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Another Double Winner at Road 2017

Joanne Baeth won two, prestigious $1,000 awards at Road to California 2017:

Sponsored by Brother International Corporation, Joanne received 1st Place: Art Naturescape for Country Roads 

and, Sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc, 1st Place: Art Pictorial for Summer Lake Sandhills

Joanne Baeth finds lots of inspiration to create her winning quilts from where she lives in South Eastern Oregon. “I am constantly inspired by the wildlife and landscapes surrounding me,” says Joanne.

A quilter since the 1980’s making mostly “traditional quilts,” when Joanne retired from teaching 14 years ago, she rediscovered her love for quilting and art quilting became her passion.

Joanne did extensive research and worked on both of her winning quilts over a one and half year period. Joanne got interested in tractors, the subject of Country Roads, when she and her husband attended a Country Fair in Arizona a few years ago. They were intrigued by a display of antique tractors. Then, for the next several years after that experience, they started taking lots of pictures of old tractors they came across along back country roads. Joanne said that they “even jumped a few fences to get a closer view.” At the same time, Joanne’s neighbor, Hank, got her on a tractor chat line where she was able to learn all kinds of interesting information about tractors.

The construction for Country Roads incorporated overpainted fabric for the different parts of the tractors.  The barn and house, which were inspired from old pictures of Joanne’s husband’s grandmother’s house in North Dakota, were assembled one board at a time.  Joanne’s “very detailed” design also includes fences with cotton cording barbed wire, thread painted bushes and grasses, and silk snippets for the leaves of the trees not to mention “extensive” machine quilting.

A wetland refuge called Summer Lake near where Joanne lives, was the inspiration for Summer Lake Sandhills. It has a ridge which rises to over 7000 feet called Winter Rim where hundreds of Sandhill Cranes migrate to early each spring. Joanne and her husband took many pictures of this area for the basis of her quilt.

Again, Joanne used unique techniques in creating Summer Lake Sandhills. The Winter Rim in the quilt was painted with acrylic paints and puff paints were heat distressed to add texture.  The feathers of the Sandhills were individually cut out, highlighted with inks, and fused one feather at a time.  Thread painted bushes and reflections were added prior to the extensive machine quilting.

Road to California is always a stopping place for Joanne and her husband as they travel all over the West. She says that she enjoys reconnecting with other quilters, viewing all of the beautiful quilts on display, and, “if I’m lucky enough, win a prize.” She also likes to purchase all kinds of products that she “absolutely needs” at the many vendors that are available.

You can learn more about Joanne and her fiber arts on her website.

 

2018 Bag Challenge: How Do You Use Your DIY Bags?

Making bags is a very popular sewing trend. How do you use the bags, totes, purses, and caddies you’ve made?

One great way to use your DIY bags is on a Road to California 2018 bus trip. Organized and led by The Traveling Quilters, Road is once again offering two unique, all-day bus trips to add to your Road to California experience. Bringing along your specially designed DIY bag is the perfect way to hold souvenirs, personal items and of course, fabric, picked up along the way on one of these excursions.

The Traveling Quilters’ experienced guides, Pam Overton and Lynn Crawford, have been in business for 27 years and have conducted over 200 quilt related tours. Experienced quilters since the 1980’s, Pam and Lynn have been familiar with Road to California every year since it started. Pam and Lynn handpick the locations they visit which include historical sites, delicious restaurants, and of course, quilt related shopping.

The bus trip on Wednesday, January 17th will include a stop at the headquarters of Robert Kaufman Fabrics where travelers will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about how Kaufman’s beautiful fabrics are conceived and manufactured. Robert Kaufman Fabrics offers an extensive supply of cotton prints, novelty fabrics, yarn-dyes and solids, covering a full assortment of woven fabric offerings such as poplin, twill, denim, corduroy, linen, canvas, crepe, voile, lawn, satin, georgette, flannel, organza, chenille, stretch woven’s, plaids, stripes, etc. Lunch will be on your own at the world-famous Original Farmer’s Market followed by stops at the Quilt Loft quilt store and at historic Graber Olive House, both located in Upland.

Then on Monday, January 22nd, the bus tour will be headed south of the Ontario Convention Center to Orange County and Hoffman California Fabrics. Guests will learn about the latest designing and distribution of Hoffman’s famous batiks and other lines of fabric as well as get a complete tour of their facility. This opportunity is especially significant as Hoffman does not allow individuals to come on their own to their site.

