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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!!

After the Challenge: Creating The 2016 Special Exhibit, Woolies Four Pound Challenge

A quilt challenge is proposed. The request for entries goes out. Qualifying quilts are chosen. Now, how to display the quilts so that they tell the story of the challenge? That was the task for curator Sue Graham for the Road 2016 Special Exhibit Woolies Four Pound Challenge.Woolies5

The Woolie Nuts Friendship Group, located in Virginia, was formed by a group of six crafter-artist-quilters who wanted to get together and work on wool projects. Today, the group has grown to over 15 members, including former Road faculty Pat Sloan and Kimberly Einmo

Kimberly Einmo. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Kimberly Einmo. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

and Road’s special staff assistant, Stevii Graves.

Stevii Graves. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Stevii Graves. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

It was Pat Sloane who received an 85 pound box of fabric scraps from two of her fabric lines that she designed for Moda Fabrics. Sue Graham picked up the box from Pat’s home and spent 2 hours separating the strips by color. Then, with the help of 5 other gals, Sue and her friends dropped and mixed the different width strips into 20 piles, each weighing four pounds.

The Group decided on the rules for the challenge. Each participant had to use one of the random 4 pound bags of Pat’s scraps to create an original quilt that was no longer than 85” on one side. It was OK to add fabrics to their design, so long as it was another Moda fabric. They had until September 1, 2016 to complete their quilts.

Kelley Totaro. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Kelley Totaro. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Sue took the 21 quilts and organized them into a Special Exhibit that was first displayed at Road to California 2016.

Sherry Cowley. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Sherry Cowley. Photo by Brian Roberts Photography

Many of the quilt creators came to the show to see their work in the exhibit.

Sisters Joanne Rowicki and Ann Weber, "The Gingham Girls" Photo by Brian Rpberts Photography

Sisters Joanne Rowicki and Ann Weber, “The Gingham Girls” Photo by Brian Rpberts Photography

Most of the Woolie Nuts had reservations to return home to Virginia the Saturday of Road. However a blizzard of historic proportions hit the east coast and all flights were cancelled. What do quilters do when they are stranded 3,000 miles from home without transportation? They work on quilt projects they brought in their suitcases, of course. And take advantage of the California sunshine!! Flights to Virginia resumed the following Tuesday, so the Woolie Nuts were on their way. What a maiden trip for the Woolies Four Pound Challenge!!

Where does the special exhibit go next? First stop will be Home Machine Quilting & Sewing, May 5-7, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After, the exhibit can be viewed at SewOriginal Quilt & Expo in Reno, Nevada,  June 23-25, 2016.