Category Archives: Quilt Shows

Road to CA 2020, The Value of Violet by Margaret Solomon Gunn

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.

Melanie

Road to CA 2020, Masterpiece Winner

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?

Melanie

Road to CA 2020

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 had a lovely and exhausting time!

Melanie

Registering for Road is here!

road

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.

~happy quilting friends!

~Melanie