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Posts Tagged ‘Quilted in Honor’

Community Outreach for Road 2016

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Road to California believes in giving back to the community.

Carolyn Reese, Matt Reese, and the entire Road to California has a long tradition of helping those in need.

Road supports charities like Pomona Valley Hospital’s  Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center Endowment Fund Celebrate in Style and Quilted in Honor, a charity benefiting veterans and their families.Quilted in Honor Road also supports quilting friends with their charities, helping to raise money for John Flynn’s bike rides to benefit MSJohn_Flynn bike riding or the granddaughter of our friend, Kathleen of Starr Design Fabrics, who is suffering from Cystinosis.11888123_10153151925768391_1397178779313471519_n

For Road 2016, this giving spirit is being extended to allow youth and older citizens the chance to personally experience this outstanding quilt show.

Carolyn has enlisted the help of her friends and fellow quilters, Bonnie Rangel and Rene Hicks, to organize free docent tours of Road to California 2016 for youth groups and senior citizen retirement homes. These tours will include seeing and learning about the winning quilts up close, meeting with award winning quilters, and learning about quilting tools from established vendors. Rene said that she is happy to be a part of arranging this community outreach because she “enjoys seeing the joy on the guest’s faces when they experience for the first time quilts coming to life for them at Road to California.” Last year, Innovative Horizons Charter School, accepted the invitation to attend one of these tours. They met with Eleanor Burns (whom they already knew about and were big fans of her) and the Egyptian Quilters as well as have special access to exhibits and using quilt tools._I4C8024 What is the motivation for Road to extend this community outreach?  Sharing Inspiration.  Carolyn Reese remarked, “It’s important to let the younger experience the different aspects of quilting and learn that it’s much more than making blankets.”  And for the retirement home residents, “It gives our respected, older generation  a chance to leave their regular routine and see how the quilting industry has evolved from what they might have been familiar with.” To extend the opportunity for this community outreach, we need your help. If you know of youth groups (schools, 4H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire, etc.) or retirement homes that are local to Ontario, California and that you feel would benefit from participating , please contact Bonnie Rangel at bonnie.rangel@yahoo.com to arrange for a tour. Sharing the love of quilting is a wonderful way to outreach to the community, don’t you agree?    ]]>

Quilt Challenge 2015: Step Out Of The Box

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Road to California 2014 started out with a parade. Led by members of the Colony High School Drum Corps, followed by dignitaries from the show’s host city, Ontario, the entourage marched in to the vendor hall, and stopped near the Quilted with Honor Exhibit, a fitting backdrop for the veteran presentation that followed._i4c2887[1]

All quilts in the Quilted in Honor Exhibit were made with patriotic fabrics designed by IslandBatik._i4c3751

These quilts made such a huge impression that Road wanted to extend their versatility by offering a new challenge using these fabrics: Step Out of the Box._i4c3744

The Step Out of the Box Challenge requires all submitted quilts to be a modern aesthetic design that incorporates at least 50% Island Batik Quilted in Honor fabrics. Quilters are also encouraged, but not required, to use additional materials from other Quilted in Honor sponsors such as Aurifill thread, Pellon batting, OESD embroidery designs, or patterns from Quilted in Honor designers.Quilted in Honor Partners

Due by October 1, 2014, quilters can submit more than one entry. After the show, all quilts for this exhibit will be donated to Operation Homefront.  You can find additional entry rules on our web site.

A fun and unique way to bring together modern quilt design, patriotism and our 20th Anniversary.


Road 2014 Special Exhibit: Quilted in Honor

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

What better way to recognize a patriotic weekend than by sharing a patriotic quilt exhibit._i4c3744 

Led by Island Batik, Quilted in Honor is a fund raising initiative for Operation Homefront, one of the top military fund raising organizations. The intent of Quilted in Honor is to harness the collective power of the quilting industry to give back to the ones that need it the most. The organizations involved could have chosen to donate something on their own but instead decided to work together to support this outstanding organization._i4c3745

The exhibit was a collection from top industry celebrities and quilters. They had to incorporate the special fabrics created by Island Batik for this initiative in their quilts. The results were truly patriotic!!! After the show, the quilts were donated to support military families and returning veterans whose lives were forever changed because of their service to our country._i4c3751

In addition to displaying this exhibit and sharing with guests the mission of Operation Homefront, Road to California supported Quilted in Honor through their annual tote bag distribution. A portion of the amount charged for this year’s commemorative tote bags, featuring quilts from the exhibit, was donated to Operation Homefront.Limited Tote

Road to California is honored to join with others in the quilting industry and be a part of this great cause.

