Oh my! How does one recap an event like QuiltCon? I am overwhelmingly inspired, happy to have made new friends, and not sure where to start next! I was ready and raring to go!
I attended with my friend and “sew mate” – Jude, @judemadeit – a trip we had been planning for a long time.
We were in the first 1000 to register, so our first prize was this bag of swag…
As we walked in the first day, we were shocked to see our Charity Quilt hanging proudly, first one in line!
Mountains of Hope is destined to live in a home built by Habitat for Humanity. Our group, an independent members group we dubbed the SewIMQs, felt that a quilt needs a home and selected Habitat for that reason. The other members were Jude, @judemadeit; Lorrie, @langdon813; and Adrean, @quiltfabulous…you can find them on InstaGram with the handles shown. It was such a pleasure to work with these gals that we didn’t even know before deciding to seek members for our little clan, and to create a work of art. Thanks to each of you for your part!
We got a glimpse of many quilting “sewlebrities” over the course of the event (we were there for every day!). Our first was Yvonne, aka Quilting Jetgirl
She was running from place to place, as she is an avid supporter of MQG and a willing volunteer, but she had a great smile when we begged her to stop for a quick snap!
Being newbies to the whole event, we decided not plan taking any classes this time (and found we would have loved it), but did sign up for some lectures. Quilt as Desired was the first one with the knowledgeable Jacquie Gerhing. The subtitle of her lecture was “how in the world do I know what I desire?” This is a very good topic for me, as I seem to want it all…or at least to try it all! Her book with a long subtitle, but lovingly known as Walk, gives great information on the quilting process with your walking foot. Her lecture was very fun and informative and she is a hoot! Oh, she is also a Kansas City girl, like me, so even better!
Another good lecture was given by Latifah Saafir, titled How to Design a Quilt in 5 Easy Steps. Who doesn’t want to learn those steps? Another presenter with a congenial, jovial spirit, Latifah had some terrific points. I won’t post the pictures of her slides here…so you can go see her for yourself!
Carolyn’s work was displayed in one of the exhibit halls…a beautiful room for beautiful work by many quilting artists. The center of the room featured quilted upholstery work she has done…another thing on my list, but I don’t see it in the near future!
The MQG Mini-Quilt Swap was fun! I might blog in more detail about that specific event, but suffice it to say it did not dissapoint me! Thanks to my partner, Lauana, @mysewingspace on IG for a lovely mini. Lauana, you are doing fine at bridging that gap from traditional to modern quilting.
The book party was a blast! Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century is a beautiful book and several of the creatives included were present to autograph their pages. I hope I got everyone who was there. The creative process is often a bit solitary and not everyone is ready to be mobbed at a signing party, but all were gracious. I got a few snaps…
This book will get lots of loving review and was the go-to (next to InstaGram) for relaxing moments during the show.
Jacquie Gerhing signed her book Walk (and I snuck in the Modern Quilts book too) at a separate signing in the Lucky Spool booth.
There was a bit of tooling around Pasadena outside the show, but not too far…we had plenty to absorb at the show!
My travel buddy and room mate is always fun, but we did meet plenty of happy people…
I was either too awestruck, dumbfounded, tired, or something to get more pictures!
However, I was looking all over the show and late in the game finally met up with (and looked like an idiot, no doubt) with the wonderful Chawne Kimbre, aka @cauchycomplete on IG, whose work I admire. She is so sweet and soft-spoken and I would love to spend some time with her one day!
As an attendee, we were asked to vote for the People’s Choice award. This is really an impossible task. It would even be difficult if you could pick one from each category! I voted for the quilt below, ‘But, I Tried To Remember’ by Heidi Parkes. It has a beautiful story and many layers process. Not the typical quilt, but very appealing. Look her up and read about it here.
The People’s Choice award went to Liz Harvatine, @ladyharvatine. It actually is impressive work, but you probably can’t read the description card.
So, my friends, I will post a few images of quilts, but I tell you, there is no real way to say how inspiring the work is from design to technique to finishes.
I know I should post the names of each quilter… I took pictures of each sign, but they are too small to read in some cases.
Top photo includes Emily Lang, @mommysnaptime; Sandra Kaye, @sandieloves2quilt; Steph Skardal, @stephskardal; Charity Quilt, San Antonio MQG; Carolyn Friedlander, @carolynfriedlander;Tara Faughnan, @tarafaughnan; Chawne Kimber, @cauchycomplete; Sarah Lauzon, @cera.bee; Diana Vandeyar, @dianavandeyar
Second photo includes Cassandra Beaver, @cassandra.beaver; Sydney Beauty (youth category, 18 years old); Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, @wholecirclestudio; Jacquie Gehring, @jacquietps; Pam, @px4color; ____; @jessicawohlstudio; AnnMarie Cowley, @runandsew; ____
If you get a chance to go, you will not be disappointed in QuiltCon…maybe I will see you in Nashville next time!