- Have fun!
- Try something new and different!
- Be inspired!
- Make it your own!
Cheryl Lynch will be teaching four classes at Road to California 2018:On Thursday, 4010C Silk Curvalicious Skinny Quilt On Friday, 5011C Beachalicious On Saturday, 6009C Funky Town And on Sunday, a handwork class, 7007C Mini Mosaics Cheryl Lynch is an East Coast girl. Born and raised in New York, she has lived the past 25 years outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She says, “It’s the perfect location, halfway between New York City and Washington, DC and not far from all the quilt shops in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.” If Cheryl’s not quilting, she is traveling to find inspiration for her next quilt. Cheryl commented, “I find inspiration in the world around me. It can be as close as next door or halfway around the world.” The farthest she has traveled that was quilt related was Bali. It was amazing to her to see how batiks are made. Cheryl’s favorite quilting tool is a rotary cutter because of its impact on how quilting is done. “I can’t imagine making lots of blocks and cutting them out by hand.” When it comes to teaching her classes, Cheryl loves sharing the knowledge and techniques she has developed. She hopes her students gain confidence and enjoyment in her classes. What is Cheryl’s best quilting tip? “Finished is better than perfect. Relax and enjoy the process. You’ll get better over time and you’ll be able to see how much you’ve improved.” You can learn more about Cheryl on her website.]]>
Did you know Jodi Barrows has been teaching quilting classes for over 24 years?Jodi has a family history of quilting. She “really got in to piecing” at her local church attending an outreach class that combined bible study with quilting. Jodi will be teaching 2 classes at Road 2018: On Monday, 1001C Square in a Square (Concentrating on Square) and on Tuesday, 2001C Square in a Square (Concentrating on Diamond) What does Jodi enjoy most about teaching? The “thrill” of seeing “the student when that lightbulb moment” happens; when they first see “the unlimited possibilities” of her teaching. Jodi says that she likes to inspire her students to realize that they can achieve projects that they never thought possible. In her classes, Jodi likes to “teach knowledge” — something that the student can still have long after the class is over. Instead of taking home an unfinished project (UFO), Jodi refers that her students take home information and knowledge which provide motivation for the student to keep sewing and working on projects.
Did you know Jodi Barrow’s best quilting tip has to do with a sewing machine?“When doing any sewing, including quilting, always keep a “runner” in your sewing machine. Our sewing machines are happier when they have fabric in them, so always put your “runner” in before you clip off or take your project off of the machine. I teach this in every class and it doesn’t take long to convince the student of its value. Give it a try.” To learn more about Jodi and her books, her company, and her teaching, please visit her website. ]]>
Deb Granger is all about patriotism and giving back.
She and her husband, Duane, own Freedom Star United, a quilt supply company featuring military and patriotic quilt fabric, kits, and patterns. They started their company in 2008 after she had lost her job. She knew she wanted her next venture to be something that “would make a difference.”Why a military and patriotic theme? Because two of the Granger’s sons and one daughter-in-law have served in the Marines. In fact, Deb made her first quilt for one of her sons during his first deployment. Says Deb, “Our hearts are with the military.” Michigan residents for the past 25 years, the Grangers are on the road most of the time, attending 30-35 quilt shows a year. “Road to California is our favorite,” said Deb. “The people are great.” Wherever they go, Deb and Duane are on the lookout for a veteran to give a patriotic quilt to. When they attended Road to California 2016, they resented a quilt to then 88-year-old Morrie Hegg from Apple Valley, California. The Grangers learned that Mr. Hegg was a World War II veteran, having served in the 11th Air Force Army Air Corp in Alaska. He came to Road 2016 with his wife and daughter who are both quilters. Besides having a vendor booth, Deb will also be teaching a class on Monday:
One of Road 2018’s “non-quilting” classes.Sewing machines for the class will be provided by Bernina. Deb says she enjoys teaching and the “one on one time I spend with each of my students.” She believes her students will gain “confidence” if “they are willing to try.” Her word of sewing advice to her students? “Take your time.” When Deb isn’t teaching or working in her vendor booth, she likes to spend time with her grandkids, bake, and run in half marathons. We hope our guests will run right over to Freedom Star United’s booth for an added boost of patriotism during Road 2018. To learn more about Deb and Freedom Star United, please visit their website. ]]>
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Cynthia England is an international fiber artist, pattern designer and author who is known for many things in the quilting industry:
She has won Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston 3 times. Her latest award-winning quilt was this past Spring for her work, Reflections of Cape Town
She owns England Design Studios, where she promotes a technique she has developed called Picture PiecingCynthia hopes her students realize “how much easier her technique, Picture Piecing, is than paper piecing. There is no paper to pick out. You work on the right side of the fabric. If you don’t sew perfect, you remove the freezer paper and re-iron. Lots of cheating!” We wish Cindy well as she continues her Hurricane Harvey recovery and look forward to seeing her at Road to California next January. ]]>
“Life has a way of turning you upside down”
At least that ‘s what Lora Kennedy has experienced. At one point in her life, she found herself a single mom living 200 miles away from any family during a time that her father also passed away. As time healed these wounds, Lora married again and her new husband brought her back home to Smithboro, Illinois, five miles from the home she grew up in and where her mom still lives.[caption id="attachment_5134" align="aligncenter" width="410"] Lora and her mother, Virginia[/caption]
