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Mid Life Guru who loves to bring the world together through social media.

What’s New For Road 2018

We have lots of new and exciting things for our guests at Road to California 2018

Already announced is the change in company leadership with Matt Reese as the new Show Owner.

Also previously announced is our new App– QuiltSpace. Guests are encouraged to upload the App from the Apple Store or Google Play Store before coming to the show so they can become familiar with it and bring any questions to the QuiltSpace Booth at the show.

Security has always been a high priority for Road.  As in past years, there will be a special security detail to protect vendors from shoplifters and other other undesirable activity.  A private ambulance service is hired by the Convention Center to assist guests with any medical needs they might have during the four days of the show. They are located at four stations in the Convention Center: under the stairs in the south lobby; in the pavilion tent; in the main hallway and in the north lobby. For 2018, due in part to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, the Ontario Convention Center will be instituting new security protocol that includes each guest going through a metal detector and having their bags checked. 

Also, no outside food or drink (except water) will be allowed inside the Convention Center.

Road to California hosts a booth inside the main Exhibit Hall, stocked with all kinds of show merchandise.  These items are moderately priced for our guests and they make terrific souvenirs to take home to guild friends or fellow quilters.

Gray Sweatshirts and Lanyards  

Denim ShirtsCanvas Bags

For 2018, the bags are ready for guests to personalize and make them their own.

5X7 Rotary Cutting MatsGlass Nail Files

They carry the Road to California logo

and come in 5 colors.

Be sure to stop by the Road to California Booth to pick up these and other unique items.

The New and Improved Road to California App

Last year was the first year we offered an App to help guests navigate the show, keep track of wish lists and purchases, and best of all, connect with other like-minded quilters and sewing enthusiasts. While assisting guests at Road 2017, the developers of the App were “so blown away by the quilting community,” that they spent the entire past year creating a brand-new app just for quilters – QuiltSpace.  

For Road 2018, QuiltSpace offers many helpful features. From anywhere on the App, users can swipe left to explore the show schedule and create their own custom schedule to make sure they don’t miss any important classes or events.

Under the tab Who’s Here on the Home Page of the App, guests can see who else is using the App as well as browse through the vendor list. Built-in maps to locate vendor and class locations can be found when clicking on a particular vendor or teacher’s class. The + tab allows users to share photos to the news feed, providing a digital yearbook of the show’s greatest moments and memories.

How do you find QuiltSpace to use on your portable electronic device? Search for “QuiltSpace” in Apple’s App Store or on Android’s Google Play. Or you can use the developer’s safe and easy download link: https://n463d.app.goo.gl/rRRY Whatever way you choose, the App is FREE!!!

After the App is downloaded to your phone or tablet, sign up for QuiltSpace using your email address and click on Road to California. Once you’re in, you can access the show schedule, explore vendors, and share photos to the exclusive Road to California news feed. It’s that easy!

Because Road to California was the first quilt show the developers ever attended, it has a special place in their heart.  As a result, they’re bringing their entire team to Road 2018 to assist guests in navigating the new App.  You can find them at the QuiltSpace booth or email them at team@quiltspace.co with your questions. 

The developers are confident they are providing Road’s guests with a great tool to help enjoy the show even more. As an incentive to encourage use of the App, they are offering 2 competitions for users to participate in that offer cash prizes:

Most Engaged User

Each day, Thursday – Saturday, the most engaged attendee on the App will be rewarded with $100 CASH! Announcements will be given each morning on QuiltSpace for details on what the challenge is for that day.

Quilter’s Choice Award

Pictures of the more than 200 quilts accepted for this year’s quilt contest will be added to the App when the show starts. Users will be asked to vote for their favorite winning quilt.  On Saturday, January 20th, the quilt with the most votes will be unveiled and will receive a $500 grand prize!

Use of the QuiltSpace App doesn’t stop when Road 2018 comes to an end on January 21st. It will continue to be a resource for staying in touch with vendors, faculty, and other guests through picture sharing and online chats. And because QuiltSpace was created to be a welcoming space for quilters to engage with each other from one show to the next, look for other shows to be added to the App in the future.

While Road to California hopes its guests find QuiltSpace a welcomed tool for fully participating with the show, we also realize that some guests might still prefer a printed Show Guide. For that reason, a limited supply of Show Guides will be available at Road 2018 for $3.00. Guests can also download a copy for their use at http://www.road2ca.com/Newsletter/2018%20SHOW%20GUIDE.pdf

See you online at QuiltSpace!!

So You Think You Know Jenny Doan of Missouri Star?

One of the highlights for Road to California 2018 is having Jenny Doan, founder and face of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, teach a couple of quilt classes during the week and offer her popular Trunk Show on Friday Night.

