5 Reasons Why You Should Be At Road to California 2019

Our 24th Annual Road to California Quilters Conference and Showcase gets underway January 24-27, 2019 at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.

We are so excited to welcome our guests!! Preparations for this year’s Show began as soon as Road 2018 closed. And for the past few months, things have really sped up the closer we get to the Show.

What are some of the benefits you will get to see and do for your $16 entrance fee to Road to California?

Amazing Quilts in our International Quilt Contest

Hundreds of finalist quilts will be judged soon, and the winners will be announced for the over $92,000 in cash prizes!!

Educational Opportunities for all Budgets

We offer over a hundred classes taught by well-known authorities in the quilting industry. While formal registration for individual classes has closed, we will be posting last minute class openings and cancellations at our on-site Registration Desk. These openings are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Many of our vendors offer education and quilting tips in their booth.

Pfaff Educator Alix Graham-Michel is returning to the Pollard Sew Creative Booth

Daily, we offer $5.00 Lecture Classes. These one-hour lectures are taught by popular vendors who share trending topics in the industry. This year, our Show’s Owner, Matt Reese, will be giving a lecture on the history of Road to California and how we put together our phenomenal Show. For a listing of all of this year’s lectures, go to this link.

Patricia Simmons will again be presenting her popular Quilting with Rulers Lecture

The Latest in Quilt Products and Services

More than 200 Vendors in over 500 Booths will be offering the latest in quilting tools, fabric, books, sewing machines, and other unique items.

Special Exhibits and Celebrations

Where else can you find quilt tributes to Elvis and Prince in one location? Follow this link for a listing of all the Special Exhibits at Road 2019.

New Road Sponsor, Olfa, will be kicking off their 40th Anniversary of their rotary cutter by showcasing their limited edition, Ruby Rotary Cutter.     

Quilting Inspiration

Meet new quilting friends and reconnect with old ones as you meander through the Ontario Convention Center. Best of all, prepared to be wowed and inspired by all that Road to California has to offer.     

See you soon at Road to California 2019 –“The Best in the West” Quilt Show!!!  

Road 2019 Special Quilt Exhibits

Road to California has become the quilt show where many Special Quilt Exhibits make their debut.

In the past, Road has showcased several Special Quilt Exhibits during one show. For 2019, we won’t be having as many Special Exhibits at one time – just a few that are high in quality and unique in presentation.

What can you expect to see in the way of Special Quilt Exhibits at Road to California 2019?

Inspired by Elvis

“Patch It Up/Who Knew?” by Pat Sloan

This Special Quilt Exhibit was curated by the same person, Donna DeSoto, who put together the Beatles Special Exhibit which was on display at Road 2015. The entire collection of quilts for this quilt challenge will be on display. And who knows, maybe Elvis himself will be at the show as well.  

Southern California Quilt Council

Emerging Light Special Quilt Exhibit

Seventy quilts will be on display, all created by members of the Southern California Quilt Council. It promises to showcase what is happening with Southern California quilting and will be in the ballroom. Last year, this same group sponsored the Special Quilt Exhibit, Emerging Light.  

Gillian Travis

Interlaced Patchwork  by Jillian Travis

British quilter, Jillian Travis, will have over 40 of her quilts on display in the front of the main Exhibition Hall. Her designs have been described as, “fresh, unique, and different; an original.” Jillian was one of our faculty on last year’s Road to California Baltic Cruise. She will be teaching at Road 2019.

France Patchwork

From the “Rainbow” Special Quilt Exhibit

France Patchwork is the National Quilt Guild of France. It has over 15,000 members who can cover everything from traditional to art quilts that are incredible to see. Road to California and France Patchwork are working together to bring two exhibits to Road 2019: “Rainbow” features quilts made by kids in France and “Linen Dreams” which required the makers to use linen in their quilts.

The “Prince” Cherrywood Challenge

Cherrywood Fabrics has sponsored three previous Special Quilt Exhibits at Road: Wicked, The Lion King, and VanGogh. Their 2018 Cherrywood Challenge featured a tribute to legendary rock musician, singer and actor, Prince. Participants were asked to use Prince’s music as inspiration to push themselves creatively, think outside the box, and create new fiber art. The contest was open to anyone and they received entries from several countries. All the quilts were the same color, fabric, size and theme.

