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California Quilting Craze Not So Crazy

Published on: January 12, 2018

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Pictured: Barn Quilt Trail in Plumas County

If you think California quilters get no respect, listen up! Material Girls are “Sew Thrilled” to be sworn in as officers of the club, they pledge on a stack of fabric that they will host at least one block party and remind everybody to bring their UFOs. Sounds crazy? Not if you understand the terminology — a block is a section of a quilt and UFOs are unfinished objects.

First off, there are men quilters though not very many. Unlike their female counterparts, men typically prefer darker colors and masculine themes. In an art show at a prestigious museum in Los Angeles a male artist-quilter added materials such as concrete to his unique work featuring a James Dean-style cool dude. That’s crazy, right?

The “average” serious quilter isn’t like that. She’s a woman, age 63, with a college degree and household income around $100K. She owns $13,000 in gear and has a stash of fabrics valued at $6,000 or more. Her preference for design is traditional and includes Batiks, Small Floral Prints and Holiday Prints.

Take a look at what quilter/artists create:

50 California Quilt Shows

  • THE BIG ONE! Quilt Con West Feb.22-25, 2018 in Pasadena
  • ONTARIO: Road to California Quilters Conference, Showcase Jan.18-21
  • BLYTHE: Bluegrass Festival Quilters Show Jan.19-21
  • CLOVIS: American Symphony of Quilts Feb.1-3
  • SAN JACINTO: Valley Quilters Guild Show Feb.9-10
  • BAKERSFIELD: Cotton Patch Quilt Guild Show Feb.9-10
  • FOLSOM: Folsom Quilt & Fiber Guild Show Feb.9-11
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