Oh, yeah. My take on QuiltCon.

Quiltcon Stats

This popped up in my email one morning, and it about wraps it all up, as far as I’m concerned.  No, I never met Claudia, but I did meet a few other fine quilters, including some from different countries than California.  (That was a joke, people.)

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Since it’s been over a month since QuiltCon, I thought I should get around to writing about my impressions.  The show was held in Pasadena, California and the Registration Desk, Vendor Mall, part of the quilt show, and lecture room were in one building.

QuiltCon bannersAcross the courtyard was a large older room with high clerestory windows (building behind these banners) where the rest of the quilts were, and to the other side of that, was the building where the classes were held. While pretty close together, I did miss Austin’s intimacy, but the great part about being here was that the weather was unseasonably warm which made everyone except those Californians happy (we want rain).

Silliest moment for me:

Bacon Brownie

Hollering Polo! to Eileen’s (@luckycharm93635) Marco! as we bumbled out of the restaurant after topping off our 50/50 burgers with a bacon-brownie.  And yes, we did the Marco! Polo! thing all conference long, whenever we’d see each other.

(I’m behind the camera)

Moment when I realized that none of us quilters ever charge enough for our quilts:

MakerMakingLiving

When, during our From Maker to Making a Living class, I glimpsed the majesty of Jacqueline Sava’s spreadsheets and listened to her funny and wonderful stories about making a living.  She’s the SOAK lady, and to support her, I went down to the selling floor and bought a bottle of Flatter, in the Fig flavor.  So so yummy-smelling and it works, too.  A whiff of it and it brings back that class and the belief that I, too, can be as successful as she is.  Kidding.

Moment when I realized that I’ve missed mucking around in paint all my whole life:

BlockPrintingBlockPrinting Paints

In Lizzy House’s block printing class.  Even though I was beyond tired (and I’m pretty sure she was too), we had a great class of doodling, carving, printing, sharing.  This was my last class of QuiltCon, and after this, I met up with Lisa and Simone and we drove the 90 minutes home.  We’d stayed for two days and two nights, beginning with an early morning (up at 4:30 a.m.) on Thursday, and ending Saturday night.

Moment when I realized that my QuiltCon experience had shifted from taking classes, to hobnobbing with the Women of QuiltCon:

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This is the only photo I have of me ( at the end of the table, nearly on Lorena’s lap) and Lisa (third down on the right, with glasses and blonde hair) and Simone (second down on the right, with brown hair).  The rest of the time we passed like ships in the night, or sat next to each at lectures.  I met several quilters I’d only followed on blogs or on IG, and deepened friendships with many of these fine women.

Moment when I realized that quilting connections could be made from other subjects:

Lecture Notes

Simone’s notes from Victoria Findlay-Wolfe’s lecture

One of the highlights for me at QuiltCon this year were the lectures, and Bill Kerr’s lecture in particular.  I filled pages of notes of him talking about the branching connections we make from the choices that come into our creative lives, and he used Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes around Chicago as an example.  Victoria’s lecture was also good, as were Luke Haynes (I wish I could have gone out to see his exhibit of fifty log cabin quilts) and others.  Usually I hit the vending floor’s mix of lectures, but hardly made it to any this year, and the ones I did, I thought sounded like commercials.

And in other ways (witness my badge collection):

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Some QuiltCon eye candy is this tote bag and the signature quilt (hanging below).QuiltCon_quiltBestofShowRibbonFriedlanderapplique

Moment when I learned I should have left class at noon, like my buddy Martie did:

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This was in our third conference/discussion of the day in a class where I found I was more interested in learning about how to make a panorama photo on my iPhone, than in listening to the adroit conference/discussion by our very well-learned teacher.  When you know you are just done with a technique, it should be okay to go. The teacher was fabulous.  I wasn’t, obviously.  If I’d left, maybe I would have seen more of the quilts.

Moment when I realized that creativity was all around me, and I was slightly besotted by it all:

SewModernBooth

(That’s besotted using the archaic definition) Glimpsing the fabulous booth from our Los Angeles shop, Sew Modern.  That camper!

