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QuiltCon 2013

This past weekend was QuiltCon, a first-of-it’s-kind, Modern Quilting show put on by The Modern Quilt Guild in Austin, Texas. It was so.much.fun. I sit down and think about all the work and planning that went into creating a show like this from scratch. Organizing vendors, sponsors, quilts, teachers, speakers, registration, ticket sales, parties, set up, break down. Just imagining the logistics makes my head spin! The organizers did such a professional job – I just want to start off with a little shout out to them and offer them a huge THANK YOU for giving us all a wonderful weekend.

I left from Chicago on Thursday morning. This was my third time in Texas but my first time in Austin. I was really appreciating the 60 and 70 degree temperatures! It’s amazing how quickly you can adapt back to warm weather in the middle of winter.

I feel very fortunate to have friends in the modern quilting community that I’ve met in person, from my last two years attending The Sewing Summit. This was like a huge reunion for many of us, including my roommates Lee and Katie who I adore. And even better, I was able to meet a lot of “online” friends that I have been in bees and swaps with and many, many readers of my space here!

After arriving Thursday afternoon, I spent some time over at the show checking out all the quilts. I’m not sure I can adequately express how exciting it is to be at a show where all the quilts represent a style that speaks to me. I took a LOT of pictures.

I know I’m going to leave names out, but I’m going to do my best – please forgive me! I’m hoping there will be a listing of all the quilts and the artists on a site soon and I will update if so. (There is a winner list here.) There were quilts by Lee Heinrich, Katie Blakesley, Krista Fleckenstein, Kati Spencer, Rossie, Carolyn Friedlander, Elizabeth Hartman, Thomas Knauer, Shea Henderson, Jacquie Gering, Katie Pedersen, Katie Scairrino, Monica Solario-Snow, Victoria Findlay Wolfe (Best in Show!), Angela Walters, Catherine Redford, Rachel Hauser, Angela Pingel, Liz Harvatine, Cinzia Allocca, Brigitte Heitland, Alison, Jodi, Karen Anderson Abraham, Elizabeth Dackson and little ol’ me.

The QuiltCon Challenge Quilt, made by several members of Modern Quilt Guilds across the country.

There was also a huge display of quilts by Denyse Schmidt.

Friday I was lucky enough to take the class Composing a Quilt by Anna Maria Horner. Just hearing her speak about her techniques and inspiration was a dream come true for me. She was funny, sweet, inspiring…everything that she appears to be on her blog. It was really a huge honor to be in her class.

Friday night was the Baby Lock 80’s Party. Pretty sure these pictures say it all.

Saturday I took two classes. Free Motion Quilting on a Long Arm Machine with Angela Walters, and Textile Printing with Lotta Jansdotter. Angela was wonderful – great sense of humor and she just has a way of explaining her techniques that makes them seem possible for even us newbies. It was fun to try the machines…um, I was definitely a first timer!

Lotta was also very sweet and a great teacher. I loved hearing about her background, how she got started printing in a little storage unit. Definitely proof that talent and hard work can make you a success. I also got to sit with my former online friends, now real life friends, Violet and Krista in that class, which was the icing on the cake for me.

I didn’t do a ton of shopping, but I did pick up some Liberty of London quilting cottons, a couple patterns from Anna Maria Horner’s class (one is the Art Student Tote that I suddenly MUST make after seeing Holly’s), and Liberty Love, Alexia Abegg’s new book. I’ll be doing a whole separate post on that one, it is so awesome.

Saturday night after dinner, Kim, Lee and I went exploring and stumbled on a facial hair party/competition and the infamous 6th Street which I can only compare to the atmosphere of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I’m going to let Kim share about what occurred THAT evening!

Sunday I wandered down to the South Congress area before heading to the airport. Lots of cool shops and great food. The weather was in the 70’s and sunny. My feet hurt by the end but it was a perfect afternoon.

Some final thoughts…

Exciting Moment – Finding out people from Martha Stewart Living were there taking pictures. I hope there is a magazine feature in the future!

Biggest Regret – I didn’t get to take one of Penny’s paper piecing classes. Really kicking myself after seeing the adorable projects coming out of them. Plus Penny is the sweetest person you will meet.