Following the Hoffman tour, the bus will continue on to the Mission San Juan Capistrano for a tour and lunch in town. Before heading back to the Convention Center, the bus will make one more stop at Quilter’s Cocoon in Riverside.

Registration for the bus tours begins with the regular Road 2018 class registration in early July.

Whether you’ve used your old DIY bags, totes, purses, and caddies you’ve made on tours, around town, or on a trip, we really hope your planning on making a new bag to enter in our 2018 Road to California Bag Challenge sponsored by Road to California and ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable®.

“On The Road Again” is intended to enlarge the circle of Road’s traditional quilt competition, offering a total of $1,200 in cash and merchandise prizes to the top winners. For complete rules and instructions, please visit our website.

Road 2016 Marketplace: Meet Hoffman Fabrics

Last year, Road introduced Marketplace where top manufacturers in the quilting industry shared their knowledge and expertise directly with our guests. Located right in the center of the main show floor, Marketplace is the destination for innovation and inspiration on the latest and most popular quilting products. This year, there will be 6 companies in Marketplace, including Hoffman Fabrics.new Hoffman logo

Hoffman Fabrics was founded in 1924 as Hoffman Woolens by Rube P. Hoffman. As a wholesale converter of the highest-quality cottons and blends, Hoffman Fabrics designs and creates more than 800 innovative screenprints and handmade batik fabrics each year. They employ a team of in-house textile artists to create fabric collections for the quilting/home-sewing industry, as well as all types of manufacturing. The company’s new logo design is their first change since 1976. It is only the third version of the Hoffman brand mark.

Did you know that Hoffman Fabrics was also behind the creation of California “surf fashion?”

At the Hoffman Marketplace booth, they will be showing video and  talking about how they design and make their world-famous batiks designed in the U.S. and produced on the island of Bali. Very new to their Hoffman Bali production is their Indah line (under the Me+You brand) of  solid hand-dyes and minimalist accent batiks designed for the modern quilting aesthetic. Among popular designers working with their Indah fabrics are Sam Hunter and Latifah Saafir.

Hoffman will also be talking about the “new” Hoffman Challenge, which has been reinvented and refreshed for 2016. For the first time in its 28-year history, the Challenge has two selected Challenge fabrics, a butterfly print (style #N4240) from their digitally printed Crystalia collection. Participants can use the Challenge fabric in the 132-Opal (white) or 213-Onyx (black) color way – or both! Also a first: Hoffman will be accepting online submissions for the initial vetting of artwork for the contest.Hoffman Challenge bw_web

Aurifil is co-sponsor of the Hoffman Challenge and has designed a special thread collection complementing the fabrics.aurifil challenge box_web

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And since Hoffman is now a leading producer of digitally printed fabrics for the quilting/sewing industry, they will also be talking about digital prints at their booth as well. Digital printing lets Hoffman offer an unlimited color palette so their digital print fabrics burst with infinite colors, shades, layers and textures.Hoffman_Quiltmaker2016Jan_Skylines

To learn more about Hoffman Fabrics, please visit their web site.

 

Double The Fun: Couples On A Road Bus Trip

Road Bus Trips, led by the Traveling Quilters, are a great way to expand your Road to California experience. Guests get to travel to key Southern California historical and quilt destinations. And, apparently, they are also a fun way to spend extra time with your spouse.

At Road 2015, four couples enjoyed sharing a bus trip that included stops to Hoffman Fabrics, Knotts Berry Farm for lunch and shopping stops to M & L Fabrics and an Orange County quilt store.

Laymond and Linda Pon are from Hollister, California. This was their third time attending Road to California and their second bus trip. Laymond liked visiting Hoffman Fabrics. He was interested in seeing how the fabrics change from year to year and how Hoffman stamps the prints.513

Armando and Carol Orona came to Road 2015 from Morro Bay, California. They have been married 56 years and have attended Road together on and off for the past 20 years. Carol started out as a traditional quilter 25 years ago and now enjoys doing “anything that challenges” her, like art quilts. One of the reasons why they chose this bus trip was they wanted to eat at Knotts Berry Farm. When Carol was a little girl, she and her dad would visit her fraternal grandmother in Long Beach and after, get a chicken dinner. So, returning to Knotts, brought back good memories for Carol. Armando thought the bus trip was “fantastic” and said he “learned so much” at Hoffman.509