Moment when I found my personal Best of Show quilt, and wanted to grow up and be Yvonne Fuch (@quiltingjetgirl):

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Happy Moment:

FocusQuiltinbooth

Lots and lots of them, but especially when I turned the corner and saw my quilt Focus in Paintbrush Studio’s booth.  Thank you Paintbrush!  It’s made from Paintbrush Studio’s line of solids, Painter’s Palette Solids, and I used the leftovers from making them a quilt for their booth at market, which will remain under wraps until then. (Well, okay.  Maybe just one sneak peek…)

SneakPeak Starry Compass Rose

Another set of happy moments was finding quilts in the show from people I knew, and also when Cindy Wiens showed me the quilt she’d made for Lucien fabrics, using another design of mine, Semaphore:

from LiveAColorfulLife’s blog

Yes, I couldn’t find the photo I’d snapped one late night in her room, so I borrowed this one from her website.  And here’s another of hers, hanging in the show:

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Moment when I realized that I should skip going to Savannah-QuiltCon-East2017 and just stay home and sew:

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When breezing through my Instagram feed, where I’d posted most of the quilts, and realized if I was ever to get a quilt in this show, I’d better stay home and get busy.  So next year, I’ll be at QuiltNon, home and grateful for the chance I had to go this year, and looking forward to QuiltConWest in 2018!

Final Thoughts:

Most of the quilts I found fascinating are on my Instagram feed, to the right.  Scroll back through the feed to see them, or follow me on Instagram (@occasionalpiecequilt) and see them that way.  Take screen shots of the ones you love, compile your own QuiltCon collection and use them to inspire you further!

17 thoughts on “Oh, yeah. My take on QuiltCon.

  1. Great Quilt Con wrap up Elizabeth! I agree- those quilts are inspiration indeed – I’d better get sewing! Maybe I can be there in 2018 too! BTW If Lorena came from Sydney to Pasadena fro QuiltCon 2016, she travelled nearly 7,500 miles, almost 1,000 miles further than Claudia from Romania!

  2. You obviously had a fantastic and inspiring time at Quilt Con. I also had so much fun and was completely overwhelmed by the beautiful work on display, but the friends I met were the best part.

  3. Wonderful post—I almost feel like I was there! Great job, loved it. Silly not to have gone. Hope to meet you next year in Savannah???

  4. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. And you spoke directly to me when mentioning you should have left a class early. I have often wanted to leave a class early after getting a grasp on the technique, but hesitated because I didn’t want it to appear like I didn’t appreciate the teacher and her/his expertise.

  5. Oh, Thank you for the photos and your thoughts on QuiltCon 2016. I enjoyed the post. I need to quilt more and then take that step off the ledge and fill out an entry form in some show somewhere. Happy quilting 2017.

  6. I am crazy honored that you loved Sunburst enough to be your personal Best in Show. ❤ The Maker to Making a Living class was very overwhelming for me in a not so good way, I'm still trying to pick myself up and continue forward. I am also not so sure about attending in Savannah; I'm trying to convince my husband to come along with me, so we'll see how that goes!

  7. It was so marvelous to meet you, Elizabeth!! Such a kind an generous spirit ! :))
    And I took my Sis back for a 50/50 burger, which I am blaming on you hahaha! I felt like my brain was exploding with all of the inspiration at Quilt Con, every single thing was awesome. The people, the quilts, the vendors!! Ok, maybe not the sales pitches/lectures:) I think in the end it was the folks that really made it great! XO

  8. Could have sworn I had already commented on this post. So . . . should I be planning on 2018 in Cali with you?

  9. I was lucky to see some of the Quilt Con quilts in MA this weekend at Quilt Expo. So sorry you own’t be in SC – I’d love to meet you!! Also, can I just say how jealous I am that you were sitting next to Lorena? I am planning a trip to Australia next year – hoping I get a chance to meet her!!

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