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Posts Tagged ‘Road to California 2016’

So You Want To Make A Winning Quilt- Road 2016 Outstanding Art Quilt

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Beach Sculptures was made and quilted by Judy Leslie. She won $5,000 from sponsor Handi Quilter, Inc. for winning Outstanding  Art Quilt at Road to California 2016.

[caption id="attachment_4043" align="aligncenter" width="602"]Photo credit: Judy Leslie Photo credit: Judy Leslie[/caption]

Judy Leslie is from Coquitlam, BC Canada. Her original design took about a year to complete. She uses a domestic machine for her quilting!!Judy Leslie

How did you get started in quilting?  I have always loved designing with fibre (this is the Canadian spelling of fibre!).  My interest began as a pre-teen by dreaming up and sewing ‘exotic’ doll clothes for my younger sister.  I then moved on to constructing a vast array of garments over the years.   About twenty years ago I discovered the wonderful tactile nature of cloth in ‘quilt’ form. I began by making a few traditional style quilts, but soon developed an interest in creating art quilts.  Once I retired from a teaching career, I was able to devote more time to experimenting with techniques and designs.  I am forever inspired by the lushness of our local landscape as well as recent journeys to other vistas.

What inspired your winning design?  My husband and I have spent many winter vacations leisurely exploring Kauai’s beaches.  The slowly eroding shoreline produces exquisite ‘beach sculptures’. The remains of trees, with their intertwined roots, are stripped of their bark and gradually reveal incredible tints of creams, pinks and grays.

How long did it take to make your winning quilt? What did you learn along the way?  I usually focus on making at least two pieces at a time as I ponder and plan future projects.  The complexity of each artwork’s construction means that a single piece may take many weeks or even months to complete.  Sometimes family responsibilities or travel takes me away for periods of time, yet often this time allows me to contemplate ways and means of enhancing the projects that I’m in the process of completing. [caption id="attachment_4044" align="aligncenter" width="508"]Photo Credit: Judy Lesllie Photo Credit: Judy Lesllie[/caption] What was your reaction when you found out you won Outstanding Art Quilt?  I was ecstatic!  I was awarded Best Painted Surface at the Road to California in 2013 and I thought that nothing could surpass that thrill.  When I received the news I was with my husband and friends on the Big Island of Hawaii wishing I could be at the show in California. Did you do anything special with your prize money? Other than purchasing a huge selection of threads that I have coveted for at least ten years, my prize money is in my Savings account!  My ‘workhorse’ domestic machine has never let me down for eight years;  I now have a contingency fund should my machine decide to be uncooperative in the future. Where do you go from here with your quilting? At the moment I am creating two major pieces.  Although I am using different materials and techniques, both pieces have an animal theme.   Making art quilts is an important part of my life and I receive immense pleasure from working in this medium of artistic expression. Since 2007, I have exhibited quilts in a number of major quilt shows and galleries in both Canada and the USA.    Many award winning pieces can be viewed on the Fibre Art Network website.  I have taught a variety of classes in the past.  Physical limitations now prevent me from this pleasure so I am contemplating self publishing a book on some of my favorite techniques.

Editor’s note: You can read a more detailed account of Judy’s work on Beach Sculptures in the Autumn 2015 edition of  The Canadian Quilter magazine CQA/ACC.


