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Road to California Quilt Show

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Tomorrow will be a big day! I am heading up the road to Ontario, California! What is in ONTARIO,¬†you ask? The big Road to California Quilt Show, of course! No, I am not teaching! WHOOPEEEE! I get to be “one of the girls” and attend a workshop with Melinda Bula.¬† Her work is lovely, and I am only taking a 1 day workshop to learn her technique.

The Ontario Convention Center is a big beautiful place with a view of the nearby San Gabriel Mountain range (on a clear day). We are predicted to have rain so it might be stormy. See you there!

January 15th¬†¬† FOLLOW¬† UP!¬†¬† The workshop with Melinda was relaxing and creative play time! I enjoyed the day away, and the quilts at the show were PHENOMENAL. The dense quilting was particularly amazing – I feel like an amateur compared with these master¬†quilters! Click on both slideshows for a peek at Road to California, and Melinda’s work on YouTube.


Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: 2010 Road to California

Road to California

Sunday, January 18th, 2009


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¬†