Domestic Machine Quilting Class

Domestic Machine Quilting Specialist

Who/What has had a major influence on your quilting style?

For Road 2019 teacher, Valli Schiller, that would be Harriet Hargrave. When Valli started quilting 28 years ago, she lived in Colorado near Harriet’s store, Treadleworks. Through Harriet, Valli was exposed to magnificent examples of domestic machine quilting before anybody planted the idea in her mind that domestic machine quilting was hard to do. Valli taught herself to do domestic machine quilting using Harriet’s “excellent book,” Heirloom Machine Quilting as her primer.Domestic Machine Quilting Class

Another influence as Valli was starting out in quilting was her local quilt guild. A friend invited Valli to attend her first meeting where she immediately noticed how the guild ladies gave lots of love to people who brought show and tell and that really motivated Valli. From that point on until today, Valli is challenged and fascinated by all aspects of quilt making, especially free motion quilting.

Valli’s domestic machine quilting space comprises three, small basement rooms. One room has her design wall, an ironing station, and three sewing machines. Each machine is set up with different feet and thread. This room is where her quilt tops are constructed.Domestic Machine Quilting Class

An adjacent room has a big cutting table and tall open bookshelves where Valli stores her ever growing fabric stash, arranged by color and type. She took over a third room when she added a sit-down, long arm machine to her “stable.”  None of the rooms have windows, however, and she misses having natural light in her “quilting cave.” But each room does have a bluetooth speaker. Valli says she is “in my happy place when I can listen to audiobooks and podcasts as I work.”

Valli has been teaching domestic machine quilting since 2006. She says that her classes “are designed to be supportive settings where structure is provided, but individual creativity is encouraged. I want every student to leave my classes equipped with the all the information and inspiration they need to apply the techniques they’ve learned to future projects.”

Valli will be traveling from her home in Naperville, Illinois, to teach her 3 classes at Road to California 2019:

4017C- Confetti Ninepatch on ThursdayDomestic Machine Quilting Class

5014C – Ruler Quilting FUNdamentals on FridayDomestic Machine Quilting Class

6015C – Quilting on the Half Shell on SaturdayDomestic Machine Quilting Class

What does Valli hope for her students? That they each have their own “Aha!” moments when the technique that she’s teaching starts to click for them. She also looks forward to them asking their own creative “what if?” questions because then she knows “I’ve done something right.”

Additions To 2019 Quilt Classes

Road to California prides itself on offering a variety of quilt classes to a variety of quilting levels, all taught by the best quilt teachers from around the world.

Scheduling quilt classes for Road 2019 began right after Road 2018 closed its doors on January 21, 2018. First, we reviewed class surveys for responses to classes just concluded. We also spent time going to other nationally known quilt shows to visit their quilt classes and meet prospective new teachers. A tentative schedule was put together in late Spring and was fine tuned before announcing class offerings in late May.

In July, when registration began, we got to see right away how our planning turned out. Almost immediately, it was easy to tell which quilt classes were most popular, which were gaining interest, and which didn’t resonate well with our guests. We usually give classes 2-3 months to see how their registration is panning out before any changes are made to the schedule.  Our Show Owner, Matt Reese, makes the final decision of whether a class will be dropped or if additional units need to be added.

So far, we have had to drop a few quilt classes where attendance was lacking and replace them with other quilt classes. Some of the quilt classes that were added were already being offered and the instructor agreed to teach another unit of the same class:

Diane Kirkhart has added two more Millefiori technique classes.

Monday: 1019C – Millefiori, La Passacagila (This class was also offered on Thursday)Quilt Classes Road to California 2019

Tuesday: 2019C – Tule Nova English Paper Piecing Quilt (This class was also offered on Friday)Quilt Classes Road to California 2019

Modern Quilter, Mel Beach, will be teaching another of her Improvisational Piecing Classes

Friday: 5020C – Slice of Improv (This class was also offered on Wednesday)Quilt Classes Road to California 2019

In a few cases, we added totally new quilt classes to an existing teacher’s schedule like with Gillian Travis who is now also teaching

Friday: 5073G – Using your iPad as a Design Tool

Students will be shown simple exercises to learn how to

Enlarge or reduce a single shape or simple line drawing;

Print large images as in a design for a wall hanging;

Fun games to play;

Turn a photo into a line drawing;

Turn a photo into a water color painting;

Capture colors to help with choosing fabric;

Designing color schemes;

Turning an iPad into a light box and more.