Thoughts on Austin – Fun city, great weather in the winter, lots of facial hair, lots of food trucks, somehow convinces everyone to get a tattoo? (not me!)

The next QuiltCon will be in two years. I’m not sure what city, but I hope to be part of it again in 2015. xox to everyone I met!

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51 Responses to “QuiltCon 2013”

  1. 1
    Alison says:

    I’ll forgive you for leaving my name out ;-)

  2. 3
    Marilyn B says:

    Sounds like a wonderful time, hope I can attent the next one. It is so much fun to put a face with a name of a person you met on-line. Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure!

  3. 4
    Gertie says:

    I thought I was jealous of those lucky enough to go to QuiltCon before … now I’m REALLY jealous! Sounds like you had a great time, thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos x

  4. 5
    krista says:

    Oh, reading this made me so happy! One of my highlights was definitely hanging out with you in Lotta’s class. You are so sweet and fun!

  5. 6
    Sharon says:

    I was reading through your post waiting for the collage of the tattoos :o) Looks like everyone had a fantastic time. It was great to follow along on in Australia on Instagram :o) hugs

  6. 7
    Sandi says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. The quilts all look so amazing!
    Thank you for sharing.

  7. 10
    lizzie says:

    Looks like a fun time! Thanks for the pics! Great to know there’re two years till the next one. Now that’s a goal!

  8. 11

    Thanks for sharing some of your experiences with us at QuiltCon…looks like it would have been a blast to be at.

  9. 12
    Katy says:

    That looks like so much fun! Can’t believe you passed up the opportunity for a Quilt Con tat though, you could have totally started a trend… ;)

  10. 13
    Lindsay says:

    What a great recap! I loved seeing your pics of the city specifically… I didn’t take many. :)

  11. 14

    What a blast. I am making it a goal to go to the next one. You have lots of talented friends and they are sew inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  12. 15
    Pam from CA says:

    Wow, what an inspiring show! There are three ladies from Santa Barbara, CA that exhibited their Modern Quilts at Sisters, OR show last year and were invited to come back with more quilts to exhibit this year! They came and did a guest speak and trunk show at our quilt guild. The Modern Quilt movement has taken off!! Thank you for sharing!

  13. 16
    Julie says:

    Was there anyone there over the age of 50? I’d love to come next time!

  14. 18

    Wow… there is so much excitement going on in the quilting world today. I love being a part of it, even if I’m only sticking mybbig toe in the pool while braver quilters are launching themselves off the diving board, metaphorically speaking. Maybe someday when my kids are older I’ll be able to travel to events like these. My husband travels so much for work that I’m a single mom/solo jailer during most weeks. I love seeing the pictures and projects posted by others!

    By the way, could you tell me how you tile your photos like that for your blog posts?

    • 19
      Faith says:

      There is excitement, isn’t it great!?

      For my photos, I (of course) forgot my camera. So I used my phone to take them all. Then I used an app called Diptic to make the collages, save them on my phone, and email them to myself. :) Kind of weird way to do it, but it was easy!

  15. 20
    Susan says:

    After spending four exhausting days at Quiltcon I am putting my feet up and relaxing tonight. I did not even have to travel since I live here. I was proud to be one of the myriad of volunteers.

  16. 21
    DianeY says:

    In your first mosaic, you list yourself last-does that correspond to the last quilt shown? I think I’ve seen all the others, but I’d love to see that one closer-am I seeing paper hats? It looks so cute!

  17. 22

    Great post! I miss my awesome roomies! : )

  18. 23
    Yolanda says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time.

  19. 24
    Cindy says:

    Glad you had a good time. If it is Austin in 2015, I hope they plan on more people attending. We so wanted to go, but the drive from our part of FL is 15+ hours, and flights were just too outrageous. Next time, again, if it is Austin, I know many of us at ECMQG will bite the bullet and drive.

  20. 25
    KIm says:

    BEST WEEKEND EVER!!! Great classes, great quilts, great sales and new products, and great people. I can’t wait for QuiltCon 2015. Can’t wait!!!

    BTW, I really, really like your comment instructions: “I try to keep this blog a happy place – please only leave comments that are positive and encouraging to others. Negative/disparaging comments will be deleted.” Thanks for keeping the internet lovely.

