I’m Back!!!

by Nicole

I’m back from QuiltCon!

Might I say it was a blast?!?! If you weren’t there, you’ll have to imagine the awesomeness of merely being in the same place with all the superstars of the quilting/sewing world. Imagine yourself saying, “Hi” to Denyse Schmidt as you both stroll down the aisles of the quilt show. Or imagine yourself sitting and listening to Amy Butler talk about her process of her color inspiration. Or envision Angela Walters showing you how to quilt a swirl. It was surreal!

I’m still a bit awestruck by this weekend and being surrounded by all the quilts and soaking up all the knowledge shared in lectures and workshops.  I would love to share with you photos of all the quilts at the show, but I’m sure you’ll spot many of them across blogland. So I won’t even take on that herculean task. Instead, I’ll give you a few highlights.

My friend Karen from Blooming Poppies made this quilt that won the award for Quilting Excellence.

Check out the circular quilting and you’ll see why she won. And would you believe she did this on her domestic machine?!? Yup, she sure did. She’s got a great tutorial on her blog. Go on and check it out here. I’ll wait for you.

I found myself drawn to quilts that used orange fabrics, like this one by Susan Kephart. I love all the different shades of orange she used.

This mini by Janice Ryan caught my eye. I love the quilting in the negative space and the embroidery in the center.

Then there was this one by Sherri Lynn Wood, which won first place for handwork. Yes, all that stitching was done by hand!

And I’m guessing too many people took Elizabeth Hartman’s message to heart so a sign was put up to remind folks to not touch the quilt!

I hope you enjoyed this mini recap. Of course, I’ve got lots more to share with you…soon!

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Lisa Lisa February 26, 2013 - 1:40 am

Oh, Nicole! I'm so jealous yet so happy for you! I fully intend on going next year! Maybe I'll see you there πŸ™‚

liz February 26, 2013 - 1:42 am

Thanks for a fun report! You included my IRL friend Karen's beautiful quilt – an extra thrill for this gal. I was sooo bummed to have to cancel my trip to QuiltCon due to illness… and I'm hungrily reading all I can about it via generous folks like yourself. And I can't wait for Karen and our other two Mod Guild member attendees to share at our next meeting. Thanks for the post!

I think we have to wait TWO years for the next QuiltCon, right?

mamalovequilts@gmail.com February 26, 2013 - 1:55 am

So sorry that you weren't able to attend, Liz. I hope you are feeling better.

Yes, you are right, the next QuiltCon will be in 2015, although I hear there is talk of regional conferences in the off-year.

Enjoy the recaps!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade February 26, 2013 - 3:09 am

I'm so happy for you! I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to be there and meet and see so many of the people we follow and admire! I really wish I would/could have gone!! Maybe next time!!

karen February 26, 2013 - 3:38 am

Surreal indeed Nicole!!! Thanks for the lovely mention and photo, my oh so humble friend!! Where are the photos of your amazing quilts from the show? What a great treat it was getting to hang out a bit with you!! Can't wait to hear more details about the rest of your weekend!

Leanne February 26, 2013 - 5:05 am

I am glad to hear you are home safe and sound. It was pretty surreal, and fun too.

Megan February 26, 2013 - 5:16 am

And congratulations to you Nicole for the award you won for Helix – well deserved!

Joy February 26, 2013 - 5:47 am

Oh how wonderful for you! Congratulations for the award you won and what wonderful time you must have been flying in the clouds.. We're you exhausted from all the excitement ?

regan February 26, 2013 - 5:52 am

Thanks for all the pics! They're all so beautiful! I'm in love with that one by Sherry Lynn Wood! Gorgeous!

Debbie February 26, 2013 - 6:53 am

Welcome home! Thanks for sharing – anxious to hear more about your fabulous time!

Zosia Samosia February 26, 2013 - 7:53 am

koΕ‚o przecudne!
Pozdrawiam πŸ™‚

Laikabear February 26, 2013 - 8:09 am

I am a new quilter so I didn't really think about traveling to Quiltcon but maybe I will go in 2015! I've never been to a quilt show. I probably would have been the one touching Elizabeth's quilt. Well, it does say to touch it! πŸ™‚ So Helix won an award? Congratulations! It sounds like you had a good time.

Annabella February 26, 2013 - 9:33 am

Welcome home Nicole – it does indeed sound like you had a blast. Too funny about Elizabeth's quilt!

Gertie Pye February 26, 2013 - 12:24 pm

Nicole I see you got a ribbon for Helix – huge congratulations! Well deserved x

CitricSugar February 26, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Congratulations on your ribbon – I was really excited for you when I saw the list posted! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures at QC!

Katy Cameron February 26, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Congrats on your award, and thanks for sharing, I especially love the 'don't touch' notice!

pandchintz February 26, 2013 - 11:40 pm

Fabulous quilts. Glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing!

Denise February 27, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Enjoyed QuiltCon! Enjoyed meeting you as well!

amy smart February 28, 2013 - 4:22 am

Thanks for the QuiltCon report! I am loving hearing about people's experiences. It sounds amazing. I'm so glad you had a great time!

Peggy February 28, 2013 - 5:15 am

It really was wonderful!!! I kept my eye out for you, but with all those people… I can't wait until next year!

My girls went with me after school on Friday and had a ton of fun, too.

Did you enjoy Austin?

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