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Posts Tagged ‘Winning Quilts’

Road's State Of Art Quilt Contest

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

$92,000 in prize money. Road’s Best of Show winners from our quilt contest are consistently shown in other national and international shows. [caption id="attachment_5489" align="aligncenter" width="625"]Quilt Contest 2018 Best of Show, “Fractal,” by Claudia Pfeil[/caption] Are you considering entering your quilt in our 2019 quilt contest? We are accepting entries through October 2, 2018. All upcoming entries must include the official entry form, two pictures (full view and close up) as well as the entry fee of $30. The entry fee is discounted $10 if the entry is submitted online. Road’s new and updated enrollment system not only includes an area to enter your quilt information, but it also allows the entrant to submit return shipping information themselves, so as to not have to rely on Road Staff to enter and/or change shipping directions. Return information is also automatically verified with FedEx to ensure all quilts are directed to the proper destination. Categories for submitted quilts to Road’s quilt contest have recently changed. The new categories include:

  1. Abstract – Quilts entered in this category should reflect principles of abstract design. Forms and compositions should emphasize color, line and design. Quilts should be abstract, cutting edge and non-literal. [caption id="attachment_6030" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Quilt Contest Quilt Show 2018 Best Abstract by Lou Ann Smith[/caption]
  2. Animal – Quilts entered in this category should feature an animal or creature as the centerpiece of the quilt. Can include other sub-design elements, but the animal or creature must be the primary focus of the quilt.
  3. Fantasy – Quilts entered in this category should feature non-realistic animals, insects, people, places or things. Fairytale and cartoon type quilts belong in this category.
  4. Human Image – Quilts entered in this category should feature some recognizable aspect of the human form.
  5. Naturescape – Quilts entered in this category should illustrate an aspect of a natural scenery. Creatures and animals may be a component, but should not be the focus of the quilt.
  6. Pictorial – Quilts entered in this category should illustrate a recognizable image (Cityscape, Wildlife). Use this category if your quilt combines aspects of the other categories listed above.
  7. Miniature – Quilts entered in this category should have overall patterns that show reduced size and miniaturization. Miniature wholecloth quilts should be entered into this category. Quilts entered into this category must not meet the descriptions of Categories 1-6.
  8. Appliqué – Quilts entered in this category should reflect traditional principles but may deviate from tradition. The quilt should be composed at least 50% of appliqué, in any technique (fused, machine, hand, etc.) [caption id="attachment_6000" align="aligncenter" width="575"]Quilt Contest Best Applique Quilt Show Winner 2018 Best Applique by Katy Wylie[/caption]
  9. Pieced – Quilts entered in this category should reflect traditional principles but may deviate from tradition. The quilt should be constructed by piecing, either hand or machine. [caption id="attachment_5949" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Quilt Contest Winning quilt Best Piecing 2018 Best Piecing by Catherine Butterworth[/caption]
  10. Mixed – Quilts entered in this category should reflect traditional principles, but may deviate from tradition. Enter your quilt in this category if the predominate construction method is a mix of both piecing and appliqué.
  11. Other – Quilts in this category should reflect traditional principles but may deviate from tradition. Enter your quilt in this category if it includes one or more of the following construction techniques: whole cloth, crazy quilts, embroidery and fabric manipulation.
Contestants can submit to our quilt contest up to 3 entries, 2 per category of quilts made no earlier than 2016. The deadline for all entries is October 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM Pacific Time. For more detailed information about Road to California’s 2019 Quilt Contest as well as Road’s Copyright Statement, please visit our website. Online entries can be submitted through our online registration site. And as always, if you have any questions, please email our staff at  info@roadtocalifornia.com Good luck to all contestants of our 2019 quilt contest!!!  ]]>

