Road to California


Wow! What a terrific show! I just returned from Road to California in Ontario (east of Los Angeles). My friend and fabulous machine quilter, Janet  Stuart and I entered our first quilt collaboration into the show, and we were awarded 3rd place!

The quilts at Road to California were spectacular! Janet and I were proud to be accepted, and humbled to receive an award from the judges. The award winners are listed on the Road to CA website.


Working under a short-term deadline, the quilt was originally designed in 2006 to feature my Timeless Treasures Textural fabric line.¬† The large quilt’s appliqu√© took longer than expected, and¬†was not displayed in the fabric booth at Market that year.

Cheri's Crystals boothMy favorite reasons to visit a quilt show: 

  • Viewing¬†spectacular quilts¬†inspires me¬†to take time and add special touches to¬†my own quilts
  • Meeting friends ‚Äď quilt shows are¬†reunions between hundreds of quilters!
  • Shopping at the vendor booths¬†‚Ästtreat yourself to new gadgets, fabric, patterns and tools!
  • Watching demonstrations of new products.
  • Refreshing your imagination with new colors, patterns and ideas.

I had a great time with friends Cheri Meineke-Johnson and Janet Stuart as they worked in Cheri’s Crystals¬†booth. Cheri sells beautiful Swarovski crystals that are applied with a special heat tool to fabric. Her award-winning quilts with quilter Linda V.¬†Taylor are gorgeous!

Lois Smith, USA¬†‚ÄĒ Christine Porter, Bristol, England¬†‚ÄĒ Pam Holland, Australia¬†

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5 Responses to “Road to California”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    I got to meet up with somebody I had known only on-line. She posted one quilt picture, and it is of your quilt! She’s looking forward to Asilomar with you.

  2. Jan Says:

    Hi Rebecca,
    How fun! Wasn’t that a good show? The high calibur of workmanship was incredible. Some of those first place and best of show winners were so intricate and beautiful in design, color & execution. Jan

  3. Cecilia Hosford Says:

    Jan, Sorry I missed you at Road. I was in and out in a few hours as I had other commitments. When is your new book due out? Can’t wait. I am signed up for your class at our guild(Orange Grove) but will probably make one from the book as soon as I get it. It looks like a great design to feature some fantastic quilting!

  4. Jan Says:

    Hi Cecilia and all!
    The newest book, Quick Star Quilts should be out in mid February! I look forward to seeing you in Orange Grove! Thanks – Jan

  5. Suzanne Kistler Says:

    Hey Jan!

    I was in the room when your quilt was selected for the award. I thought the quilt looked familiar – have I seen this before? – and I peeked into the book and saw the maker. Congratulations!!! It is GORGEOUS!!!

    Have you got anything to submit to Best of the Valley? (hint, hint) We’d love to have work from you if you’ve got any available!

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