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