Road to California 2013

posted in: Awards, Surrender, Windblown | 14

road2ca-2Good news! Good news! I got good news! As you may know, the Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase ( opens today. Sadly, after our fabulous time in the Bay Area last week, we had to go home so we are no longer in California, and I won’t get to go to the show, but two of my quilts are in the judged show. And, I just got good news!

“Surrender” won a Judges Choice award!
Surrender by Maria Elkins

And “Windblown” won a First Place in the “Art Human Image” category!
Windblown by Maria Elkins

You can see all of the 2013 winners on their website here. If you are within driving distance of Ontario, California, I can assure you that it is well worth your time to go to the show which runs through Sunday, January 27.

14 Responses

  1. Sarah Ann Smith

    Congratulations Maria…. they are both spectacular and deserve all the ribbons! My heart aches for you all seeing Surrender, but I’m glad you have the solace of art to help you. And my heart soars when I see Windblown. If you’d made that in the last century, it would ABSOLUTELY have deserved a place in the “top 100 quilts of the 20th century” pantheon… it is just THE BEST. Enjoy the ribbons, enjoy the art!

  2. SimplySusan

    I’m not surprised. You have a great way of translating emotion into your art. Congratulations!

  3. Beth Schnellenberger

    Maria, both of your pieces certainly deserve awards! They are spectacular. “Surrender” really touches me; I have a new grandbaby on the way (the first for my son). This piece brings tears to my eyes.

  4. Jeanne Marklin

    They are both wonderful expressions of human emotions. Congratulations on well deserved awards! I’m looking forward to the Portraits book, with Windblown on the cover.

  5. Lisa

    Congratulations Maria! Both awards are well deserved! Each quilt is so gorgeous and shows such emotion in it’s own way. They are two of my favorites from you. Well done!

  6. LindaMac

    Thank you for sharing Surrender. You captured the emotion we are feeling now with a very premature baby in the family. Born in early January, Elsie wasn’t due until May. She is a fighter and is coming back from heart surgery even tho her weight was under a pound. Your art is very moving. We are not ready to give her up, and you captured that in your art.

    • Maria

      My heart goes out to you and your family! I’ll be praying that Elsie grows healthy and strong. Many blessings.

  7. Cindy Cooksey

    Congratulations, Maria! I remember being wowed by “Windblown” at the Long Beach Quilt Festival last year, and I saw it again today at Road. I somehow missed your other quilt – we may have missed a row here or there. It looks beautiful, and I wish I’d seen it.

  8. Barbara Jones

    Congratulations, Maria! Your work is gorgeous and I’m so glad you’re getting the recognition you deserve!

    Thanks so much for sharing your life with us!


  9. Sally Specht

    STUNNING!!!!!!! Congrats. I quilt but this is art in its truest form.

  10. Marilyn mason

    Wow! I can see why you are a winner! Each art quilt is better than the last is that is even possible! Congratulations!

  11. Bev Muzeroll

    OMG! you must be jumping for joy…. They are both beautiful quilts.
    CONGRATULATIONS to you and I am so happy for you.

  12. Eileen

    As always, your work is breathtakingly beautiful! So poignant to see your interpretation from such a hard chapter in your family. It’s just wonderful and such a treasure! Thanks for sharing and have a great day