Quiltshow: Road to California

Each year Road to California is one of the most eagerly awaited quiltshows. This year’s “in person” show was postponed to 2022 (January 19 – 22, 2022) but the organizers created a virtual experience called Road@Home.

Road@Home offers an abundance of quilting classes where everyone – from the beginner to the advanced, art quilters, modern quilters and quilters intending to open a business – will find at least one, but generally quite a few classes. And although the event will take place from January 20 to January 23, 2021 I think you can still register for some classes.

And now you are in for some real treat – the winning quilts of Road to California 2020:

https://online.roadtocalifornia.com/awardwinnersroad.php?con=31

You still want more? Here are the winners of 2019:

https://online.roadtocalifornia.com/awardwinnersroad.php?con=30

I assume you are as stunned as I am by all these beauties. And as inspired. So please excuse me I have to go and cut some fabric.

Call for entries

The International Quilt Festival in Houston is scheduled from October 28 to October 31, 2021. There are 5 calls for entries for this prestigious show. I give you the overview and you can find all the details at https://www.quilts.com/enter-your-quilt/.

 

HANDS ALL AROUND

Artists from all around the world incorporate influences from their own cultures into the design and technique of their quilts.

2 entries per person maximum.

Minimum width is 36” (91 cm). Maximum width or length is 96” (244 cm).

There is a $20 submission fee per quilt.

The works must be made between 2017 and 2021.

Submit 2 photographs for each piece (an overall photograph of the work and a close-up detail showing the stitching) and an artist’s statement that describes the inspiration for the work.

End of registration: May 21, 2021

 

IN FULL BLOOM

Just as florists and gardeners cultivate works of beauty from the soil quilters create beautiful pieces of art with fabric. This exhibition will showcase marvellous floral quilts in all the colors of the rainbow.

2 entries per person maximum.

Minimum width is 36” (91 cm). Maximum width or length is 96” (244 cm).

There is a $20 submission fee per quilt.

The works must be made between 2017 and 2021.

Submit 2 photographs for each piece (an overall photograph of the work and a close-up detail showing the stitching) and an artist’s statement that describes the inspiration for the work.

End of registration: May 21, 2021

 

IN THE AMERICAN TRADITION

Contemporary quiltmakers often look to the art form’s rich tradition for inspiration in their own works. This exhibit features quilts that incorporate traditional blocks, styles, and/or techniques.

3 entries per person maximum.

Minimum width is 36” (91 cm). Maximum width or length is 96” (244 cm).

There is a $20 submission fee per quilt.

Submit 2 photographs for each piece (an overall photograph of the work and a close-up detail showing the stitching) and an artist’s statement that describes the inspiration for the work.

End of registration: May 21, 2021

 

LANDSCAPE QUILTS

Landscapes often inspire artists, including many in the quilt world. Recently made landscape quilts will be featured in this exhibit.

2 entries per person maximum.

Minimum width is 36” (91 cm). Maximum width or length is 96” (244 cm).

There is a $20 submission fee per quilt.

The works must be made between 2017 and 2021.

Submit 2 photographs for each piece (an overall photograph of the work and a close-up detail showing the stitching) and an artist’s statement that describes the inspiration for the work.

End of registration: May 7, 2021

 

TACTILE ARCHITECTURE™

Buildings have a long history of inspiring the creative designs of quiltmakers. In the 19th century, American quilters developed classic architectural patterns such as Log Cabin, Schoolhouse, and Brick Wall. This exhibit challenges quiltmakers to create works based on architectural themes and inspirations.

2 entries per person maximum.

Minimum width is 36” (91 cm). Maximum width or length is 96” (244 cm).

There is a $20 submission fee per quilt.

The works must be made between 2017 and 2021.

Submit 2 photographs for each piece (an overall photograph of the work and a close-up detail showing the stitching) and an artist’s statement that describes the inspiration for the work.

End of registration: May 7, 2021

 

To give you some idea about the high standards of the International Quilt Festival I found this video by Cara Sorella showing quilts of the 2018 show.

 

If you are going to try to get your quilt in one of these exhibits I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

 

Only a few days left to see these quilts

Two great quiltshows are going into their final days.

At the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky you can see the whole collection of Inspired by Endangered Species. 182 quilts 24 x 24 inches, each of them depicting  endangered animals, insects, flowers or sealife. It’s not only about these beautiful quilts but also about the stories behind them which are educational and sometimes heartbreaking. If you have any chance go see them before the show is closing on January 12.

"Loggerhead Turtle" by Karin Täuber, Virginia, USA

“Loggerhead Turtle” by Karin Täuber, Virginia, USA
can be seen in the “Inspired by Endangered Species” show

 

At the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, New York the 38th annual show of Quilts = Art = Quilts 2020 can be seen until January 10. 71 art quilts from around the world are on display – quilt art at it’s best. Watch this video to see the winning quilts.

If you have the chance go see the shows, if not you still can visit the websites. The Schweinfurth Art Center (https://schweinfurthartcenter.org) has a virtual walk through the galleries on its site and at https://inspiredbyendangeredspecies.blogspot.com you can see some of the quilts from the show.

And whatever you do – stay safe!