Are you familiar with Jenny Doan? Superfans of Jenny’s might think they know everything about her. But we asked Jenny some unique and unusual questions that you might be surprised to learn her answers.

What do you like best about living in a small town (Hamilton, Missouri – Population 1,724)  I love that there is no traffic! Also it is so nice to live in a town where everyone knows your name and watches out for each other. You also can’t beat the friendliness of our town!

Missouri Star is made up of several themed buildings. Which one is Jenny’s favorite? I would have to say Penneys. It is our most colorful shop with all the solid fabric you could ever want! I love color!

It’s all about family at Missouri Star, a family owned and run business. Jenny’s children and their spouses play major roles with Missouri Star. What about the next generation?  The Doans currently have 21 grandchildren, ages 7-20 years old with one on the way, a baby boy coming this May.

Jenny is a You Tube star!!

What is the hardest part of filming her show? To be honest, the hardest thing about filming is to only share 1 idea. I can see countless ideas in each tutorial I film. I see it doing so many things. Has she had an embarrassing moment when filming? I feel like my calling in life is to do something to embarrass my children. lol But that aside, I would say one of those moments was when the puff foam part of my microphone popped off and I couldn’t find it anywhere! Luckily, I learned long ago to laugh and just go with it! 

Missouri Star Quilt Company sells lots of quilting and sewing supplies. What is Jenny’s favorite sewing tool? The Splash rotary cutter. I love that you can use it with either hand and it has a quick blade release. I don’t like cutter with scissors.

As a classroom teacher, what does Jenny want for her students? I will be teaching them to ask themselves… WHAT HAPPENS IF…​ I want them to try to think out of the box and start having fun creating. 

Road 2018 will be Jenny’s first time at the show. What is she most looking forward to? Sunshine 

What can Missouri Star fans be looking forward to in 2018? We will be opening 2 NEW SHOPS in Hamilton!! 

At the end of the day, what is Jenny’s favorite treat? I have 2 favorite treats. The first is frozen grapes. I love to pluck them off, pop them in the freezer and have them ready to pull out and eat. The second would be almost a daily favorite that my husband makes for me. Sugar Free Cook and Serve chocolate pudding! 

Tickets are going fast for Jenny’s Trunk Show. Remaining tickets are available at the Registration Desk at the Ontario Convention Center or at the door of the event.

 

 

Meet Road 2018 Ruby Sponsors

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 2018 has 13 Ruby Sponsors. To be at this third level of sponsorship, (our platinum sponsor, Gammill, is the highest level), an organization donates $2,250. 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 retailers at the show.

The Ruby Sponsors for 2018 are:

Bernina

This Swiss, family owned company, has been celebrating creativity  for 125 years. To celebrate their anniversary year, Bernina has created a gold-plated special edition presser foot, available after March 1.

Brother

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!”

Elna

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.

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.

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.

Martelli

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.

Modern Quilts Unlimited

Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine is published quarterly – February, May, August and November — and offers quilt, accessory and home decoration patterns by exciting new designers. The publication also includes interviews with quilting innovators, machine quilting tips and quilts and projects.

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.

Pfaff

Known for their Original IDT™ System – Integrated Dual Feed, their quilting, sewing, and embroidery machines provide tools for creativity and precision.

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.

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.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Creator of Kona cotton solids,  Robert Kaufman is a dual focused company, with an equally held commitment to both the Manufacturing and Quilting Retail customer. They operate two separate design studios, each one generating fabrics specific to the quilting and manufacturing customer.

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.

Please support our Ruby Sponsors by stopping by their booths and/or investigating their products.

 

 

Daily Giveaways Leading Up To Road 2018

All of us at Road to California are busily getting everything ready for Road 2018. We can’t wait to open the doors of the Ontario Convention Center January 18 – 21, 2018 and welcome all our guests to our biggest and best Quilter’s Conference and Showcase yet.

We are excited to be giving away over $90,000 in prize money for the winning quilts in our quilt contest; to be offering over a hundred classes taught by exceptional faculty; and to open our vendor mall with over 225 international and nationally known retailers.

We want all of our dedicated and supportive followers to get just as excited as we are for Road to California 2018. So, as we count down the days to the show’s opening, we’re going to be offering a daily giveaway from January 3rd through January 12th. Daily prizes have been generously donated from some of our wonderful 2018 teachers and vendors and include quilt patterns, DVD’s, books, embroidery design, and kits. The final prize to be offered – THE GRAND PRIZE – will be:

Entering is easy. Simply follow our Road to California Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/road2ca and our Instagram Account @road2ca every day to see what we are offering. Then, simply comment on the Facebook Post and the Instagram Post as directed. All comments entered by midnight each day will be counted and a winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator. Notification of each winner will be given the following day. The GRAND PRIZE winner will be notified January 13th.  Good luck to everyone who enters.

