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Posts Tagged ‘Quilters Rule International’

2015 Special Exhibit: The Next Generation of Quilters

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Old quilts are reborn with new faces

What could be more satisfying than encouraging young quilters with their quilt making skills? That’s exactly what Road to California and six other sponsors did when they initiated  The Next Generation special exhibit at Road 2015.

[caption id="attachment_3201" align="aligncenter" width="619"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]


Youth, aged seven to sixteen years old, were invited to participate in this non-competitive exhibit. “It’s important to let our younger generation know that quilting can be experienced in all different aspects and that it isn’t just about making old-fashioned blankets,” remarked Carolyn Reese.

[caption id="attachment_3205" align="aligncenter" width="627"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]


There were a dozen exhibitors: Crystal Farrand – Lake View Terrace, CA; Paige Graves – Leesburg, VA; Shayla A. Adams – Farmington, UT; Alexus Jekill – Calgary, Canada; Charlotte Upitis – Calgary, Canada;  Amberlin Garcia – Perris, CA; Mickyla E. Wiggins – Albuquerque, NM; Peyton Chaffee – Ventura, CA; Kali Stone – Fullerton, CA; Cambria Lee – Purcellville, VA; Avery Lee – Purcelllville, VA; and Zenden Hutchins – Santee, CA.

[caption id="attachment_3202" align="aligncenter" width="546"]Kali Stone is excited about her entry. Photo by Gregory Case Photography Kali Stone is excited about her entry. Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]


Each young quilter received a special gift package that included:

A participation ribbon

Finger guard set from Guidelines 4 Quilting

$20 gift certificate to Superior Threads

One Year Subscription to Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine

Charm Square packet from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Gift Set from Quilter’s Rule International

The exhibit was also supported by The Cotton Patch.

During the show, participants were able to invite family and friends to see their work free of charge in the North Lobby of the Ontario Convention Center.

[caption id="attachment_3211" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Zenden Hutchins signing out his quilt. Zenden Hutchins signing out his quilt.[/caption]



A Chinese Proverb says, “If you want happiness for a lifetime – help the next generation.” From the looks of this exhibit, the future holds a lot of quilting happiness!!


Look for more youth quilting events with Road 2016.



No April Fooling Here: Proper Care for Rulers, Templates, And Mats

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Road invited Patricia Simons of Quilters Rule International to present one of its new $5 Lectures. She shared how her company makes rulers, templates and mats and gave some handy tips on how to care for them too. Speaking to a full room, it was evident that Patricia was both passionate and knowledgeable about these tools. _i4c4037 


When investing in durable rulers, Patricia gave three important features to consider. She said that rulers will last longer if they are

                         ● Molded instead of cut out of plastic;

                         ● Have their lines injected instead of silk screened on;

                         ● Have a clear coating protecting their marking instead of just having the ink speed dried.


Regarding templates, Patricia suggested that they should be ¼’’ thick if they are going to be used with quilting machines. Thinner templates should only be used for tracing designs._i4c4023


Patricia mentioned that many quilters misunderstand the durability of mats. There is a notion that mats are self-healing; that cuts and scratches are able to magically fill in thus preserving the life of a mat. But Patricia pointed out that because mats are made of non-living materials, there is really no way a scratch or cut can totally disappear. The ability for a mat to last over time is due more to the care that it is shown. Some tips for extending the life of a cutting mat include:

                        ● Only use a sharp blade. Dull blades will damage a mat.

                        ● Never push harder with a sharp rotary cutter than is necessary to cut fabric.

                        ● Cutting repeatedly on the same line will erode the mat on that line and cause it to bubble or warp. Move your cuts around.

                        ● Wash your mat occasionally with warm soapy water to keep it clean.

                        ● While you might have bought your mat rolled up, it is best to store your mat flat

                        ● Keep mat away from direct sunlight or excessive heat sources for long period of time.

Handy tips for keeping some of the most used quilting tools in tip-top shape.