Road to California Wrap Up – Hangin’ With the Quilt Celebs!

Now that I’m back home from Road to California I can share with you some of the stories and pictures from my fabulous quilting excursion.

Here’s a photo of my friend Judy and me at the convention center on the first day. (Notice her adorable quilt bag made from Amy Butler Fabric. We are so eager! I think I need more quilt luggage or a least a trendy bag. I did get a couple of free bags from the show, though!

Road to California ArrivalThe first day I took an outstanding machine quilting class from Mickey Depre (I blogged about it here). Judy took machine quilting classes from David Taylor and a strip piecing technique from Elsie May Campbell. We love learning from the best teachers!

The next day Judy was in class with Darlene Zimmerman while I roamed the show floor and got to meet a few “quilting celebrities”.

Christa Quilts Meets Quilt in a DayChrista and John FlynnHere’s “Christa Quilts Meets Quilt in a Day”!

Eleanor Burns was so fun and energetic in person. I told her how I first watched her on PBS over 15 years ago. I don’t think she’s aged a bit! She signed a book and recommended one of her favorite rulers to me. I hope to learn from her for another 15 years.

John Flynn looked so comfortable in his rocking chair with hand quilting on his lap.

Flynn was the featured artist at the show and his quilts were simply stunning in person. The two quilts behind us were some of the best I’ve ever seen. He had about 15 different quilts on display and got to sit in that chair and chat with the ladies all weekend. What fun!

The last day Judy and I took a machine quilting class together from Charlotte Warr Andersen. (I blogged about it here). I simply have to say she makes you feel like you want to be her best friend!Judy, Charlotte and ChristaAll told, it was a fabulous trip and one I plan to make each year on a regular basis!

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