Lora had previously worked with her mom, Virginia, in her mother’s custom drapery business. When Lora returned to Illinois, her mother had opportunities come her way that led her to buy a Nolting long arm quilting machine and open a small fabric shop on her farm. Lora fell in love with long arm quilting and has been doing it since 2005. After a couple of years, they outgrew the shed and moved their business, Farmland Quilting & Embroidery, to town. It was there, during a class they were teaching, that their featured product, Stable Piecing™ was born.That was 10 years ago. Since that time, Stable Piecing™ has grown “tremendously.” Designing, making samples, writing patterns, doing shows & teaching has taken Lora and Virginia around another corner that has included moving the retail location and their work back to the farm. The newest Stable Piecing™ release is due at the time of Road to California 2018 so their booth will be featuring this new product at the show. In addition to working in her Farmland Quilting and Embroidery vendor booth, Lora is also scheduled to teach four evening classes at Road 2018: Wednesday: 3062C Twisted Log CabinThursday: 4062C Pineapples Galore Friday: 5065C Drunkards Path and on Saturday: 6063C Storm at Sea Lora loves to teach because she gets “to see the students get to that moment where they all of a sudden get the idea and then the creative ideas start rolling. I want my students to learn a new skill, or revisit an old one in a new way and then be able to use that in whatever they want, however they want.” What is Lora’s best quilting tip? “To take time to do something for yourself. Take time to just play and not expect any sort of outcome. Just be creative and see where it leads you.” To learn more about Lora and her company, Farmland Quilting & Embroidery, visit their webiste and Facebook Page.]]>
and 5601C Fabulous Trapunto Wallhanging on Friday and Saturday Cindy Seitz-Krug specializes in using a home sewing machine for her heirloom quilting. She owes her love of quilting to her mother. When she was 28 years old, Cindy and her mom took a beginning quilting class, taught by Jenny Carr-Kinney, at the community college in Ventura, California. After that class, Cindy says, “I was completely hooked on quilting.” Unfortunately, today, Cindy’s mom suffers from Alzheimer’s and doesn’t remember that she “used to be quite the quilter.” Luckily for Cindy, both of her half-brothers’ wives quilt, so she is still able to quilt with some family. An author and award-winning quilter, Cindy won $1,500.00 for Excellence In Machine Quilting at Road 2017 for her quilt, Blush. A wholecloth quilt, Cindy said that her biggest challenge was finding “just the right balance of larger motifs that will dazzle, and subtle but beautiful backgrounds to make the main motifs pop, and also make the viewer delight in the detail.” Cindy says she gets inspiration for her quilts from quilt shows. “Seeing all those amazing quilts gets my wheels churning and gets me excited to create something beautiful of my own,” shared Cindy. She has also taken quilt classes from three different instructors that have had an impact on her quilting technique: Diane Gaudynski for Machine Quilting; Sally Collins for Piecing; and Elly Sienkiewicz for Applique. What is the one quilting tool that Cindy can’t live without? “Well, I’d have to say a small, sharp pair of scissors, and a thimble (two tools). And of course, my BERNINA.” Cindy’s best quilting tip is to persevere if you really want to be able to do something. “When people tell me, ‘I could never quilt like that!’, I say, ‘Yes you can; it just depends on how badly you want to do it. If you want it badly enough, you can!’ What does Cindy like best about teaching? “I love when my students tell me that my classes are the best they’ve ever taken! And amazingly, I hear that a lot. It makes me puff up with pride!” Cindy hopes that after her students leave her classes that “they will feel empowered and confident in their ability to quilt their own quilts beautifully.” In addition to her quilting, Cindy enjoys hunting and fishing in the Rocky Mountains. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in Environmental and Systematic Biology, with a concentration in Fisheries Biology. For more than 20 years, Cindy and her husband owned their own aquaculture facility in Bakersfield, CA, raising catfish for sale to grocers and restaurants. They recently sold their fish farms and relocated to the White Mountains of Arizona. To learn more about Cindy, please visit her website, Quintessential Quilting.]]>
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Molly Y Hamilton-McNally, Molly received $5,000 from sponsor, SewBatik.
Molly Y Hamilton-McNally is a familiar winner at Road to California. In 2012, she won Best of Show for Everlasting Bouquet, a quilt she made and that was quilted by Cindy Seitz-Krug.
Fear, loneliness and deep depression brought Molly to quilting in 2000 when she was diagnosed with cancer and later her mother and husband passed away. Molly realized that she had to find some way to bring her back to the light. An acquaintance encouraged Molly to take a class in basic quilting. Unexpectedly, she found herself developing a passion for this art form. Now remarried, life is bright again for Molly. Reborn depicts the rising of the ancient phoenix and represents Molly’s rebirth as well. It took Molly roughly 1-½ years (the equivalent of 1600 hours) to make Reborn. Molly enjoyed the opportunity to continue to improve her abilities using her favorite technique, needle-turn reverse applique. What was Mollie’s reaction when she heard she had won Outstanding Innovative Quilt? She says she was appreciative and happy. Also, she was pleased to have been honored by Road to California and gratified that her hard work had paid off. She plans to use part of her prize money to help pay off her longarm machine. What does Molly’s quilting future hold for her? Molly wants to continue designing large, award winning quilts as well as small quilts which she will use to teach others her techniques. To learn more about Molly, please visit her website.]]>