These moms share their legacy of quilting by going to Road to California with their daughters.
Debra has been quilting for 11 years and has been attending Road to California just as long. She is a long arm quilter and likes seeing thread and fabric in person. Her daughter, Nicole, came with her to Road 2018 to “support my mom. She is really good at quilting.”
Beate loves to share her German heritage and her love of quilting with her daughter, Alison. Beate makes her own designs which she describes as “wonky style” She doesn’t care if her work is perfect; she enjoys the creative aspect of quilting most of all. Beate first taught Alison to quilt in 1976 when Alison was in the 3rd grade. It was a “sailboat improve” that they “threw together.” Both women got away from quilting for a while and picked it up again when Alison was in college. They joined the San Diego Modern Quilt Guild and go to all kinds of retreats together. “We enjoy bright, happy modern quilts,” remarked Beate. They have attended Road to California for over 5 years. Alison looks for the “complicated” quilts on display and in the classes offered. “The more complicated, the more interested I am in the quilt,” she remarked.
Kathie and Laura choose Road to California as a place to meet up. Kathie lives in Surprise, Arizona and Laura lives in Riverside, California. Kathie started quilting in 1982, buying fabric to make a log cabin design. It remained a UFO until 2017 when she finally finished it!! She is quick to note, “I made a bazillion quilts in-between.” Kathie likes the inspiration she gets from attending Road. As for Laura, she likes to help her mom find new ideas, spend money and see all the new products. Chatting with other people at the show is also fun for Laura. “I made an Instagram friend last year with one of the vendors.”
Will we be seeing you and your mom at Road 2019?
Road to California is a great place for family members of all ages to enjoy.
Judy Brink, her daughter Lori Vandenberg, and granddaughter Allison Vandenberg are all Road to California veterans. Judy has come to Road the past 19 years and Lori for the past 15 years. Allison’s first visit to Road was when she was just 6 weeks old. She’s been back two other times.
Judy has been sewing since she was 6 years old and has influenced both Lori and Allison with their sewing. When Lori was expecting her first baby, she wanted to make a baby quilt and Judy helped show her how. Allison got her first sewing machine last Christmas. Grandma Judy shared with Allison some of her stash to get her started on her first sewing projects, pillowcases.
Judy, Lori and Allison regularly plan their own quilt retreats twice a year. They go to Palm Springs, California where they quilt, swim and share.
Lori commented that “Road is an event we never miss.” Added Allison, “Road is really fun and I get to get a half day off school to come!”
Kim, age 19 from Simi Valley, California, attended Road 2016 with her mom and grandmother, a third generation quilter. Kim got into quilting when she decided she wanted to make a quilt for her best friend. Since then, she has also made a couple of wall hangings. She finds quilting to be a nice break from school and work. Road 2016 was her third time at the show. “I love it.” Kim likes seeing all the quilt entries. “They are mind blowing.”
These three generations of quilters visited Road from Bakersfield, California. Grandmother Kay, Kay’s daughter Judy along with Kay’s granddaughter and Judy’s niece Alyssa, age 13, enjoyed spending the day together, enjoying the variety of quilts and skill levels on display.
Kay has been quilting for 30 years and is 90 years old. Judy started sewing in the 8th grade and has been quilting for the past 25 years. Her first quilt was made from fabric she bought at J.C. Penney. She cut out hexagons, created her own pattern and sewed it together. Today, she prefers to applique. Alyssa started quilting 5 years ago. She likes to piece together fabric to make pillows. While her aunt and grandmother have been to Road dozens of times, Road 2016 was Alyssa’s first visit. “I liked it,” remarked Alyssa. She especially enjoyed the Carol’s Zoo Booth.
Who in your family do you bring along to Road?