We also had the chance to add a totally new teacher with new classes. Christina Dolinar, from Pineapple Fabrics, is offering two classes on how to use Pineapple Packs in a quilt pattern designed by Pineapple Fabrics

Monday: 1020C – Spinner using a Fran Pineapple PackQuilt Classes Road to California 2019

Tuesday: 2020C – Easy Breezy using an Ellie Pineapple PackQuilt Classes Road to California 2019

All of these changes have been made to ensure that our guests—and our teachers– have the best quilt class experience possible.

Have you signed up to take a quilt class yet? Do you have room in your schedule to add one of these new classes?

 

 

The Value Of Road’s Quilt Show Volunteers

The success of Road to California is due in part to the loyal support of our amazing quilt show volunteers—our Roadies.

Since Road first began in 1990, quilt show volunteers have played an important role in maintaining not only the integrity of the quilt show but sharing their love for quilting with our guests.Quilt Show Volunteers

Many of Road’s quilt show volunteers are returning volunteers; they enjoy their volunteering experience so much that they are anxious to return year after year. However, as the show grows and more guests attend, the need for volunteers also grows.

Did you know that volunteers at Road receive special perks?

Shifts for volunteering are scheduled in two-hour increments. What do Road 2019 quilt show volunteers receive for giving of their time?

  • All quilt show volunteers who volunteer a minimum of 2 hours receive a multi-day admission for Road 2020.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours and receive a coveted “Roadies Bar” for the official Road to California pin in addition to the 2010 multi-day admission.
  • Volunteers who serve 6 or more hours, receive all of the above plus they have the option for Road 2020 Priority Registration.

Ways to serve as a Quilt Show Volunteer

  • UnPacking– Help sort the contest quilts for judging on the Sunday before the show, January 20th.
  • Photography– Assist show photographers as they take pictures of winning quilts on Wednesday, January 23rd.Quilt Show Volunteers
  • Set-up Quilt and Special Exhibits– Get up close and personal with the many quilts on display by helping to set up the contest show quilts and other special exhibits. There are 2 days to volunteer and hours vary:

 Tuesday evening, January 22nd, 4 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday, January 23rd from 8 AM – Noon and from 1 PM – 5 PM.Quilt Show Volunteers

  • White Glove Host/Hostess– These important quilt show volunteers serve as the “Front-Line,” protecting the quilts on display each day of the show. White Glove quilt show volunteers greet visitors, circulate within their assigned area, answer questions about the quilts they supervise, as well as show the back of quilts.Quilt Show Volunteers
  • Take-Down– Remove quilts from all displays on Sunday afternoon, January 27th.

To schedule volunteer hours during your visit to the show, watch for Road’s On-line Volunteer Registration available soon on our website.

 

 

 

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Longarm Quilt Designs Taught By Linda Gosselin

1976 was a great year. Not only was it the United States’ Bicentennial, it was also the year Linda Gosselin began quilting. Back then, Linda started making quilt tops using cotton embroidery thread to tie the quilt layers together!!longarm quilting quilt designs quiltinig classes

Today, Linda is best known for the quilt designs she creates. Who has given Linda valuable advice as her quilt designs have evolved? Karen McTavish. Linda says that Karen “once told me to lock myself in my studio, load your frame with practice fabric and don’t come out until you can quilt “your” freehand feathers!  A feather is as personal as your signature – no two are the same!  It’s just fabric, batting and thread.  If you don’t like it, you can toss it!  That was so freeing! I was tempted to toss the early work but saved it so I could see how I improved over time.”

Peeking into Linda’s current work space, you will find items to help her wither quilt designs work: a Handi Quilter Avante with a Pro-Stitcher on a 10’ frame, a domestic machine, the HQ Stitch 710, cutting table, bookshelves, my corner desk and laptop loaded with my favorite software…HQ Pro-Stitcher Premium, Art & Stitch, and Quilt-Pro.g quilt designs quiltinig classes

A quilt designs teacher for the past 6 years, Linda loves the “’A-ha!’ moments when the material I am teaching clicks with the students!” Her teaching methods encourages lots and lots of advice regarding KISSing:  Keep It Simple, Sweetheart. No stress quilting is always her goal in her classes.

Traveling from Massachusetts, Road to California 2019 will be Linda’s first trip to the west coast.  She is looking forward to meeting new students, seeing the amazing quilts and dipping her toes in the Pacific Ocean.