Meet Road 2017 Featured Artist: Marilyn Badger

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Red Feathers, where she did the quilting on, won Best of Show in 2013. [caption id="attachment_4212" align="aligncenter" width="442"]Red Feathers - Best of Show Road to California 2013. Made by Claudia Clark Myers. Quilted by Marilyn Badger. Red Feathers – Best of Show Road to California 2013. Made by Claudia Clark Myers. Quilted by Marilyn Badger.[/caption] And at Road 2016, Marilyn won 1st Place for Traditional, Large Pieced for her quilt, Arandano. Arandano by Marilyn Badger Arandano was a therapy project for Marilyn.  After making quilts for competition for so many years, this was her first quilt she made just for herself. She never intended to enter it in a show.  However, as she approached the end of the project, she decided that maybe Arandano was good enough to enter into competition.  When she made the decision to enter it, Marilyn had to go back and correct a lot of flaws to make it competitive.  It took her 1-1/2 years to complete from piecing to hand beading.  Marilyn says she learned a lot about hand embroidery and beading and she really loved adding those touches to Arandano. Quilting Treasures sponsored the Traditional, Large, Pieced category and awarded Marilyn $1,000 for her first place win. Of winning this prize, Marilyn remarked, “It is always wonderful to have a quilt you have put so much work on win it’s first time out in the competitive world.  I was thrilled and even more so at Paducah where it won the $20,000 Best of Show award and became a permanent part of the collection of the National Quilt Museum.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!” What did Marilyn think when she was asked to be the Featured Artist for Road to California 2017? “Totally shocked!  Road to California is one of my favorite shows and I have attended either as a teacher, vendor or student for as many years as I can remember.  To have my quilts on display there will be awesome and I can’t wait to meet and talk with all the quilters who stop by to see my exhibit.” [caption id="attachment_4216" align="aligncenter" width="440"]Exuberance by Marilyn Badger Exuberance by Marilyn Badger[/caption] In her role as featured artist, Marilyn hopes to encourage more quilters to enter competitions, as well as inspire the younger generation of quilters to continue the art form.  “It has been such a passion of mine for over 30 years and I want to see the industry continue to grow, ” shared Marilyn. In her booth near the front of the show floor, Marilyn will have on display as many of her award winning quilts that can fit into the area.  APQS will be furnishing a machine for her use during the show. Marilyn will be quilting some of her own small quilts and demonstrating how she accomplishes her quilting techniques. [caption id="attachment_4218" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Photo by APQS Photo by APQS[/caption] Marilyn lives in St. George, Utah. Besides being Road’s featured artist, what else does she hope to do while she is in California?  “Enjoy the nice weather and perhaps go do a little car racing with my friends.” Be sure to stop by Marilyn’s booth and ask her about that car racing!! To learn more about Marilyn, please visit her Facebook Page.  ]]>

Road 2016 Highlights

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Were you one of the over 35,000 guests at Road to California 2016?

Did you enter the Ontario Convention Center to see the magnificent Atrium Display by the Glendale Quilt Guild?

[caption id="attachment_3754" align="aligncenter" width="496"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photo by Brian Roberts[/caption]

Did you see the over 1,ooo quilts on display including Best of Show, Silk Road Sampler, by Melissa Sobotka?Best of Show

Did you shop with one of the 220 retailers that came from 37 states and 7 foreign countries in the 700 merchant booths?_I4C8435

Did you meander around the live trees adorned with twinkly lights in the Pavilion?

[caption id="attachment_3755" align="aligncenter" width="529"]Photo by Brian Roberts Photo by Brian Roberts[/caption]

Did you attend one of the 173 classes, lectures, and special events taught by our internationally recognized experts in their field?

[caption id="attachment_3757" align="aligncenter" width="454"]Natalia Bonner Natalia Bonner[/caption]

Did you take a bus tour to local sites and quilt shops on one of our bus tours?113

Did you get inspired?

We hope you were able to come and participate with all the show had to offer. The next few months, we will be sharing on the blog some of the amazing stories that came out of Road 2016, bringing back wonderful memories and moving forward to future possibilities.

What did you enjoy most about Road to California 2016?


What Exactly Is The Marie White Masterpiece Award?

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

2016 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted  by Janet Stone 2016 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted by Janet Stone[/caption] A couple of years ago, a “very nice lady” came to Carolyn Reese, owner of Road to California, and offered to sponsor the first runner up award on two conditions: One, that she remained anonymous and Two, that Road to California call the award The Marie White Masterpiece Award.  Road gladly agreed to her terms. [caption id="attachment_3411" align="aligncenter" width="448"]2015 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted by Nancy Prince 2015 Marie White Masterpiece Award made and quilted by Nancy Prince[/caption] Marie White is Carolyn Reese’s mother and a woman who was very active in the quilting and doll making world until she passed away five years ago, six weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. Marie was born in Oklahoma. One day when she was walking home from high school, a busload of young men working at a CCC depression-era camp, passed her on the road.  One of the fellows threw a Prince Albert Tobacco Can out the window with a note inside asking her for a date. That fellow was Glenn White and Marie accepted the date. Marie and Glenn were married for 57 years and had two daughters, Carolyn and Glenda. Carolyn and Marie established The Fabric Patch fabric store in 1981. Their store was featured in the third issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, making it one of the top thirty stores in the United States. Marie’s specialty was doll making. She also loved working with ribbon embroidery and crazy quilting. Two of Marie’s dolls are currently on display in a special Cloth Dolls Tell Their Story Exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History and Art.  One is a doll she created from a photograph of her mother, Oda Anderson, taken in 1934. The second doll, “Blanche” is one that Marie designed, taught classes and also sold patterns. Blanche was created in honor of Blanche Young, a well-known quilter and author, who was the teacher that started Carolyn in the quilting world. As they say, now you know “the rest of the story” regarding the first runner up award given at Road to California, The Marie White Masterpiece Award.]]>

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!!




The Ultimate Friendship Road Trip

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

What does it take for nine friends, who live in Arizona, Oregon and Nebraska, to get together? Why a 10 day vacation centered around Road to California of course!!!

Last January, we caught up with part of the group outside the vendor mall. Their Road Trip took a whole year to plan. A couple of the ladies had never met before this trip but that didn’t matter. Everyone’s love for quilting was all it took to embark on this friendship gathering._i4c3729_copy

It was friend Barbara  (on the far left) who brought all these women together to stay in one house and to explore Road to California and Southern California. She was the one friend who knew everyone. As she put it, “I am like a rolling stone…I gathered all this “moss.” (Oh my–there’s a photo bomber?!! I guess she wanted to be a part of their group too)

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Barbara had a 1,000 square quilt studio in her home. A few of these friends met Barbara by coming to her home to quilt. When her husband retired, he and Barbara established a winter home in Goodyear, Arizona. She joined the local Pebble Creek Quilt Guild and that’s how she met the other women. Because Barbara loves all her quilting friends, she wanted to find some way for all of them to meet and play. Road to California was the perfect choice. Especially since one of the friends, Chris Taylor, had three quilts entered in the show.

[caption id="attachment_2115" align="aligncenter" width="669"]My Blue Loge Cabin - Honorable Mention- Traditional, Wall, Pieced My Blue Loge Cabin – Honorable Mention- Traditional, Wall, Pieced[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2116" align="aligncenter" width="635"]I Have Felt Lonely In A Crowded Room - Modern Piecing I Have Felt Lonely In A Crowded Room – Modern Piecing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2117" align="aligncenter" width="642"]What's Up Buttercup?-Art, Naturescape What’s Up Buttercup?-Art, Naturescape[/caption]

What did they all think about their Road Trip? Cindy, a 30 year quilter from Oregon and an Arizona Snowbird, said, “There was so much to see. It was so inspiring for all of us.”   

Happy Friendship Day to these terrific quilting friends.  


Winning Quilters Are Winning Teachers Too

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Knowing what it takes to win in an exceptional quilt show provides great credentials for a quilt teacher. Three of Road to California’s upcoming 2015 faculty were winners in Road’s 2014 Contest:

Lenore Crawford:

2014 Outstanding Art Quilt sponsored by SewBatik.

Lenore won $3,000 for her work.Lenore Crawford winner

Lenore will be teaching 2 classes at Road 2015:

4601R  Thursday – Saturday  Fusing/Fabric Painting to Create Impressionable Fabric Art

Lenore will demonstrate her techniques to help you use your own photo to design a fused project utilizing fabric painting and machine quilting.

Lenore Crawford2

 Lenore Crawford 1












7003R   Sunday  Shredded Fabric Art

Students will learn to create their own shredded fabric impressionistic art quilt using a technique originated by Noriko EndoLenore Crawford3


Jerry Granata:

2014 Third Place: Mini Quilt Sponsored by Busy Bee Quilt Shop

Jerry won $50.00 for his work.

Jerry Granata winner

Jerry will be teaching three different level classes on how to quilt using your domestic machine:

3005C  Wednesday  Introduction to Domestic Machine Quiltling

4006C  Thursday  Quilting for Show on Your Domestic Machine

6006C  Saturday  Introduction to Domestic Machine Quilting

In addition, Jerry will be guiding students in a quilt/art form he has perfected:

5006C Friday  Quilting with Unusual FabricsJerry Granata mixed mediums

You will learn how to quilt with unusual items such as silk, satin, vinyl, theatrical gels, even aluminum foil, among many others! 


Cathy Wiggins:

Road 2014 Best Painted Surface sponsored by BlocLoc Rulers USAUS LLC

Cathy won $1,000 for her workCathy Wiggins winner

Cathy will be sharing her longarm quilting techniques to assist students in four classes:

3012R Wednesday  Quilting for Show

Students will practice techniques as well as walk the show floor to discuss the award winning quilts.Cathy Wiggins 1

4014R  Thursday  Discover ‘Your’ Quilting Style

Students will go through a series of exercises to determine their personal quilting style as well as walk the show floor to discuss the award winning quilts.  

5013R  Friday  Quilting the Art Quilt

Cathy will teach how to successfully quilt texture into landscapes, animals, plants and even people.Cathy wiggins 2

6012R  Saturday  Quilting Leather

A hands-on workshop on everything involved with the fun, new medium, leather quiltingCathy Wiggins Leather


Please go to the Road to California website for more details on these upcoming classes. Registration begins Sunday, July 13th at 8:00 a.m. PDT. For information on how to register, visit this previous blog post