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Friends And Quilting Are A Great Combination

Road to California is the perfect place for friends to meet up and share their love of quilting.

These four friends live in the Chicago area and belong to the Needles and Threads Quilt Guild. They were easy to spot with their matching quilt guild accessories.

Together, they have been quilting over 30 years. They were thrilled to leave the Midwest weather and “hang together” to see what was new in the quilting world and all the “gorgeous” quilts.

Karen and Dee are locals; they live up the street from the Ontario Convention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. Karen has been attending Road for the past 10 years. This was Dee’s first time at Road. She had heard about how fun the show was from her local quilt shop, The Quilt Loft, and from Karen. Karen said she had warned Dee beforehand by telling her to be “prepared to be overwhelmed.” They enjoyed seeing the quilts and the variety of vendors. Dee can’t wait to take classes next year.

L to R: Karen and Dee

Marquita is from Simi Valley, California and Kathy is from Delaware. They have been friends for over 60 years, growing up across the street from each other in Sepulveda, California. For the past 15 years, coming to Road to California has been their annual get together. It’s how they stay in touch. They come to the show for 5 days, bringing their sewing machines and stay up sewing each night until after midnight. They also bring lots of food— and wine!! Both have been quilting since 1989. Marquita prefers traditional quilting and Kathy loves machine embroidery.

L to R: Marquita and Kathy

These friends worked together at Kaiser Permanente for 30 years. At that time, neither Delcina or Maria were quilters. When they retired, they were looking for something to de-stress so they took a furniture upholstery class. That teacher suggested they go to a quilting class and they have been hooked ever since. The class is held every Saturday in Baldwin Park, California.  Road 2017 was their 5th time to come to the show. When they first started coming, they focused on looking at all the quilts, walking the whole show one row at a time. Now they’ve added also taking classes.  “There is lots of inspiration here,” said Delcina.

L to R: Delcina and Maria

 

Which friend will you be meeting up with at Road 2018?

 

A New Decade Of Adventure For Carolyn Reese

Road to California is a family owned business.

Bought in 1991 by Carolyn Reese, she added the quilt show four years later. New logo

Carolyn’s three sons and their families have helped out with Road from the very beginning. Oldest son Mike is the financial officer. Middle son Dave provides the technical assistance; he is the one who designed the on-line registering system for the conference. Dave and his wife Susan also photograph all of the winning quilts. Youngest son Darrell is charge of equipment logistics, overseeing the set up and take down for the entire show.

(l-r) Mike, Darrell, and Dave Reese with their mother, Carolyn Reese

(l-r) Mike, Darrell, and Dave Reese with their mother, Carolyn Reese

Reese family members can also be found in the Road vendor booth, at the registration table, and assisting teachers and lecturers with the evening classes.

Carolyn has a Halloween birthday.  For as long as she can remember, she has spent her birthday at Quilt Market in Houston, first as a quilt shop owner of the Fabric Patch in Upland, CA from 1980 until 2006, then as owner of Road to California. But this year, Carolyn will be celebrating her birthday at home with family and friends.

80th Birthday dinner at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

80th Birthday dinner at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Why the change?

Because this year marks Carolyn’s 80th birthday and she has decided to retire from managing Road to California.  Carolyn has “turned the management over to my Grandson, Matt who has been working with me for the past six years and he is doing a great job.”Matt and Carolyn

After managing businesses for over 37 years, what will Carolyn be doing with all her free time?

As a quilt shop owner, Carolyn has taught many people how to piece quilts and other aspects of quilting. She also organized the first mystery quilt class in Southern California. Carolyn has always enjoyed helping people with sewing projects so she decided teaching would get her out of the house and working with people with similar interests. Carolyn

Carolyn’s first class was at The Quilt Loft in Upland, CA teaching the POP-UP container.

She has now taught at Sewn Together in Norco, The Busy Bee in Calimesa and Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations in Palm Springs.  Other projects have been The Sweet Pea Pods, Fold and Stitch Wreath, Fold and Stitch Leaf Topper, Hexagon Star Table Topper – which Carolyn designed – and an Octagon Tablemat.

Her newest class is Perfect Binding Corners for any shape, squares and rectangles, hexagons, octagons and even an inside corner for each shape.  The binding can be any width up to 1” wide width which is great for placemats, table toppers, etc.

With a background in sewing that has covered many aspects of dressmaking, tailoring, upholstery as well as quilting, Carolyn also has lots of tips to share in her classes for easier methods of construction than what is found in a published pattern.

What other classes will Carolyn be teaching in the future? “Who knows,?” says Carolyn. “What ever strikes my fancy!!”

Of course, as his grandmother, you can be sure Carolyn will be keeping “an eye on Matt and what he is planning for Road to California…he has some great future ideas for Road.” Carolyn is looking forward to be able to “just go to the show – SHOP – and visit with the vendors as well as enjoy the beautiful quilts.”Carolyn on Harley

Thank you Carolyn Reese for your leadership and vision in establishing Road to California as “The Best in the West Quilt Show and Conference.”

 

 

 

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.