Other Special Quilt Exhibits include “Quilts on the Wall,” an annual Road to California Exhibit, and new this year, a Special Quilt Exhibit based on “Cosplay.”   

Be prepared to be amazed at Road 2019’s Special Quilt Exhibits.

Give Away #3- BFF Time With Eleanor Burns

The third and final prize package for our Get Ready for Road Giveaway is BFF Time with Quilt in a Day Founder, Eleanor Burns. One lucky winner and three of their friends will receive:

A stay at one of Road’s Host Hotels January 24-27

Lunch on Saturday with Eleanor

Front Row Seats at Eleanor’s Saturday night Trunk Show

Eleanor Burns is a quilting legend.

An innovative sewer since she was a young girl, Eleanor self-published her first “Quilt in a Day” book in 1978, igniting a quilting revolution. She introduced an incredibly rapid stitching system, applying the method of assembly line sewing to piecework. Her concise, step-by-step directions were easy to grasp, allowing anyone to be successful at making a quilt. Eleanor Burns is credited for giving quilt makers techniques that compacted months into merely a day, a quilt in a day.

Through her Quilt in a Day enterprise, Eleanor has become a prolific author (she has written over 80 books), a revered teacher trainer, popular television personality, and celebrated industry role model. In 1990, Eleanor pioneered the way people view quilt making with television. Her Quilt in a Day TV series began airing on PBS and is still broadcasting nationwide and abroad, even teaching in Japan. Adding to all of that, she has developed her own “Signature” fabric lines, several special edition sewing machines, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her lifetime of achievements.  

Eleanor will be celebrating her 40th year in quilting at Road to California 2019 by headlining two stage shows, Forty Fabulous Years With Eleanor, on Friday and Saturday night. The shows are a trip down memory lane with Eleanor entertaining guests with her hilarious stories, outtakes, and timeless memorabilia; all while sharing beautiful quilts and teaching priceless techniques.  Tickets for these shows are still available and can be purchased at Road’s Registration desk.

How to Enter

Comment below by answering the following question: How long have you been quilting?

All comments received count for 3 entries. You can earn more entries by commenting on applicable posts on our Facebook Page and Instagram Account @road2ca for a total of 5 entries for this give away. Entries are accepted through midnight PST on January 14th.  The winner will be announced on January 15th. 

For complete rules and information regarding the Get Ready for Road Give Away, please go to this blog post.     

Good Luck to all who enter this last give away before Road to California.

Give Away #2- Road to California Quilt Show Swag

Did you know that Road to California has its own Vendor Booth at the show? It is stocked with all kinds of merchandise for purchase that is made especially for Road.

The second prize package in our Get Ready For Road Give Away is a collection of all the items we offer in our booth featuring our Road to California logo, valued at approximately $125.

New Items for Road 2019

This year’s Road to California tote bag features the 2018 Best of Show Winner, Fractal, by Claudia Pfeil. The sturdy bag is roomy and has a zipper closure to keep all your Road purchases safe.

The 2019 lanyard is in the colors of this year’s 1950’s theme, pink and black.

These clever pin cushions are perfect for keeping track of sewing needles and pins on the go and come with four needles already inside.

Our Road Fans come in handy for staying cool in any type of weather.

Need a place to jot down quilting notes? These 3-3/4” wide by 5-1/2’’ long mini-journals are filled with lined paper and tuck easily into a purse or project bag. They come in three colors: red, black and blue.

These trendy Pop Sockets help to secure your smart phone in your hand.

Our clear zipper pouches are perfect as a wallet substitute or for carrying around small sewing supplies. They are 4X6 inches and open to 1-1/2 inches wide.  

Not pictured, but also new for 2019, that is offered both in our booth and for this giveaway, are Road mouse-pads and metal pin savers for organizing and securing your Roadie Pins.

