Party Time and Roundabout

These two after-hours, extremely popular events, usually sell out pretty quick.

Party Time

Carolyn Reese, owner of Road to California, started this fun, evening activity as a way for guests to unwind after a long day of classes, shopping, and quilt admiring.


Party Time is a two hour extravaganza including games, food, and over a hundred prizes to give out, donated by vendors at the show. For the past 10 years, the event has also hosted an unlimited chocolate fountain for the attendees.

Guests sit at round tables with seating for 10. At Road 2016, when everyone arrived, they received a playing card. The first game was for everyone at each table to combine their cards to make the best poker hand. Everyone at the winning table received a prize.

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Throughout the night, new games were introduced and played either individually (like What’s in your purse?) or as a table group (Pass the fat quarters right and left)  or as the entire room (Last Quilter Standing) In between the games, the MC tells a joke or two to liven up the room – as if it isn’t already lively enough!!

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Charlotte Freeman has been attending Party Time for 21 years. In 2016, she brought face masks for everyone who sat her table.

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography











These four friends meet up at Road every year. All quilters, they come from Utah, Colorado and California. At Party Time, they wore pink crowns.  They all agreed, “Road is so fun!!”186


Held on Friday night, Roundabout is a great way to learn from Road’s expert faculty and vendors, especially if you weren’t able to get in to one or all of their classes.

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Run by Carolyn Reese’s quilt guild, the Night Owls Quilt Guild, guests rotate every 10 minutes between over 20 stations.  Teachers share information about products and techniques. A few of the centers also give hands-on demonstrations.

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

At the end of the night, items featured at each of the stations are available for purchase. It’s a great way to get some shopping done without the crowds on the show floor.

If you are looking for a fun way to meet new friends or unwind with your favorite quilt friends, Party Time and Roundabout might just be what you are looking for!!



9 thoughts on “Party Time and Roundabout

  1. Micki Shaffer

    This sounds like so much fun. How do you attend and how much is it? I want to volunteer to work as well. How do I do that?

  2. Becky McBride

    I didn’t see both of these in the class schedule. I know they aren’t considered classes, but would like to have the number ready for when I can register. Also I didn’t see the usual amount of classes . Are there more coming? Sorry for all the questions, just very excited to go again!

    1. Caryn Payzant Post author

      Hi Becky.

      You can register for both of these classes on our online registration page starting July 9th at 8:00 AM. Party Time is on Thursday night, 9400D and Roundabout is Friday night, 9500D

      1. Becky McBride

        Dear Caryn,

        Thank you !! Those are my favorite classes. January can’t get here soon enough. I guess everyone feels the same. Thanks for answering my question.

        Becky McBride

  3. Michelle Howe

    Where are the events and lectures listed on the website? I don’t see them anywhere. Love to attend lectures as well as Party Time.


  4. Michelle Howe

    Oops, I just noticed the website has been updated with the information about Lectures and Events. Thank you.

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