The Road to California Quilt Conference and Showcase was held at the Ontario, California Convention Center from January 18-21, 2023. Their classes started on January 16th and continued through the show's last day on the 21st.
The show is close to the Ontario Airport and right next to a major freeway. Several hotels are within walking distance, so it is easy to see why this is a popular show for Southern California.
Over thirty instructors from across the quilting spectrum were on hand. Faculty included Eleanor Burns from Quilt In A Day, Deb Tucker, a machine piecer, and Teresa Coates with Shannon Fabrics.
Over 100 classes were offered, and some filled up quickly when registration first opened, but many classes are still available the day of the class. Many of the classes are all-day or even multi-day training.
The convention floor was filled with various vendors offering fabric, patterns, machines, and notions. The prices at the show are often outrageously low, and the choices are astounding. Over 100 booths filled with items you can't live without. You need a large bag to help tote everything you snap up at the show.
The show also offers time to inspire you with different quilts, contests, and themes. There are ten judged categories at this show. Nearly $60,000 in cash prizes were awarded at this show. They also have special exhibits, including Micropiecing 200K, a collection of tiny but exquisite quilts, Tree of Life pieces from South Africa, and the Cherrywood Challenge, which I first saw at the Houston Quilt Market last year.
If you missed the show in 2023 it is not too early to plan for 2024. Traditionally it starts on Martin Luther King day with training and workshops.
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