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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.

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.

Country Heritage Tours Makes It Easy To Get To Road

In 2005, Country Heritage Tours began bringing guests to Road to California. Their Ultimate Road to California Tour returned in 2006 and 2008 and 2016 will mark their fourth year in a row of providing a hassle-free experience to quilters who don’t want to travel alone to the show.CHT logo 690 bk

Country Heritage Tours’ custom itineraries are planned 12 months in advance and are handcrafted to include must-see highlights and delightful surprises. Every component has been carefully chosen to showcase iconic landmarks, extraordinary museums, and legendary quilt shows.customer 24

What are the benefits of joining their bus tour? For one, “they are so much fun,” says Scott Brodsky of Country Heritage Tours. “Everyone starts with a common thread (heehee), friendships are made and stories are written to last a lifetime.”

This year’s Ultimate Bus Tour to Road 2016 begins in San Diego;Road 3

Travels to Temecula; Then ends in Ontario at Road.  Tour highlights include:

  • 6 Nights Deluxe Accommodations
  • Unlimited Admission to the Road to California Quilters Conference & Showcase
  • Fabulous Quilt Shops
  • Quilt Show Sneak-Preview Admission
  • Private Lecture & Lunch at Eleanor Burns Shop & Studio
  • Private Tour of Hoffman Fabric Factory
  • Rosie’s Calico Cupboard
  • Fat Quarters Quilt Shop
  • Olde Town Temecula
  • Temecula Quilt Guild Meeting
  • Baggage Handling
  • Commemorative Video
  • Souvenir Tote Bag

How does someone prepare for a Country Heritage bus tour? First and foremost, leave room in your luggage for all the fabric and other treasures you will find at the quilt shops you will visit. And bring comfortable walking shoes.  Country Heritage trips provide an opportunity to visit off-the-beaten-path destinations and attractions so you’ll want to make sure that your feet are comfortable.

Country Heritage Tours LOVES bringing their customers to Road. The excitement of the show and the growth every year makes Road to California an annual favorite of their clients.

For more information on Country Heritage Tours Ultimate Road to California Tour, or any of their other tours, visit them on their web site where you can also order their FREE catalog.2016CHTCatalogMechanical.indd

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