So what a fun but exhausting (both emotionally, mentally and physically) 4 days I had at QuiltCon in Austin. Some great class, lectures, quilts and of course meeting other quilters who are also passionate about our craft as I am. I left after work on Wednesday so it was nearly midnight before I checked in to the Radisson and then was up early on Thursday to go to the conference center in time for check in for my first class.
After check in the first person I saw was Maddie who blogs here http://domesticanarchy.com and founder of The Bad Ass Quilters Society. Maddie is so sweet and it was great to meet someone who I have know online for a while.
I spent 6 hours on Thursday with Angela Walters as I took her “Machine Quilting for a Modern Quilt” class. It was a great class, Angela has a funny sense of humor and very encouraging even if my free motion quilting looks like chicken scratches she was full of praise and encouragement. At the end of the class I have lots of new stuff to try when digitizing designs for my long arm and made some new quilting friends.
At lunch and once my class was finished, I headed to the show floor to look at the quilts and visit the vendor booths. Here are some of the quilts
Rhythm & Blues Anne Deister – got third place in Use of Negative Space– Large Quilts
The quilting on this was just amazing, I went back a number of times to look at it – Lisa is an amazing quilter
Also loved this quilt Broken Diamonds by Kati Spencer which took a second place ribbon
Another one that caught my eye was Mobile by Elizabeth Brandt which took a 1st place ribbon for Use of Negative Space – Small Quilts
It’s Just Peachy, made and quilted by Nancy Scott
Loved the curved quilting on this one
This is just a subset of the quilts on display. I took allot more pictures and will do another post to show more of them.
Another highlight of the weekend was the series of lectures I attended on Saturday. David and Amy Butler were both very entertaining and inspiring speakers who talks covered both Modern Lifestyle Photography and Creating Your Unique Color Story. Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr another wonderful husband and wife team who together and run the Modern Quilt Studio. Their talk took us through their quilting journey and I really identified with how they ended their talk and gave us all homework where they challenged us to
- Know thy self - figure out your strengths and use them
- Aim high - don't follow the crowd but aim higher and define your own style based on your skill set
- Challenge yourself -if you could only make one quilt what would it b
- Reflect - and learn new skills
- Think broadly - learn from all genres of quilting
- Experiment - with color, stitching and fabrics and make things like you have never made before
- Share - your quilting skills and talents with those around your
- Give and receive- constructive criticism - 4 positive things and 1 are to improve
- Encourage - one another
- Have Fortitude- keep going even if you want to quit
- Document - your process and everything you create
- Evolve - look at your quilts overtime and now how you have evolved = what makes your best quilt the best?
For more details. you can read more about it here QuiltCon Homework
Jacquie Gering shared her quilting journey from teaching herself to quilt who in five years had become such an wonderful creative inpsiring quilter. She started her talk telling us about her Father and Mother who were “Makers” and such an influence for her quilting. She shared her love of family, giving and quilting with us all. Her talk was so touching – we cried, we laughed, we were inspired by her and overall I just fell in love with her and her quilts!. The room gave her a standing ovation she just rocked.
Denyse Schmidt finished the day with a wonderful talk on her quilting and design journey, talked about her lessons learned and also encouraged us to” be true to oneself” and authentic. She has wonderful quote through out her presentation and one that I remember –
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
To see some of the great talks check out some of them here on Craftsy.com where they are sharing some of the lectures free of charge.
At the beginning of this post I mentioned that QuiltCon left me emotionally exhausted and this stemmed from a controversial lecture on Saturday that left me wondering – If I fit into the Modern Quilting movement? What is my quilting style? Do I need to be defined by a group who seemed to think it was OK to be demeaning of other quilting styles? The rules of Modern Quilting presented just seemed like something that didn’t leave room for innovation and seemed like it excluded so much that it really did concern me. It got me thinking “Why does it have to be us versus them?” We need to acknowledge that all quilters are bonded together by a love of creating with fabric and making quilt that we love. Each genre of quilting can teach each other so much we need to embrace that and honor the tradition that has come before us and build on that to create wonderful quilters in the future. Let us just continue to make quilts and not worry if they are modern or traditional this really should not matter. I will not change what I do to fit in the clique that reminds me of the of popular girls from high school who defines the rules to be part of their club. Lots of other blog posts have covered this topic more eloquently then I have so I will leave it at this and finish up with some pictures of another wonderful quilt from the show that I just loved: