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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!!

Returning Quilts Safe and Sound

Why do our guests come to our show?

Some come for the vendors. Some come for the classes. Some come to see friends. But everyone comes for the quilts.

Show quilts accepted for our annual contest and for special exhibits begin arriving at our office in December. The quilts are meticulously logged in and stored until the Sunday before the show when they are moved to the Ontario Convention Center for judging and displaying.

When the show closes on Sunday at 3:30 PM, dismantling the many quilt displays begins immediately. Each quilt is removed by white-gloved volunteers and carefully stored until the next day, when the process for packaging and shipping begins.

Other large shows can take up to a month to return their show quilts to the makers. At Road to California, we pride ourselves in developing a process where over 1,000 quilts are readied for pick-up by FedEx by Monday afternoon following the show.

Show Director, Matt Reese, personally oversees the packing and shipping of the quilts. “This is the only part of the show that I am 100% directly responsible for,” commented Matt. “I do not delegate this responsibility to anyone. I have retained full oversight even when I was in law school and even when I was sick.”

Matt has spent the past three years perfecting Road’s packing and shipping method. His goal is to have the job done as quickly as possible without compromise. Matt says using computers, having multiple packing stations, and hand-picked volunteers make the difference.

Because of bad weather, Matt received extra volunteer help this year from Road 2017 Vendor Maria Tamaoka of Pinwheels,  Road 2017 Vendor and Teacher Pat Yamin of Come Quilt With Me 

and Road 2017 teacher Patt Blair

They were a great help.

Each quilt has a return instruction sheet completed by its owner that accompanies it throughout the 5-step Shipping and Packaging Process:

Step 1- Expediting

One person verifies the return instruction sheet along with the quilt’s assigned tracking number and a volunteer matches it to the quilt.

Step 2- Packaging

A volunteer folds the quilt as it was originally received, per the owner’s direction, and puts it in a plastic bag to protect it against any possible insect or water damage in shipping.

The quilt is then placed in a brand-new box that matches the dimensions requested by the owner.

Occasionally, when a quilt is received, the owner asks to have it returned in the box they provided. In those cases, Road holds on to the boxes until final shipment. And sometimes two quilts are returned to the same owner in the same box.

Our shipping boxes are put together on site. This year, all boxes were assembled by volunteer Randy Graves, quilter Stevii Graves’ husband. An engineer by profession, we knew the boxes would be well constructed!!

 

All boxes are then filled with acid-free packing paper to avoid movement in shipping.

Step 4-Weighing

All boxes are weighed on a scale and the weight is recorded on the return instruction sheet.

Step 4-Computer Station

This is the final check point for the quilt. It’s number and box contents are verified and a packing label is printed.

Step 5-Sealing and Mailing

The boxes are sealed and the mailing label is affixed. Also, the number of the quilt is written on the side of the box. All sealed boxes are stacked, ready and waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive. The FedEx driver loads the boxes, verifies the order and takes all the boxes to their main hub at Ontario International Airport for shipping.

This year, the packing and shipping was done in record time. Anxious owners should be receiving their quilts safe and sound by the end of the week.

 

 

Week 8 Giveaway: Quilting And Crafting For Winter Days

This week, we are featuring three books and four patterns all suited to quilting and crafting on long winter days:

Week 8 Giveaway

Quick Cozy Couch Quilts by Sandy Thompson; Simple Super One Patch Quilts by Pat Yamin; Beyond the Lines: Quilting Designs for Machine and Longarm Quilting by Debby Brown; and four Snowman themed patterns (The Winters; Three’s Company; Floozies;  and Paper Piecing For Fun) by Connie Spurlock 

  

Enter up to three ways to win these new projects to start off 2015:

1)      Write a comment on this blog post and tell us why you want to win 

2)      Write a comment on Road to California’s Facebook Page post featuring Week 8’s giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  Week 8’s giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for Week 8’s Giveaway begin Friday, January 2nd and close Wednesday, January 7th. As always, a winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator. Week 8’s lucky winner will be announced on Thursday, January 8th on Road’s Facebook Page.  Any questions? Contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!

Week 3 Giveaway: It’s All About Patchwork

 We’re giving away some great inspiration to update and modernize your patchwork quilting:  

Week 3 Giveaway

 On-Point Patvhwork and On-Point Ruler by Donna Lynn Thomas; Two Patch Scrap Quilts by Pat YaminThree Patterns  by Connie Spurlock (Just Spoolin’ Around, Garden Lattice, and Blocks in Motion) 

As a reminder, here are the rules for entering in Week 3’s giveaway. There are up to three ways you can enter to win:

1)      Write a comment on this blog post and tell us why you want to win 

2)      Write a comment on Road to California’s Facebook Page post featuring Week 3’s giveaway and let us know why you want to win.

3)      Tweet out  Week 3’s giveaway on Twitter using the hashtags #road2ca2015 #giveaway and @Road2CA

Entries for Week 3’s Giveaway begin Friday, November 28th and close Wednesday, December 3rd. The winner will be chosen using Random Number Generator and will be announced on Thursday, December 4th on Road’s Facebook Page.  Any questions? Contact Caryn at carynpayzant@roadtocalifornia.com

Good luck to all who enter!!