These are QuiltCon statistics shared at the awards ceremony Thursday morning:
1350 quilts were entered in the show; 359 were accepted
Attendees came from 48 states - no quilters from North Dakota or Wyoming
Attendees came from 6 countries - two quilters traveled 3000 miles, from India
The largest number of QuiltCon chapter attendees were from the Austin MQG
QuiltCon isn't only about quilts, it's about people. And since socializing is right up my alley, it was easy to engage in conversation with lots of quilters. What surprised me most was strangers who saw my name badge and exclaimed, "Oh! You're Flourishing Palms! I follow your blog!" Or "I follow you on Instagram!" Hugging everyone became the norm!
There was Chris of New York City, the_tattooed_quilter
Mary Ann of MAQuilts and Monica of ButtonCounter from Austin. I expect to see them again, whenever we visit Austin.
|Karen of CapitolaQuilter, California|
Below: René (on the left) who lives in Orlando and is founder of the Orlando MQG, and I met for the first time at QuiltCon. We kept meaning to get together, over the past 2-1/2 years since I moved to Florida, but never made it happen.
Shruti (middle) of 13WoodhouseRoad and I met at the awards ceremony. She's one of the two quilters who traveled from India. Shruti is a Bernina ambassador in her country.
Mid-Century Modern Bee'ers met-up again. L-R: René; me; Anne; and Cindy. Great quilters, and even better friends.
At the show, in the vendor area, you could ride this sewing machine in the StitchLab booth. Yee haw!
Lora and I hung out with Florida girl, Vanessa of CraftyGemini. She's uber-talented and fun to be around... if you don't mind waiting while her adoring fans demand pictures with her! Check out Vanessa's latest video with Jenny Doan of Missouri Quilt Company.
And in no particular order are pictures of more modern quilts...
|Pantone's 2013 color of the year, Emerald, by Alys Gagnon|
|"Infinite Whispers" by Jennifer Chon, SunnyinCal|
|"Spiraling Out of Control" by Christa Watson, ChristaQuilts, of Las Vegas|
I saw this quilt hanging in the AQS Paducah show last spring... and got the chance to interview Christa about it!
|"Pixelated Pinwheels," a Do.Good.Stitches bee quilt from New Hampshire|
|"Tidy Town" by Andrew Steinbrenner, Ohio|
|"The White Quilt" by Shannon Page, Dallas, Texas|
|by Canadian, Marianne Haak|
|"Bauble" by Emily Cier; quilted by Angela Walters|
|"The Definition of a Stitch" by Australian, Sarah Fielke|
|"Geometric Circles" by Nicole Daksiewicz, ModernHandcraft, Chicago|
|"Balancing Act" by Amanda Hahnstreiter|
|A Judge's Choice winner by Emily Coffey, North Carolina|
|"Flame" by Rebecca Bryan, BryanHouseQuilts, Wildwood, Missouri|
|"Sherlock" (Benedict Cumberbatch) by Kristy Daum|
I didn't take any classes, but the room set-ups looked fabulous! This one was full of 750 Berninas!
More tomorrow! Linda