QuiltCon Wrap Up

I’ll be honest – I don’t even know where to start. Every time I begin to write this post I start to tear up with the happiness of it all. QuiltCon was a.m.a.z.i.n.g. I’ve been working on it none stop for many, many months now and I knew all that was in store, but somehow it was all more than the sum of its parts…  Positive, happy and creative energy was in the air and it was tangible. It’s what drove the whole staff as we worked many very, very long days during set up, the show itself and break down. I was in Austin for ten nights and we hit the groud running from the moment I arrived and didn’t stop until the evening before I left…

I pulled all of my photos from Instagram and put them in a folder on flickr. You can see them all here. My sister came for a good portion of it so she took a lot of the photos for me. A couple of highlights:

You won't miss the check in desk at #quiltcon !

The registration desk, quiet the day before the show started.

Gettin' it done with @moderndayquilts !

Me and Heather Grant, focused and talking out some detail a couple of hours before the show opened. The amazing Denyse Schmidt exhibit is our backdrop. Heather and I have been talking daily for over a year as we’ve worked to make QuiltCon happen. She’s become a great friend along with being a coworker. It was her knowledge and abilities that made QuiltCon as organized as it was.

Forget sewing - we are getting to touch and see Yoshiko's astonishing work!! #quiltcon

The one workshop I made time for was Yoshiko Jinzenji’s. She brought a lot of her work with her and it was amazing to see it in person and talk with her about it. A true inspiration.

Modern quilting is pretty amazing but it’s the people who really made the event what it was. The staff, volunteers, teachers and lecturers were all so giving of their time, energy and hard work. When we all worked together and put our time and energy into it, we were able to make something truly vibrant and exciting  happen. The modern quilting community all came together for a weekend and it was just amazingly fun.

Oh and I got a tattoo! (Hi Mom!) I was certainly not the only one – there were loads of attendees getting them.

Tattooed!! #quiltcon

It’s representative of my husband and son and for an extra lil’ quilty touch, the circles are set a perfect scant 1/4″ apart. Ha.

You can see a lot more of the show and the quilts in the QuiltCon flickr group.

Hope that those of you who were at QuiltCon has as much fun as I did, and I hope that the rest of you are making plans to go in 2015. As tired as I still am, I can’t wait to do it all over again!

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  • Elaine

    February 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Reply

    THANK YOU for everything. I had the most fantastic time and positive experience. My classes were amazing and meeting bloggy, flickr, etc. friends in real life– well, I just about burst from happiness. I’m so ready for 2015!

  • Charlotte

    March 1, 2013 at 12:49 am | Reply

    It was absolutely amazing! You deserve to be really proud (and to have a very long rest!)

  • Elle

    March 1, 2013 at 9:16 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa,
    It was so fun to get to meet you after your book signing – thank you for all your advice/support on being a mother to a little boy (it still seems unreal)!

    I just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am that I got to attend QuiltCon. It was just so inspiring and fun (and overwhelming in a good way)! Thank you so much for all of your hard work to make it happen! I can’t wait for 2015…and hopefully I’ll have a chance to see you again before then! If you ever happen to be near DC, I hope you’ll be in touch! 🙂


  • Alice R.

    March 1, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply

    I’m glad it was so successful! I really hope I can go one day…

  • Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    March 1, 2013 at 11:53 am | Reply

    QuiltCon was totally amazing! You all did such a fantastic job. Thank you seems inadequate!

    I was honored to be a small part of it 🙂 I’ll definitely be there in 2015!

  • sew katie did

    March 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Reply

    Thanks Alissa for all the hard work. We all had a blast! Hope to see you this year in Seattle (or Portland). xo

  • ashley

    March 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply

    I’m so glad that the event was such a success! It’s evident, even just through IG and blog photos, how well thought out everything was (down to the smallest detail!) and how much fun everyone had. All the hard work certainly paid off! I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t work harder to get myself there. 2015 for sure!

  • Tamie

    March 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply

    Thank you to you and all those who put QuiltCon together. It was AMAZING!! Really.

  • Peggy

    March 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply

    It was wonderful! And once again I am feeling very very fortunate to live in Austin Texas!!

  • Bethany Smith

    March 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Reply

    Quiltcon was such an amazing experience. It was inspiring, thought provoking, and to be honest just a great time! Your attention to detail showed and it looked to the rest of us that everything went off without a hitch! Congratulations!

  • Arita

    March 1, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Reply

    Thanks for all the hardwork that you and your team put into it. I enjoyed being a “Super” volunteer and already looking forward to 2015.

  • jacquie

    March 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm | Reply

    That is such a great picture of you and heather…a real moment in time that represents so many moments in the planning of QuiltCon. A.m.a.z.i.n.g just doesn’t seem to say enough about you and the event.

  • leslie tucker jenison

    March 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Reply

    Alissa, it was great seeing you in Austin! THANK YOU and the rest of the board for putting on this great event. It was simply wonderful.

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