Additional Road Items

If you are a regular visitor to our show, these additional Road items may be familiar:

Glass Nail Files,

Quarter Inch Seam Mini-Rulers,

and a 5-inch Square Ruler.

And who knows… we just might find some more classic Road gear in our warehouse to throw in for the give away too. We love surprises!!

How to Enter

Comment below by answering the following question: What is your favorite quilting notion?

All comments received count for 3 entries. You can earn more entries by commenting on applicable posts on our Facebook Page and Instagram Account @road2ca for a total of 5 entries for this give away. Entries are accepted through midnight PST on January, 10th.  The winner will be announced on January 11th.  The winner will receive their prize when they come to the show or if they can’t make Road 2019, we will mail it to them.   

Good Luck to all who enter.

For complete rules and information regarding the Get Ready for Road Give Away, please go to this blog post.

Road to California 2019 Giveaway: 3 Prize Packages To Win!

Road to California 2019 is just around the corner. Quilts vying for $92,000 in cash awards; Amazing and Unique Special Exhibits; Over 100 Classes and Over 220 Vendors – are all ready and waiting for the show to start January 24, 2019 and run through January 27th at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California.

Are you as excited as we are for the show to begin?

To help countdown the days to the beginning of Road 2019, we’re offering the 2019 Get Ready for Road Giveaway.  Three prize packages have been put together that we hope will entice any quilter—whether or not they intend on attending the show – to participate and have some fun.

Prize Package #1 is an opportunity for one lucky winner to take a longarm class on Monday or Tuesday from award winning longarm quilter, Linda Gosselin. We introduced Linda on our blog a couple of months ago. If you ever thought about trying out longarm quilting or wanted to improve your longarm skills, this prize package is for you!!! One lucky winner will be able to join the rest of the students in having a hands-on experience using a Handi Quilter stand-up longarm machine provided in the class.

Prize Package #2 is a Swag Bag filled with ALL the Road to California logo items we sell at the show. The swag includes a reusable bag, nail file, mousepad, lanyard, pin savers, shirt, fan, quilt ruler, 20th Anniversary Fabric, a tote bag and much, much more.  

The Grand Prize, Prize Package #3, is a chance for one lucky winner and 3 of their friends to meet and spend time with celebrity quilter, Eleanor Burns. Included in this prize package is a 3-night stay at one of Road to California’s host hotels, lunch on Saturday with Eleanor, and front row seats to Eleanor’s 40th Anniversary Trunk Show on Friday or Saturday night.   

How the 2019 Get Ready for Road Giveaway works

Each prize package will have a window of 4 days to enter. A social media post announcing the current prize package will be posted on Road to California’s Facebook Page and Instagram Account as well as in an article on our blog. To enter, write a comment answering a question in the posts during the time the prize package is live. Each comment on Facebook and Instagram will count as one entry. A comment in an eligible blog post will count as 3 entries. So, there are 4 chances to enter for each prize package offering.

Entries will close at midnight PDT on the last day of a prize package offering. Eligible entries will be counted, and the total number will be submitted to Random Number Generator to determine the winning entry. Winners will be notified by email and/or on our social media sites.   

We hope you are as excited as we are for this giveaway – and for Road to California to begin. Good luck to all who enter.

A New Class To Help You With Your New Year’s Resolution

Do you have any projects that you weren’t able to finish in 2018? 2017? 2000? Were you hoping to start the New Year off by finally completing those projects that keep hanging around? We have just the class for you to help you realize your New Year goals. 

ADIOS UFO- BIENVENIDO NEW PROJECTS, Class #5070C, is being offered Friday night from 6:00 – 9:00 PM and will be overseen by Pat Yamin of Come Quilt With Me and expert quilter, Stevii Graves.  Both are excellent teachers and problem solvers that are anxious to help students make it past the finish line with their lonely UFO’s. This unique class is also a great way to meet old friends, make new friends, and enjoy projects made in a Road 2019 class. Sewing machines will be provided, so there really are no excuses not to start the New Year off right.

Pat has been talking about offering this type of class to show promoters for years and finally got the chance last year at Road 2018.

