Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Road To California 2014

Eagles All Around 
I had a good time at the Road To California Show. 
Enjoy the pictures!

This award winning quilt was hand appliqued and hand quilted by Joanne I Florence.

I am fortunate to say I know Joanne and have seen some of her spectacular work.  She is a master with a needle.

The pattern is a Lori Smith pattern, Eagle Applique From My Heart To Your Hands.

The rich cheddar ground is stunning - thrilled to see Joanne's skill and handwork recognized! 
She placed third in traditional applique.

Detail - Joanne Florence's "Eagles' All Around"

A detail of one eagle.

There were very few hand quilted pieces in the show!

Winter's Veil Original Design by Patt Blair

This was my favorite art quilt.
It is by Patt Blair.
Original design, I think the category is "Art Critter"

Insanity by Barb Heetland - Original Design

This is an interesting combination of reproduction fabrics in a traditional pattern, with very contemporary machine quilting.

Miniature Ohio Star blocks, I think about 4.5" finished size.  Alternate blocks feature machine quilted feathers.

It was made for a church auction.  The grand daughter wanted it so it was purchased back for $5,000.

Detail of star quilt

This is the machine quilting detail.

With the 4.5" block size you can see how tiny the circles are.

This basket quilt by Ann Feitelson is a fantastic play with color.  Five sequenced solids combine with five sequenced stripes or plaids to make a group of 25.  The groups are interwoven; all the baskets in one color group face one direction.  Directional shifts reveal the color groups.

Original design based on a traditional basket block.

Category:  Innovative Pieced

Album, Hexagon and Album Cross signature quilts

The special exhibits were good too.
"Lest I Shall Be Forgotten" curated by Sandy Sutton

Sandy has a fantastic collection of antique quilts and graciously shares her quilts with others.

This exhibit featured a few of her antique signature quilts.

Thank you for sharing Sandy!

This beautiful signature quilt has a controlled layout with the blocks placed by color.

Each center square is signed.

The  blocks are bound and finished 'pot holder' style.  Tiny, tiny whip stitching secures each finished block together.

I wish I could show you all of the quilts in this exhibit.  Maybe she will do a book!

I've written about Sandy's collection before.  You can read it HERE.

There was also an exhibit of Amish quilts, both modern and contemporary.

This quilt is from Kalona, Iowa.
From The Collection of Roberta Horton.

From the book:
Amish Quilt - The Adventure Continues
Featuring 21 Projects from Traditional to Modern
C&T Publishing

This is just a small taste of the show.  Of course there was some antique shopping!  Saving that for a future post.

Fig Tree - California Sized

The trip also included quality time with friends as well as sunny side trips and adventures.

Now back to reality and SNOW!

...and of course some quality stitching time.

Have a great week!
I hope you enjoyed the show pictures.



  1. What beautiful examples from the show and I do love Joanne's quilt, gorgeous colors and quilting.


  2. Thanks for sharing all those great photos! It's good to see such a variety.

  3. i definitely enjoyed seeing these amazing quilts from the show~! thank you for sharing.
    the eagle quilt is wonderful and i always enjoy seeing quilts made in the traditional Amish style. i have that book by Roberta Horton. it's a good one.


  4. Wow, the Eagle quilt is very striking. Love seeing all of that hand stitching!
    The star quilt has some pretty intense quilting. Good thing the granddaughter had deep pockets!
    Love seeing the vintage stuff, Dawn. Thanks for the peek at the show!

  5. Thanks for sharing a few pix from RTC, a show I always sadly seem to miss. OK I've had my eye candy, time for bed!

  6. Amazing quilts - all so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing such inspirational works of art.

  7. Loved seeing the show -- looks fantastic! That eagle quilt is stunning! Such tiny stitches! Wow!

  8. Great show. I love the cheddar background for the appliqué. Glad you had a chance to enjoy some warm California weather.

  9. I LOVE the eagle quilt - bold colors and fabulous stitching!!! I'm so glad that you had a great time and that you shared some of it with us!!

    Blessings and hugs!

  10. Those are great quilts! I'm a huge fan of eagle quilts and this one is sure a beauty!!

  11. Thanks for sharing your pictures from the show! What a beautiful eagle quilt! I love that you gave us a close shot so we can see her beautiful handquilting. When I grow up I want to handquilt like that - lol!!

  12. I love seeing old signature quilts. I have never had to luck to see an exhibit of them. Thanks for the pictures.

  13. Such wonderful, creative, beautiful quilts. Lori Smith's is especially beautifully done, with that bold yellow and the exquisite stitching.
    Thanks for sharing all these lovelies.

  14. The eagle quilt esp. is just fabulous! Thanks for sharing a close-up of it as well. Great quilts all the way around.:)

  15. Thanks for the show! I really like the "Eagles All Around" and the quilting on the Ohio Star is amazing!

  16. So sorry I had to miss the show this year--I would have enjoyed meeting you again. Thanks for all the great photos and descriptions!

  17. what a beautiful quilts. I loved the eagle quilt! wow - that quilting is stunning and I love the cheddar.
    Glad you were there to share with us!

  18. Joanne's quilts is awesome! What fine work and brilliant colors! Thanks for sharing some of the show quilts. Enjoyed your description of the basket quilt. Very cool! Sounds like a fun trip but at least you got a break from the snow! Happy stitching!


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