QuiltCon 2015

QuiltCon 2015

I’m back! What a two weeks. I went from Austin to Naples to Orlando and then back to Chicago. I’m sorry things have been so quiet here on the blog for the last couple of weeks. I started my time away at QuiltCon and I thought it’d be fun to share some pictures and thoughts! (If you aren’t tired of reading them on everyone else’s blogs.)

QuiltCon 2015

Let’s be honest, it was no hardship to trade subzero temperatures for 60’s and blue skies. This was my second time visiting Austin and it is just a fun town – very easy to get around for a convention. I think I mentioned in my pre-QuiltCon post that I was only there for half the convention due to a family wedding…but I do feel like I squeezed a lot in during that time.

QuiltCon 2015

First things first, once again QuiltCon was super well done. I know absolutely nothing about planning a convention, but I am so impressed with how everything played out. I checked in on Thursday morning. There was a CRAZY and I mean CRAZY long line, but once the kiosks opened it moved really quickly and I was up in my first class of the day with plenty of time to spare.

My first (and only) class was embroidery with Alison Glass. Alison set up this giant frame and showed us embroidery stitches super sized so everyone could see. SO SMART!

QuiltCon 2015

Then we all got to work on our projects while we chatted. It was sort of like sewing social time and I loved every minute of it. Very relaxing.

QuiltCon 2015

I spent some time in lectures, and the rest of the time on the floor. I really focused my attention on the quilts. And there were so many awesome quilts to see. It was pretty overwhelming (in the best way possible).

QuiltCon 2015: Best in Show: i Quilt by Kathy York
Best in Show: i Quilt by Kathy York

Most of the quilts I saw did not use a standard grid layout. I think if your goal is to have a quilt in this show next year, that should be a strong hint as to what you might want to consider submitting.

QuiltCon 2015: Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer
Deconstructed Lonestar by Amy Struckmeyer

I noticed a ton of matchstick quilting. Another hint, hint I think.

QuiltCon 2015: The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kennley
The Rabbit Hole by Nydia Kennley

I’m a huge fan of Nydia Kennley’s quilts. Above you’ll see her with her award winning improvisational quilt, The Rabbit Hole. I watched this one come together on Instagram – you must follow her if you have an Instagram account! The quilting alone. Wow. It’s matchstick quilting, a mix of different colored thread, with some hand quilted straight lines mixed in as well.

QuiltCon 2015: Tessellation 3 by Nydia Kennley
Tessellation 3 by Nydia Kennley

Lots of solids (yay!). That’s probably a surprise to no one. :)

QuiltCon 2015: Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky
Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky

QuiltCon 2015: Fresh Pack by Dorie Schwarz
Fresh Pack by Dorie Schwarz

A fun moment for me was to turn down this aisle and see quilts by my coauthors Katie, Lee and me, all related to Vintage Quilt Revival : two quilts from the book itself and one quilt that was a spin off from one of the patterns.

QuiltCon 2015: Modern Traditionalism
Far Left: Spiced Chai by Katie Clark Blakesley
Third Quilt from Left: Freeflow by Lee Heinrich
Fourth Quilt from Left: Star Bright by Faith Jones

A personal all time favorite of mine, Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik, was on display. What a treat to see this one in person.

QuiltCon 2015: Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik
Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik

Overall, I loved the show – it was inspiring, informative, and well run. There was even a QuiltCon app with schedule information, a floor layout map, directory, etc. The only one thing I would change for next time…I’d love to see some row numbers hanging from the ceiling. Because let’s be honest. I can’t read a map to save my life. And most booths didn’t display their booth number anywhere, so I never knew where I was or how to get to my goal. I also am pretty sure I missed half the quilts because I spent a lot of time lost. :)

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

After Austin I flew to Florida for a few days. Part of this time was spent relaxing poolside with my one and only purchase from QuiltCon – The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood. This book is beautiful. Just trust me and go buy it. I’m sure I’ll be doing a more in depth review of it soon on the blog.

QuiltCon will now be an annual show. 2016 will be held in Pasadena, California and 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. Maybe we can beg our way into a future year in the middle of the country? Although who am I kidding? No one wants to visit Chicago in February! :)

Hanna Hearts

Hanna Hearts Quilt

I thought I’d share just a few photos of my Hanna Hearts quilt progress while I am away at QuiltCon. It’s so cute! My 8 year old assures me.