Linda will be teaching two classes at Road 2019 that will give students a chance to have hands-on experience using a Handi Quilter stand-up longarm machine with their quilt designs:

Monday: 1009C – Feathers on the Half Shellg quilt designs quiltinig classes

Tuesday: 2008C – Round Peg in a Square Holeg quilt designs quiltinig classes

In addition, Linda will also be teaching two, half-day technology-based classes for longarm quilt designs. A wired mouse and laptop are required for each session:

Wednesday Morning: 3021G – Art & Stitch: Easy as 1 – 2 – 3 g quilt designs quiltinig classes

Wednesday Afternoon: 3022G – Art & Stitch: Motifs and Creative Fillsg quilt designs quiltinig classes

We’re thrilled that Linda’s first visit to Southern California will be at Road to California, sharing her quilt design and technical experience to enhance longarm quilting.

For more information about Linda, please visit her website.

 

 

Charity Quilting Returns To Road To California

Road to California’s charity quilting event, Roadies Give Back, first launched at Road 2017. Using a quilt block designed by Road 2017 teacher, Anita Grossman Soloman,Charity Quilting

Roadies from around the country created and sent in hundreds of blocks that were sewn together by Roadie volunteers. Once the quilt tops were made, additional volunteers quilted the charity quilts.

In the end, 41 charity quilts were presented by Road to California to the Robert and Beverly Lewis Cancer Care Center at Pomona Valley Hospital to cancer patients receiving chemotherapy at the center.

Due to the success of the initial charity quilting event, Road is pleased to announce the return of Roadies Give Back at Road to California 2019.Charity Quilting

Overseeing this upcoming charity quilting event are three long time Road Staff members: Karen Jones, Rene Hicks and Nancy Lewis. This activity is especially important to Karen and Nancy as cancer has personally touched their lives. Karen is a Breast Cancer Survivor and was recently diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Earlier this year, Nancy lost her husband to pancreatic cancer.

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Karen’s smile and enthusiasm for Roadies Give Back is contagious!!

Karen, Rene, and Nancy first started meeting over a year ago to begin planning the Road 2019 charity quilting event. Energized from hearing Jenny Doan speak at Road 2018 about the importance of quilters giving back to their communities, they decided to use one of Missouri Star Quilt Company’s block patterns, X’s and O’s. The finished quilt that Road has adapted is 5 blocks wide and 5 blocks long. Material colors for the blocks are bright fabrics accented with Kona Black. Batting for the quilts has been donated by Mountain Mist.Charity Quilting

Interested in being a part of this charity quilting event? Here are some ways you can participate:

Before the Show

  • Make Blocks.  Make as many blocks as you can and bring them to the show. Each block takes 4 Charm Squares to make. If you can’t attend Road to California 2019, you can also mail in your blocks to our office: 1160 N. Dewey Way – Suite A, Upland, CA 91786

Missouri Star Quilt Company has made this video on how to sew their X’s and O’s quilt block:

  • Register to Volunteer at Roadies Give Back #9600C. The event is taking place Saturday Night, January 26. Two rooms will be dedicated to this charity quilting activity. Sewing machines for the event are being donated by one of Road’s Sponsors, Moore’s Sewing. Volunteers will be needed to arrange quilt squares, sew squares into rows and make quilt tops. Once quilt tops are completed, quilt sandwiches need to be put together.

During the Show

  • Turn in Finished Blocks. They will be collected at South Information Desk.
  • Join in the Fun!! Volunteer to be one of the sorters, planners, or sewers. Many helping hands are required for this charity quilting event!!

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    The Inland Empire Quilters Guild in Corona, California have gotten a jump start on the charity quilts.

  • Karen, Rene, and Nancy have put together swag bags for everyone who participates.

    Charity Quilting

    Rene and Nancy can’t wait to give these away!!!

There will also be raffle prizes throughout the evening. Best of all, make new quilting friends who are also dedicated to making these charity quilts.

Why is this charity quilting event so important? As Karen says, “It lets people with cancer know that a lot of people care about them, are rooting for them, are praying for them and are hoping that they get better.”

Please join us for Roadies Give Back 2019. We hope you will want to share your quilting passion for this worthwhile cause.

