I’m in! When I first signed up for classes at the upcoming Road to California, I was waitlisted for 2 of the 3 classes. I recently got an email letting me know that my number was called and now I’ve got a full set of classes. I’m excited and my room reservation has been made.
I’m taking the Sashiko/Boro class with Carole Ziogas, Wool applique with Catherine Redford, and Sue Spargo’s Flower Garden. I’m thrilled and excited about the event.
My favorite show is back. It was a much smaller turnout than previous years and I’m not sure the vendors are too pleased. But as a quilter and long time attendee I was thrilled to get back.
I took 3 classes Thursday – Friday and spent Saturday romping through with a couple of friends.
Thursday – I couldn’t take the full day off so I left late around 2’ish. Checked in to my hotel and then headed to the show. I was able to walk the vendor section with a friend and make mental note of things I liked and things I would potentially buy. I had an evening class with Catherine Redford on “Intro to Folk Art Embroidery”. We learned did 5 basic stitches. I knew most of them but it was nice for a refresher. The new to me stitches were the wrapped stitches. They were fun.
On Friday, I took Annie Smith’s Aurifil Thread Matters Class. It sounds like it would be a sales pitch for Aurifil. As a tried and true Aurifan, I didn’t see it as such. This was a chance to try all the types of thread that Aurifil has to offer. We were provided a Bernina 570 to use and basically stitched sample stitches onto fabric using the different weights, needles, and decorative stitches on the machine. We put all of our samples into a binder to keep for reference. I think everyone should do this whether you like Aurifil, Superior Threads, Wonderfil, etc. First, different weights use different needles and different weights in the bobbin. And each combination produce different results. Everyone has their own preference and doing this allows me to choose which combination I want to use to produce the result I want to produce on any given project. I’ve always used 50w on top, 50w on the bottom and mostly use a 70/10 needle, sometimes 80/12 and sometimes 90/14. For me, this is fine for piecing. The needles I used was whatever was in my machine. I generally changed it to 90/14 because I have a TON of them. A lifetimes worth really. But those are bigger needles meant for thicker thread like a 12w or 28w. I really loved playing with the 12w lana (wool) and I may have to invest in all the colors Aurifil offers in this weight.
Friday evening, I ended it with Catherine Redford’s more intermediate class, “Dimensions of Folk Art Embroidery.” We learned about 6 more stitches that were a bit more complicated. You had to have known how to do a chain stitch and it surprised me that there were a few people who signed up who didn’t know how to do a chain stitch and were beginners. I can only guess they didn’t read the class description.
I enjoyed myself immensely at all three classes. I’m getting really hooked on hand embroidery and am getting an itch to finally start a crazy quilt. A couple of ladies in the friday night class told me to start now. It’s a long term project. That doesn’t surprise me. It seems all of my projects end up being long term. The hand work more so than any other.
If you’ve ever been to Road, it generally took up 3 main areas. The main room, with some quilts for show and mostly vendors. The second ballroom, with most of the quilts for show and no vendors (all though I believe this just started in 2020 or 2019, I can’t remember). And the third place – the tent, with food, some tables and more vendors. This year, we didn’t have the tent with the extra options for food. Instead, all the vendors were in the main room. And it was not cramped. There were still open booths where chairs were placed allowing attendees to sit and rest. So there weren’t as many vendors. There was only one booth selling a large selection of Aurifil and no one was selling cones. Where before, there would be 3+ vendors selling the same stuff and there was only one booth with items. For example, I was looking for a stripology for a friend. Only one booth (Quilt in a Day) had it. Really, they were the only booth with Creative Grid rulers. There were 2+ other booths with rulers but different kinds (ie. Quilter’s Select, etc.). So not as many options. I hope next year, our world is in a place where more vendors and attendees can come out.
This quilt is exceptional. It’s hard to see al the mini details but it’s hand done and quilted. Outstanding!
This crazy quilt is my favorite. I want to make one also with embroidery stitches all over it.
I’m still looking at pictures from Road to CA last January. You can see all the winners here.
