I had a great time at QuiltCon and a wonderful visit with my daughter and her husband in Austin, Texas. I must have been busy while on “vacation” because I was so tired when I got home; it was the most wonderful feeling just to close my eyes.
I took lots of pictures of the convention and the amazing quilts. QuiltCon is hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild and the show had a vibrant and energetic feel to it. It was one of my favorite shows for that reason, but also because it wasn’t too big or too small. It wasn’t too crowded or under-crowded. It was just right! Do I sound like Goldilocks?
I want to show you all of the quilts that I got pictures of, but I still need to edit them and that’s going to take a while. I DO have a few pictures of some of the booths and some new tools, etc. that came home with me (as if it was an accident).
This is the first book in a color series. I bought my copy right there and had Vanessa autograph it. Vanessa also designs fabric for Moda. Her latest line, Color Theory, is a favorite of mine.
I love the beautiful photography and the projects in this book!
I bought a few Bloc Loc rulers that seemed useful. I already own a set of the flying geese rulers and hst rulers. Now I own a drunkard’s path ruler and a strip set ruler.
They had a busy booth with demos and lots of rulers!
I might have a serious weakness for these cute mini-charm packs. I have stacks of them along with good intentions of using them all!
I found the Steady Betty booth and had a nice talk with the owners. Their biggest product is the Steady Betty pressing board. They also make some other useful tools such as the Steady Stiletto (which I now own) and the Betty Bands (which I already had). The Betty Bands are awesome for free motion quilting.
I had so much fun shopping (with the blessing of Mr. Crafty Quilter) that I had to borrow an extra suitcase from my daughter just to get all the precious loot home! The booths were full of eye candy. Below you’ll see Michael Miller, Riley Blake, Superior Threads and Sizzix.
And the MQG had a booth along with Shannon Fabrics, Windham Fabrics and even a tattoo booth for the adventurous quilters:
I had fun volunteering for several shifts and got to meet some very nice people. I went to thee lectures and one workshop. The workshop was with Cristy Fincher and it was about straight line quilting on a sit down longarm (HQ Sweet Sixteen) using rulers. Cristy is an awesome quilter and teacher.
The subject of this class wasn’t quite perfect for me, but the tips that I got were worth every penny. Plus I have wanted to try out one of these machines and this was a great opportunity to give it a good test drive. My final impression is that it’s a nice machine, but I’m not ready to invest yet.
The quilt samples that Cristy brought to the class were gorgeous. The combination of color, fabric and quilting was amazing.
It was fun running into friends. My Granary buddies were always there when I needed them:
Instagram was the name of the game. It seemed everyone followed each other and strangers became friends instantly. I was spotted by MQG staff because of my bag (that I created) and I made it to their feed. Just wearing this bag was a conversation started for me (more so than Instagram).
One of the highlights of my trip was spending time with my daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Steven. I stayed at their house almost every night, and we got to spend some quality time together. Kelly is 4 1/2 months pregnant and just starting to show. Her baby bump is hidden in the picture below, but I swear that she grew from the time I got there to when I left!
The advantage of staying with locals from Austin is knowing where to eat. They took us to the most amazing restaurants and food trucks (which are very popular in Austin). It was foodie heaven!
I’ll be back to Texas soon (to see my first grandbaby at the very least)! QuiltCon will be moving around the country from now on. I’m a little sad that it will be leaving Austin, but next year it will be in my home state: Pasadena, California.
If you ever have a chance to go to a quilt show/convention, you should definitely go. Do you have a favorite show that you attend? I’m lucky to have the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in my own backyard and it’s a big show. It has gotten so big, that the crowds are a little overwhelming. I need to venture out to some others, and I’m so glad I got the chance to go to QuilCon. I’ll be back soon with pictures of the quilts from the show.