Road 2016 Vendor Spotlight: Meet Birch Fabrics

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Birch Fabrics as a means to provide an environmentally friendly cotton alternative to the quilting and crafting community. Birch Fabrics believes that the sustainability of our planet begins with consciousness and it can be successful with real action. That’s why their fabric is produced from 100% organic cotton, and printed with low impact dyes. Cynthia and her family lives on the Central Coast of California in the town of Templeton. She says it’s a great area place to raise her two sons, ages 7 and 10. Their family spends the majority of their time outside at the beach or the skate parks. When they have off time from work, they also spend lots of time with friends and family. How did Cynthia get started in her business? She first started selling fabric online on Etsy.com and then started her own website. After about a year, she decided to manufacture organic cotton fabric because it was very difficult to find and she really wanted to sew for her kids using as natural of a material that she could find. Cynthia decided that it made sense that other young, eco-conscious mothers would also be looking for the same quality fabric.images What is the big difference between organic cotton and regular cotton? Organic cotton  is grown without the use of harmful pesticides. Traditional cotton is accountable for almost 25% of all chemical pesticides used in agriculture. “And with nearly 50% of the textile market using cotton, that is a lot of chimerical going into the earth,” remarks Cynthia on her web site. For Birch Fabrics, that is a BIG deal.Just For Fun-889-T Birch Fabrics is a business made up of “dedicated, motivated, and wonderful people,” says Cynthia. She loves that her business “is creative and that her company inspires people.” Road 2016 will be Birch Fabric’s first time at the show. They will be featuring in their booth their line of organic cotton fabrics, “Birch Fabrics.” They will have all substrates, including poplins, knits, double gauze, and canvas.wildland-1042-T What is Cynthia looking forward to at Road 2016?  Seeing familiar faces along with some new faces as they “light up with a glow” when they see Birch Fabrics. Cynthia remarks, “It’s so wonderful to be in the company of consumers and retailers that appreciate our art and what we do.” To learn more about Birch Fabrics, please visit their website and their blog.      ]]>

Road 2016 Faculty Video Interview: Meet Cara Gulati

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Cara Gulati will be teaching a Monday-Tuesday Class, 1202R  3-D Explosion.  She is also teaching a Wednesday class,  3007R Scroll-A-Luscious and a Thursday class, 4007C Radiant Suns. Cara will also be a presenter at Friday night’s Roundabout.

Recently, we videotaped our  interview with Cara for this blog post. We invite you to watch along as Cara shares her love of quilting and her excitement of being a Road 2016 teacher:

First off, we asked Cara to tell us a little about herself:[youtube]https://youtu.be/3SjCtdlMtwk[/youtube]

How did Cara get started in quilting? [youtube]https://youtu.be/oSrxl-2QE_Q[/youtube]

Where does Cara find her inspiration? [youtube]https://youtu.be/Zf5SzVUElB8[/youtube]

Cara recently had a gallery show in Spain [youtube]https://youtu.be/lvbf4LVs05Q[/youtube]

What is your favorite quilting tool? Cara has three!! [youtube]https://youtu.be/anh04CrH8Ts[/youtube]

What does Cara like most about teaching? [youtube]https://youtu.be/-Do8PHjYo4A[/youtube]

When asked if she ever had an embarrassing teaching moment, Cara had a funny story to share: [youtube]https://youtu.be/6CEK9VGW7Pc[/youtube]

Cara describes the classes she will be teaching in January: [youtube]https://youtu.be/sNDrpkYS0Tg[/youtube]

We couldn’t end our interview without asking for Cara’s best quilting advice: [youtube]https://youtu.be/GuAF4-LN6Eg[/youtube]

Thanks for watching our interview with Cara Gulati. If you want to know more about Cara, please visit her website.


Winning Quilters Make Winning Faculty

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Did you know?

Four of our distinguished faculty who will be teaching at Road 2016 were winning quilters at Road 2015.

Jerry Granata

2015 Third Place Winner for Innovative Large3rd place-Jerry Granata

What did Jerry think about winning at Road 2015?  “Being from California and having the show so close to my home, winning a prize made it extra special. I feel like Road to California is my home show.”

Jerry will be teaching  6004C  Aim for the Lone Stars! on Saturday (which is sold out)  and 7004C  Intro to Domestic Quilting  on Sunday which is still available. Jerry is “looking forward” to meeting all of his students and sharing his knowledge “to help my students be better quilt makers and have fun doing it.”   

Nancy Prince

2015  Marie White Masterpiece Award WinnerMasterpiece Winner- Nancy Prince

“Winning the Marie White Masterpiece Award at Road to California this past January was a welcome surprise and an amazing experience,” remarked Nancy.

