Wow, I had such an amazing time at QuiltCon! I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to the very first modern quilt show and conference. It was truly an incredible event. In addition to an amazing display of quilts, there were vendors selling and handing out swag, inspiring lectures, and fabulous workshops!
During this event, I was a Super Volunteer. In exchange for volunteering 16+ hours, I'd received a four-day pass to the conference. This worked out really well! Being more involved with the behind the scenes of the conference was a treat and this helped make this trip a reality!
On Wednesday, I took a really early flight to Austin. My favorite part of flying is being absorbed by a really amazing book. I'm so glad that my good friends, Courtney and Elizabeth, suggested Divergent. I couldn't put it down and finished it on the plane ride home! Upon arrival, I checked into this room with a view. Then I got to volunteering! I helped hang quilts, cut temporary tattoos, and monitor the loading entrance.
On Thursday, I was lucky enough to volunteer in Lizzy House's block printing class. I was one of her assistants, and really just got to hang out and learn lots about block printing myself! During lunch, the winners were announced for the quilt show and I discovered my applique quilt won 3rd place in the Applique category. I was (am) pretty thrilled and estatic!
Isn't this ribbon incredible? Elizabeth made all of them! Thanks so much!
My retro block design was included in the raffle quilt. It was great to see it in person and quilted! I'd love to make more of these!
On top of that, the charity quilt that PMQG collaborated on, and I pieced the top for, was displayed on the stage of the lecture hall! Pretty amazing that they choose this one to be one of the four quilts creating the backdrop for all of the lectures (second from the right).
Unfortunately, my Geometric Eames quilt was a little too tall for display, so they had to hang the quilt folded over, so you don't see top. Oh, well!
There were many, many workshops that were offered. All registration had occurred beforehand, I signed up for Lotta Jansdotter class. I've long admired her work and knew this would be the one opportunity that I would have to take a class from her. In prep for the class, I knew that I wanted to wear something made from Lotta's fabrics. I used Colette's free pattern Sorbetto, but took out the pleat in the front and added a tie (thanks to Meredith for the suggestion!). I love the way it turned out and so did Lotta. She instantly commented on it and re-tweeted this pic of her and I! :)
On Friday morning, Petra, Susan, Nancy and I enjoyed block-printing and stenciling together all morning. I loved how free Lotta made me feel to just experiment and try anything. Nothing has to be perfect. She shared how she is very tactile with her designs, she designs everything from block printing, stenciling, and photocopies prints to play with scale. Once she is happy with a design, then it's transferred to the computer for final editing.
Friday afternoon, I jumped all around listening to lectures and demos. I got to see Heather Ross and preview her new line of fabric (to be shown at Spring Market), hear Anna Maria Horner share her story of how she began creating until now, my friend Susan Beal talk on a panel about how to submit to magazines, and Kathy Miller share the story of Tammis Keefe, a 50's textile designer. It was truly an inspiring afternoon.
Friday night was the 80's dance party. I turned into a sequined butterfly and had fun chatting with new friends and dancing to the tunes. I'm usually such a wall-flower with what I wear to these types of dress-up events, it was fun to wear the outfit that everyone commented on and loved. Many people even wanted a pic with me! The first pic are new friends from Salt Lake City, Colleen and Marci. The second pic is Susan and I.
Saturday, I attended David Butler's lecture on photography and walked all around the quilt show. Then in the afternoon volunteered in the MQG booth. Melody Miller (one of my favorite fabric designers) has hosting a giveaway at a the SuperBuzzy booth, and I won a gelaskin for my laptop! We were able to chat for a while too and she is even more nice than you can imagine. Susan and I took a pic with all of our typewriter fabric that Melody designed. :)
On Sunday, the conference was winding down, I attended a few lectures, took a final tour of the show and said goodbye to QuiltCon 2013. The next one will be in 2015 and members will vote on the new location. Fingers crossed for Portland! :)
Before closing, I want to thank my amazing husband, Chris, for allowing me to go and sacrificing so I can have these amazing experiences and quench some of my travel bug! I love you, Chris!
*I couldn't share my whole experience in one post, so expect another featuring my favorite quilts from the show, and another on Austin!*