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Posts Tagged ‘Special Quilt Exhibit’

Special Quilt Exhibit: The Work And Wisdom of HERstory Quilts

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Road to California prides itself on presenting new and timely Special Quilt Exhibits.

One such Special Quilt Exhibit at Road 2018 was HERstory Quilts – A Celebration of Strong Women. The brainchild of Susanne M. Jones, HERstory “celebrates the amazing things that women everywhere have accomplished since 1920 when women were given the right to vote in the United States.” Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  The Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts included the work of 85 fabric artists from seven countries. They used fabric, thread, paint, and embellishments to honor strong women – some well-known, some not so much — who cracked glass ceilings, made discoveries, broke into fields previously dominated by men, or were the first to do something.Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  All work in the Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts were original designs that fit a portrait orientation measuring 24 inches wide and 30 inches long.    Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  The Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts debuted at Houston Quilt Market in October-November, 2017. Road to California 2018 was its second stop. It is intended that the exhibit will travel for two years.Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  The quilts are also featured in a 240 page book named after the exhibit, HERstory Quilts – A Celebration of Strong Women.Special Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts  Quilts from the exhibit are organized in the book by theme:

Suffragists: Women who fought for women to receive the vote

Strong Women: Women who did something that was a first for humankind or for womenSpecial Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts

Groups: Women who worked together for a common goal, and

Personal Heroes: A relative or individual admired by the artistSpecial Quilt Exhibit HERstory Quilts

Each quilt highlighted in the book has a description of the woman being portrayed including a brief historical summary of what made her famous. There is also a description of the artist, why she chose the woman to be honored, and what methods were used in the fiber art work she created. Thank you, Susanne M. Jones, for the vision and direction in putting together this Special Exhibit. To see where the exhibit is going next or to purchase the book, please visit Susanne’s website.]]>

Meet The Quilters Behind The Cherrywood Lion King Exhibit

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Lion King Cherrywood Challenge sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics. Cherrywood also produced a book about the exhibit, featuring each quilt and giving insights into each quilter’s design ideas and methods for their contribution.  During the show, Cherrywood held two book signings at their booth with some of the quilters whose quilts were featured in the exhibit and the book. It was a great opportunity for guests to meet these talented quilters and find out more about their work. Sandra Hankins from Lake Elsinore, California, created Simba. She has seen the Lion King musical 5 times!! “It is my favorite play by far,” remarked Sandra. She chose Simba because he is her favorite character. “He had to learn hard lessons to become the Lion King.” Wim-O-Weh is the title of Tiffany Hayes’ piece. Named after one of the songs in the play, Tiffany came up with the idea for her quilt when she heard and watched one of her favorite bands, The Fulcos, play the song. Wim-O-Weh is paper pieced. The design was inspired by her daughter’s fiancé’s tattoo artwork. From Acton, California, Anna Koelewyn likes to do improvisational piecing that is very abstract. She felt that it was hard to choose a lion to represent, so she decided to focus on the feel of the land and the umbrella trees for her piece, Serengeti. Scar-Pretender of the Throne is the first quilt Eileen Paine of Riverside, California has ever finished!! She has been making Hawaiian quilts with applique for five years before starting this project. Eileen decided to “jump in with both feet” and wanted to go to “the dark side” of the play. The face of her “Scar” is asymmetrical to give the illusion of how he was “scarred.”   “I loved the whole challenge,” commented Rod Daniel who came from Placitas, New Mexico to talk about his quilt, Sunset Maiden. The idea for his piece came from looking at African masks. Like Anna, he wanted to focus on something other than lions. And because he loves the skin tones of African-Americans, he went “crazy with color” with his design. The next Cherrywood Challenge is Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Exhibit coordinator and Cherrywood Fabrics owner, Karla Overland, said that most of the fabric they brought to Road for this upcoming challenge was sold out so they are encouraged with the initial response. To learn more about this challenge and Cherrywood hand dyed fabrics, please visit their website.    ]]>

Learning A Vanishing Art

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The Egyptian Tentmakers were once again a huge hit at Road 2017.

Not only were guests able to watch the tentmakers in action on the exhibit hall floor,

some guests were also able to learn and practice their vanishing art in several classes taught by Jenny Bowker and assisted by the tentmakers, Hosam Hanafy and Tarek Abdelhay.

Jenny explained to the students that in Egypt, it is mostly middle class men who have learned and replicate this ancient method of appliqueing. They gather in small groups in work rooms as a social activity. One man will work on one piece until it is completed. They don’t get paid until the piece is sold. Because of cultural norms, it is difficult for women to learn this trade. Women and men are forbidden to congregate together in public so women cannot work in the shops alongside the men to learn and practice the appliqueing. And since men are the primary instructors, the only way for women to learn these skills, is if they have a husband, father, or brother teach them. Women’s contributions are less public but their skills are just as much needed and appreciated. Women gather in groups in homes to sew. One such group of 10 women are hired by Hosam to help fill his orders. Hosam gives the women a monthly allowance to help them get by in providing for their families until their quilts are sold. Selling one quilt will feed these women and their families for up to 5 months.  That is why supporting these women is so important. Maria Canela was one of the students in Jenny’s Tentmaker Applique classes. Maria is from Cuernavaca, Moielos, Mexico – a city about one hour from Mexico City. She came with four friends from Mexico to attend Road 2017 and take classes. Maria has been quilting for 15 years and participates in a weekly quilting group. She signed up for the class because she loves to sew and loves history. “The history of Egypt amazes me,” remarked Maria. She enjoyed not only learning this method of applique but also hearing Jenny, Tarek and Hosam share the history and current status of the tentmakers.

After the three days of classes, the tentmakers moved to the exhibit hall floor where they demonstrated their skills during the show, thanks to a sponsorship by Pollard’s Sew Creative, . In addition, guests were able to purchase some of their quilts.  Part of the money Hosam and Tarek received went back to Egypt to assist the women quilters there.

Road to California was pleased at the response of support by guests for the tentmakers and were honored to present such a unique opportunity to the worldwide community of quilters.

Road 2017 Special Exhibit: Altar Offerings

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Dias De Los Muertos Or Day of the Dead which occurs October 31st to November 2nd each year. This multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Building altars helps celebrate these lives. Jane had the opportunity of taking an altar building class in Houston, Texas.  Being a fiber artist, she decided to design her altar in fabric. Later, when Jane was teaching her annual August retreat, she had her students create quilts for this exhibit. Each quilt in the exhibit had to incorporate elements found in altar building which include motifs that symbolize earth, wind, fire, light and smell. In addition, the favorite food, personal items and activities, religious items and photos of the deceased loved one were also added. Of the quilts in the exhibit, Jane said, “I am very proud of how each person expressed their loved ones. And many said it help them work through their passing. They turned their grief into a creative energy.” After Road to California, Jane hopes the exhibit will be shown at future quilt shows in 2017. Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli is a renowned author, artist and quilter and is the creator of 1/4 Inch Publishing. For the past 20 years, she has successfully designed and produced her product line of books, patterns, fabrics and notions. To learn more about Jane, please visit her website. [caption id="attachment_4596" align="aligncenter" width="291"] Jane’s Self Portrait[/caption]]]>

Two Ways To Show Off Your Quilt for Road 2017

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Do you have a quilt that you have been working on that you would like to share with the public?

Road to California 2017 is offering two opportunities for quilters to enter their quilt designs – one that we are known for and a new one for quilts to be part of a special exhibit.