(And totally unrelated to this quilt…if you’d like to see real time updates from QuiltCon today and tomorrow, be sure to follow me on Instagram!)

Hanna Hearts Quilt

I am planning on adding some white sashing between everything. Probably either 1-1/2″ or 2″ wide. I mentioned in my last post that I used Allison of Cluck, Cluck, Sew’s Simple Heart Tutorial. These are the 4″ hearts. I just love them!

Hanna Hearts Quilt

I’m going to back this one with minky so it’s nice and soft for the recipient!

QuiltCon ~ Schedule, Quilts and Book Signing

QuiltCon 2015

After what feels like a very long wait since my last trip to Austin, QuiltCon is finally here again! Two years ago, QuiltCon opened it’s doors as the industry’s first quilt show to focus on modern quilting. It was such an inspiring experience (and escaping Chicago in February wasn’t exactly a hardship!) I am pretty excited to have the chance to go back this year.

I thought I’d post my schedule in hopes of meeting some of you! I’m flying in Wednesday evening and will be attending Thursday and Friday. We have a family wedding this weekend, so I’m heading out Saturday bright and early.

Thursday
2/19, 9:00 AM – 420A Intro to Embroidery with Alison Glass
2/19, 1:00 PM – LE03 Creative Exercises to Inspire Your Design Process with Alexia Marcelle Abegg
2/19, 5:00 PM – LE07 Use of Negative Space in Modern Quilt Design with Alissa Haight Carlton
2/19, 8:00 PM – PAR Moda Party

Friday
2/20, 11:00 AM – LE10 Large-Scale Piecing with Heather Jones
2/20, 12:00 PM – LE11 Panel Discussion: All About Fabric Design
2/20, 3:00 PM – Sew Much More booth (local Bernina dealer) #507, Vintage Quilt Revival book signing

Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also have 100 buttons for those that are doing a Quilt Con Pin Swap. Or even if you don’t have one to swap, I’d love to give you one if you stop me and say hi. Basically I don’t want to bring home 98 buttons. :)

I’m honored to have four quilts hanging in the show and two more that will be in a demo on Sunday.

Fresh Lemons Quilts Quilt Con Quilts

Hanging are This Way, That Way, Starfall II, Star Bright and Big Top.

I’ve shipped off my Unraveled and Poinsettia quilts to the lovely folks at Westminster Fibers for use in a demo/discussion on Saturday. I don’t have all the time/location details – but I will try to update this post once I know!

ETA: Saturday, 3:00, demo station B

Fresh Lemons Quilts Quilt Con Quilts

And finally, I will be in the Sew Much More booth (the local Bernina dealer) (#507), Friday at 3:00pm, to do a Vintage Quilt Revival book signing with Lee Heinrich. They will have books for sale, but you can also bring your personal copy of the book and we will happily sign that! :)

If you are coming, I hope we can meet! If you aren’t attending, I plan a wrap up post here on the blog when I return.

Easily Distracted

Splendor Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Yep, that’s me. Easily distracted! As soon as I finished the next set of blocks for my Splendor Quilt, I thought “Wow, I really should make a couple quilts as gifts for {insert special occasion that occurs in one week}.” Guaranteeing said quilt gifts will most certainly be late.

My newest three Splendor Quilt blocks look nice though, right?

Splendor Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

So, in a completely different direction I go – at least temporarily. This next quilt idea came as a combination of seeing Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew’s Simple Heart Tutorial and Quilt, and a constant Hanna Andersson advertisement that follows me around wherever I go on the internet.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I love the colors in this Hanna Andersson quilt and I figured – I could make something similar! Mine won’t be raw edge like perhaps the one for sale…has anyone seen it in real life?

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It was serious nose-to-the-sewing-machine yesterday and I stitched up 99 hearts (or 198 heart halves). Not going to lie, my back was sore. I need a better chair for sure.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I trimmed them up and they are now ready for pressing.

Hanna Hearts Quilt Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I’m hoping to get them sewn together today. After elementary school Valentine’s Day parties that is! I hope you all have a wonderful day!