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On The Road To A Baltic Cruise

Road to California is teaming up once again with World of Quilts Travel in sponsoring a 10 day Baltic Quilt Cruise, June 27 – July 7, 2018.  

This is the third quilting cruise Road to California has embarked on. Previous destinations were to the Panama Canal and a fall tour in New England and Eastern Canada. The Baltic Quilt Cruise promises to be our best one yet.

What is a quilting cruise? A quilting cruise combines traditional cruising (complete with all the amenities and activities you would expect) with quilting experiences taught by distinguished faculty. The Baltic Quilt Cruise will be sailing on Holland America’s Zuiderdam ship.

Quilt classes for this cruise will be offered on sea days by internationally known teachers Jen Kingwell (Australia), Stevii Graves (America), Christine Marie Flocard (France) and Gillian Travis (UK). To learn more about the specific classes, visit this link.

Is a quilting cruise just for quilters? Absolutely not. We are joining a regularly scheduled cruise which makes it perfect for family and friends to join along.

What makes the Baltic Region so special?  The Baltic is one of the most enchanting regions of the world, with spectacular scenery, charming villages, and fascinating imperial treasures. Each port has unique, stunning scenery and offers lots of opportunities to shop, experience the local cuisine and enjoy sightseeing adventures.  What ports will the cruise be visiting? The ship launches from Copenhagen, Denmark and includes visits to Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockhom, Sweden; and two stops in Germany– Warnemunde  (for Berlin) and Kiel (for Hamburg) before returning back to Copenhagen. Each stop is for one day except for St. Petersburg which is overnight.

What is included in the price of the cruise? All shipboard accommodations, meals and entertainment as well as all Road to California Events which includes the quilt classes and workshops; a Welcome Reception; Show and Tell Gathering; Special Prizes and Gifts. There is also an option to join private group shore tours.

Have we convinced you yet to join us on this exciting cruise? We hope you will set sail with us!! For complete information regarding this Baltic Quilt Cruise including pricing, please visit World of Quilts Travel’s site.     

 

Road’s Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Anita Grossman Solomon

Full time quilter and author, Anita Grossman Solomon, has the least distance  to travel to get on board Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise September 27-October 4, 2015.   

A New Yorker, living in Manhatten, it only takes 30 minutes to fly from Anita’s home to Boston where the cruise embarks.Solomon

Anita was part of our faculty on Road’s maiden cruise through the Panama Canal last year. This trip she will be joining four other teachers —Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Shelly Pagliai, Stevii Graves and Margie Ullery — on this quilting cruise off the New England coast at the height of the Fall Foliage Season.Fall colors

With a degree in art and experience as an art curator, Anita has developed an in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for quilting’s history as well as its more modern trajectory. While passionate about the look of some of the most complex traditional blocks, the daunting amount of cutting and sewing involved (and high seam-ripper potential) got Anita’s brain working overtime to figure out an easier way. Her Make It Simpler technique makes quiltmaking faster and easier. Anita has shared her method in her three books, as a Craftsy instructor and as a guest on HGTV’s Simply Quilts (twice), The Quilt Show,  and Quilt Out Loud on Since 2003, Anita’s books and the blocks she chooses to “revolutionize” keep all quilters in mind, offering techniques that will quickly deliver perfectly pieced blocks every time. Solomon_Anita'sAngle

Anita will be teaching two classes on Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise: Anita’s Angle and No Waste Windmill.  Both classes incorporate  Anita’s simpler way of making elegantly proportioned blocks, perfect for using souvenir fabric from the trip. solomon You can learn more about Anita from this fun video or on her blog, Make It Simpler

 

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How far will you be traveling from to join our cruise? 

Cruising With Road: Won’t You Join Us This Fall?

Even though snow is still falling in some parts of the United States and Spring is still more than a week away, that won’t stop us from dreaming about our upcoming New England Fall Foliage Quilt Cruise, September 27-October 4, 2015.

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Photo courtesy of thelifeofluxury.com

Road to California sponsored its first cruise with Deb Roberts and World of Quilts Travel last year. We had so much fun, we could hardly wait to go again. This time, we are taking advantage of the fall brilliance in the scenic northeast.Royal Carribean

We set sail on this colorful journey on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, sailing round trip from Boston, with stops in the ports of Portland and Bar Harbor, Maine as well as St. John and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Cruise route

Our 7-day cruise adventure features two non-stop quilting days with classes offered from these award winning quilting educators: Stevii Graves, Shelly Pagliai, Anita Grossman Solomon,Margie Ullery and Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

Deb points out five reasons what makes Road’s fall quilt cruise off the coasts of New England and Canada is so special:

 1- Historic sites to visit

2-Famous Fall colors to enjoy

3-Natural beauty of the shoreline to view

4-Quaint villages and architecture to explore

5-Local food, including lobster and crab, to experience

This quilt cruise is filling up fast. We’d love to have you join Carolyn Reese for this amazing adventure. Don’t miss the boat – spaces are selling fast!!

