We recently traveled to Austin, Texas for the first ever QuiltCon, a four-day conference presented by the Modern Quilt Guild. As you can probably already tell from all of the coverage that has been circulating the internet for the past few days, it was an absolute blast! A great mix of wonderful, talented people with a genuine passion for the art of quilting. There were exhibitor booths, vendors, lectures, and workshops...not to mention a breathtaking modern quilt show with some truly inspiring quilts!
We had our own booth at the show, filled with quilts from some of our favorites, including:
- a Radiance beauty (Life Imitating Quilts) from Emily Cier of Carolina Patchworks
- a Kona colorcard quilt from LA fabric store Sew Modern, the home of the Modern Quilt Guild's founding chapter
- Straight & Narrow by Cozy Quilt Designs featuring Kona
- Scout from Cluck Cluck Sew, featuring our newest Quilter's Linen, Quilter's Linen Dots and Quilter's Tussah
- Flower Girl featuring Pop Posies
- Shenandoah from Creative Sewlutions featuring Fancy Flight
- Wonton from Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts, featuring Modern Bliss by Andie Hanna (winner of the 2012 Fabric8 contest from Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman)
- Science Fair by Julie Herman… Featuring Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander
- Backbone & Stripes by the one and only Carolyn Friedlander, featuring her own Architextures line
- Pillow cover from Katy Jones of imagingermonkey featuring Kona, Architextures, and Kona Modern Quilts.
- And this stunning custom quilted beauty from Angela Walters.
We also had a Creation Station where people could sit back, relax, and talk fabric while decorating a tote bag with all kinds of mini-charms, pre-cut hexies, fabric paint, etc. It was so much fun, and people got so creative!
People also decorated and personalized hexies to be included in our QuiltCon Memory Quilt, which will soon be assembled and put on display in the Robert Kaufman office - a great way to remember the QuiltCon experience and all of the new people we got to meet!
And of course there were some fab giveaways!
And some fun little tattoos to really get people into the QuiltCon spirit!
Throughout the weekend, there were all kinds of really interesting lectures, workshops, and demos from some of the most knowledgeable, talented people in the industry. (You can watch a lot of the lectures for free on Craftsy!)
Jill and Amy of American Patchwork and Quilting gave a great demo all about triangles.
A huge part of the QuiltCon experience was seeing all of the brilliant modern quilts on display. Here are just a few of our favorites:
1. QuiltCon Block Challenge quilt pieced and quilted by Elizabeth Hartman 2. Don't Blink by Caro Sheridan 3. Oodalolly by Rachel Hauser 4. Impracticality by Angela Walters 5. Over the Rainbow by Janice Ryan 6. Pods by Heather Grant 7. Local quilt by Carolyn Friedlander 8. EssbeeCon by Jim Smith & Andy Brunhammer 9. RonQuilt: The Ron Swanson Quilt by Monico Solorio-Snow
Now can you see why we enjoyed QuiltCon so much? There was so much to do, so much to see, and all in such a great city with amazing people and amazing food (to quote Austin-native Laurie Wisbrun, the cuisine is "Slap-yo-mama good").
So with that, we'd like to thank the Modern Quilt Guild for putting together such an inspiring, well-organized event! We can't wait to come back and do it all again next time!