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Meet Road 2018 Ruby Sponsors

Road to California would not be the premier consumer quilt show that it is without our sponsors. “Our sponsors are what keeps us competitive,” shared Show Owner, Matt Reese. Because of their generous support, Road continues to attract the industry’s finest entrants, teachers and vendors which are enjoyed by the thousands of our guests that attend our event.

Road 2018 has 13 Ruby Sponsors. To be at this third level of sponsorship, (our platinum sponsor, Gammill, is the highest level), an organization donates $2,250. Their generous contribution goes toward prize money for the quilt show contest as well as help fund other aspects of the event. Some Ruby Sponsors will also have a vendor booth on the main floor while many will have their products available with retailers at the show.

The Ruby Sponsors for 2018 are:

Bernina

This Swiss, family owned company, has been celebrating creativity  for 125 years. To celebrate their anniversary year, Bernina has created a gold-plated special edition presser foot, available after March 1.

Brother

Brother International has more than 100 years of history in the global sewing industry. They’ve been a leader in the US for more than 60 years, offering a diverse lineup of machines with industry-first, exclusive features. Their motto is “Explore, learn and remember — being creative isn’t a hobby; it’s a way of life!”

Elna

Since around 1940, the Elna trademark has always symbolized quality, innovation and service. Today, Elna continues to build the company with these three elements as the foundation. Elna is a growing company committed to bringing excellence to our customers and our international distribution network. Elna is active in more than 60 countries, throughout the world.

Husqvarna Viking

The need for change inspired their beginning. They began as a royal arms factory in Huskvarna, Sweden in 1689.  Almost two centuries later in 1872, facing declining demand for firearms, the artisans of the factory were inspired to make a more peaceful product—sewing machines. Today, Husqvarna Viking® is a worldwide organization that still designs high-quality sewing machines in Sweden and markets our products to passionate sewers all across the globe.

Innova (ABM International)

Innova longarm machines are manufactured by ABM International, a three generation family owned and operated business near Houston Texas and are engineered to meet the most discerning quilter’s needs. Based on a long term commitment to excellence, ABM International offers a full array of high quality quilting machinery.

Martelli

Martelli Enterprises is an international company based in Pensacola, Florida. They make tools, equipment, work stations and machines for sewing, quilting, and embroidery. For over 20 years, they have provided quilters and other sewing and crafting enthusiasts with the tools and accessories to pursue their art and express themselves.

Modern Quilts Unlimited

Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine is published quarterly – February, May, August and November — and offers quilt, accessory and home decoration patterns by exciting new designers. The publication also includes interviews with quilting innovators, machine quilting tips and quilts and projects.

OC Sewing & Vacuum

In business since 1991, they have four locations in Southern California: Buena Park, Fullerton, Irvine and Garden Grove. They carry high quality sewing, embroidery and quilting machines and sergers and offer a variety of sewing and quilting classes for all levels.

Pfaff

Known for their Original IDT™ System – Integrated Dual Feed, their quilting, sewing, and embroidery machines provide tools for creativity and precision.

Pineapple Fabrics

Best known for their Pineapple Packs: precut fabric collections that include 5 coordinated, quilt quality fabrics that make sewing projects a breeze.  Pineapple Fabrics is an e-commerce business.

Primitive Gatherings

A well known Southern California quilt shop with an old fashioned look, they feature the nation’s largest selection of reproduction fabrics, homespuns, Japanese fabrics, and their own beautiful hand dyed wools. They also carry a wide variety of cotton or wool kits, notions,and all the supplies for punch needle embroidery.

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Creator of Kona cotton solids,  Robert Kaufman is a dual focused company, with an equally held commitment to both the Manufacturing and Quilting Retail customer. They operate two separate design studios, each one generating fabrics specific to the quilting and manufacturing customer.

Sew Batik

A direct merchant with a passion for designing, sourcing and distributing exquisite batik and hand dyed fabrics. Their fabrics are only sold on their website, at local, regional and national quilt shows, and through their ever-growing relationships with professional longarm/machine quilters around the world.

Please support our Ruby Sponsors by stopping by their booths and/or investigating their products.

 

 

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 2017 Special Exhibit: Kona Color of the Year 2016

Do you know the Kona Color of the Year?

Each year, Robert Kaufman creates one new, LIMITED EDITION Kona Cotton Color of the Year, which is only available within that designated year and retires at its conclusion. The 2016 Color of the Year, Highlight, is a bright and refreshing yellow hue that can be a delicate addition, a bold accent, or steal the show altogether.

When the Color of the Year was originally announced, Robert Kaufman had a block contest on Instagram (#konaCOTYchallenge). The challenge was so popular that the idea was further developed into an exhibit of mini quilts. Robert Kaufman partnered with 60 of the industry’s leading quilters to bring about the Kona Color of the Year Special Exhibit.

Each of the designers have a special relationship with Robert Kaufman. Some are Robert Kaufman fabric designers, some have made quilt patterns for Robert Kaufman in the past, and others are artists the company admires. Robert Kaufman tried to pick people with a wide range of quilting styles so that the exhibit would be a well-rounded showcase of amazing quilts.

The exhibit is made up of 60 diverse quilts for every kind of quilter. The designers of the exhibit were each given an assigned color palette to create their 20” square mini quilts.

The company’s favorite part of the exhibit was seeing each of the quilts for the first time as the makers sent them back to them. It was such a special surprise to see what the designers created and how they used the Color of the Year, Highlight. The only direction was given the quilters was to make something truly “them” and they all created quilts that showcase their amazing styles and personalities.

Kona Color of the Year 2016 first debuted at the Fall 2016 Quilt Market/Festival. After it’s showing at Road to California, the exhibit will be displayed at QuiltCon in Savannah, Ga (Feb. 2017); Quilt Festival Chicago (April 2017) and AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, KY (April 2017).