with yourself.  You are a human, not a machine and your projects should reflect your humanity!” John adds, “Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. It is easier to take your time and do it right the first time rather than rush through and do it over and over.” There is still limited space in both of their classes. You can learn more about this dynamic father-daughter quilting duo on their website: www.flynnquilt.com  ]]>

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