First, there is Road’s annual Quilt Contest. For 2017, quilters have the chance to vie for prize money totaling $90,000. Once again, Gammill is sponsoring the Best of Show category, offering $10,000 for the top prize. [caption id="attachment_4055" align="aligncenter" width="404"]Best of Show Road 2016 - Silk Road Sampler by MelissaSobotka Best of Show Road 2016 – Silk Road Sampler by MelissaSobotka[/caption] Road receives hundreds of entries each year in their annual contest for the fifteen categories.  In order to qualify to enter, quilts have to have been made since January 1, 2015 and could not have been entered in a Road contest previously. The quilts have to been made with three distinct layers and no pre-quilted fabrics can be used. [caption id="attachment_4093" align="aligncenter" width="336"]2016 Outstanding Modern Quilt by Linda M. Thielfoldt 2016 Outstanding Modern Quilt by Linda M. Thielfoldt[/caption] Individuals can enter up to 3 quilts in the contest. Entry packets can be obtained on the Road website and must be received at Road’s office (either online or by mail) no later than October 3, 2016. Entrants are notified by November 28, 2016 if their quilt is chosen for the competition.  Quilters then have until December 23, 2016 to ship their quilt to Road’s office. [caption id="attachment_4035" align="aligncenter" width="327"]2016 Director's Choice by Kathy McNeil 2016 Director’s Choice by Kathy McNeil[/caption] Judging for the contest will take place on January 17, 2017. Besides the top prizes, judges also consider three winners for each of the categories offered. All winners are notified the evening of the 17th. [caption id="attachment_4110" align="aligncenter" width="336"]2016 Outstanding Traditional Quilt by Bethanne G. Nemesh 2016 Outstanding Traditional Quilt by Bethanne G. Nemesh[/caption] For more information on our 2017 Quilt Contest, please visit our website. If you have a modern design quilt that you are proud of, perhaps you might consider entering it in the Special Exhibit, Modern Quilts – Redesigning Traditions. While no prize money is being offered, accepted quilts earn the prestige of being included in this special display.jpgMQRTLogo_FINAL-300x244 The exhibit will be shown at the Ontario Museum of History and Art in Ontario, California, December 1, 2016 through January 22, 2017 – which includes time during Road 2017. Modern Quilts: Redesigning Tradition, explores the modern evolution of traditional quilt patterns. Entries must adhere to the exhibit theme: traditional quilt blocks redesigned into a quilted item displaying Modern Quilting aesthetics. The traditional block used as inspiration must be identified by its commonly used name on the entry form. [caption id="attachment_3839" align="aligncenter" width="296"]Not Your Grandmother’s Wedding by Pauline Saltzman Not Your Grandmother’s Wedding by Pauline Saltzman[/caption] Submissions considered for acceptance to the exhibit include quilts, bags, pillows, and table coverings. All entries must consist of three distinct layers: top, middle layer and backing and must be quilted by hand and/or machine. No entry can exceed 96” wide. Due to shipping restrictions, quilted upholstered furniture will not be accepted. [caption id="attachment_3842" align="aligncenter" width="297"]Square in a Square by Christa Watson Square in a Square by Christa Watson[/caption] The deadline to submit entries is August 15, 2016. Accepted pieces will be notified by October 1, 2016. Interested sewists can request detailed information and an entry form from Guest Curator, Geroganna Hawley at ghawley@ontarioca.gov Road to California is looking forward to all the submissions for both of these events. What quilt will you be entering for Road’s contests?    ]]>

