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Posts Tagged ‘Youth Quilters’

Quilting Is For Millennials Too

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Williams 27 year old Brittany Williams attended Road with her mom, Charlotte. They live in Riverside, California and both mom and daughter are quilters.  They belong to the Raincross Quilt Guild in Riverside who told them about the show. Brittney had been quilting for about 6 months when she and her mom attended their first Road to California. It was Charlotte and a friend of Brittany’s that encouraged Brittany to start quilting. Quilting was a natural activity for Brittany as she was already used to doing handiwork like knitting and crocheting. She loves quilting and has already made 7 quilts including a nine patch and a disappearing nine patch. “When I grow up, I want to be a quilter,” Brittany remarked.014 Melissa Ratzloff, 32,  got her start in quilting nine years ago when she went to visit her mom while she was working on a quilt for Melissa. While her mom was at work, Melissa thought she could work on the quilt – even though she knew nothing about quilting. One year, Melissa attended a judging for a Hoffman Challenge and ended up helping out at the event. That led to Melissa curating for the Hoffman Challenge for the following two years. Melissa is in to art quits now utilizing graphics. For Melissa, “quilting is a release for stress.” She is a teacher during the day and at night, she likes to take fabric and put it together in an interesting way to make something beautiful. Melissa has attended Road all nine years she has been quilting. What does she like best about quilting? “You can stop and come back to it” in-between kids and work.016 Kim came from Simi Valley, California with her grandmother and mom. She is a third generation quilter who was drawn to quilting by the math process involved. She has made a large quilt and 2 wall hangings. Quilt by Millenial Kim from simi ValleyA student at Pierce College, she is studying to become a veterinarian technician. Quilting relaxes her between school and work. “It’s a nice break,” said Kim. Road 2016 was her third time at the show. She thinks Road is “awesome” and found the winning entries “mind blowing.”  ]]>

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.