  21. 26
    Karen says:

    Thanks for sharing your QC fun and all those great quilts! It was such a treat to see them all in person, wasn’t it? Sounds like I just missed you on Saturday, I had Lotta’s class in the morning! Hope to meet you at the next event perhaps!! Oh and, like your first commenter, I’ll forgive you too–hehe!! :-)

  22. 27

    What an excellent report, Faith! It sure was fun meeting you, Katie, and Lee in person! I put pictures of all of the winners on my blog (4 blog posts worth!) ChristaQuilts@wordpress.com.
    Until next time!

  23. 28
    Jodi says:

    Thanks for providing your recap of QuiltCon and including a photo of my quilt, Housewarming. My head is still reeling from the experience. There were so many exciting, wonderful quilts and equally amazing people in attendance. I’m already looking forward to 2015.

  24. 31
    Emily V. says:

    So Kim convinced you and Lee to check out the facial hair thing after dinner? I hope one of you will blog about it because I have to know more! It was fun to meet you and thanks for sharing the queso! :)

  25. 32
    Terri Harlan says:

    Such great documentation of the trip. It was fun living vicariously through everyone at quiltcon. I could feel the excitement all the way in Cali. xoxo

  26. 34
    Carmen Christian says:

    I stumbled upon your website – you shared a taxi with my friend and me to the airport. Your post was great and it was nice to meet you. Can’t wait for QuiltCon 2015!

  27. 35

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve been living vicariously throuh evryones blogs. Thanks for including my quilt in your picks.

  28. 36
    Kelly says:

    So good to meet you in person Faith! Glad to hear you had a great time… let’s catch up & chat soon!

  29. 39
    Becki says:

    I loved quiltcon. I waited a couple of weeks after the original notification to sign up and most of the classes I wanted we’re filled. I won’t wait in 2015. I loved it and was so inspired by all the quilts. Great job to everyone.

  30. 40
    Holly says:

    What a fabulous recap of an unforgettable event, Faith! I was excited to meet you and Lee briefly at the MQG Leaders meet up as I’ve admired both of your work for years. Wasn’t it amazing to see the internet come to life with real new friends? Here’s to 2015!

  31. 41
    Diane says:

    Thanks for the QuiltCon update. Did anyone capture pictures of all the quilts that were donated to the Austin Children’s Home? I would love to see the quilts that were made by the various chapters of MQG.

    • 43
      Faith says:

      Diane – They were all in the lecture hall I believe and unfortunately I didn’t get the lecture pass since I was in classes. I hope someone posts pictures of all of them!

  32. 42
    Sarah says:

    Great recap! One of my friends described the weekend as a gift, and it really was! I know I saw you several times and wish I had introduced myself. I’m with the ChicagoMQG. I have some stuff to share with you and your guild, so I’ll get in touch with you or see you in person in April!

  33. 44

    Great shots, Faith. So nice meeting you! Can’t wait for 2015!

  34. 45
    amy smart says:

    What, no tatoo? ;) Great post, Faith! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the QuiltCon recaps. It looks amazing. I’m thinking I’ll have to go in 2015!

  35. 46
    Mabel says:

    I was waiting with excitement on your recap!. And thank you for the photos. I’m sure it was a great experience for you and everyone there present. So much fun!! I would not want to miss Quilt Con next time
    Mabel

  36. 47
    Sarah says:

    looks like a great time! I’m hoping the facial hair in Austin is on men?! It made me smile to think otherwise when I read this anecdote! Interestingly, tattoo seems to be a global trend. It seems everyone in Australia is getting them or has them. But not me either. I also kind of hope my kids don’t either (they are only 9,6 and 4 now) because I’ll always think of them as my beautiful, soft, perfect skinned babies.

  37. 48
    Cardie says:

    This was such a sweet show, such nice fellow exhibitors and very well attended. The fun was in the air! The Million Pillowcases next to us had over 500 made at the show.

  38. 49
    sewkatiedid says:

    Your quilt was my favorite. I totally think it should have won.

    • 50
      Faith says:

      Awww, you are so nice!! I was honestly just THRILLED to have something in the show. I wasn’t going to enter anything and Catherine Redford in my guild talked me into it. I’m glad I did. :)

  39. 51
    Angela Walters says:

    Great recap and pictures! Such a fun, fun time!!

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