As you probably already know, I went to Quilt Con this weekend! It was a basically a big, quilt-loving party. A lot of big names in the industry were there, and they were every bit as lovely and generous in person as they are online. I'm new enough to this world that I was neutral on the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) until last weekend, but I am a big fan now. But I should back up and simply tell y'all about the weekend. I think I could write for days, but I'll try not to get too carried away!
I left Atlanta for Savannah on Friday afternoon and arrived late that night at a sweet little house my friends Frances and Jen had rented. We talked for a couple hours then called it a night. The next morning, we had a cup of coffee then hit the ground running. I knew I only had one day on the show floor, so it had to count.
I met a lot of people: Kathy Miller (far left in photo) and Kait Witte at Michael Miller Fabrics, Jacquie Gering, Bradley Mitchell and Alex Veronelli at Aurifil, Christa Watson, Angela Walters, Melissa Averinos, Alison Glass, Mathew Boudreaux, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Jenny Doan, Tula Pink, and, of course, Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show (who I already knew, but should have a shout-out because all of you need to go watch their show immediately)!
In addition to hobnobbing with the famous and fabulous, I saw some pretty magnificent quilts. First of all, there is the show-stopping "Bling: (shown at top). Even a few days later, I don't really have words. I could stand speechless for a long time. "Bling" is the kind of quilt I thought might be possible, but only have the vaguest ideas about how to possibly start. What Kat has done is nothing short of astounding genius.
I'm going to post a few of the quilts from the show with their info and maybe a few comments in the captions. Forgive me if this gets lengthy...
First up: Modern Birds in the Air and Bauhaus Birds in the Air by my friend Frances Dowell. If you don't already listen to Frances wax philosophical on The Off Kilter Quilt, then you should.
Above: "Madonna," Pieced by Brittany Bowen and Quilted by Natalia Bonner; Best Machine Quilting, framed. More gorgeous improv and colors.
I had a wonderful time at QuiltCon. I suppose I just have a few final thoughts on recurring themes I saw:
1) COLOR: aqua, orange (from coral to tangerine to true orange), yellow (from bright to mustard), royal blue. Also, negative space is not strictly so much white or gray anymore.
2) STYLE: The improv game is STRONG in the MQG and I LOVE it.
3) SUBJECT: Birds, fish, and place. I think place was the most common theme, and it's one I've been thinking a lot about as well. It was represented in maps, skylines, and nature-scapes. I think place is very important to our identity, so I hope it stays a theme for a while. Along with the idea of "place" was the idea of "directionality." I think both of these themes are closely tied to the recent political climate in the US as many citizens feel dis-placed (at odds with spaces and people they consider home or emotionally upside down) even though they may not be literally displaced. Speaking of which, all manner of political themes were well represented as well.
(To read more about the themes of QuiltCon, check out my friend Quiltin' Jenny's excellent post!)
I spent about an hour in the QuiltAlliance booth on Saturday making recordings about three quilts that are part of my work with Quilts for Cure. I'll share more about that on the Quilts for Cure Blog as soon as I can, and I'd love for you to check it out. Which, side note, Quilts for Cure is now accepting completed quilts for donations. Visit the Donate Quilts page for criteria and instructions!
Okay, That's a wrap! I have more photos, but I must call it somewhere. I hope y'all enjoyed this overview. If you haven't seen it already, you can also rewatch the Facebook Live I did walking through part of the show. Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram @stringandstory!
See you tomorrow night for WIP Wednesday! I have to go sew so that I have some WIPs! haha!