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Posts Tagged ‘Quilt in a Day’

Grandmothers, Granddaughters, and Quilting

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Levonne signed up Angela for sewing classes and Angela thought they were “really fun.” In her classes, Angela has made a purse, pin cushion, neck pillows, and a skirt. Angela grew up watching her grandmother quilting. Since she was three, she would sit on Levonne’s lap and watch. Angela started quilting on her own 2 years ago. Her first quilt was queen size!! She has her own Brother machine and will inherit her grandmother’s Brother embroidery machine one day. Angela is currently interested in longarm quilting and has been practicing. Her dream is to own a Gammill machine one day. When Gammill, Road’s Platinum Sponsor, heard this, they invited Angela to spend some time with their machines in their booth. They promised to work with Levonne and Angela to have Angela’s dream come true!!Grandmothers, Granddaughters, and Quilting Rachel lives in Orange County, California. She brought her 9 year old granddaughter, Siri, who lives in Montana. Rachel’s grandmother was a quilter and when she passed away, Rachel “took up quilting in earnest.” That was 38 years ago. Rachel’s daughters all sew and now she hopes to pass on her love of quilting to Siri. As Rachel says, “Traditions are important.” Siri is just learning to sew from her mother. She has made pillowcases and has donated them to the Beach Cities Quilters Guild. Siri’s favorite quilt on display at the show featured a cat. Faith, age 8, is the great-granddaughter of Annie who has been quilting since 2005 when a co-worker invited her to take a quilting class with the Downey Adult School. Annie now takes classes every Friday at Pico Rivera’s Rio Hondo Park.  Annie quilts “any pattern I can put together,” and particularly enjoys Quilt in a Day by Eleanor Burns. After watching her “Nanny” make a quilt, Faith asked her if she could make one. Annie cut out 5 inch squares and Faith sewed them together, making her first quilt for her baby sister. Faith hopes to make quilts and sell them because “quilting is fun.”Grandmothers, Granddaughters, and Quilting]]>

So You Want To Make A Winning Quilt – Road 2016 Outstanding Innovative Quilt

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Really ‘Wild’ Flowers!  Third Season was made and quilted by Sharon L Schlotzhauer of Monument, Colorado. She won $5,000 from sponsor, SewBatik.Outstanding Innovative Quilt

Sharon Schlotzhauer has always loved fabric. She had done occasional garment sewing and fabric-related crafts from her teens into adulthood.Sharon L. Schlotzhauer Sharon began quilting in 2000 shortly after “inadvertently’ watching a portion of Eleanor Burns, Quilt-In-A-Day program one Saturday morning. (Truthfully, Sharon was actually waiting for a different program to come on and had tuned in a bit early)  Sharon thought that Eleanor made quilting look so fun and had made such a beautiful block, that her interest was piqued.  After that initial introduction, Sharon started tuning in each Saturday morning and eventually became hooked.  Prior to that chance encounter, she had had no interest in either quilts or quilting! The inspiration for Really ‘Wild’ Flowers!  came from Sharon wanting to do something dimensional and unusual.  Ever since she began making art/wall quilts in 2004, she has worked in dimension and embellishment in some way.  This quilt is the newest in her ‘Wild’ Flowers! series which began in 2008 with a smaller Robert Kaufman challenge quilt.  The three larger, “Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! ‘Seasons’ quilts began in 2009.  All the ‘wild’ flower quilts are different but similar to each other and the flowers have evolved in different shapes and forms.  The required commonality is the dimensional open-centered flowers, which to Sharon’s knowledge is uniquely her own.  The idea for each quilt comes with a thought, a sketch, and what she imagines that she can do to make the next quilt a little more interesting. [caption id="attachment_4088" align="aligncenter" width="406"]Really 'Wild' Flowers! Second Season - 62" x 65" ​went missing in November 2011 in Houston, Texas. There is a reward for its safe return​ Really ‘Wild’ Flowers! Second Season – 62″ x 65″
​went missing in November 2011 in Houston, Texas.
There is a reward for its safe return​[/caption] Sharon spent a little under 400 hours in 2015 working on this quilt.  (Her second “Season” quilt took 700 hours!!)  Every competition quilt Sharon makes is a learning process as she attempts to create a more interesting or more innovative element with each consecutive one. What did Sharon think when she found out she won Outstanding Innovative Quilt at Road 2016? “I was absolutely stunned for a few moments – and then filled with incredible excitement!!  I had to read the email twice to be sure I didn’t misunderstand it!  I never take any award of any size, at any show, for granted.  I’m always grateful, and it’s a blessing for me when my work is given recognition by judges or viewers alike.” What does Sharon plan to do next with her quilting? She wants to continue to” follow my interest and my heart.” Sharon plans to keep on making show and competition quilts along with benefit and personal/gift quilts in between.  There are two more pieces to her ‘Wild’ Flowers! series that are currently drafted and waiting to be made.  Making miniatures is also an increasing interest for Sharon – usually hand-appliqued landscapes.  Sharon says that she loves detail and enjoys working in small scale. To learn more about Sharon and her work, please visit her website.    ]]>

