Quilt Shows

Road to California • Part III (final)

Do I start with the stellar and then move to the sort of interesting?

Or, do I lead with the one that everyone breezed through, and finish with the exhibit where everyone lingered?

I’ll do it that way, but first — thank you for all your fun comments; I appreciate them, and am happy to know that you are enjoying seeing Road’s quilts. Another reader (thank you, Dot!) tipped me off to Accuquilt’s run-down of the show in between talking about the virtues of their product. They seemed to really like my Wealth of Days quilt (maybe because they have a die for cutting Flying Geese). My quilter, Kelley Bachi, was also complimented, which made me pleased. We’re at 4:01, in this segment. We’re at 16:04 in this segment. Blink and you’ll miss the quilt, but you’ll see others.

First, the exhibit where I rarely saw people. Sugary and saccharine-sweet, the Diana exhibit took up a large space on both sides of one of the main aisles, and like past Cherrywood Challenges, people made smallish square quilts on a theme. But unlike the last one I saw — of Bob, the painter — no one was lingering here. Here’s a sampling.

My least favorites above don’t have names associated with them. The really least favorite out of the whole exhibit? My, my, I couldn’t say as there were so many to choose from. If you see a name label above, it was one of the few lovely ones. I noticed that the jewelry was often done to excess perfection.

As a reminder: click on any image to make it larger, then hit the small X in the upper right to return to this page.

And then there was the amazing exhibit of the quilts from Linda Anderson (I apologize for the any distortion in the photos; all the quilts were perfectly flat and squared up). Every year Linda puts another masterpiece in Road to California, and I always try to find it. She has her background in painting, and uses that skill, along with raw edge appliqué and free motion quilting, to create these masterpieces.

The figure/s in each quilt draw the viewer in to find clues as to how they are thinking or feeling, or what they are doing. One year, when my grown daughter was really ill, Linda had a beautiful quilt of a mother and daughter that seemed to say to me, “It will be all right.” I mentioned that to Linda and she knew the quilt (not in this group). I was so glad that Road hung her quilts in a special exhibit.

Maria’s Tree, by Linda Anderson

And that’s a wrap for Road to California 2022!

UPDATE: Please see this post for commentary on Anderson’s quilts and correct attribution.

11 thoughts on “Road to California • Part III (final)

  1. I’m guessing the Diana exhibit of quilts wasn’t as popular in the US as it likely was in other countries, say like the UK or Australia. I’ve never been awed by royalty as they are often as flawed (and even more flawed) than the rest of humanity! It’s nice of you to share Road 2 California quilt show pictures because it’s probable that I will never attend it myself.

  2. Thanks for sharing your impressions of Road. Some quilts are simply amazing. Others don’t hold my attention at all for various reasons. But that’s the good thing about a diverse quilt show.

  3. I would have loved seeing those artistic quilts. Her work is absolutely amazing. It has been fun seeing the quilts from the show.

  4. What an interesting contrast in the two parts of the exhibition you are presented here Elizabeth. I cannot imagine where one would even start making a quilt such as Linda Anderson makes. They are true works of art!

  5. It was quite a surprise to see “Maria’s Tree”! The current Spring 2022 issue of Piecework Magazine has a very interesting article about Oaxacan huipils and the Oaxacan man who’s trying to keep the tradition alive. It was written by Eric Sebastian Mindling, based on his 2016 book “Oaxaca Stories in Cloth”. One of his photographs in the article is the exact image Linda used for her quilt. It’s too bad he wasn’t credited on the show label.

  6. Thank you for all three blog posts about Road to CA. I’ve attended every show for at least the last 15 years until this one. So nice of you to share your experience of it.

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