QuiltCon Report

on February 28 | in Reporting From... | by | with 11 Comments

As you’ve probably heard, QuiltCon was awesome! I feel so lucky to have been able to attend and whole-heartedly look forward to the next one. My mind is still spinning with memories and inspiration. Just a few random thoughts:
  • The organizers did an AMAZING JOB! Every little detail was considered. I think the whole thing was remarkable, especially as a first-time event!
  • The volunteers worked their butts off. I know many of them were going on only a few hours of sleep every day. Thank you so much for everything you did!
  • The quilts were awe-inspiring. I think everyone who attended got a huge dose of inspiration and ideas. I was glad I was not a judge.
  • The aisle dedicated to Denyse Schmidt literally brought tears to my eyes. To be able to see her works together and up close took my breath away. She is a true master of the craft who generously shares her knowledge and talent with the world. I’m so jealous of those of you who were able to take her class!
  • The classes were great. It is fantastic to sew with friends and learn something cool from someone you admire at the same time. I wish I could have taken more, but I’m grateful to Jay McCarroll and Penny Layman for teaching me something new!
  • I might have bought a sewing machine.
  • I did not get inked but spent plenty of time at Affinity Tattoo.
  • Austin is pretty cool. 6th Street, in particular, is a trip. I would like to go back to see the infamous bats.
  • I did not make it to lectures, but will be catching up on them on Craftsy.
  • I was impressed with many of the vendor booths. They did a great job of setting up mini shops on the show floor.
  • The 80’s Dance Party was fun and hilarious! (Now I need  to figure out what to do with my Desperately Seeking Susan jacket.)
Finally, I want to thank the Modern Quilt Guild for promoting quilting and sewing as a means of expression. I think it is thrilling to see so many people of all ages embracing quilting and doing it in such a socially-supported way. We are all lucky to have the MQG locally, online, and now bi-annually at QuiltCon!
While on the floor, I was randomly photographing quilts with my phone.  About half of them were blurry because I am that bad of a photographer so I scrapped them, but I want to share some of this fabulous inspiration! I did my best to provide proper attribution, but please let me know if I got anything wrong.
Click to see a larger image of the set on which you can read the names.
Quiltcon group 1
set 2
Quiltcon group 2
set 3
Quiltcon group 3
set 4
Quiltcon group 4
set 5
Quiltcon group 5
Whether you were at QuiltCon or watching from home, are you inspired? Will you go in 2015?


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11 Responses to QuiltCon Report

  1. melissa q. says:

    Wow!! What an amazing collection of quilts! Incredible.

  2. Lisa says:

    Great way to bury the lead…..I may have bought a sewing machine….LOL!

  3. Karen says:

    I will be there in 2015 for sure – thanks for the recap.

  4. Keitha says:

    Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you! I am stuck in snow drifts here in Canada… would’ve loved to attend Quilt Con. Somehow though, I think it might be a good thing… as I can just see myself bankrupting my husband with all the purchases I would make! The inspiring pictures are definitely that – INSPIRING! Weeeee!

  5. craftytammie says:

    I am going in 2015! I hated to miss this one but just couldn’t make it happen. I followed along on Instagram, it looked like a blast.

  6. Julie says:

    I want to attend next year! The organizers and quilters surely appreciated all your thoughtful, kind words!

  7. Leslie M says:

    Thanks for the great post. Since I didn’t get to go, it was great to enjoy it through all your awesome photos!

  8. I had an amazing time as well! The workshops were phenomenal and all in all it was a very well run event. You will love the lectures, I especially found Amy Butler’s and Denyse Schmidt’s inspiring.

  9. Peggy says:

    I LOVED it! I was so inspiring to be there and I am so so thankful to call Austin Texas HOME.

  10. Thanks for including my quilt in your post!

    I had a fantastic time at QuiltCon and will definitely be going next time!

  11. Debbie says:

    I’m going to the next Quiltcon

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