It’s Show Time – Road to California in Ontario

Well, Road to California started off with a bang! Extra tent for more vendors and lunch seating. Great Teachers! Beautiful fabric! Wonderful staff! So far, here are my comments:
Thanks to my first two instructors – Linda Ballard for Harmony Square. Also, thanks to Linda Hahn who taught New York Beauty Diversified. Great tips on sewing curves and copying the pattern. Usually if you copy a pattern, the distortion will show up in your quilt – especially if you use 2 different copiers. Both instructors brought in their quilts for layout ideas, colors and quilting the finished product.

Class squares from a 2006 class with Roxanne Carter

Class squares from a 2006 class with Roxanne Carter


Vendors – Thank you Beyond the Reef for coming over with great rolls of fabric – best Hawaiian fabric ever. ‘Quilt in a Day’ – Eleanor Burns is at her booth and I have to ask “Does this woman ever get tired?” She is one of the most upbeat vendors. “Come Quilt with Me’ and Pat Yamin who does triple duty this year – has a booth, judged the quilts and also taught. Another powerhouse vendor/teacher – she is awesome on handstitching. Kai Scissors have a terrific booth with some great show prices, Tracey’s Tables, Bohn from France with needles, scissors, etc, Island Batik and some many more. Tons of sewing machines – both regular machines, long arm, and every attachment possible.

Today is another class, Stacked Hexagon Stars Quilt with Norah McMeeking, and Saturday will be handstitching and learing new decorative stitches. I will be able to post more pictures later. I wasn’t going to do that much shopping as I need to reduce my stash of fabrics but couldn’t stop. Plus I found the most comfortable thimble that is absolutely gorgeous. She told me it was a JL Lane.

Ontario Convention Staff/Road to California Staff – all super helpful.

A few tips for those who attend – wear comfortable shoes. If you are taking class and want to sit with your friends, then get there early so you can sit together. And lastly, have fun and don’t forget your “P’s and Q’s”. That phrase, as I was told, means Don’t forget your PLEASE AND THANK YOUS”. There is a lot of work that goes into these shows. This year, Road is dealing with one teacher that had to cancel due to illness, one vendor broke down in Texas, one instructor woke up with the flu,,,,,, meaning cancelled classes. But you could not tell from their faces. All staff, both paid and volunteer, have smiles on their faces. So head out to Ontario as the show will end on Sunday at 4p.m.

what’s the Point? Where’s the Point?

I love to quilt on a machine – either on my Bernina or on my Featherweight. However, there are some people out there that will tell you in their most serious tones, “It is only a quilt when it is all done by hand.”

Seriously! You just have to smile and walk away. Now here is one that I started that has been PIGS (Project inna Grocery Sack) for awhile. The pattern is called Nosegay.
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This was a class taught by Pat Yamin (Come Quilt With Me owner and established in Brooklyn). Pat does her quilts by hand but also teaches machine methods. Now my points got kind of mushed in the center so that tells me I really need to slow down when making this pattern. Or just do it by hand.

Pat will be at Road to California Quilt show, Jan 23-26, 2014 at the Ontario Convention Center both teaching and selling items from her booth. She is a very patient teacher and keeps us laughing with jokes and stories. She has some great fabrics as well as templates. The templates are very sturdy.

I have a few of these blocks done but will probably do a bunch by hand just to make sure my points are perfect. The quiltzillas are out there – if you see them, just smile and get out of their way.

Thanks for reading and if you are looking for a new hobby, try quilting. You meet some great people along with the quiltzillas.

Quilt shows

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One of my favorite things is to attend local quilt shows or national shows. I have been attending Road to California for over 17 years. I always stop by “Come Quilt With Me”, Pat Yamin’s booth.

Pat lives in Brooklyn and has been a long time participant, both as a vendor and a teacher. Her templates are the easiest to use and she has a terrific teaching style – very open, very helpful and is always prepared for anything.

If you see a flyer in your town or at the local fabric store about a show, take a moment and attend. Quilting has changed – it’s not just little old ladies anymore. The patterns are bold with color and shapes but there are also the traditional quilts displayed.

It’s a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Road to California will be opening up registration for the 2014 conference and Long Beach Convention will be held at the end of July. Wear good walking shoes and bring your camera. Lots of great ideas and color combinations to enjoy. I’m wearing my Martini In The Morning Race for the Cure Shirt.

If you like great music while you are quilting, check out http://www.martiniinthemorning.com for Michael Blube, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and so many more.

Thanks for reading.

Time in a Bottle

Pat Yamin, from Come Quilt With Me in Brooklyn, taught this class at the Road to California conference a few years ago.  It was a class with curves and Pat taught it so even the most beginner quilter could do it.

The template she has makes it so easy and it is a great scrap buster.  A few months later, I was learning how to use a long arm quilting machine and this was my first piece I quilted on the long arm.

I gave it to my Mom’s friend Mary in Seaside, Oregon. 

Thanks for reading.