Nancy is teaching four classes at Road 2016: On Thursday, 4012C  Thread Sketching – Creating Depth & Realism; Friday: 5009C  Whimsical Flowers; Saturday: 6008C  Thread Painted Landscape Summer; and Sunday: 7008C  Enhancing a Photograph Through Thread Sketching. There is still room available in her Friday and Sunday classes. “Road is one of my favorite shows to participate as a teacher and I am honored to be part of the faculty this year.”

Cheryl See

2015 Best Use of ColorBest Use of Color 2015

It was “especially rewarding” for Cheryl “when Starlette won a ribbon at Road To California in 2015.” “It was the first time I had won the ribbon for Best Use of Color.  I love all of the bright, happy colors in Starlette as it just makes me smile and I hope it put a smile on the face of other quilters at the show!”

Cheryl also will be teaching four classes at Road 2016: 4015R  English Paper Piecing Technique on Thursday; 5013R  Innovative Hand Quilting on Friday; 6012R  Hexie Daisy on Saturday; and 7012R  Innovative Hand Quilting again on Sunday. Cheryl considers it “a privilege to teach at Road To California in 2016!  Historically hand piecing and quilting is thought of as very traditional.  I love to show quilters an innovative approach to color and design that is anything but traditional!”

David Taylor

2015 First Place Art PictorialArt Pictorial Winner 2015

David has two classes that are sold out 3013C Simple Machine appliqué on Wednesday and 5016 C  Short and Sweet Thread Play on Friday. There is still room available in his class “Yes, You Can Stipple!” which is being taught twice: on Thursday 4018C and on Saturday, 6016C.






Road 2016 Special Exhibit: Woolies Four Pound Challenge

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Work begins on specialty exhibits long before they go on view at Road to California.

What would you do if you got 85 pounds of fabric scraps in the mail? Well, if you were Pat Sloan, you’d take them to your friendship group and issue a challenge!!

And that’s exactly what Pat did. The scraps were sent from Moda Fabrics and were strips from two of Pat’s fabric lines that she had designed for them: One for You, One for Me and The Sweet Life. Pat wanted the scraps out of her house, so she enlisted the help of her Woolie Nuts Friendship Group.

Woolie Nuts started as a group of six  crafter-artist-quilters who wanted to get together and work on wool projects. Today, the group has grown to over 15 members. The Woolie Nuts meet monthly from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in a grocery store in Sterling, Virginia  under a sign that says, “Do Not Schedule Meetings In This Area.”  Like any other friendship group, they order food, pull up some tables, socialize while they work on their projects, and are supportive of each other in all aspects of their lives. 

One of the Woolie Nuts, Sue Graham, went over to Pat’s house and got the 85 pound box of fabric scraps. It took her two hours to sort the strips by color.IMG_0519

Then with the help of 5 other gals, Sue and her friends dropped and mixed the different width strips into 20 piles, each weighing four pounds.IMG_0523

The group decided together on the rules for their Woolies Four Pound Challenge. Each participant has to use one of the random 4 pound bags of Pat’s scraps to create an original quilt that is no longer than 85” on one side. It is OK to add fabrics to their design, so long as it is another Moda fabric. They have until September 1, 2016 to complete their quilts.

There will be 20 quilts in the Woolies Four Pound Challenge Special Exhibit. Fifteen will be made by Woolie’s members and an additional five quilts will be made from quilters not in the Woolie Nuts group.IMG_0526

Are you as curious as we are to see what these talented quilters come up with? We will just have to wait until Road 2016 to find out!!    




Winning Tools for Winning Quilts

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Is Road to California on your mind right now?

Registration for classes is just around the corner. Some quilters are also using the dog days of summer to work on their entries for Road 2016 judging.

We recently heard from one of our vendors, Guidelines4Quilting, how two winning quilts credited Guidelines4Quilting tools for helping them create their entries.

Amazing Red Rock by Bonnie Beatty

[caption id="attachment_3306" align="aligncenter" width="394"]Amazing Red Rock by Bonnie Beatty Amazing Red Rock by Bonnie Beatty[/caption]

Bonnie Beatty is fairly new to quilting so she was thrilled to have her quilt accepted for judging at Road 2015. The pattern Bonnie based her quilt on, “Labyrinth Walk” designed by Chris Florence and Emily Sirkin and featured in the April/May 2012 edition of Quilt Magazine, was meant for intermediate quilters, but that didn’t stop Bonnie. “This quilt truly stretched my quilting abilities and improved my confidence greatly,” remarked Bonnie.

