Thursday, February 26, 2015

QuiltCon 2015: Post Two

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 from California, CapitolaQuilter
Karen of CapitolaQuilter, California

KathleenQuilts from Canada, a longarm quilter whose amazing quilting I admire. Check out that cute aqua hair!

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.

Mid-Century Modern Bee-ers at the Moda party.
L-R: me; Elizabeth; Elizabeth; Anne; and Cindy

By the way, this is how some quilters at the Moda Party returned to their motels! It's called a pedi-cab.

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!

Peeked into this classroom and saw both Jacquie Gering and Lee Heinrichs teaching. 

More tomorrow! Linda

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

QuiltCon 2015: Post One

QuiltCon 2015 was in Austin, Texas, at the convention center, from Thursday, February 19 through Sunday, February 22. I attended three of those four days, getting to commute downtown on Thursday and Friday with our son.

I'm still on such a QuiltCon high that I don't know when reality might set in again! Of all the national quilt shows I've ever attended, and there have been many:
  • American Quilter's Society, Paducah and Des Moines
  • International Quilt Festival, Houston and Chicago
  • Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, Lakeland, Florida and Overland Park, Kansas
  • Home Machine Quilter's Showcase, Kansas
  • European Patchwork Meeting, France
...none compares to QuiltCon, Austin! 
Whether it was the abundance of modern quilts or the quilters I finally had the pleasure of meeting, QuiltCon was the most quilting-related fun I've ever had!

Because there's so much to say about the show itself, the experience of it, and the people I met, I'll have to write several posts! However, with 400 quilts on display (I'm pretty sure that number includes the 1970's quilts shown by Bill Volkening, and some Gee's Bend quilts) I'm unable to show everything.

That's why I recommend that you visit Houzz to see the QuiltCon overview, with links to all the ribbon winners (ribbons awarded for first, second and third places; no honorable mentions were given). This Houzz write-up about QuiltCon is a good place to start because the photos are excellent.  And as you're looking, note the design and style of the quilting. Do you see all the straight line quilted quilts that won ribbons?

First, let me show the winners in the same category as Lora and I found our "Ad Libbing" quilt - "Negative Space." QuiltCon determined the category in which to place Ad Libbing, and negative space is a good choice. Here we are with our quilt. We were wearing the right colors, weren't we?!

These are the winning quilts in our category.
1st place, negative space
2nd place, negative space
3rd place, negative space
I'm sorry to say that my photos are too blurry to read who each winner is, nor was there a show catalog to refer to, so please be sure to visit the link above for the names and locations of winners.

Lora and I sat together during the poorly orchestrated awards ceremony. Beside the fact that the awards presentation computer and microphone equipment weren't working so no quilts winning quilts were shown on the big screen, and MC Jacquie Gering had to yell to be heard - the whole thing ran an hour behind schedule - we didn't win a ribbon. Even the judges' comments were less than helpful. There was no score sheet or rating system. Just these platitudes.

While elaborate quilting wasn't rewarded at QuiltCon, that isn't deterring Lora and me from entering Ad Libbing in other shows. Even now, we're waiting to hear if it's been accepted into MQX.

A happy surprise was seeing "Ad Libbing," and a bit of myself on Austin's Saturday morning FOX News show "Good Day Austin." Here's the link to that news segment where you'll briefly see the quilt, and me in my aqua volunteer shirt and selvages skirt talking to a quilter.
As for my entry in the Panasonic Bias Tape Appliqué Challenge... You may remember, "Shapes," the quilt that gave me all the problems with the smeared grease on white Kona. Shapes didn't win anything either.

Here are the winners in the Panasonic Bias Tape Appliqué Challenge.
1st place, bias tape challenge "CPU" by Katherine Jones
2nd place, bias tape challenge 
3rd place, bias tape challenge
 And one other bias tape non-ribbon winner I particularly liked because of all the color.

Just to give you a sense of the show, and in no particular order, these are some of the other non-ribbon-winning modern quilts.


It seems that the more elaborate the quilting, the less chance there was of winning a ribbon.

Love this one by Lee Heinrichs (FreshlyPieced) of Wisconsin.

"Diamond Chains" by Charlotte Noll, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The entry below is by blogger/IG friend Anne Deister, SpringLeafStudios of Colorado. She quilted straight lines and feathers.

Isn't this an eye-catching quilt? It's by Sheri Lyn Woods, and appears to be made of old bed sheets. 

Her "big stitch" hand quilting, in black, was very effective.

I have lots more quilt pictures. In fact, I shared so many of them on Instagram that I had to leave the show hall a couple times to plug-in and recharge!

The evening of the first day, I met-up with Mid-Century Modern Bee friends, six of whom I met for the first time! We swapped pins and a few gifts. They're the dearest quilters you'd ever want to meet. Our evening together was much too short.
L-R: Cindy of LiveAColorfulLife; Elizabeth of PiecefulLife; Debbie of AQuiltersTable; me; Leisa, friend of Elizabeth E.; René of ReneCreates; Elizabeth E. of OccasionalPiece; Anne of SpringLeafStudios; and Michele of Frustrated Quilter.

The pin swap was fun too, but wish I'd swapped more! My favorite is the QuiltCon pin in the lower left - "My quilt is in the show." I wore it proudly. More pictures tomorrow. Linda


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