Why was she so passionate about coordinating this class? Pat shares that she has found over the years that many students want to take a completed project home from a workshop or conference. But after the class has ended and their project needs just a little more time to complete, students usually find that there is not a place for them to sit, sew and maybe even get some additional help. Also, Pat has had customers stop by her vendor booth to show her their class projects and often they say, “I wish the class had been a little longer, so I could have finished it,” or “I know when I get home it will remain in that plastic bag since I have lost interest and I will have no help.” (Does that sound familiar?!!)

And did we mention that the class will also be a lot of fun? There will be door prizes and special surprises for all of the students.

Anyone and everyone is encouraged to come to this class. It will be especially useful to the gal or guy who doesn’t live near a quilt shop or belong to a guild to offer them additional support. Stevii and Pat circulate around the room and oversee the projects that are brought to class from home or learned at a class at the show.

Both Pat and Stevii have been associated with Road to California for many years and both will be coming from the east coast for the event. Pat lives in New York and Stevii lives in Virginia. They both know that there is never just one way to do something. They appreciate the many talented teachers that are out there and will never criticize someone else’s techniques.

Besides teaching this class, Stevii is on the Road to California staff. One of her many responsibilities is overseeing the judging of the contest quilts.

Pat will also be teaching five other classes at Road 2019 focusing on hand work and English paper piecing as well as manning her vendor booth. To learn more about Pat’s other classes, please visit our website.

Whether you bring a project from home or one that you worked on during Road, let Stevii and Pat help you start the New Year right!!

Meet Road 2019 Ruby Sponsors- Part II

Why does Road to California have Sponsors for its show?

“Our sponsors are what keeps us competitive,” shared Show Owner, Matt Reese. Because of their generous support, Road continues to attract the industry’s finest entrants, teachers and vendors which are enjoyed by the thousands of our guests that attend our event.

Road 2019 has 13 Ruby Sponsors.

To be at this third level of sponsorship, (our Platinum Sponsor, Gammill, is the highest level followed by Emerald Sponsors), a company donates $2,250 towards the show. Their generous contribution goes toward prize money for the quilt show contest as well as help fund other aspects of the event. Some Ruby Sponsors will also have a vendor booth on the main floor while many will have their products available with other retailers at the show.

Seven of Road’s 2019 Ruby Sponsors have previously been highlighted on our blog. The following is a listing of the remaining six Ruby level Sponsors:

Another one of the new Ruby Sponsors for Road 2019 is Quilters Dream Batting. Founded in 1995, Quilters Dream Batting is committed to quality, service and innovation. They use only the highest grade of fibers and the best processing technology to bring their customers the finest batting possible. Quilters Dream Batting products are proudly made in the USA. They are sponsoring the Abstract Category.

OC Sewing & Vacuum

In business since 1991, they have four locations in Southern California: Buena Park, Fullerton, Irvine and Garden Grove. They carry high quality sewing, embroidery and quilting machines and sergers and offer a variety of sewing and quilting classes for all levels. The category they will be sponsoring is Pieced Wall.


Known for their Original IDT™ System – Integrated Dual Feed, their quilting, sewing, and embroidery machines provide tools for creativity and precision. Pfaff is sponsoring the Fantasy category.

Pineapple Fabrics

Best known for their Pineapple Packs: precut fabric collections that include 5 coordinated, quilt quality fabrics that make sewing projects a breeze.  Pineapple Fabrics is an e-commerce business. They are sponsoring the category, Other Large.

Primitive Gatherings

A well known Southern California quilt shop with an old fashioned look, they feature the nation’s largest selection of reproduction fabrics, homespuns, Japanese fabrics, and their own beautiful hand dyed wools. They also carry a wide variety of cotton or wool kits, notions,and all the supplies for punch needle embroidery. They will be sponsoring the Applique Large category.

Sew Batik

A direct merchant with a passion for designing, sourcing and distributing exquisite batik and hand dyed fabrics. Their fabrics are only sold on their website, at local, regional and national quilt shows, and through their ever-growing relationships with professional longarm/machine quilters around the world. Sew Batik is sponsoring the Mixed Wall Category.