 

 

Meet Alaskan Quilter Maria Shell

Alaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher, Maria Shell, will be traveling from Anchorage, Alaska to teach four classes at Road to California 2019:

Tuesday/Wednesday: 2301C – Making Prints Out of SolidsAlaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher

Thursday: 4018C – Circle & Curve SamplerAlaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher

Thursday Night: 4068C – Artful Oven Mitts Alaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher

Friday: 5015C – Bits & Pieces – Designing from the Scrap BagAlaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher

Maria Shell was drawn to sewing when she was 4 years old and hasn’t stopped since. She had a Barbie Doll clothing business as a young girl and worked in the costume shop in college. Quilt making didn’t come until 1999 when her family moved to Valdez, Alaska, which happens to be a very active quilt community. Maria’s first workshop was a Debbie Caffery Mystery Quilt and she has been making quilts ever since. Other quiltmakers that have inspired Maria’s work are Gwen Marston, Nancy Crow, and books by Paula Nadelstern.Alaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher

When Maria moved to Alaska, she designed a large studio so that her sons (who were young at the time) had plenty of room to horse around in the studio while she worked. Today, her studio includes a sewing station, an L-shaped cutting station, and a Gammil Classic Plus. What are Maria’s favorite tools found in her studio? “I cannot do without my 4’’ x 14’’ Omnigrid ruler, my Olfa straight handled 60mm rotary cutter, my Kai scissors and snips, and my Bernina sewing machine.”Alaskan Quilter and Quilt Teacher

Besides quilting, Maria has been learning to knit for the past few years and says that “I am a bit addicted to making socks.” She also loves hiking and walking; trying out new plant based recipes; and reading or listening to books on tape.

Maria started teaching quilt making almost as soon as she finished taking her first quilt workshop which means she has been teaching for about seventeen years. She started teaching nationally in 2015. Teaching quilt classes is a personal learning experience says Maria. It “makes me a better quilt-maker and a better teacher.”

Road to California 2019 will be her first time at the show. She is hoping to enjoy all that Road has to offer—as well as the famous sunny weather in January. Maria also wants her Road students to leave her classes knowing that “everything they need to be an amazing quilter exists inside of them.” Beyond that, “it is all about practice.”

To learn more about Maria, please visit her website.

 

 

Mystery Quilts That Go Bump In The Night

Road to California 2019 is bringing back a past class favorite: Late Night Mystery Quilts.Mystery Quilts, Quilt Show Classes

Previously known as Lakeside Mystery Classes, students created Mystery Quilts working until midnight. It was a fan favorite for those who are night owl quilters that love a mystery project.

For Road 2019, the name of the classes have been changed to Mountain View Mystery and are being taught by Charlotte Angotti, a professional Mystery Quilts Teacher. The overall premise for these Mystery Quilts classes haven’t changed. Students will be spending all night learning and stitching into the wee-early hours of the morning!

Another fun aspect of creating these Mystery Quilts with Charlotte Angotti is that all of the supplies will be provided.  Pre-cut, laser-cut kits, designed especially for Road, are included in the price of the classes.

How did Charlotte get started teaching Mystery Quilts classes? “While living in Virginia Beach, Virginia, I had a quilt shop, Quilt Works. I realized that most of the customers I had came to my shop for help picking fabric and I was pretty good at that. I also realized that by having the pieces cut out for them they could get much more done in class. I started by offering the classes from 6 pm to 6 am. (I was young and didn’t know better!) They were such a success that I had to rent space to hold the number of students wanting to do the monthly offering. When I began teaching on the national level I changed the name of the class from All Nighter to Let Me Surprise You! and the rest is history. I owned the shop from 1981-1999 and began teaching nationally in 1991.”Mystery Quilts, Quilt Show ClassesThe more of these Mystery Quilts classes Charlotte taught, the more she enjoyed them. Since the prep work was done before the classes, it allowed Charlotte more time to meet and talk with students.  Charlotte likes to feel relaxed and sew while talking and laughing – just like her students do!!

Mystery Quilts, Quilt Show Classes

One of Charlotte’s Mystery Quilts

How does Charlotte explain her teaching style? “When I was a young girl I read a book (one I can’t remember the author or title of) that told the story of a boy and the neighbor who spoke French. Each chapter introduced a new French word to the little boy and the reader. Without realizing how much he was learning he was learning the language. The last chapter was totally in French and although I couldn’t speak the language, I could read it. For a nine-year-old who didn’t like reading this was a revelation. My teaching style is a lot like that book, you are learning about color, pattern and so much more without trying.

