Route 66-themed quilts featured at California conference

Via Ron over at Route 66 News come these marvellous quilts with a Mother Road theme!

Meramec Caverns quilt, Pat Masterson

“Roadside Rhymes” by Pat Masterson of California. “As children, long hours in a car were passed by reading Burma Shave signs and writing on barns, travelling to visit grandparents. The back- ground fabric, signs and buildings were hand painted, trees and tractor done with thread painting.”

The quilts will be part of a special exhibit at the Road To California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase next week in Ontario, California, with a special preview Wednesday night. 50 Route 66-themed quilts will be displayed alongside a quilted and airbrushed map of the Mother Road.


“Burroville, Arizona, Route 66” by Vinda Robinson of Colorado, depicting the town of Oatman. “…I depicted the Route 66 Highway winding through the Arizona landscape near Oatman, Arizona where Burros wander the streets and Havasu Falls is off a side road nearby. The piece is whole cloth painted with Tsukineko Inks and Fab-rico Markers. I have wanted to paint water so the waterfall seemed like a good choice.”

These fabric and thread wonders came about due to a themed quilt challenge put forth by Kelly Gallagher, owner of Jukebox Quilts, and teacher & art quilter Patt Blair.  The challenge was issued to US quilters in 2011; the entries were curated and have been touring the States since August of 2012. Continue reading