QuiltCon 2017 - Savannah, GA

QuiltCon! The word itself means a lot. A mix of anxiety, excitement, networking, friendships, inspiration and much more.

Bling (98"x98") won Best in Show - by Katherine Jones @twocatsquilts - Tasmanian MQG

Bling (98"x98") won Best in Show - by Katherine Jones @twocatsquilts - Tasmanian MQG

This year, I was able to meet and chat with lots of Instagram friends, I think much more than last year. Meeting people was one of my favorite experiences. The social aspect of QuiltCon is what drew me into going the first time in 2016 and with this second year under my belt I feel that it will be a hard pattern to break. It is a good thing though.

Meeting Giuseppe (@giucy_giuce), Karin (@leighlaurelstudios), Kitty (@nightquilter) and Tamara (@metamarama)

Meeting Giuseppe (@giucy_giuce), Karin (@leighlaurelstudios), Kitty (@nightquilter) and Tamara (@metamarama)

I am sure I missed a lot of people that I would love to reconnect or say hello because of workshops, lectures and sightseeing schedules. Nevertheless, it was really gratifying to walk the show and mingle with other quilters. I had the pleasure to meet and chat with Pamela Wiley in one of those days and it was a really rich experience. I am a huge proponent of warm welcomes and hellos and I felt that this year people were much more welcoming than last year. So I really love when you catch an enriching conversation with someone and that is what happened with Pamela. I also went to her solo exhibition called Now the Once (pictures below) which was mind blowing. I was captivated by all the meaningful layers in her work, which really inspired me to think about all of the connections in my quilting.

I took two workshops. Embroidery for quilts with Heidi Parks which was fun and relaxed and Speak Easy with Heather Jones, where we worked on making letters with 1" strips. I really enjoyed the classes and am excited to continue working on the project I have in mind for my letters and embroidery.

Result of my Embroidery for Quilts workshop with Heidi Parks

Result of my Embroidery for Quilts workshop with Heidi Parks

Another great experience was to see five of my quilts hanging at the show. It is quite surreal and humbling at times. It is all out there. Your hours, your labor, your mistakes and also your learnings. This time I wasn't ashamed of any of it, but as I mentioned already, it was also humbling to be part of a show that had so many impressive works hanging. 

These are just some of the amazing quilts from the show and that's why we all get so inspired and want to go back every year.

Finally, Savannah. I was ready to move there from the moment I stepped out of the plane and felt the warm air on my face. However, my hair was not. Humidity! That was what drew us apart beautiful Savannah. 

I loved everything from my experience. From sharing a house with nine other quilters to seeing my quilts hanging next to people whose work I highly admire. As I try to decide about QuiltCon 2018, I have a huge pro list and a one con item ($$$). On the top of my pro list are the special connections we make with people that helps turn this whole virtual world more real and satisfying.

I know what I am leaning towards. What about you? 

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