Road 2016 Special Exhibit: Quilt As Desired

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Quilt as Desired, curated by Mary Kerr, a Road 2016 teacher. [caption id="attachment_3977" align="aligncenter" width="618"]Picture by Brian Roberts Photography Picture by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Mary teamed with some of the best longarm quilters in bringing this exhibit to life. Mary found the vintage tops for the quilts. She never paid more than $50 for any of them and they were in all kinds of condition.  Mary passed the tops on to the quilters who donated their time, batting and expertise in bringing the quilts back to life. Sometimes they added to the top; sometimes they took away. As Mary remarked, “It was a unique marriage of old and new, blurring the lines of the quilting world.”  Shows, such as Road to California that display the exhibit, pay to get the quilts shipped to their location and for having Mary come to lead tours and explain the quilts. [caption id="attachment_3980" align="aligncenter" width="615"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] The full exhibit has 40 quilts. Twenty four of them were included in the exhibit at Road 2016. In 5 years, when Quilt as Desired is done touring, all of the quilts will be auctioned off for various quilt causes chosen by Mary and the longarmers. [caption id="attachment_3979" align="aligncenter" width="526"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photo by Brian Roberts[/caption] Miss Sally was a top quilted by Sally Garuet, founder of the American Quilt Story Group. The original fan top is circa 1930. The Art Deco quilting was done by M&M Quilting.Quilt_as_desired-12 This Dresden Plate top entitled Melon Smoothie was quilted by Marty Vint of Baltimore, Maryland. Mary has macular degeneration and estimates she will only be able to quilt for 2 more years before she loses her eyesight. When this quilt is auctioned off, the proceeds have already been designated to benefit macular degeneration research. [caption id="attachment_3981" align="aligncenter" width="529"]Quilt_as_desired-8 Photo by Brian Roberts[/caption] As Mary said, “No woman ever started out to make a quilt top. A quilt top deserves to be quilted.” All it takes to finish a quilt is time, talent, and resources – which this special exhibit offered for these amazing quilt tops. You can go to Mary’s web site to find out where Quilt as Desired is going next on its tour. You can also purchase a DVD of the entire exhibit.]]>

After the Challenge: Creating The 2016 Special Exhibit, Woolies Four Pound Challenge

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Sue Graham for the Road 2016 Special Exhibit Woolies Four Pound Challenge.Woolies5 The Woolie Nuts Friendship Group, located in Virginia, was formed by 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, including former Road faculty Pat Sloan and Kimberly Einmo [caption id="attachment_3937" align="aligncenter" width="605"]Kimberly Einmo. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Kimberly Einmo. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] and Road’s special staff assistant, Stevii Graves. [caption id="attachment_3933" align="aligncenter" width="605"]Stevii Graves. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Stevii Graves. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] It was Pat Sloane who received an 85 pound box of fabric scraps from two of her fabric lines that she designed for Moda Fabrics. Sue Graham picked up the box from Pat’s home and spent 2 hours separating the strips by color. 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. The Group decided on the rules for the challenge. Each participant had to use one of the random 4 pound bags of Pat’s scraps to create an original quilt that was no longer than 85” on one side. It was OK to add fabrics to their design, so long as it was another Moda fabric. They had until September 1, 2016 to complete their quilts. [caption id="attachment_3931" align="aligncenter" width="530"]Kelley Totaro. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Kelley Totaro. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Sue took the 21 quilts and organized them into a Special Exhibit that was first displayed at Road to California 2016. [caption id="attachment_3934" align="aligncenter" width="435"]Sherry Cowley. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography Sherry Cowley. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Many of the quilt creators came to the show to see their work in the exhibit. [caption id="attachment_3936" align="aligncenter" width="508"]Sisters Joanne Rowicki and Ann Weber, "The Gingham Girls" Photo by Brian Rpberts Photography Sisters Joanne Rowicki and Ann Weber, “The Gingham Girls” Photo by Brian Rpberts Photography[/caption] Most of the Woolie Nuts had reservations to return home to Virginia the Saturday of Road. However a blizzard of historic proportions hit the east coast and all flights were cancelled. What do quilters do when they are stranded 3,000 miles from home without transportation? They work on quilt projects they brought in their suitcases, of course. And take advantage of the California sunshine!! Flights to Virginia resumed the following Tuesday, so the Woolie Nuts were on their way. What a maiden trip for the Woolies Four Pound Challenge!! Where does the special exhibit go next? First stop will be Home Machine Quilting & Sewing, May 5-7, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After, the exhibit can be viewed at SewOriginal Quilt & Expo in Reno, Nevada,  June 23-25, 2016.]]>

Road 2016 Faculty: Meet Laura Heine

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Laura Heine is going to be super busy at Road to California 2016. She will be teaching a class on Tuesday, 2010R  Paisley Bear Quilt.  Her company, Fiberworks, will have a vendor booth, and Laura will be curating her Collage Quilt Exhibit on the front wall in the main exhibit hall.Laura Heine Head-shot1

Road 2016 marks the third year in a row Laura Heine will be coming from Billings, Montana to participate in the show. Previously,  she traveled to Road in her pink trailer, “Flaura.” But Laura recently retired her 1956 Shasta that she had totally fixed from the inside out. Laura now uses the trailer to go camping a few times in the summer. It is mainly become a popular feature in her quilt shop, Fiberworks.  She put in an overhead door in the shop so she could get Flaura in and out and still protect her from the elements. If you visit Laura’s shop in Billings, you will certainly recognize the trailer, complete with Laura’s floral collage logo!!

Laura loves coming to Road. She says, “The timing of the show is great as the holidays are over and everyone is ready to get back into the quilting mode!  Customers have loved our products and looked forward to seeing what we have new each year.  It is a long trek for us; it takes three days to get there. But it is well worth the trip when we see our new friends each year.”Laura Heine3

What will guests find new this year in the Fiberworks booth?  “I have new collage quilts of course and I have new pieced and hand applique quilts.   My booth may also have a new look too…”

Laura will also be one of Road’s 2016 faculty. She is teaching her Paisley Bear Collage Quilt. When asked what inspired Laura to make this quilt, she replied, “I am from Montana so it was only natural for me to make a collage quilt with a bear!  My bear quilt is the easiest of all my collage quilts to make, and it turns out it is great for the California area too. In the beginning, I designed patterns that I thought would sell and be generally popular to everyone.  This is very hard to do because I have to at least like what I am doing.  Now, I design collage patterns of the things that I love, for example, Pinkerton, the flamingo and Flaura, the vintage trailer.  I am just following my heart and I find that my customers love them as much as I do.”Laura Heine1

Being able to share her creative talents with her students is something Laura loves to do. Teaching collage is actually quite easy for her. She finds it much easier to show her students how to group colors and focus on value rather than writing instructions on how to do this.Laura Heine2

What will students in Laura’s class learn? “They will leave knowing more about color and value. They may not even realize they are learning this while they are doing it!  And they will not be afraid of using large scale prints.  This class will open them up to a whole new world on how to look at fabrics.” Laura says her students always leave happy and that in itself is very rewarding for her.

New this year will be Laura curating her own exhibit, Collage Quilts. How did she put together this exhibit? “Last year when I was asked to do a special exhibit, I asked all of my students who were in my classes this year if they would like to have their finished quilt in the exhibit.  They were all honored and I went on to accept the first 30 quilts entered.  The show will consist of collage quilts that use my patterns.  Quilters may have purchased one of my kits or they may have come up with their own fabrics.  Guests will see how different a collage quilt can look even if they were all purchased from the same kit!  Finished quilts will be shipped to me in December and I will bring them with me to Road in January.”

Laura has a special quilt that she made just for the exhibit and it will be unveiled at the show.  It is a quilt made of all of the leftover motifs that did not get into any of her previous quilts. “Many times,” remarked Laura, “you cut more flowers than you actually use and this quilt, Wildflower Mix, has all of those flowers.  There are over 300 flowers in this quilt! Nothing ever goes to waste!” Be sure to visit Laura in her booth or at her exhibit.]]>

Your Personal App Challenge

Monday, April 20th, 2015

App: noun. An application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices

Since 1987, apps have been making it easier for users to access Internet services on their cell phones and tablets. But it in 2015, apps moved from the World Wide Web to the Quilt World in the form of a special quilt exhibit, Your Personal App Challenge.