See you in New England!! 

 

Meet Randy Graves: Mechanical Engineer and Quilt Supporter

As the Road to California Cruise sets sail for the Panama Canal, filled with quilters, favorite teachers, and our own Carolyn Reese, we know there are friends and loved ones left at home eagerly waiting for reports of this fantastic voyage.201404_cruise

One such family member would be Randy Graves, husband of Road’s multi-talented Stevii Graves. Stevii is well known at major quilt conferences around the country for judging and finding instructors.  She oversees the judging for Road to California and is counted on for sharing her quilting expertise throughout the show. With all her travels, her husband Randy is often left behind at their home in Virginia. While he gets lonely at times, Randy thinks it is “outstanding that she is active and independent. I am a firm believer that people need to do things to their fullest.” Randy certainly isn’t bored while his wife is away. He has many things to keep himself busy and involved.  2014-01-24 10.08.07

Randy, 75 years old, has a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for NASA, has had his own company making sails, and is now retired. He stays busy spending a lot of his time volunteering for his alma mater, George Washington University in Washington, D.C..  Currently, he serves as chair of their National Advisory Council for their School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, having served on that council for 14 years. Randy is also a director with GWERT, a mentoring organization that provides experienced volunteer mentors to student and faculty startups at George Washington.  And he is on the Board of Directors of the George Washington Alumni Association.  When Randy isn’t working with his GW groups, he is spending time with his hobby, doing machine metal work on a milling machine. He has spent the past four years designing a four cylinder airplane engine.

How did Randy and Stevii meet? Stevii’s father was an Admiral in the U.S. Navy stationed in Washington, D.C.. It was Randy’s cousin who introduced them. Randy and Stevii knew each other for just 6 weeks and had only 2 formal dates before they were married. They have been married 47 years, have three children and five grandchildren.

During their married life, they have lived all around the United States.  It was all that moving around that got Stevii interested in quilting. In the late 1970’s, when they were living in Poquoson, Virginia, (a town so small there were no stoplights), Stevii went to the local community center to sign up for a class. Feeling a tad isolated, she was hoping not only find something to do, but meet people as well. Stevii noticed at one table, there were a lot of women laughing. She decided she wanted to join that group and whatever class they were in. It ended up being a quilt class. Not only did she find fun, she found a community.

As an engineer, Randy “loves quilting” and going to quilt conferences. This year at Road, he accompanied Stevii and we put him to work. His duties included helping to check in and oversee the vendors, serving as the official announcer for the conference, and overseeing the daily raffle drawing. Randy thinks Road “is a great conference. I like the people and making new friends. It was fun to be a part of the set up.” And he said it was quite the experience walking through the exhibit hall with his wife. “Stevii remembers so many faces and names. It was incredible to watch.”_i4c3712_copy

Road appreciates Stevii Graves and her hard work for the show. And we really appreciate her husband, Randy Graves. Not just for sharing his wife with the quilting world but for all his engineering contributions too. 

Quilting + Cruising = A World Of Fun

One thing you can be sure, Road to California is all about having a quality good time. So when the opportunity came to have Road sponsor a quilting trip through the Panama Canal, Carolyn knew that this would be another great way for quilters to have fun. After all, what could be better than a group of like-minded quilters, sailing on a world class ship, seeing the world and quilting all the way?  

The Road to Panama Quilt Cruise  is being coordinated by Deb Roberts and her World of Quilts Travel and Textile Tours. Deb is herself an experienced quilter, historian, collector, teacher, author, judge and appraiser. She has been interested in quilts since childhood and passionate about travel for as long as she can recall. While traveling several years ago, it dawned on Deb that she was spending much of the time seeking out places to see quilts, getting to know quilters, buying unique fabrics and seeking out those who knew about the area’s quilts and quilt/textile history.  After seeing things that opened her eyes to what has been available in other countries for centuries, gave her pause to think about sharing all she was experiencing with others, and thus she organized her first tour to France in 2004.Worlds of Quilts Travel

What had Deb meticulously planned for Road to California? A trip that leaves Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, travels through the Panama Canal, goes up the Mexican Riviera, and ends in San Diego, California. The itinerary includes over 25 fun filled workshops, inspirational scenery, and amazing classes taught by extraordinary instructors. Sewing machines are provided as well as shipboard accommodations, on-board meals and entertainment. The trip also includes open sewing sessions, a “Pirates of the Caribbean” block contest, and a “Splash from your Stash” contest. The trip ends with a Farewell Fiesta and show and tell. And for those people who love swag, there will be plenty of surprise gifts along the way.  

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Whatever your interest: meeting new quilt friends, travel, learning from the best teachers or cruising and whether you like to travel alone or with family, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Won’t you come quilting and cruising through the Panama Canal with Road to California? The ship leaves port April 15-29, 2014. Visit www.road2ca.com for more information. Adios and Bon Voyage.