QuiltCon 2019 Recap

Kitty Wilkin, Night Quilter

I loved this little quilt. It is funny to me that in a place with so many quilts – this captured my imagination. The fussy cutting and teeny tiny piecing just makes my heart sing. I am sure the class that I took with Debbie Grifka (read more about it here) made me realize what an accomplishment this is – and my deep admiration for doing something 100 days in a row. I digress.

I spent a lot of time looking at quilts – these are not all – but these are among the favorites I saw. I decided not to take pictures of the winners – but quilts that struck me. The aisles were awfully crowded so I even gave up on that after awhile, there really was so much to take in. Thinking next time (and I hope I do go in 2020 or 2021) I would do a more divide and conquer approach. Take the days and 2 hours for the show each day and divide the rows – so that I do a section or two each day and that is it. I hope future shows use more space between the aisles, it is just not enough.

2 minis from Everyday Creativity Class

Classes, Lectures and Comments:

  • Season Evans : How to Quilt Minimalist Quilts (3 hours) I was a little unsure of this class but I learned a lot. Season began with an introduction to a few styles that work on minimalist quilts. Our exercises were to do 2 on her quilt an 2 on our own quilt – pencil and tracing paper. It was really helpful and I know you will see more of it in my quilting.
  • Christina Cameli: Free Form Quilting (3 hours). Take her class, any, if you get a chance. She has a great style and great techniques. I am not so free form with my quilting, but she brought it out in me. One of her quilts at the show illustrated a lot of what she taught in the class. Check it out here. Also, a new Blueprint class, which I am definitely taking. It will reinforce what I did at QuiltCon – always a good thing.
  • Elizabeth Townsend Gard: Quilting and IP: It’s Not What You Think (1 hour). Lots of great information in this one hour lecture. Listen to her when you get a chance if you are a designer. Watch for her book or listen to her podcast – you will learn a lot.
  • Daisy Aschehoug: Technology in Quilt Design (1 hour). Daisy mentioned a lot of great tools. Only wish there was more time to delve into a few new ones I with which I was unfamiliar. More homework….for me. I’ll let you know if I find some that are interesting. I do need to up my game with a drawing app/program.
  • Debbie Grifka: Everyday Creativity (3 hours). You can see what I thought about this in an entry a few days ago – here.

I really enjoyed Quilt Con and think I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I will go again – just not sure if 2020 0r 2021. I’ll let you know. Meanwhile – the things I would do differently are: only one night class, maybe one free day entirely, maybe stay through Sunday, and volunteer. So go if you can – its a lot of fun and so many things you learn.

Update 3/4/19
WINNERS!!!THANK YOU to all who commented during my giveaways. My giveaways were sent on Friday, Karen T, Bernie K, and Kathy L won and should be getting there FQs and a few little things soon. I haven’t decided on the next, but it is coming.

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  1. March 5, 2019 / 9:13 am

    Hi Kathleen! Fabulous quilts you have shared. It sounds like it was very crowded. I am kind of glad I missed it – I’m not a huge fan of tons of crowds, but the classes looked great. I’ll have to see where next year’s venue is located. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      March 5, 2019 / 5:29 pm

      It wasn’t a total zoo but even Thursday I was surprised at how crowded the hall was in the morning. I would have separated vendors and quilts. This is a huge national show and bigger I think as there is only “one” with this theme and maybe the more central the location (versus E or W) the more crowded – I know they were surprised (but how with preregistration by 90% of attendees?). Next year is Austin, last weekend in Feb again 23-26? I haven’t decided but a leaning towards yes.

  2. March 5, 2019 / 10:17 am

    Night classes are tough and require a lot of energy and focus to make it through. I’m glad you had a great time!

    • kathleenquilts
      March 5, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      I did and am trying to see if I can do next year – kind of expensive but I think it is well worth it!

  3. March 5, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    I would think a night class would be tough; I’d be exhausted from the daytime events. You took in so much, and have given us a good review of your experience. Thanks for the links to check out!

    • kathleenquilts
      March 5, 2019 / 2:38 pm

      I am glad it was helpful and I thought sharing the links would be helpful. Let me know if any thing really captures your muse.

  4. March 5, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    I received my fat quarters and fun things yesterday!! Thank you so very much. I am planning on attending next year in Austin as my daughter lives there. Which means I will have a free room and probably someone to accompany me. When will they start taking registrations?

    • kathleenquilts
      March 5, 2019 / 2:35 pm

      I think it was November…..I will check back for you. Are you a member? You get notifications that way. Not very expensive for an individual.

      • kathleenquilts
        March 5, 2019 / 5:21 pm

        The hotel reservations are early – I did mine in late April last year. The class sign up for guild members was late June.

  5. March 5, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    Thank you for your review, Kathleen! That first quilt you posted is love at first sight!!! Is that some bark cloth you purchased for a bag? I bought some recently also. And I love everything Stripology.

    • kathleenquilts
      March 5, 2019 / 6:00 pm

      You are welcome! Concerning the bark cloth – I was going for a heavier weight and don’t really know what it was. I will research it more. I just loved the pattern and the teal!
      Stripology has been calling my name so I am anxious to play. I’ll get out her videos and maybe make one of the patterns. I am really curious about the squaring up which was part of the reason I bought this one – and size. My girlfriend had to put it in her luggage, it was a bit too large for mine (the old 1/2”).

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