Suitcase weight going to QuiltCon: 36.5 pounds
Returning from QuiltCon: 48.5 pounds
So much good swag! I hit the big-spender category during registration and got the hefty QuiltCon tote bag full of goodies, adding to it a new pink cutting mat and lots of scissors (some to be gifted) from the Havel’s booth, and the two books I was determined not to come home without: Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters and Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Double Wedding Ring Quilts. I only bought a little bit of fabric (not shown), did nab some of Victoria’s templates, and was happy to add to my growing collection of 12-weight Precensia perle cottons.
After all-day travel Monday, and Tuesday mostly lost to jetlag, getting the car inspected, and catching up on laundry, I’m finally feeling home. It was worth the trip, but I’m very glad that QC 2016 will be in Pasadena (if I go).
The MQG deserves a standing ovation not just for organizing such a great show and all the lectures and workshops, but for creating the vibrant community for educating and inspiring modern quilters that makes QuiltCon possible. I’m in awe of the effort and planning that went into pulling off a great event, so much of it volunteered.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures. You’ve probably seen most of the quilts in other people’s post and feeds by now, but if you haven’t, check out @occasionalpiecequilt on Instagram, she’s been posting a ton from the show. The Quilt Show blog also just posted a link to the first of several slide shows, this one of the Modern Traditionalism category, which you can see here.
The quilts: it was a treat to see so many modern quilts, in many different styles, all in one place. I was at QuiltCon for all 4 days, with a pretty full schedule of workshops and lectures, so Thursday and Friday my show viewing was limited to quick random-path walk-throughs. Saturday and Sunday I focused on looking at one category of quilts at a time, to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
There were quilts in every category that I liked a lot. Overall, I was most inspired by the Improvisation quilts. The Minimalist Design and Use of Negative Space categories — the ones that encompass what I think of as “mainstream modern” design — didn’t do much for me (as expected) and I was surprised to feel kinda lukewarm about the Modern Traditionalism section as well. That’s purely my personal preference, not a judgement about the quilts; within each of those categories were a few that I adored. Mostly the quality throughout the show was very high, with the exception of a few that struck me as duds, but I wasn’t on the selection jury and apparently they saw something there that I missed.
All top contenders for my “people’s choice” vote were from the Improv section, and in the end I voted for this one: “Sunset Waves” by Laura Hartrich:
I also loved this one, “Pickle Jars,” by Jamie Gonce:
And how cute is this bee charity quilt from the Do.Good.Stitches special exhibit? I might have to make a bird quilt, just for fun.
Here’s a happy quilter: my sister, Abigail Fuller, with her quilt made for the Michael Miller challenge:
We had a blast being roomies for the weekend, meeting up for lunch when we could, and talking quilts, quilts, quilts over a bottle of wine every evening in our hotel room. Loved seeing her quilt in the show!
Real life meetups with online friends is one of the best things about QuiltCon. I wish I’d had more time with Anne (Spring Leaf Studio) and Karen (Capitola Quilter), and hope we can chat more in Pasadena if we’re all there. Don’t know yet if I’m going to go, as it’s a big investment in both time and travel dollars from here. Final decision will depend on how many workshops and lectures look irresistible, and if I can get a spot in them.
Workshops with Sherri Lynn Wood and Victoria Findlay Wolfe were the big draw that got me to Austin. I’ll tell you about those in my next post.
Somewhere between hanging my QuiltCon badge around my neck on Thursday morning and checking out of my hotel 4 days later, I realized I’d decided to hand-quilt a stack of improv minis that have been waiting for a “how am I going to quilt these” decision since the middle of last year. I can’t pinpoint any one specific thing that led to that decision, but I’m quite sure that being at QuiltCon is what brought me the clarity that hand-quilting is the way to go with those works.
Were you there? Leave a comment and let me know what the best part of QuiltCon was for you…