QuiltCon 2020 seems like a long time ago, but I promised a recap and it is long overdue. To sum it up – it was a blast and I learned a lot. I must admit it is a nice memory to have in light of the current situation. There was, however, a bit of a damper to the trip – my friend Chris was sick and would not make it. This year a second friend was attending and that helped, the prior year I would have been on the trip by myself. I will tell the tale in 3 distinct parts….classes, quilts and people!
I took two classes. The first with Angela Walters called “Block Busting Designs: Machine Quilting Design for Blocks of All Shapes and Sizes”. This was an all day, hands on class. Angela is a terrific teacher, although my quilting won’t look like hers I learned a lot. Much of the content is available in her online classes. It you have been hesitating, jump onboard. She’s a great teacher with great hints. My quilting gets better all the time but it has a lot of “-ish” qualities: straight-ish, similar size-ish, round-ish, etc. Nonetheless, I persist. In fact she has a new online class starting, so check it out here if you are interested.
Next, I took a class called “Subtracting for Minimalism” by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. What a fun class this was – I left with two quilts designed and plan to make one for the Curated Quilts challenge this month, but it is due April 1. Now I have plenty of time but here I am writing this and thinking I had more than a month. Cheryl drew a design out for us to erase…she made about 40 of these sheets in pencil while watching Netflix – what dedication. I won’t show you her quilt that she taught, or my plans, but you will see them soon – even if they don’t get submitted to the challenge.
Excuse this interruption to my QuiltCon review but this just came into my mailbox, so If you are really itching to learn something, Bluprint* is offering a 14 day trial (through 4/4) – so this is a perfect time to do that! All indications are this current situation is going to go on longer than any of us want, so maybe we learn something new?
Now, back to QuiltCon….the show was fabulous. There are really a ton of quilts. I took the better part of Saturday and Sunday to see it and really took a lot of pictures. I decided I would show you a few in the slideshow that I liked and leave it at that. 100 Days Down the Rabbit Hole reminded me of the class I took last year; I do think I will do this sometime, and maybe I should have started it for the quarantine (lets hope it is not 100 days). Keith’s Doodle is a fabulous interpretation of a doodle into a quilt into quilting. Divergent is just so graphically interesting to me. Fun that I met Vashuda in person, too! I loved Bruges, Belgium-Canal. again for its graphic presentation. The last 2 in the slide show are home to me: Triple Decker is Somerville MA. The house we lived in there was similar to the grey one and not a triple decker but it evokes homes to me. It is not my street but it easily could be – the victorian 2 and 2 family homes of the neighborhood we lived in for 20 years. Farewell to Fox Island calls to my heart, and is reminiscent of Peaks Island, ME where we have our retirement house. There are so many more, but I thought I would show a few of my favorites!
This is a picture of the goodie bag. I am not excluding the vendors but will talk about things I found as I use them. Lots of them aren’t with me in my “quarantine space” so just showing them is not as much fun as when I use them, so I will hold off.
People!!! What can I say about people. There’s a slide show…. I think this is one of the things that I love about QuiltCon is connecting with friends from all different parts of the country and world! I met my good friend Rose, from SomethingRoseMade and spent Friday seeing quilts and shopping with her. I met Rose the year I was in the 2017 new bloggers. I also saw Yvonne Fuchs, Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander from that group. I saw so many others – a bunch of the Island Batik Ambassadors/Alums – Shery Shish, Becca Fenstamacher, Vashuda , Anya Clyke. I met the Brimfield folks, the Ruby Star folks, Shannon Gilman Orr ( new Dandelion Fabric & Co) and Patti from Elm Stree Quilts.
This little saying was from my meal one night. In truth I had to change it as I had a blast with all the folks I met and interacted with. I was so grateful for Missy’s company. My only regret is that our friend Chris missed it – so maybe we have to do Atlanta as a do over!! or do in a new way!!
No wonder all of this took me so long to write. In summary, my advice is:
-stay as many days as you can (Sunday is much less crowded),
-take the time to see all the quilts (it will take you a few days)
-take a few classes but not too many
-spend some money with the vendors
-stay near the convention center – you get to go back and rest as you need
and finally, come home exhausted but INSPIRED!
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