Join the fun and get excited!!!

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 2017? 2016? 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 #6066C, is being offered Saturday night from 7:00 – 10:00 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 2018 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. She has found 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 find 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 plan to 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 be teaching another class on Wednesday, 3013C  Mark-Baste-Quilt, learning how to get designs using stencils onto cloth and doing some hand quilting that can also be applied with machine quilting.

In addition to her vendor booth and her classes, Pat will also be presenting a Special Exhibit, Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles and Quilts! featuring over 14 of her antique quilts from her collection.

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 2018 Teacher Cheryl Lynch

Cheryl Lynch will be teaching four classes at Road to California 2018:

On Thursday, 4010C   Silk Curvalicious Skinny Quilt 

On Friday, 5011C  Beachalicious

On Saturday, 6009C  Funky Town 

And on Sunday, a handwork class, 7007C  Mini Mosaics

Cheryl Lynch is an East Coast girl. Born and raised in New York, she has lived the past 25 years outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She says, “It’s the perfect location, halfway between New York City and Washington, DC and not far from all the quilt shops in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.”

If Cheryl’s not quilting, she is traveling to find inspiration for her next quilt. Cheryl commented, “I find inspiration in the world around me. It can be as close as next door or halfway around the world.” The farthest she has traveled that was quilt related was Bali. It was amazing to her to see how batiks are made.

Cheryl’s favorite quilting tool is a rotary cutter because of its impact on how quilting is done. “I can’t imagine making lots of blocks and cutting them out by hand.”

When it comes to teaching her classes, Cheryl loves sharing the knowledge and techniques she has developed. She hopes her students gain confidence and enjoyment in her classes.

What is Cheryl’s best quilting tip?   “Finished is better than perfect. Relax and enjoy the process. You’ll get better over time and you’ll be able to see how much you’ve improved.”

You can learn more about Cheryl on her website.

Meet Pattern Designer Kenna Ogg of Madison Cottage Design

A new Special Exhibit Booth at Road to California 2018 will feature quilt patterns to purchase and to peruse. Titled, Quilts Anyone Can Make, the booth will include patterns designed by  Kenna Ogg, of Madison Cottage Design.

Kenna lives in Boise, Idaho. In addition to being a quilt pattern maker, she also has a background in photography, weaving and knitting. How did she pick quilt making from all the arts she is involved in?  Kenna told Beyond the Reef, “Quilting picked me.  One day, while unemployed, I was out shopping in a quilt store (A Quilter’s Dream) and foolishly said, “I can help” and, well, need I say more.”

Her design room at home consists of an old JC Penney table (her dad was a retired Penney man, had the table for years and now it belongs to Kenna), a Pfaff tiptronic 2040 sewing machine that she has had for years, and a bulletin board shaped like a nine-patch. Kenna loves listening to music while she works. She has a 50-disc CD player that she plays everything from Bruce Springsteen to Dean Martin, Tracy Chapman, David Cook, Barbara Cook, Patti Lupone, Patti Scialfa, and George Strait.

Madison Cottage Design was started 6 years ago. It is a wholesale only business. Most of Kenna’s quilts and patterns have been at various quilt markets, either in her own booth or other fabric vendors.

The booth at Road to California will be located next to the Road to California booth in the main ballroom. Matt Reese and Stevi Graves came up with the idea to showcase a pattern designer like Kenna. The booth will give a more complete sense of quilt work rather than just bits and pieces. Most of the patterns will be easy to make from mostly fat quarters. Says Kenna, “Some may look more complicated than others but they are all very simple to do.”

 

 

 

Holiday Baking: A Reese And Road Tradition

What better way to step away from the hustle and bustle of Road to California 2018 planning than to do some holiday baking.holiday baking molasses cookies

Holiday baking is a Reese tradition. In the past, we have shared Carolyn Reese’s beloved peanut brittle and toffee recipes. In true Reese fashion, Jen Reese, wife of Road to California’s new owner Matt Reese, is spending some of her holiday time baking for family and friends as well.

Jen and Matt have known each other since high school.  They both played in the award winning Eitwanda High School Marching Eagle Regiment and were very good friends.  After high school, they kept in touch but didn’t actually start dating until after college.  They dated 11 months when Matt asked Jen to marry him on the show floor at Road.  They were engaged for a year and a half and have been married for three and a half years.

What was the first thing Jen baked for Matt? She has made so many treats for Matt over the years but two that stand out are Peanut Butter Brownie Cheesecake and Chocolate Fun Cake. Matt “loves everything” Jen makes but he really likes rice crispy treats made with Cheerios and peanut butter.