Is there a particular type of quilter that is best suited for this kind of Mystery Quilts class? Charlotte replied, “I think all students who have some basic understanding of quilt making fit into my classes. I won’t be with them in the finishing process, so that is the reasoning behind the intermediate level. There is no cutting, no picking of fabric and in class it is basic piecing. A perfect ¼” seam allowance is really necessary since the laser cuts the kits so accurately and this seems to be a good thing to learn in my classes.”

Once, while teaching her version of a Mystery Quilts class, Charlotte noticed that one of the students started to cry when the final quilt was revealed. After Charlotte got everyone back to sewing and pictures were taken of her and the quilt, she went over to student to find out what was upsetting her. In between sobs, the student told Charlotte that there was no way she could make that quilt. Charlotte kindly explained to her that that was exactly what she had been working on all day. “Not THAT quilt!” the girl cried. Charlotte said it took some doing, but the student finally came to terms that she actually had been working on the exact same quilt.

This story typifies what Charlotte wants her students to get out of her Mystery Quilts classes…that they can do much more than they thought they could!! In addition, Charlotte hopes that she will see her students again and again because each new class is a different project.

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Another one of Charlotte’s Mystery Quilts

The Mountain View Mystery Classes are being offered Wednesday (3061G) and Thursday (4061G) evenings from 6:00 PM until 11:59 PM. Students are required to bring their own sewing machine but everything else will be provided.

If you aren’t a night owl, Charlotte will be teaching the same Mystery Quilts class during the day on Monday (1001G) from 8:30 – 3:30 PM.

Road 2019 will be Charlotte’s first-time teaching at Road. Since she has worked in California several times, she hopes to see some of her old friends plus make new friends. She has heard “only good things about the show,” and is looking forward to seeing it for herself!

To learn more about Charlotte Angotti and her Mystery Quilts, please visit her website.

Finding Quilt Show Fun With Friends

Why is Road to California the ultimate friend destination?

Besides offering outstanding lectures and classes, breathtaking winning quilts, and hundreds of unique vendors that Road to California is traditionally known for, friends find lots of reasons to share a day or week together, enhancing their Road quilt show experience.

Taking A Bus TripQuilt Show Fun With Friends

How much do Candi, Maria, and Karen like Road’s Quilt Show Bus Excursions? So much that they have gone on six of them!!! They like the variety of stops the trips go to as well as seeing areas of Southern California that they don’t usually get to. Candi and Karen have known each other since second grade!! The three friends met each other in a quilting class they took in 2004. They’ve been to Road to California’s Quilt Show together nine times.

Round Robin Tips At RoundaboutQuilt Show Fun With Friends

Learning with friends and sharing quilt tips interests Rita, Judy and Denise. While they all sign up to sit in traditional classes and lectures at Road’s Quilt Show, they find fun at Roundabout because it gets them up and moving in 20-minute intervals. They enjoy choosing topics together that are taught by teachers and vendors they wouldn’t have run into before. Judy and Denise are married to brothers. They’ve been quilting for 27 years. Their first class was a 12-block sampler that took 12 weeks to complete. Rita is a friend of Denise’s sisters and says that Judy and Denise “adopted” her. Her first quilting class 8 years ago was at a Senior Center after she retired.

 Party TimeQuilt Show Fun With Friends

“Party Time is Awesome,” says Audrey, Cherie, and Sylvia. “It is a lot of fun, and the prizes are great.” This threesome has attended Party time four times. Figuring out how to dress-up is part of their fun. At Road 2018, they wore the same matching red aprons that they wore working in the Baby Loc booth at the San Diego Quilt Show. All three belong to the San Diego Quilt Guild where they go on retreats and participate in the guild’s Green Quilters group- recycling and repurposing fabric and patterns for items that are donated. They have a combined total of 30 years of quilting experience and 27 years of attending Road to California.

Modern IdeasQuilt Show Fun With Friends

Where do Los Angeles sewists Ariga, Elise, and Perla find fun, support and encouragement for their new quilting hobby? By walking around viewing Road’s Quilt Show exhibits and talking with more experienced quilters. While they see a lot of traditional quilting ideas, Perla commented she liked seeing more Modern designs and quilters at Road 2018. A quilter for 6 years, Elise commented how she appreciated the inspiration she found at the show. Together, they share ideas on how to get creative with all the fabric choices.

