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White Glove Treatment

Hundreds of quilts are on display each year at Road to California. Some are viewed in special exhibits but many are the winning entries for Road’s quilt contest. Because Road has over 39,000 guests come to the show each year, special care needs to be taken to insure the safety and integrity of all the fabric art masterpieces. To help provide proper care and security for the quilts on display, Road enlists the help of individuals affectionately referred to as White Glove volunteers.

The role of White Glove volunteers is to greet visitors at the quilt displays, answer questions about the quilt(s) they are assigned to and show the backs of quilts, ensuring that visitors do not touch the quilts. White Glove volunteers are the only ones allowed to get up close and handle the quilts.

How do you know someone is a White Glove volunteer?  By the white gloves they wear, of course. White Glove volunteers are also asked to wear a black skirt or pants and a white blouse.

Linda has been a White Glove volunteer for six years. A member of the African American Quilters of Los Angeles quilt guild (“the best guild ever,” says Linda), she likes seeing the quilts up close and talking to the people. “The stories I hear are so interesting,” remarked Linda.

Aysheh and Valerie belong to the Inland Empire Quilt Guild and live in Riverside, California. They regularly sign up to work together as White Glove volunteers. They enjoy talking to the people, seeing the quilts up close, and the free show registration they receive for volunteering. Diane lives in San Pedro and participates with the South Bay Quilters. She has been a White Glove volunteer for 8 years. “I have a good experience every time,” says Diane. She always tries to find out about the people who made the quilts she is assigned to and what the quilts symbolize. “The first quilt I white gloved for was a Sharon Schamber’s quilt. After that show, I took a class from her.”

White Glove volunteers serve a minimum shift of 2 hours. If they work six or more hours during a show, they qualify for priority class registration for the following year. Hours available to work for Road 2018 are Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – 7 PM – 9 PM, Thursday – Saturday, January 18 – 20, 2018 – 8 AM – – 6:15 PM and Sunday, January 21, 2018 – 10 AM – 3:45 PM.

If you are interested in serving as a White Glove volunteer, please visit our website for further information on how to register.

Meet The Inland Empire Quilters Guild

Every year, Road to California owner Carolyn Reese invites a Southern California quilt guild to provide the quilts that hang in the atrium of the Ontario Convention Center.  This special exhibit is a great way to welcome Road’s guests and set the tone for the show. For 2017, this honor went to the Inland Empire Quilters Guild.

Picture by Brian Roberts Photography

Founded in 1981 and located in Corona, California, the Inland Empire Quilters Guild has 120 members. They said it was “a huge surprise and honor to be chosen. The whole guild was excited.” Each member could enter up to four, large quilts for the exhibit. A guild committee chose the 35 quilts that ultimately hung in the atrium, representing work from all levels of quilting.

Picture by Brian Roberts Photography

Vice-President Susan Helliar was honored to have her quilt chosen. She made her own template and free-motioned quilted her entry using a Gammill Machine.  

Each year, The Inland Valley Quilters Guild makes over 100 quilts for foster children that attend the Royal Kids Camp held at Crossroads Community Church every summer. Every member is required to make at least one quilt which the guild says “is both a requirement and a blessing to be able to provide quilts to Royal Kids Camp.

The guild’s bi-annual Country Fair Quilt Show will be held May 5-6, 2017. Over 200 quilts made by guild members will be on display along with Vendors, Challenge Quilts, a Craft Boutique, Second Hand Treasurers, Door Prizes, a Special Exhibit, and Quilts for Sale. In addition, there will be a drawing for their opportunity quilt on Saturday afternoon. The guild displayed their quilt during Road 2017.  It is all hand appliqued by five guild members. Susan Helliar did the original longarm quilting for this quilt  

Road appreciated the wonderful atmosphere provided by the Inland Valley Quilters Guild. Which guild will be up next for Road 2018? 

 

Get To Know The Inland Empire Quilter’s Guild

Located just a few miles south of the Ontario Convention Center in Corona, California, the Inland Empire Quilters Guild didn’t have to travel very far to display their opportunity quilt, “Lady Liberty,” on Saturday of this year’s Road to California. With 90 members, both old and young, this guild’s “friendships are incredible,” says member Connie Peterik. The guild meets twice monthly for fellowship, business, and great speakers. guild

Inland Empire Quilters Guild has two main philanthropies. They donate quilts to victims of domestic violence as well as to Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for foster children. Last year, they donated over 100 quilts and pillowcases to the campers. inland empire guild2

Another event that fosters friendship is their annual “Country Quilt Fair.” To be held on May 3rd and 4th, there will be over 150 quilts on display as well as special exhibits, challenge quilts, and the raffle for “Lady Liberty.” inland empire guild

What do you value most from your quilt guild?