Curated by Road’s own Matt Reese and Stevii Graves, makers were asked to create a “fabric ‘app’ lication depicting an aspect of their life or their identity. The quilters had 5 months to complete their entries.

While Matt and Stevii personally knew the quilters they invited to participate, Stevii remarked that she has really come to “learn more about the individuals from the variety of images and interpretations that were created. The people we invited to participate were famous quilt teachers, Facebook friends, Road staff and quilting buddies from coast to coast.” Truly an all star line up of contributors!! 


“Where in the World is She?” is the design of Sherry Cowley. Sherry hesitated at first to participate; she wasn’t sure what she could convey as her personal app. Then she thought about how much she travels. While Sherry and her husband live on the east coast, her husband works on the west coast. Sherry is always traveling somewhere and it’s difficult to pin her down.  She might be off visiting her husband at his job in California or her girlfriend in France; vacationing in Hawaii or Mexico or staying at her beach house. And then there are all the various trips she goes on with her husband not to mention the 14 house moves they have made together. “Where in the World is She?” became the perfect description for Sherry’s traveling life. She wanted to keep the pattern basic and simple, thus the plain, yellow arrows. Sherry chose the background fabric because it reminded her of flight patterns.



Sue Graham of Northern Virginia chose the USO as her theme for her personal app quilt. Sue spent 7 years as a volunteer for the USO.  When she got the invitation to participate in the challenge, she was sitting in the USO lounge at Dulles Airport. At first, Sue wasn’t sure if she could come up with anything to do. Then, she looked around the lounge and said to herself, “This is a part of my life — here is my app.” 



The youngest App maker is Beatrice Findley, who depicted a computer code that wrote her name. This young teenager’s app quilt combines her love of computer programming and her mother’s love of quilting.





The most unusual app quilt was made by longarm teacher Cathy Wiggins. Cathy’s quilt is made of quilted leather, which has become a Cathy trademark. 

The exhibit is made up of 54 quilts and Road to California was its’ first stop. It is expected to travel around the country with the next stop at the Home Machine Quilting Show in Salt Lake City, May 7-9, 2015.  

What personal app would you come up with to describe you?


Road’s Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Award Winning, Modern Quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Victoria Findlay Wolfebio

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, founder of the New York City Modern Quilt Guild and winner of QuiltCon 2013 Best of Show for her quilt, Double Edged Love, was introduced to Roadies at Road to California 2015. She was the curator of the Special Exhibit, Double Wedding Ring Challenge, partnered with Simplicity and Interweave Magazine.

[caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="606"]IMG_8536 Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]

Victoria was born in rural Minnesota and learned to sew and quilt practically as an infant. Both her mother and grandmother were quilters and her father, a farmer, also had an upholstery business. A graduate of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, she landed in New York City in 1994 and has never left.  

[caption id="attachment_3016" align="aligncenter" width="641"]Photo by Gregory Case Photography Photo by Gregory Case Photography[/caption]


In addition to her business making custom quilt commissions, Victoria is a fabric & thread designer, author of the books, Double Wedding Ring Quilts and 15 Minutes of Play and was the Modern Contributor to Quilt Life magazine.Victoria Findlay Wolfe

In 2010, Victoria started Bumble Beans BASICS, an ongoing quilt drive bringing quilts to homeless families being put back into transitional housing in the NYC metro area. Through this outreach program, over 3000 quilts have been made and donated from quilters all over the world.Bumble  bee Basics

Road to California welcomes Victoria Findlay Wolfe as one of the faculty for Road’s New England Fall Foliage Qult Cruise September 27-October 5, 2015. On the cruise, Victoria will be teaching two classes. She will be sharing her method of improvisational piecing from 15 Minutes of Play, helping students “play” with their design skills while learning to combine colors and prints in new ways. In her other class, time will be spent learning how to sew together the pieces of a Double Wedding ring so that students can conquer this beautiful quilt.

There are only a few spots left on Road’s fall cruise and to experience Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s fun way of quilting. Will you be sailing away with us?