Please support all of our Road 2019 Ruby Sponsors by stopping by their booths and/or investigating their products.

Added Benefits For Quilt Guilds

Road to California loves quilt guilds.

Most of our staff members belong to at least one quilt guild.

Quilt Guilds Road to California Quilt Show

A quilt guild is chosen each year to supply the quilts in the main hallway of the Ontario Convention Center.  

And quilt guild members supply many of our volunteer spots, including white glove attendants.

Quilt Show Volunteers

2019 Quilt Guild Opportunities

Quilt Guilds have a couple of special opportunities to shine during Road to California 2019:

Display Opportunity Quilts

Many quilt guilds earn money for their programs and quilt shows by making and raffling off their Opportunity Quilt. To help support these quilt guilds, Road provides space in the main hallway of the Ontario Convention Center for guilds to display their Opportunity Quilts and provide information about their guild to attract future members and attendees at their activities.

Quilt Guilds Road to California Quilt Show

Guidelines are provided on our website. Generally, quilt guilds are selected on a first come, first assigned basis to man one of the four tables provided each day of the show. If chosen, a participating quilt guild must provide 20 hours of white glove service to Road for each day the quilt is displayed. There is an exception to the volunteer rule for quilts displayed on Sunday: only 10 hours of white glove service is required.

Three volunteers per guild may sign up in each volunteer time slot. Space is limited, and times are assigned when Road has received all information required. If a shift is full, volunteers are scheduled to serve at the next available time. The minimum shift for each person is 2 hours; Each 2 hour + volunteer receives a free entry bracelet. In addition, Road provides up to four complimentary passes for guild ticket sales persons the day their quilt is displayed.

Quilt Guilds Volunteer Road to California Quilt Show

There are still four spaces available for Sunday, January 27th. Interested quilt guilds should complete the form located at https://goo.gl/forms/3xZOjZ0Ik7odA8h03

Quilt Guild Challenge

Road is once again hosting a Quilt Guild Challenge, sponsored by The Traveling Quilters. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the quilt guild with the highest percentage of guild members attending the show. Another cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the guild with the highest gross attendance.

Quilt Guilds Volunteer Road to California Quilt Show

***Note: qualifying attendance is based on actual quilt guild members, not friendship groups.

To enter, guilds need to submit qualifying paperwork online to Road before the show. The form is located at this link:


Then, as members attend Road 2019, they need to register their attendance on the iPads provided near the south lobby doors. Road will notify winning quilt guilds in February.    

Will your quilt guild be participating with these added benefits?

Meet Road 2019 Ruby Sponsors-Part I

Road to California would not be the premier consumer quilt show that it is without our sponsors. “Our sponsors are what keeps us competitive,” shared Show Owner, Matt Reese. Because of their generous support, Road continues to attract the industry’s finest entrants, teachers and vendors which are enjoyed by the thousands of our guests that attend our event.

Road 2019 has 13 Ruby Sponsors.

To be at this third level of sponsorship, (our Platinum Sponsor, Gammill, is the highest level followed by Emerald Sponsors), a company donates $2,250 towards the show. Their generous contribution goes toward prize money for the quilt show contest as well as help fund other aspects of the event. Some Ruby Sponsors will also have a vendor booth on the main floor while many will have their products available with other retailers at the show.

Quilt Show Ruby Sponsor

One of the companies new to the Ruby Level of sponsorship is Creative Grids®, makers of over 100 quilting rulers and templates. Their original non-slip rulers are made in over 30 standard sizes, each incorporating their Turn-A-Round feature – designated by the 1/2 inch grip sides – to add the 1/2 inch seam allowance to quilt pieces. Creative Grids® is sponsoring the Pictorial Category in Road’s 2019 Quilt Contest, awarding prizes to the First, Second, and Third Place winners.

Some of the other Ruby Level Sponsors include:


This Swiss, family owned company, has been celebrating creativity  for 125 years. As part of their anniversary celebration, Bernina created a gold-plated special edition presser foot. Bernina is sponsoring the Animal Category, giving prize money to the First, Second, and Third Place winners. 


