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! 🙂

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29 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jaye

    March 2, 2015

    Looking at those quilts, it seems as if this is the jazz era of quilting.

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      Faith

      March 2, 2015

      I love that comparison!

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    Marcia R

    March 2, 2015

    Faith, thanks for the cool recap! I love the quilts you shared! And isn’t Alison the most lovely person? I was lucky enough to spend time with her at SewSouth last year, and I think we all became new embroidery enthusiasts because of her.

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      Faith

      March 2, 2015

      Yes! She was so nice! My shameful secret: I usually sign up for classes just so I can hang out with the teachers. 😛

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    Deb

    March 2, 2015

    Faith, A highlight for me was getting to meet you! This was the first time I did any show ever (only in my 5th year of quilting). Thank you for sharing your quilting so I can learn.

    Deb

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    Kaholly

    March 2, 2015

    QuiltCon was lots of fun. I wish I was able to take classes, but I feel blessed to just be able to spend the day soaking up all that inspiration.

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    Pam from CA

    March 2, 2015

    QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena, YES!!! I will be attending! Thank you for sharing with us!!

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    Melissa Corry

    March 2, 2015

    I love that I am squished in there with you, Lee, and Katie 😉 Great company for my quilt 😉

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      Faith

      March 2, 2015

      Ha, that’s awesome! I love that you are with us too. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    Karen

    March 2, 2015

    I can’t wait to see Sherri Lynn Wood’s book! The quilts she makes are just amazing and I hope she can push me out of my comfort zone 🙂

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    Julie Beard

    March 2, 2015

    Faith,

    Lucky you all that travelling. I can’t fly any where due to medical issue. So I have to wait for wonderful people like you to post amazig pictures from exhibitions. Those quilts are sublime!!!!

    Not entirely sure whether I will ever pick up the modern way but I am truly inspired by the colours of quilts and thetotal lack of use of printed fabrics. Plain fabrics and allowing colour to soley infuence you is inspiring me more and challenging me to use more plain fabrics in my quilts so thank you. Ps. great camera work too! until next time hapy quilting Faith. julie714@adam.com.au

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    Roz Barrett

    March 2, 2015

    Welcome Home Faith! I love looking at your quilts, they’re so fresh and full of life! Now get back to work! 😃

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      Faith

      March 2, 2015

      Ha! I have my nose to my sewing machine now, I promise. 😉

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    Heather

    March 2, 2015

    thank you so much for sharing! yours is the first blog i’ve checked out for quiltcon & i love the quilts you chose to post! 🙂

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    Diane B

    March 2, 2015

    Faith, how fortunate and inspired you must feel to have attended Quiltcon. ONe of my favorites gave you embroidery lessons! Alison Glass…how awesome:) Thank you for sharing your trip and I’m planning on 2017…Savannah is just a day’s drive for me.

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    Josie McRazie

    March 2, 2015

    The second quilt in the picture of four is Back to Basics by Melissa Corry at Happy Quilting! Thanks for all the other great pics!! All very beautiful! !

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    Kari

    March 2, 2015

    I wish I would have seen you and said hello! I’ve always admired your work and enjoyed your blog. One of my quilts is one you have posted above. Maybe next QuiltCon!

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    Wendy

    March 2, 2015

    Thank you for writing up your thoughts on QuiltCon. Everyone has different views on it, but it’s always interesting to read what others thought. Your class with Alison would have been great, I’m sure. Lots of inspiration everywhere I guess.

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    Sandra Woods

    March 2, 2015

    I agree with you totally on the layout of the quilts. It was a zig zag format that went both ways and was utterly confusing. I only got there for one day and with limited time that format really was a time waster. Like you, I felt that I was missing many of the quilts. As an aside I felt that the “curtains” that were the backdrop for the quilts was pretty dingy, as well.
    I wrote QuiltCon about the confusing layout and the reply that I got was that it was designed to let large numbers of people see the quilts without crowding.
    I also mentioned that I found the food selection very inappropriate for the target audience–and most of it was sold out anyway. They said it was an outside contractor (well, I knew that!) but that they would try to have more communication with the food supplier.
    I also missed several of the vendors as well and couldn’t make hide nor hair out of any map, if I’d received one.
    Well I wouldn’t say too much negative–I found that some of the workmanship wasn’t up to par. Some of the quilts were very wavy when hanging. I know, picky, picky. But, I wondered if this was a new standard. In most cases, I found the quilting of very high quality but wonder if this show is really only for long armers as I don’t see how these results could be achieved on a home machine.
    How lucky you were to have taken a class. I did hear lots of complaining about filled classes–they may have to offer more classes in the future. This was my first time at QuiltCon, I think there are still some bugs to fix out–show wasn’t as polished as I had expected–mainly those dreary dingy drapes.

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      Faith

      March 3, 2015

      Hi Sandra – thanks for sharing your thoughts! I didn’t try the food so can’t speak to that. 🙂 I did run into a bit of technical trouble registering, which is why I only had the one class. But I do know that many of the teachers were asked if they were willing to add additional evening classes so that more students could have the chance to sign up – and many did do that. I thought that was especially kind and considerate of the teachers. As the show grows, I bet the class opportunities to as well.

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    Katie

    March 3, 2015

    I know I missed something special this year. I would have loved seeing Nydia Kehnle’s winning quilt in person!

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    Dianne

    March 3, 2015

    Hi faith

    I really enjoyed your thoughts on Quiltcon. I wasn’t able to attend this year but plan to be in Pasadena next year

    So I did spent time looking at the quilts om Instagram I too noticed the use of alternate layouts in the winning quilts. which was also the theme behind the charity quilts. I wonder if that was planned.

    I also noticed the quilting style on the winning quilts. This time around it was more straight lines and spirals. Out was the heavily densed quilting with fans and swirls and traditional motifs. Katie pederson’s best machine quilted piece was like 90% straight line (in every which direction) with just a hint of strategically and perfectly placed spirals. Though this could be the preference of the judges. In particular Carolyn friedlander. Not complaining about this one at all.

    Yep I over analyze everything. Lol. 🙂

    I am currently working on a piece to submit to Quiltcon 2016. Any lessons learned you could share??? I find the process to be very subjective. I plan to make what appeals to me and what best represents me and my style. And just see what happens

    Disnne

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    Karen

    March 3, 2015

    So I’m wondering…did you swap all your buttons? If you have extras will you bring them to Sewtopia in April? I’d love one!!!

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      Faith

      March 3, 2015

      Karen – I do have leftovers and I will bring them! 🙂

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    jacquie

    March 4, 2015

    i think we should start a campaign for chicago 2018…we might get a couple of supporters! glad you had a good show!

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    Claire

    March 7, 2015

    I’m wondering if next year, this year’s grid and straight line quilting focuses will be “oh so last year.” I do believe that “modern quilting” is a moving target.

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      Faith

      March 7, 2015

      It’s quite possible!

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    Jeanette Spellmeyer

    March 9, 2015

    Fabulous giveaways! Thank you …they’re all so wonderful!

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    Sherri Lynn Wood

    March 18, 2015

    So happy to see you enjoying the Improv Handbook poolside! Thanks Faith.

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