I noticed a lot more shiny quilts made up of silk blends. They produced quilts that looked like they were glowing. Here is The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn. I believe there is a post about it on Road to CAs site. The description of the quilt did not say that the fabric was silk so I’m not sure where I got the idea that it was made of silk. I believe that the white glover or other onlooker told me that it was made of silk cotton blend which is what gives it that glowing quality.
The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn
Here are some close ups.
The Value of Violet Margaret Solomon Gunn
The Value of Violet Margaret Solomon Gunn
The Value of Violet Margaret Solomon Gunn
At this show, I was attracted to the various edges and bindings that finished quilts. I took a lot of pictures so I could remember the different ideas.
You can see all the winners here. But I plan to post pictures of my favorites.
I really loved the Masterpiece Winner.
Road to California 2020 Masterpiece Winner “Crazy Four Ewe” Janet Stone
This one was my favorite. Janet Stone won Best of Show last year and the quilt is similar in style. It reminds me of a cross stitch sampler. I wish I had taken close ups of some of the individual blocks. I thought I had but in going through my phone, I did not. Isn’t that always the case?
I’m still recuperating so my post recapping the event and my weekly updates will have to wait. In the meantime, here’s a pic of the Best Of Show Quilt
Christmas in St. Andrews
Make/Quilter: Marilyn Badger of St. George, UT
Pictures never do a quilt justice… can you see how the plaid lines up throughout the quilt? There are also crystals strategically placed to make it shine. At first glance, it’s a beautiful quilt but upon further inspection the details is what truly makes this an outstanding quilt.
I spent an hour or so last week perusing the class selection for Road2CA next year and figured out what classes I wanted to sign up for. This morning at 9am PST the registration site opened up and I was able to get all the classes I wanted to. I was a little worried as I had heard horror stories last year about how quick the classes filled up. The recent news about QuiltCon 2017 and their registration issues didn’t help. But I was able to get my picks relatively easy. I did spend more time at the end when I realized how much everything added up to so I had to remove a class here or there to bring down the price. I was disappointed that one of the items I looked forward to last year was not included. I mentioned it when I went to Road and it was a lecture/tour of the quilts that won and the reasons that they won. Our guide went into detail as to what judges look for and what goes into deciding what wins. I really enjoyed it. I hope that as we get closer to Road this gets added to the program.
I signed up for a couple of long arm classes. One with Innova and another with Gammill. I wish they had an APQS class too as I think I’ll be ready to purchase a long arm at the next Road. I’ve decided that I like to long arm but my Bailey is just not cutting it. It was a great entry level machine to get me hooked and learn that I will use it pretty regularly. But I’m ready to start working with a machine that has BSR. I would love to get a machine with a computer but my budget will probably not allow me to do that. So ideally I would get a machine where I could at some future add a computer. I am using these classes to get some real playtime with the machines. That’s why I would have liked to play with an APQS machine as well.
My local shop sells the Bernina long arm but that’s way out of my price range. I know that there are discounts at Road so I’ll have to check those out anyway and, if I am open to the price, see if my local shop would honor those discounts. I heard that they did last year so we’ll have to see. I did talk to someone at the shop when I picked up mine and the girls sewing machines this week so hopefully I’ll be able to play with the machine a bit this year to try it out.
In regards to QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah. I enjoyed QuiltCon in Pasadena but it wasn’t as big as Road so at the time I wasn’t thinking about going to Savannah next year. With the cost of airfare and lodgings, it didn’t seem worth it. However, I enjoyed my brief time in Savannah a couple of weeks ago and would love to go back for a longer stay. Going during QuiltCon might be interesting and fun. Not to mention the added benefit of getting to meet a bunch of #twilters planning to meet up. I’m still debating this in my head so… I may decide to do this at the last minute or not. I’m still thinking about PIQF in October 2017 too so… decisions will need to be made.
I’ve been a little slack in my posting since returning from vacation. I have been a little disoriented, lack of focus, uncertain as to what to do. I thought unpacking and getting myself organized would help but it hasn’t. Every project I tried to get into was started but then quickly abandoned for one reason or another. I forced myself to get back into quilting Moon Glow last night and I hope finishing the quilting will spur me past this.