Man you guys what a whirlwind weekend! I had a blast and even the ice storm that followed did not dampen my spirits. I was a Super Volunteer, an Exhibitor, a Leader and a Student for six days!
I had five quilts in the show: The White Quilt, the Feathers Quilt, Akhaten, Tangelo, and the Diamond Quilt. All were well-received with one of my favorites, Akhaten, being chosen for the Best of QuiltCon Traveling Exhibit! I am very excited because the Feathers Quilt is usually everyone’s favorite. I put in so much work for this one and I am thrilled for it to be recognized. I am not sure where the exhibit will be headed but it is exciting to be included. I cannot wait to find out where it goes! Here I am hamming it up next to Akhaten:
My personal favorites:
Making a modern sampler is so hard. I love the use of solids and prints that read as solids. Kim used Carolyn Friedlander‘s Botanics line and Kona solids. The nontraditional layout keeps it fresh as well. Matchstick quilting showed up in many of the quilts. Here it adds to the modern look for sure.
I loved this one! I have been thinking of doing a half-square triangle quilt and this is inspirational. I love the bold Kona Pomegranate with the ahead-of-its-time Habitat line by Jay McCarroll. Bold choices all around! It is so modern and still retains tons of personality without being sentimental.
The applique on this quilt is on point! I also thought it was fresh to see applique numbers as opposed to letters taking center stage. This won first place in applique and I know people were divided about the concept and also the yellow loop quilting. I think it all works to be visually striking and, again, have personality without being hokey. I love that the 21 is subtly different but not in your face.
This one is such a creamy delight! I love the simplicity of the design but the colors are what really do it for me. They are so cool and vintage feeling! I super like the layered effect going on here. This one feels modern and like you can see it in your house being used. Andrew is on the Board and co-Chairs the Education Committee. I had not seen this before I was walking around the show and actually said “OH!” outloud. Yay for Andrew!!
This quilt was a show stopper. Everyone who walked by it had to stop and pay some respect. I feel like message quilts are always jokes and this one rocks you right to your insides. I thought it took a lot of guts for Penny to put herself out there like that. Definition of minimalist to me is small design big impact and this quilt brought tears to my eyes every time.
Nice graphic design here. I have seen several heartbeat-inspired design lately in jewelry and tattoos and this reminds me of that. I like the size and colors as well. It had wonderful detail in the quilting with different colored threads every so often.
I love paper piecing and results like this are why. I would like to see this same pattern with a transparent effect. The different neutrals give a great impact. I have not seen many mixes of gray and cream and feel like it could be a disaster but completely works in this quilt.
You guys, this quilt is so soft in real life! The back is some kind of fuzzy tomato soup fabric made to comfort you! The hand stitching is a marvel – all the stitches are so even and I love the slight wave to them. This is a quilt you would use all the time and demand be brought to you if you were on the sick couch. LOVE.
I love the colors, design and quilting on this one. I watched it come together on Instagram and was so excited to see it in the show. This is a beast also; super huge! I thought the binding was very thoughtful. I usually add just random pops of color. Melanie’s use of binding color to support her design is a delight!
This won first place in the mini’s category. Everything about it is perfection. LOOK at that tiny piecing! The colors are amazing! I also met Cheri volunteering and I am convinced no one deserves a first place like she does. Great maker and great quilt! I am really into how the color seems to drip into the white.
I kept cruising by this one. I love the graphic orange/white/navy clouds against the rigidity of the gray grid and even the overall repetitions. Great color combination and piecing! I put my labels on my binding and everyone should find a labeling system that suits them. It makes me so so sad that this is by “Unknown Maker”! Label your quilts!
This is my number one quilt. I love everything about it but especially the play on scale and layout. The over-sized paper piecing is so dramatic as is the large swaths of fabric. The design is well-balanced. I adore the colors in this one too!
This one is up in my top ten because I adore the cool palette of the improv piecing with the warm/hot paint drippiness! The “drips” go all the way into the binding. I really really love that effect as mentioned above! Also, matchsticking for the win!
I took a couple classes and the stand out was Lizzy House‘s Block Printing class. Lizzy is an amazing creative facilitator and teacher. She had us draw for quite a bit of the morning and gave us prompts to expand our horizons. I am not a doodler and I came up with new designs using her suggestions. She went around to every single person and offered encouragement and suggestions. I learned exactly how to block print and enough so that I am counting it as a new hobby. If you get a chance or are on the fence about taking any class from her, I would say go for it. She is an inspiration, friendly, and truly believes in her craft. I made a fun pomegranate print and a sparkle flower graphic with varying degrees of success. I am planning on redoing the pomegranate to clean it up a bit but the sparkle flower was perfect to me. LOOK:
Final verdict: I had a blast!! I walked all around Austin, met some internet friends, and learned so much. I am looking forward to QuiltCon 2016!!!