Residents of Waterville, Ohio, Bill and Denise Kniss have attended Road to California two years in a row. They wanted to do something different this year, so they signed up for the bus trip. They had never been to a fabric manufacturer before and were looking forward to experiencing Hoffman Fabrics. Both Bill and Denise are quilters. Bill got started in quilting by cutting out the blocks for Denise’s block of the month quilts. Six years ago, when Denise went back to work, Bill was retired and looking for something to do next. He figured out how to work a sewing machine and made his first quilt block. After that, he was hooked!! They thought the bus trip was a lot of fun.510

This was the first bus trip for Bob and Mary Flocker of Alta Loma, California. They have been attending Road together for the past four years. Mary is the quilter in their family. She started quilting six years ago. A visit from cousins from Minnesota inspired her to start. Bob says he comes along to Road to hunt for fabrics for Mary and to carry her purchases out to the car. It was Mary who told Bob that she thought he would enjoy a bus tour. He liked learning about the surfing background of Hoffman Fabrics because a good friend of his is a surfer. Both Mary and Bob had a great time on the bus tour. 512

Information for you and your spouse to sign up for one of the two bus tours being offered at Road 2016 is on our website.

 

Road 2016 Feature: Take A Quilter’s Bus Tour

Road to California 2016 has arranged to conduct two all day bus tours:  9300C On the Road Again FCB (Fabrics, Curators & Bargains) on Wednesday, January 20th  and  9800C  On The Road Again SCIE (Exploring Southern California’s Inland Empire) on Monday, January 25th.

For the past three years, the Traveling Quilters have been leading bus tours during Road to California. These tours are designed to give both visitors and native Southern Californians the chance to see more of the area from a quilter’s point of view.

The Traveling Quilters’ experienced guides, Pam Overton and Lynn Crawford, have been in business for 25 years and have conducted over 200 quilt related tours. Experienced quilters since the 1980’s, Pam and Lynn have been familiar with Road to California every year since it started. Pam is also the current President of the Southern California Quilt Guild Association, which Carolyn Reese is a member.   Pam and Lynn handpick the locations they visit which include historical sites, delicious restaurants, and of course, quilt related shopping.480

Ann Keelan, from Pear Blossom, California, has gone on Road bus trips the past two years. She likes the tours because she “doesn’t have to drive and because it gives her access to well-known manufacturers and she can see behind the scenes.”485

Even though Marie McCaulley has spent 18 years as a volunteer at Road, last year was the first time she took a road bus tour. Her favorite stop was at Hoffman Fabrics.502

This year’s bus trips both start at the Ontario Convention Center. On Wednesday, the first stop is to Hoffman Fabrics where guests will learn about the latest designing and distribution of their famous batiks and other lines of fabric as well as get a complete tour of their facility. This opportunity is especially significant as Hoffman does not allow individuals to come on their own to their site.486

Wednesday’s trip also includes stops to the historic Bembridge Heritage House in Long Beach,  M & L Fabrics discount store in Anaheim, and the Ontario Museum of History and Art.

A great way to prolong your Road to California 2016 experience is to take the bus tour on the Monday following the show. This tour stays local to the show’s location, exploring such gems as the Maloof House in Rancho Cucamonga, Old Town Temecula, and shopping at two quilt stores, Primitive Gatherings and The Quilt Loft.

Taking a bus tour during Road to California 2016 is a great way to expand your participation with the show.  To sign up for both of these unique quilt themed bus tours, visit Road’s online registration page.

Marketplace: No Middleman Here

In most retail situations, the consumer has no choice but to talk to a middleman seller when asking questions about a particular product or service. What would happen if the middleman was cut out and you, the consumer, could learn directly from the wholesaler about the product you were interested in?

Well, that is exactly what Road’s newest feature – Marketplace — is all about.  Carolyn Reese has come up with a way for guests at the show to meet and ask questions directly with top manufacturers in the quilting industry. And it gives the wholesalers a chance to meet their buying public face-to-face, share their techniques and introduce what is up and coming with their product line. 

Eight exhibitors will be stationed in the Marketplace which is located at the front of the Exhibit Hall, right where Road’s guests first come in. Exhibitors that will be in the Marketplace include:

Robert Kaufman Co., Inc.Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Clover USAClover USA

Shannon FabricsShannon Fabrics

Riley Blake Designs

Riley Blake Designs

Maywood Studio/EE Schenck CompanyMaywood Studio

Marcus Brothers TextilesMarcus Brothers Textiles

Michael Miller FabricsMichael Miller

Hoffman California FabricsHoffman California

This is not a purchase area. Rather, it an area that provides knowledge and expertise from the wholesalers themselves. 

Learn from the industry’s leaders. Experience firsthand what is new. Visit Marketplace.