A Field Trip Of Dreams

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Do you remember your elementary school field trips?

You probably went to a museum or to an art exhibit; the zoo or the fire station. Maybe you even went to a theatrical performance. For 5th and 6th grade students in the Quilt Club at Innovative Horizons Charter School, their field trip was to attend Road to California!!

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A low, socio-economic school located in the low, socio-economic Perris Elementary School District, Innovative Horizons Charter School’s  Quilt Club is in its second year under the direction of teacher (and quilter) Abbie Van Buskirk. The original intent of the club said Ms. Buskirk was to enable students to “learn to sew something for themselves and to sew something for them to give away.”

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This year, there are 25 fifth grade and ten sixth grade students participating in the after school club.  “I joined the Quilt Club to make quilts for people who need warmth in the cold,” said 5th grader Jesus Ayala. Added Cain Gonzales, another 5th grade student, “I wanted to make quilts for preemies.” 

The club meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for 1-1/2 hours.  It has access to 8 Brother sewing machines which were donated to the school along with cutting boards and cutting tools. Students cut out their own projects using fabric donated by Ms. Van Buskirk and other faculty at the school. Christine Tober, a mom of one of the club members and a volunteer with the Quilt Club, said of the program, “My son has been in the Quilt Club for 2 years and has become an advanced quilter. I love the opportunity the club gives the kids not only to learn how to quilt, but for them to socialize, use their math skills, and participate in something.”

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Ms. Buskirk approached her school district and Road to California to attend the show. The district provided the buses from its art funding.  After a one hour bus ride, the students were greeted at the show by Road’s owner, Carolyn Reese, and well known quilter Eleanor Burns. Many of the students were familiar with Eleanor’s Quilt in a Day and so they treated her like a celebrity!!

And Eleanor was just as excited to see them. “I started sewing when I was young so I know firsthand the benefits of how sewing will keep you healthy and give you something to look forward to each day. I hope these children will keep sewing the rest of their life.”

The students were divided in to three groups and given a three hour tour of the show. Each group took turns learning about long arm quilting machines and cutting tools; visited the Celebrating 150 Years of California State Parks special exhibit and met with the Egyptian quilters at their special exhibit. They were thrilled with the special treatment they received and were inspired but what they saw.

Carolyn Reese enjoyed hosting the students.  “It’s important to let the younger generation experience the different aspects of quilting and learn that it’s much more than making blankets.”        

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For the Quilt Club of Innovative Horizons Charter School, going to Road to California was the field trip of their dreams!! 


Week 7 Giveaway: Home Sweet Home

Friday, December 26th, 2014

A cookbook, a quilt book that is also a cookbook, and some fun holiday decoration patterns make up the Week 7 Giveaway:Week 7 Giveaway Quilts From El’s Kitchen by Eleanor Burns; From Halibut to Jalepenos by Annie Unrein; and Four Patterns (Stocking Delight, Boo to You, Wool Felt Ornaments, Paper Pieced Pot Holders) by Connie Spurloock 

End 2014 with a bang by entering to win up to three ways:

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 Week 7’s giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  Week 7’s giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for Week 7’s Giveaway begin Friday, December 26th and close Wednesday, December 31st – New Years Eve. As always, a winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator. Because of the New Year holiday, we will announce Week 7’s winner on Friday, January 1st on Road’s Facebook Page.  Being a winner would be a great way to start the new year!! Any questions? Contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!