Holiday baking has been a tradition in Jen’s family for generations. Many of the recipes she uses today have been handed down through the years.  Making and creating cookie trays is Jen’s favorite holiday activity and is a true family affair. Everyone helps in the kitchen when she’s baking, even baby Braden. He got involved this year by “loving to watch all the mixing.”

The recipe Jen wanted to share is for Molasses Cookies, a recipe from her Great-Great Grandma.

While the recipe is pretty simple, Jen and her family have made some changes along the way. For one, instead of using oleo, they use butter. (Shortening also makes the cookies “extra tasty”).

Another important step is to mix-mix-and mix some more. After the dough is mixed thoroughly, Jen wraps it in plastic and sets it in the fridge until its firm.  This makes rolling it into balls so much easier and less messy.

To insure the balls are the same size and that they will cook evenly, Jen uses a cookie scoop. After the balls are made, she rolls them in sugar and puts them on a cookie tray, not too close together so they have room to spread out.

Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a cooling rack and watch them disappear.

Are you a holiday baker too? What is your family’s favorite holiday treat?

A New Generation For Road To California

One of the features that sets Road to California apart is that for the past 22 years, it has been a family owned and operated show. Purchased by Carolyn Reese in 1996, it began with just a few classes and through Carolyn’s vision, has become what it is known for today: a week long premiere quilt show hosting over 39,000 visitors from all over the world who come to see the hundreds of quilts on display, take classes taught by experts in the quilt and fiber art world, and visit over 225 nationally and internationally known vendors.

This past year saw Carolyn retire from Road and the show acquire new Reese leadership. Road’s new owner is Matt Reese, Carolyn’s grandson and someone very familiar with what makes Road to California the special venue that it is.

Through the years, Matt has held many different positions at Road.  He started out doing “go-for-it” work: moving teacher equipment from the storage rooms to the classrooms and back as well as handling other functions during the week of the show. In February 2008, Matt was hired to help with the logistical planning of the show which gave him the opportunity to get his hands in just about everything. After he graduated from California State University- Long Beach, Matt was promoted to show manager and worked full time at Road while attending and graduating from the University of LaVerne Law School.

Why did this young husband and father decide to purchase a quilt show? Explains Matt, “I am a fourth-generation small business owner. It’s in my blood to be in business. I was facing a decision of stability for the future of my family as to whether I was going to continue at Road, or leave to join the legal profession. I knew my grandmother was getting older and whatever uncertainty may occur if something were to happen to her, left me in a position where I would not be able to offer stability to my family. Therefore, my wife and I decided the easiest solution– and the one that I preferred the most — was to purchase Road.”

Of course, continuing to produce a top-quality quilt show is Matt’s highest priority. He is currently working on a couple of new and exciting ideas that will ensure that Road’s attendees continue to have the best possible experience. Additionally, Matt hopes these changes will have a positive influence throughout the quilting industry.

During Road 2018, Matt will be directing his staff, ensuring a smooth operation without micromanaging. Guests will be able to see him at a couple of the larger events like Party Time and the Trunk Show with Jenny Doan. Matt says he will know right away if he’s done a good job planning for this year’s show: the office will be quiet but the floor will be buzzing with activity.

Matt wants to assure Road’s guests that the familiar Reese faces will still be actively helping at the show. A cousin is still coming to be the night manager. His uncle Darrell will still be managing the daunting task of all the equipment and his Dad, Mike, will be up in the office. The Road booth will still be staffed by Matt’s mom and aunt and other cousins still living local will be involved and working the show. Guests will even see Matt’s wife Jen. She handles the contest quilt unpacking and shipping program. The only Reese not with a job currently is four-month-old Braden but Matt is confident they will find one for him as time goes on!!

After being in the business for so many years, Matt says he genuinely “loves all quilts” and feels that “they all have an important place in quilting.” He has quite the collection of Egyptian Tentmaker quilts and is starting to amass a collection of artistic miniatures. Matt has also started to think about collecting some antique quilts as well.

Through the years, he has had some wonderful gifted quilts given to him. One that stands out is from the ladies of Sew Kind of Wonderful. They presented Matt with a small, modern wall hanging last year which has become one of his favorites because “the quilting is fantastic and the color scheme perfectly matches my house.”

While Road 2018 is just a month away, Matt is already looking forward to 2019 and beyond.  As Matt explains, “It takes between 18-24 months to fully plan and prepare for an event. We pride ourselves on covering details that some other shows aren’t able to cover. A lot of our special touch comes from the lessons I learned from Carolyn’s travel as a vendor oh so long ago.”

Join us in welcoming Matt Reese, Road’s new owner, who is bringing a new generation of leadership to the world class event that has become Road to California.