Are you wanting to add to your Road to California Quilt Show experience with these fun quilt show activities? Sign up for these events on our website.

 

 

 

 

Fiber Art Discovery Classes

Lynn Koolish will be teaching two, all-day fabric painting classes:

Thursday- 4010C – Mixed-Media Fiber: Alternative Surfaces & Fibers to Quilt, Stitch & EmbellishFiber Art Discovery Classes

Friday- 5007C – Color, Texture & Translucency for Fiber CollageFiber Art Discovery Classes

Two half-day classes on Saturday:

Saturday AM- A design class, 6007C – Artful Fiber Au Naturel Fiber Art Discovery Classes

Saturday PM- A handwork class, 6008C – Free-Spirited, Free-Form Patchwork QuiltFiber Art Discovery Classes

And on Sunday, a Free-Form/Improvisational Piecing class-  7004C – Make a Color-POP QuiltFiber Art Discovery Classes

Babies are a great excuse to learn how to quilt.

Lynn Koolish was already a sewist who had acquired a healthy fabric stash when her friends starting having babies, so she decided to learn how to make them baby quilts.Fiber Art Discovery Classes

Today, everything Lynn does is “fiber-related.” When she isn’t doing fiber art (quilting or painting or designing with fabric), Lynn does enjoy to get outside to walk and hike as well as hang out with friends.

What has had a major influence on Lynn’s work? In terms of her current fiber art quilt making, Lynn says, “it would have to be taking a 5-day surface design class with Jane Dunnewold because it really got me started down the path of making my own fabrics.”

In her dedicated home studio located in Berkeley, California, Lynn loves watching something that has been in her mind become a reality in fiber art. Lynn also utilizes part of her laundry room to experiment with dying and painting. Her favorite items in her sewing space include her sewing machine, her Grabbit magnetic pin keeper, a re-purposed card catalog that she uses for storing thread and other small items, and a flat file that her husband made into a table with a light box on one side and cork on the other.Fiber Art Discovery Classes

For the past 15 years, Lynn has been teaching fiber art quilt classes. As she shares her knowledge, Lynn enjoys watching her students take off with their own interpretations. Lynn is looking forward to seeing her Road to California students try new things without worrying about the final outcome. She wants her students to remember that ”taking classes is a learning process and a great way to add techniques to your creative toolbox.”

Will you be taking one of Lynn Koolish’s fiber art classes to expand your creative toolbox?

 

Best Longarm Machine Quilt At Road 2018

Jan Hutchison received $2,500 from Sponsor, Baby Lock, for her Longarm Machine Quilt, First Frost. Best Longarm Quilting Quilt Show

A desire to finish a quilt top that her Grandmother had left unfinished is what got Jan Hutchison started in quilting over 17 years ago. Jan still hasn’t finished her grandmother’s top, but she did catch the quilting bug and hopes to one day honor her grandmother by finishing it one day.Best Longarm Quilting Quilt Show

First Frost was inspired by the work of William Morris. Jan decided to make it a whole-cloth quilt. It took her approximately four months to make her Best Longarm Machine Quilt, from drawing out the design to the very last stitch.

The fabric she chose was a linen with a metallic glaze which Jan thought would really show off the quilting. (And it did!!) While it is beautiful fabric, Jan discovered along the way that it created several problems. For one, on show quilts, Jan said that she typically knots and buries her thread tails, ending up with hundreds of them in each quilt she makes. Because the linen had a looser weave than the usual quilting cottons, Jan found it was harder to make a knot big enough to stay buried in the quilt sandwich. Another issue she came across had to do with the metallic glaze. It actually weights the fabric down and holds fold lines more than Jan liked. In spite of those challenges, Jan still loved the overall effect that the glaze gave the quilt.Best Longarm Quilting Quilt Show

How did Jan react when she found out she had won Best Longarm Machine Quilt? She had her eye on her email the day she knew that Road to California would be notifying the winners.  Jan was “elated” to receive her notification.

What did Jan do with the $2,500 in prize money she received for Best Longarm Machine Quilt? She said she was going to “pay some bills” and probably put some of it towards “new fabric or thread.”

Don’t be surprised if another one of Jan’s quilts are entered in Road’s 2019 Quilt Contest. She has another whole-cloth quilt in the works and hopes that it will be finished by the October 2, 2018 deadline.