Ready for a QuiltCon Recap? Last week, I packed up the family and headed to Nashville!
Last time I went to the Modern Quilt Guild’s annual show (QuiltCon), in 2017, I posted a few pictures on Instagram of my time in Savannah, but shared many more on my personal Facebook page. I took four workshops, attended lots of lectures, swapped a mini quilt, went on an expedition to see some super-cool travel trailers, and probably didn’t get as much sleep as I should have.
This year, I cut way back on the scheduled events, and ended up spending an awful lot of time talking to people: old friends, new friends, people I know from Instagram who seem like old friends, people who loved my bag (Tea Leaf Tote by Poorhouse Quilt Designs), and quite possibly a statue of Hank Williams.
I met up with a few Island Batik Ambassadors, quilters I met at Savannah QuiltCon, friends from home(!), fellow Partners in Design, Sew Pro alumnae, and New Quilt Bloggers from years past (and some people fit into, like, three quarters of those categories…SHERRY).
In between all of that talking (which I’m thoroughly unaccustomed to), I did manage to look at some quilts. The QuiltCon Charity Challenge quilts displayed an astonishing range of techniques and concepts within the guidelines of tiny piecing and a particular set of colors.
Lots of quilts on display this year had strong messages. Not all were obvious until you read the information card (always read the information card).
I loved going through the quilts with my family and seeing what caught their attention. Both of my children have made their own quilts, and my husband has developed an excellent quilting vocabulary. I suspect that they will all be less impressed with my work now.
Because I kept my schedule so fluid, I ended up losing track of time a lot, and only attended three lectures. The first was with Teresa Duryea Wong. She spoke about cotton and indigo from Japan, and shared slides of some breathtaking work that Japanese quilters have been doing. I ended up having her sign copies of her three books: Cotton and Indigo from Japan, Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters, and her book that’s just being released, American Cotton: Farm to Quilt.
The second lecture was a Sarah Bond lecture about the quilts that her ancestors made. I’ve taken classes with Sarah before and have always found her to be funny and plain-spoken–two of my favorite characteristics in a teacher. While I was still in the lecture hall, I ordered the book that Sarah first discovered her family’s quilt history in. It arrived the day after I got back to NJ and I’m looking forward to sitting down with it soon.
The last lecture I attended was with Laura McDowell Hopper, who talked about quilt preservation. While I’m not one to make a lot of heirloom quilts, I certainly want to take any steps I can to make my quilts last as long as possible. I learned some basic preservation techniques to use (and some techniques to avoid), and Laura gave us some other resources to consult as well. Again, I left the lecture hall with a book on order.
quilt & textile Conservation resources & supplies
- Blick Art Materials
- Gaylord Archival
- University Products
- Light Impressions
- Museum Textile Services
- International Preservation Studies Center
- American Institute for Conservation
Well, duh, of course I went shopping. When I asked my mom what I could bring back for her, she said to find some kind of new gadget for her. Let me tell you, that’s no easy task. She…invests in her quilting. However, after thoroughly wandering the vendor aisles, I think I found a couple of things she doesn’t already have. But they shall have to remain unblogged (for now) since I haven’t seen her yet since I got home.
So, while thoroughly wandering the vendor aisles, I chatted with Quilt Alliance about how to persuade people to Go Tell It for three minutes, planned vacations to the Dairy Barn and the National Quilt Museum (BECAUSE I’M GOING TO WIN THE DRAWING), checked out the fabric lines coming soon from Ruby Star Society, had Bernina people thrust a fabric panel into my hands, and got a couple of little needlebooks and a new book from Moda (BECAUSE I WON THAT DRAWING).
I also enjoyed long conversations with Joe from Schiffer Publishing, Sue Reich from Quilts of Valor, and Jim Sherraden, the recently retired master printer and curator at Hatch Show Prints. All told, thanks to those three people, I think I spent about an hour in a booth surrounded by books and totally absorbed in conversation with people who are passionate about what they do and curious about everything tangential to it. HEAVEN.
And of course, I did buy some fabric. I mean, come on, it’s QuiltCon, not TalkCon. The mother/daughter team at Fiber on a Whim had me cracking up, and I loved the textures of all of their dyed fabrics. Had to buy some. Crimson Tate is always a fun booth. Spotted a teensy weensy Bloc-Loc for teensy weensy half-square triangles, as well as mini charm packs of Liberty. Had to buy some. Bespoken2 (rebranding from Kismet) carries quite a collection of sari fabric and kantha quilt charms. Had to buy some (and came perilously close to buying an entire vintage kantha quilt). Brooklyn Mojo is new to me. I enjoyed talking with the owner (okay, I kind of talked AT her), and couldn’t resist a few of her prints. Had to buy some. If I lived near Frond, I would live IN Frond. Had to buy some. After having a long conversation with a shop owner at another booth who was an original Bob Ross acolyte, I could no longer resist the Cherrywood Challenge despite my best efforts to avoid it. Had to buy some. And the “I Will Cut You” laser cut quilt kit from Punkin Patch is going to work up in a snap. And sparkle like crazy once I hotfix eight gazillion crystals to it. And look SPECTACULAR in my studio. Had to buy some.
There were no bad meals.
- Bajo Sexto Taco — They carded me.
- The Farm House — Ask for Chad.
- Arnold’s Country Kitchen — Oh. My. Real Southern cooking.
- Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint — Never mind that hole in the roof.
- Kitchen Notes — Excellent brunch. Very nice whiskey sour.
- Legendairy Milkshake Bar — We…forgot to eat dinner.
Now to start planning for QuiltCon Austin in 2020!!