For those of us East of the Mississippi, this show is not one we are very familiar with, although it's been in business for more than 20 years. This show is to the West, what Paducah is to the East. Here are some facts from their website:
Road to California is the premier consumer quilt show West of the Rocky Mountains, awarding over $92,000 to fiber artists from around the world. More than 39,000 visitors from all 50 states and several foreign countries come each January to view exhibits featuring antique, traditional, art and modern quilts designed by both national and international quilt groups. A vibrant vendor mall of over 225 nationally and internationally known retailers feature the very latest to see, try and buy in quilt making supplies, machines, notions, antique quilts and gift items. Classes taught by a distinguished faculty are geared to all levels of quilters, offering assistance with traditional to modern techniques, hand and machine quilting skills and the latest in surface-embellishment using paint, thread and embroidery. Join us at Road to California Quilters Conference in Ontario, California for a complete immersion into the quilting world.
Teaching my favorite classes will be so much fun. Here they are:
ANTIQUE ROSE STAR: We'll start by machine piecing to see just how fast that can be but this block lends itself to hand piecing too, so you can increase your sewing time:
|Mine at a Trunk Show|
|A friend's quilt under construction, one of many layouts|
SMITTEN: What's not to love about this fresh and vibrant Hexagon based pattern. Use lots of fabrics to create your own one-of-a-kind quilt:
|My first one|
2-For-1: I call this a "Dorito quilt"--it's hard to make just one; I've made 6 in various sizes. Another great quilt to use your stash, each pair of blocks comes from 8 fabrics. So many tips are included in this class, from cutting to sewing to pressing, that will improve all your future quiltmaking. This two-day class is worth the time it takes:
|One of mine, twin size|
|Student work, using 1800s reproductions|
I hope to see some of my West Coast friends in class--what could be better than sunny, Southern California in January?!