The Road to California experience has improved for me over the years. I first went, what, seven or eight years ago? I HATED it. Quilt shows bored me to tears. I think I was bribed into going by scheduling a stop at a local Mac store on the way home. Now I actually enjoy quilt shows. Last year after returning home from Road I tweeted that I had fun but I wished there was more modern things displayed/sold/etc. Someone at Road tweeted back to wait until next year. And, true to their word, Road was more modern quilting-friendly this year. There was both a Best of QuiltCon exhibit and a modern quilt category in their quilt show. More vendors were carrying modern fabrics. I hope that next year Road improves even more on the modern quilt front. What I loved most about Road (and all conventions, quilting or otherwise) is meeting people. I ran into both guild mates I see multiple times a month and online friends that I’d never met in person. We took one class, Jacquie Gering’s Creative Quilting With a Walking Foot, and we had a blast. I learned valuable lessons on how to quilt with my walking foot (my favorite machine accessory) and Jacquie is a great person and teacher.
edit: My favorite quilt from Road 2 California: