Monday, March 2, 2015

QuiltCon 2015: A Whirlwind of Wonderful

QuiltCon was an amazing experience. The organizers did a fantastic job of putting it together. The best was meeting up with old friends and making new ones, along with being able to say hello face-to-face to so many quilting idols and unabashedly telling them that I loved their work. Really, I had no shame in going up to complete strangers, whether famous or not. Being around that many people who geek out on quilting like I do was an incredible feeling. Spending time with my friends was such a special treat. All the lunches and dinners, Moda Party, walking around the convention center, classmates, beemates I got to meet in person for the first time and people I had the pleasure to talk to otherwise just made the whole experience.

Eating lunch at Iron Works.
Nancy Zieman is in that booth behind us and Latifah Saafir took this photo
right before she sat down and ate with us!

Stephanie, Kathryn, Susan, Theresa, Christine and me

Chris, Chrystal, Maggie and Wyna looking adorable outside QuiltCon

My roommates Wyna, Maggie, Chris and Chrystal were the best ever and the experience just wouldn't have been the same without them. Plus I have to thank them for putting up with me for so many days in a row.

I spy Christine Perrigo's bias challenge quilt!

Face #1 by Melissa Averinos (Judge's Choice winner)

quilt by Sherri Lynn Wood
(anyone help me out with a name of the quilt? my photo wasn't good)

The inspiration I got from seeing the quilts in the exhibit and also all the charity quilts in the two lecture halls is something hard to put into words. I wish I had a whole extra week just to sit and look at each one in more detail. It is incredible to see what other quilters are making. I took lots of photos so I can go back and look at them, but that isn't the same as sitting right in front of them.

I also took two classes and attended some interesting lectures. My classes were Considering Curves with Sarah Nishiura and Gee's Bend workshop. They were both good classes. I knew the base techniques for the curves but Sarah had some great tips that improved my work and seeing her in class examples opened my eyes to how I could work with improv curves. I'm going to go over the Gee's Bend quilters in another post because I need to talk about that all on its own.

For lectures I attended Maker to Making a Living: Moderated by Jacqueline Sava with panelists Brenda Groelz of Handi Quilter, Denyse Schmidt, Mary Fons and Heather Givens; Masterpiece Theatre: Modernism in American Patchwork with Bill Volckening; Simple Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Take Better Quilt Photos with Meg Cox.

All in all, it was fun, enriching, inspiring and I have to admit—exhausting (but in the best possible way)!

Sarah Nishiura in front of our class blocks

Yoshiko Jinzenji's work is awe inspiring
(And I totally ate my way through Austin food so it was a delicious break from my norm, too.)