Bonnie used several Guidelines4Quilting tools to complete her project. To cut out the strips, she used their Guideline RulersShe then used their Prep-Tool to prepare the triangles. She appreciated the accuracy the Prep-Tool provided in sewing the triangles together. “Triangles have always been a bit of a challenge for me, so having tools that make it easier and actually work was great.”

She also used Guidelines4Quilting Grip Strips on almost all of her rulers.

Stars for Mom by Sharon Vervoort

[caption id="attachment_3307" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Stars for Mom by Sharon Vervoort Stars for Mom by Sharon Vervoort[/caption]


This 2010, Third Place: winning quilt for Traditional, Large, Pieced, was Sharon’s first quilt ever entered in a contest. Sharon made this gold start quilt “to honor my mother on her 80th birthday and was inspired by Sharyn Squier Craig’s LeMoyne Stars. My mother deserves every gold star on this quilt and more!”

Sharon shared that one of her secrets to creating this winning quilt was using Guidelines4Quilting’s Prep-Tool to mark the seam intersections for the precise Set-In-Seams on the Lemoyne Stars.

Do you have a favorite tool you’ve bought at Road to California that makes a difference with your quilting projects? We’d love to hear about it!!




Registering for 2018 Classes: A Refresher

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Registration for Road to California 2018 begins Saturday, July 8th at 8:00 a.m. PDT 

Our online registration is fully automated. To make sure you are prepared for a positive experience, we are once again providing this online registration information. Please familiarize yourself with the steps below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at info@roadtocalifornia.com.

Before you begin, please review the class lists and faculty information on our website. We are confident there are classes available to match all skill levels and interests.

Before July 8th,  first make sure your internet browser plays nicely with others. Our system does not work well with Internet Explorer and some versions of Mozilla Firefox.  Google Chrome and Apple Safari play really nice with others, and have been tested and verified to work on our system. Unfortunately, we have not been able to optimize our website for touch devices (including iPads & iPhones.) On the same note, you should also make sure prior to online registration that you have installed updates for your internet browser. This is very important to your own personal internet security and will enhance your experience with our online registration program. There is a great how-to article on updating your internet browser on the web that you can find here Now that we are done with computer housekeeping, lets move onto the Second Step, logging on. Open that fancy new updated internet browser and navigate to: https://online.roadtocalifornia.com. You should see a photo of our beautiful San Gabriel Mountains kissed with snow and the Road to California logo.  If you have taken classes in the past, use the same email address and password and skip ahead.Blog 1 If you forgot your password, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Click on Forgot Password. A yellow box should appear (See Photo Below). Fill out all the required information and click change password. Hint: Your new password needs to be 8 characters long and include a capital letter and a number. Blog 2 If you don’t remember your email address, send us an email to: info@roadtocalifornia.com. We will be happy to assist you with your online account. In your email, please include your name, email address and mailing address. We will use that information to find your account and email you a new password. If you have not taken a class at Road before, click on the blue create an account link. The following page should appear. Fill out all required fields and click create. Again, your password needs to be 8 characters long and include a capital letter and a number.Blog 3You should now be logged in! On July 8th at 8:00 AM PDT you can move your mouse to ROAD2018 and click on Register! Once you’ve clicked on Register, you will see the following screen. Make sure if you wish to purchase cancellation insurance, you drag over the Cancellation Insurance selection. Simply Click, Drag into your calendar and Release when the calendar turns red. Blog 5 Change the drop down from Miscellaneous Items to the date of the class you wish to register for. Here we have chosen Friday, and want to take Dancing Dots with Nancy Mahoney.Blog 6 Simply Click down on Dancing Dots and Drag the Dancing Dots block over to the calendar (the calendar will turn red) and Release.Blog 7 Let’s say you also want to take a Sunday class (gotta leave Thursday and Saturday to do some serious shopping in the vendor mall). Being a big fan of stars, you want to take Sparkle Star with Donna Thomas.Blog 8 Click down on Sparkle Star, Drag it over to the calendar and Release. The calendar turns red when you have dragged the class to the proper location. Release when the calendar is red to enroll. Blog 9 What if you change your mind and instead of taking a Friday class, you’d rather take a multi-day class? To remove the Friday class, simply Click on the class under Events/Classes to be Purchased, Drag it out of the calendar and Release.Blog 10 Multi-Day classes are sorted by the first day they begin. For example, you would love to take a class with Rob Appell, and he happens to be teaching a Three Day Seascape/Landscape Extravaganza starting on Monday! Click on class 1302R, Drag it into the calendar, and Release when the calendar turns red! Blog 11