Brother International has more than 100 years of history in the global sewing industry. They’ve been a leader in the US for more than 60 years, offering a diverse lineup of machines with industry-first, exclusive features. Their motto is “Explore, learn and remember — being creative isn’t a hobby; it’s a way of life!” Winners in the Naturescape Category will be sponsored by Brother. 


Since around 1940, the Elna trademark has always symbolized quality, innovation and service. Today, Elna continues to build the company with these three elements as the foundation. Elna is a growing company committed to bringing excellence to our customers and our international distribution network. Elna is active in more than 60 countries, throughout the world. Elna is sponsoring the Other-Wall Category. 

Husqvarna Viking

The need for change inspired their beginning. They began as a royal arms factory in Huskvarna, Sweden in 1689.  Almost two centuries later in 1872, facing declining demand for firearms, the artisans of the factory were inspired to make a more peaceful product—sewing machines. Today, Husqvarna Viking® is a worldwide organization that still designs high-quality sewing machines in Sweden and markets our products to passionate sewers all across the globe.  Prizes for the Human Image Category will be awarded by Husqvarna Viking.  

Innova (ABM International)

Innova longarm machines are manufactured by ABM International, a three generation family owned and operated business near Houston Texas and are engineered to meet the most discerning quilter’s needs. Based on a long term commitment to excellence, ABM International offers a full array of high quality quilting machinery. Innova will be giving prizes to the Mixed Large Category.  


Martelli Enterprises is an international company based in Pensacola, Florida. They make tools, equipment, work stations and machines for sewing, quilting, and embroidery. For over 20 years, they have provided quilters and other sewing and crafting enthusiasts with the tools and accessories to pursue their art and express themselves. The Applique Wall Category will be sponsored by Martelli.

Thank you to these great Ruby Sponsors of Road to California 2019. We will recognize the remaining Ruby Sponsors in our next blog article. 

Meet Road 2019 Vendor: Desiree’s Designs

Desiree Habicht loves to create. 

Desiree Designs Quilt Patterns and Fabric

She has been an artist her whole life, dabbling in all forms of creative arts. At one point, Desiree’s art had her traveling all over the country. She was showing both her fine art and the murals and faux finishes she had created for designers and for custom, luxury homes.

Then tragedy struck in 2000.

Desiree’s daughter was critically injured by a drunk driver. In order to provide the care her daughter needed, Desiree needed to reinvent her business. So she started a home-based pattern and design company, Desiree’s Designs, creating quilt patterns, fabric and embroidery designs from her  home studio. What could have been a tragedy on so many levels, has become “a blessing” for Desiree and her family.  

Desiree's Designs Fabric and Quilt Pattern Designs

Desiree loves that she gets to do what she enjoys every day: Designing, Creating and Teaching others how to set free their creativity.

What to Look For at Road 2019

Items that will be featured in the Desiree’s Designs booth include fabrics from their new fabric lines. Their quilt patterns are known for being “happy, colorful, whimsical designs.”

One of Desiree’s newest fabric line panel designs, “Party Like a Unicorn,” will be making its’ debut at Road 2019.

Desiree's Designs Fabric and Quilt Pattern Designs

Many of Desiree’s designs are digitized. Their machine embroidery CDs are very popular with their customers. Visitors to their booth will also have the chance to learn about Desiree’s Designs’ new monthly 2019 ITH Mug Rug Club. Desiree states that the enrollment for the club is “filling up fast.”

Desiree's Designs Fabric and Quilt Pattern Designs
Gnome ITH Mug Rug

A Southern California native, Desiree won’t have to travel far to get to the show. What is she most looking forward to at Road to California? The opportunity to meet new people and visit with repeat customers. Desiree says, “We are always striving to build our quilting community with our clubs and classes that we offer throughout the year.”

Desiree’s Designs will be in booths  1919/1921+ in the Pavilion at Road 2019. To learn more about Desiree’s Designs, please visit their website.