It's an exciting year for Road to California.  Since the conclusion of the 2015 show, the staff has been working on 2016, addressing all of your questions, comments, and concerns. They are very happy to announce their new website! Although not active yet, they are excited that it will be easily maneuverable and user friendly. They are also working on providing more information up front.  Stay tuned!

Also new - The Road to California Bag Challenge, sponsored by ByAnnie.com!

Here's what Road says,

We are introducing a Great New Challenge using Road to California's 20th Anniversary commemorative fabrics to encourage creativity, and the talent and skills of bag and purse makers and designers. Make a purse - any size or style - using your own design or a commercial pattern or book. You can add other fabrics, zippers, embellishments, hardware or stabilizers. Use your imagination to jazz it up as you wish. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1000 will be awarded by Road to California and ByAnnie's Soft and Stable. The winners and a few additional selected entries will be displayed at Road to California's 2016 show.


Click here to get the official rules and entry form!


Click here to buy our heavy weight Ivory fabric!


And don't forget about your quilts. Want to enter your quilt into Road to California?


Click here for 2016 Official Rules, Regulations and Contest Entry!



A fascinating new exhibit is now showing at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.  From May through August 16, 2015, China Through the Looking Glass explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.


From the Met:


From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.


The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.



Click here to watch a tour of the exhibit.


Evening coat, ca. 1925 
Silk, fur, metal 
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Robert S. Kilborne, 1958 (2009.300.259) 
Photography © Platon



Join LUKE Haynes for a three-part Silhoucat Quilt Along at WeAllSew.com. Learn a really nice way to combine piecing with easy appliqué.  Take a basic half-square triangle pattern and add appliqué on top to make a great keepsake or quick gift for the cat lover in your life.



Star Members can watch LUKE in Episode 1102:  Super Quilts from Salvaged Duds.




Reptile Wisdom uses an expanded two-color palette, English paper piecing by machine, paper foundation piecing, and machine appliqué. Karen insists on using 100% natural fibers in her batting.  Reptile Wisdom won first place in the Traditional Pieced category at IQA Houston, 2014.

Star Members can watch Karen in Episode 1611: New Methods & Old Ways.

(Photo: Gregory Case)


Lea McComas (Episode 1609) shows you how to remove the Gutta from your project, and she creates a very clever iron surface using a family memento that is both practical and easy to assemble.

Plus, she also shares some clever ideas for continuing the creativity with your completed Batik work.

Don't forget to post your Work in Progress by June 8, as we will be holding the drawing to win a set of Dye-Na-Flow dyes.  We will announce the winner on June 15!



Cutting stripes on the bias can be frustrating when you want everything to line up perfectly.  We found a very helpful tutorial from Thought & Found.

Need more help?  Check out Anita Grossman Solomon's ideas for using stripes and how to make them perfectly.


Photo by Gregory Case Photography

Is there something about piano playing and quilting? Ricky and quilter Karen Stone are both amazing pianists as well as quilters! (They’re both Texans, too.) Karen’s background includes classical training and being surrounded by engineers, which might explain her incredible precision and love of complex work. Her latest technique is an adaptation of English Paper Piecing that doesn’t require hand piecing and includes curves! Karen demonstrates her fascinating style, which combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching. You will be amazed, and so was the studio audience, which had loads of questions for her.

Karen mentioned a quilt that inspired her, owned by quilt curator Julie Silber, so we went in search of Julie, and were rewarded with a tour of her antique quilt collection. You’ll love it!


The website and presentation of these quilts are also elegant. Take a look at quilts that were made to be works of art when other forms of art were hard for women to enter.

Currently on exhibit at the DAR Museum is Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia. The museum is sharing a sneak peak online.  The exhibit runs through September 5, 2015 and is divided into four sections:  Applique, Pieced, Albums, and Migration. The exhibition will introduce visitors to a little known history of early American quilts. Eye on Elegance looks at quilts and their makers from Maryland and Virginia 1790 to 1860.
"These aren't the typical quilts that you would find in your family's cedar chest. These are really outstanding examples of design...what you are seeing in this exhibit are the masterpieces of these women."

-- Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, DAR Museum Director
The DAR Museum
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday closed



Karen Stone is on the set with Alex and Ricky where she demonstrates her latest technique for English Paper Piecing, which doesn't require hand piecing or curves.  Her new method combines pinning, gluing and zigzag stitching.  Suffice it to say, the studio audience was amazed, and you will be too!

Episode 1611 - New Methods & Old Ways debuts Monday, May 25, 2015.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow



The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection is currently on exhibit at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco through July 19, 2015.

From the Legion of Honor:

Explore the glamour and sophistication of one of the world’s preeminent costume collections. These fashions worn by American women reflect the nation’s tastes and transformations over the course of the 20th century. High Style, presented exclusively on the West Coast at the Legion of Honor, provides a rare opportunity to view the evolution of fashion from 1910 to 1980 through more than 60 stunning costumes, 30 costume accessories, and an array of related fashion sketches from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection.

To see a preview of this fabulous exhibit, click here.

Arnold Scaasi, evening ensemble, spring/summer 1983. Brown and pink silk taffeta; pink silk organza. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 1991. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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