Please note: We have made a change to our cancellation policy; we will no longer  be offering cancellation insurance. Starting in 2016, Road to California’s cancellation policy will offer everyone a refund based off both the date they registered as well as the proximity to the show. Please go to our website for more information and to see a chart that explains our cancellation deadlines. .

Once you’ve verified that you’ve got all your classes, it’s time to pay and check out! Fill out your credit card information, and verify the contact information we have on file. Once your registration is final, our cancellation policy takes effect, so make sure to read it carefully when classes are posted online! Blog 12 Click Register, and you will be redirected to a page with a confirmation of your registration. You will also receive an email with this information confirming your class enrollment. Take note of the cancellation policy found on the bottom of your confirmation. We do not grant exceptions for cancellation hardships. Please take special care to remember the dates for cancellation. That’s it!  Don’t forget: Class registration begins on July 8th at 8 AM PDT! We can’t wait to see you in January!]]>

Meet the Glendale Quilt Guild

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The Glendale Quilt Guild’s 36th Annual Quilt Show and Retreat is this weekend, March 13 and 14, 2015 at the Pasadena Convention Center.Glendale Quilt Guild1

The Glendale Quilt Guild meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the first Congregational Church of Glendale. The guild has over 200 members. Tim Spinn has been a member for four years and is the newsletter editor. “I love the guild, says Tim. “There are always great educational opportunities and charity quilts to be made. It is a fun group to belong to.”Glendale Quilt Guild3

Loving Hands is the name of the guild’s committee that makes and donates quilts to worthy causes. They provide hundreds of quilts each year to various organizations including  LAC/USC Hospital, Glendale Adventist Hospitals, Veteran’s  Residential Facility, Alzheimer’s  Disease  Cooperative Study, Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, Glendale YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter, Kaiser Hospice, MEND and the Foster Care Project at All Saints’ Episcopal Church Pasadena.

Carol Andrews is the “beloved member and founder” of the Glendale Quilt Guild and the Glendale Quilt Guild annual Quilt Show and Retreat.  In 1979, after attending a quilt conference in Palo Alto, California, Carol decided that “We need a quilt show in Glendale.” Carol enlisted the help of her quilt students and organized the First Annual Quilt Show of Glendale in 1980 at the YWCA on Lexington Avenue in Glendale. One of the vendors at that first show was none other than Road’s Carolyn Reese, who owned the Fabric Patch at the time. Carol oversaw the quilt show in Glendale for three years before turning full responsibility for the show over to the guild.  Glendale Quilt Guild2


[caption id="attachment_2972" align="aligncenter" width="617"]Glendale Quilt Guild4 Photo- Gregory Case Photography[/caption]

The theme for this year’s show is Home Is Where The Quilt Is. Their opportunity quilt, which was on display on Saturday at Road to California, has at its focal point, a log cabin house surrounded by log cabin blocks. The main quilt blocks were sewn by members of the guild with fabric donated by guild members.  

Road to California is pleased to announce that the Glendale Quilt Guild  has been selected as the featured Southern California Quilt Guild for Road 2016. The guild will be responsible for providing the quilts for the special atrium exhibit  located in the Arcade of the Ontario Convention Center. Congratulations, Glendale Quilt Guild!!