Week 5 Giveaway: Vintage Quilting and Stitching

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Two classic favorites are being offered this week: one from Eleanor Burns and the other from Claudia Dinnell:Week 5 GiveawayClaudia’s Creations features classic red on white embroidery patterns that can be used alone or in quilt designs. Quilt in a Day’s book, Egg Money Quilts,  is not only a collection of twelve vintage quilt block patterns with two layouts, but also a treasury of extra projects created from the blocks.  

Don’t forget, there are up to three ways you can enter to win:

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 Week 3’s giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  Week 3’s giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for Week 5’s Giveaway begin Friday, December 12th and close Wednesday, December 17th. The winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator and will be announced on Thursday, December 18th on Road’s Facebook Page.  Any questions? Contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!


Are You An Eleanor Burns/Quilt In A Day Fan Too?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Eleanor Burns is always a big crowd pleaser at Road. Her fans come from near and far to attend one of her lectures and to browse her Quilt in a Day vendor booth.

This year, two of Eleanor’s biggest admirers came to see her Thursday night lecture. They were nine year old Katie and her Grammy, Barbara. How did we know that they were such big fans? Perhaps it was because they own a life-size cutout of Eleanor that they dress up for all the holidays.  Barbara and Katie

Barbara lives in Northern California. She drives down to Rancho Cucamonga in Southern California every three months to visit Katie and her family. Sewing is a big part of her visits. Barbara is always bringing along batting, fabric, and her sewing machine in her car which has the license plate, ♥2BQLTN.

Ever since Katie was 3 or 4, she wanted to sew along with her Grammy. Together they have made lots of pillows, pillow cases, placemats and one quilt. Katie got her own Brother sewing machine the week of the show. Currently, Barbara is helping Katie make a quilt on her new machine that she plans to enter in next year’s youth sewing challenge for Road to California.

This was Barbara and Katie’s second visit to Road. It is their favorite show. They like to “get material together to make different things and create.” And of course, they love being able to see Eleanor Burns in person. They sat on the front row and Katie even got to be a part of Eleanor’s show. What a thrill for this young fan!!!img_6638

 Have you ever met your idol in person? Who was it and where did you meet them?







Celebrating National Cherry Month With El's Kitchen

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Did you know that February is National Cherry Month? Maybe it’s because George Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd (“I didn’t cut down the cherry tree”). Or maybe it’s because one of the quilts featured in Eleanor Burns’ 2012 Block Party, Quilts From El’s Kitchen, highlighted a Cherry Basket Quilt.El's Kitchen

Eleanor Burns returned to Road to California again this year, bringing her spunky spirit and cute costumes, to entertain and delight her over-flowing classes. And of course, Eleanor had some surprises up her sleeve._i4c3294

What was different about this year’s presentation? Attendees got inspiration for sewing and cooking. Not only did Eleanor talk about the quilts based on the blocks from Quilts From El’s Kitchen, she also shared delicious recipes that went along with them. _i4c3252  

With the cherry basket block, Eleanor showed how it could be repeated on its own in a beautiful quilt, as well as the center of the quilt made from the all the blocks in this latest book._i4c3248

The recipe Eleanor gave for the cherry basket block is perfect to make to celebrate National Cherry Month:

Cherry Cobbler in a Crockpot

2 cans cherry pie filling    1 box yellow cake mix

1 stick melted butter    2 teaspoons vanilla

Dump pie filling in a crock pot. Combine cake mix, butter, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Break up and cover pie filling with the crumbles. You can add some chopped nuts on top if you want. Bake on high for two hours or on low for two-four hours. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.

To see more recipes and learn about the other tasty quilt squares in Quilts From El’s Kitchen, visit Eleanor Burn’s web site.