Did you get a commemorative tote bag? What are you using it for now?     


Starting Road With A Salute To Veterans

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Patriotism is important at Road.   

To highlight our involvement with Operation Homefront and Quilted in Honor, this year’s show is starting off with a salute to veterans.

Please join us on the showroom floor on Thursday, January 23rd, at 11:40 a.m., for a special presentation.

Colony High School in Ontario, California will start the program with their marching drum corps.Colony High School

Renown quilter (and entertainer) Jerry Granata will be singing the National Anthem. exhibits__i4c6098

The Mayor of Ontario, Mayor Paul Leon, will offer some remarksPaul Leon

Followed by representatives from Operation Homefront  andVeterans

Island Batik, the leader for the fundraising initiative, Quilted in Honor, of which Road to California is a sponsor.Quilted in Honor 

Following their remarks, Carolyn Reese will be presenting a specially made quilt to Vietnam Veteran, Ron Baker.

A special way to begin Road to California 2014.


And don’t forget to visit the Special Exhibit, Quilted in Honor, located in the Exhibit Hall. Being featured is a collection from top industry celebrities and quilters donated to support military families and returning veterans. At the exhibit, guests can purchase limited edition Road to California Commemorative Tote Bags,  designed with quilts from the exhibit. The bags cost only $8.95.  Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Operation Homefront.  Limited Tote

See you at the show when we pay tribute to our wonderful veterans.


Proud To Be A Partner With Quilted in Honor

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Do you have a military connection? Maybe you have had a loved one serve or know of someone who is currently serving. Maybe you have personally served. Or maybe you just have respect and honor for those who have or are dedicating their lives to our country.Veterans

Whatever your connection, there is a story to tell and that is what the program Quilted in Honor is all about. Led by Island Batik and supported by the quilting industry, including Road to California, Quilted in Honor was designed to inspire quilters, sewing enthusiasts, guilds, and shops to rally around our troops and give back in an innovative and unique way, creating projects that tell the human side of what “serving our country” really means to soldiers and their families back home.Quilted in Honor

It is hoped that through the collective efforts within the quilting industry, attention and donations will be given to Operation Homefront– a leading national charity providing emergency financial and other support to service members and Wounded Warriors. Operation Homefront is rated among the top charities nationally, with over 99% of its resources going towards assisting the lowest ranking and lowest paid service members. Much like the military itself, Operation Homefront has a “no man left behind” attitude as it works with veterans and their families across the United States.  Besides financial assistance, Operation Homefront also gives aid to challenges with everyday life such as auto repairs and donations, home repair and items, moving and relocation, food assistance and health care services. In addition, Operation Homefront provides support to families learning how to cope with and adjust to family members who have been wounded or injured in service, transitioning to civilian life, and community involvement. Many of their staff, including the CEO, are former military themselves and therefore know firsthand how best to reach out and assist soldiers and their families.    

The flagship of the Quilted in Honor program is Island Batik’s Quilted in Honor fabric line. Made up of 45 vibrant fabrics designed by top designer Kathy Engle, they are sure to be a popular foundation for all kinds of sewing and quilting projects. Additional companies including Aurifil, Pellon, and C&T Publishing, have created additional product lines or are providing marketing opportunities and promotional support for the project.Quilted in Honor Partners

Road to California got involved with Quilted in Honor because of its far reaching effects. As Carolyn explains, “Operation Homefront helps military families in so many ways, not just through quilt donations but with so much more. I hope our Road family will join in and support this cause.” Look for future announcements on the different ways Road to California will be promoting Quilted in Honor at the quilt show in January.