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.
Whether you were at QuiltCon or watching from home, are you inspired? Will you go in 2015?