Wrap Up of QuiltCon 2015

Since the end of QuiltCon, the days have flown by, even though we were snowed in when we returned to New York. Busy doing the taxes.

So I will wrap up my experience at QuiltCon, which became a mini vacation at the end visiting with my cousins. I love seeing them and wish they lived closer so we could see them more often. There is always a lot of laughing that happens during these visits, and they just can’t be matched.

Thursday night we met up with members of my quilt guild; The Hudson Valley Modern Quilt Guild for a really fun dinner, and good food at Gueros Toco Bar. (Great choice Beth). My husband, and one of our founding member’s seven month old joined us too. They were the only males, and non-members, but made our night at this Mexican Restaurant that we fell upon, a good time.

Friday morning I attended a panel discussion, called Maker to Making a Living which was moderated by Jacqueline Sava with panelists; Brenda Groelz of Handi QuilterDenyse Schmidt, Heather Givens, owner of Crimson Tate, a brick and mortar and online fabric store, and Mary Fons of Fons and Porter. I’m copping out here, because it was interesting to hear their stories about how they grew their businesses. Did it speak to me personally, and where I’m going with my quilting and blogging journey; not really. 

However, I met Heather Givens and we had a great time talking again a little later. She kindly agreed to an interview on this blog later in the spring, and I can’t wait!! But that’s the author, journalist and published book reviewer in me that loves to interview interesting people.

I took a quick walk through the exhibition and saw my square at the Windham Fabrics Booth.

I was kind of excited to see it hanging there. When some members of our guild came to my home and we made them, I didn’t really like the way it looked. But in the exhibit, it took on a whole new personality, and I felt proud of it.

Luckily, before I left the convention center, I met up with some other really special people. Quilt bloggers, I’ve met this past year who have been kind and supportive. From Left to right; Afton@Quilting ModDaisy@ Ants to SugarYvonne @ Quilting Jet GirlAnne @ Hudson Valley Quilts, and Kitty @ Night Quilter.

I met these fabulous women while participating, or linking up with them while participating in Plum and June’s 2014 New Bloggers Blog Hop this past summer.

My husband and I grabbed a quick lunch and took a long nap that afternoon. And I’m really glad we did, because I had a three hour workshop from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM that evening, and I am one who needs to refuel for evening work.
We ate a really yummy, dinner at Moonshine beforehand. This is a fabulous restaurant next to the convention center. In fact, it was so good we went back there for lunch the next day. Double recommendation. 

Friday night ended with a bang, with Bill Kerr’s Color Inspiration Class. Being that he is married to Weeks Ringle, and I spent a full day on color the day before, wouldn’t you think it would be repetitive? No. It wasn’t. In fact, the classes, and what they had to offer complimented each other in a very special way. We put combinations of fabrics together differently, but they were in new ways of thinking about it for me. And that was the main reason I really wanted to take classes focusing on colors at this conference. Before the conference, I felt as though I was doing the same old, same old. Now that I’m home I’m looking at my stash differently.

These were some of the designs and color combinations we put together.

Saturday I attended a lecture, Take Better Pictures Now!, given by Meg Cox. I was looking forward to hearing her speak, not just because she’s a great quilter, writer, and researcher, but she wrote for one of my favorite publications; The Wall Street Journal. I really like it because the articles are crisp, and it is extremely well-written and researched.

Meg was excellent, as I expected. She gave a great powerpoint presentation, showing lighting tips, products that are inexpensive to purchase that help create a better photo shoot, and discussed just how much image driven quilt blogs are.  She also really made me think about how my photos need to tell a better story to readers. I’m going to be more conscious of that.

So to wind this story up, Saturday night I finally got a chance to see my cousin Chris play drums with a very up and coming band in Austin, called Ruby Jane. During all our many visits to Austin, there was never a gig of his happening when we were there. I was so impressed with his ability and professionalism as a musician. And he’s going to be playing in the music festival this Spring. He is just so cool.

The next morning we had breakfast with the other branch of my Austin cousins. And we stayed with them for the next few days before we flew back to cold, snowy New York.

I’m going to backtrack a little before I sign off. Before I left the conference for our mini-vacation, I planned to meet up with Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts. Faith’s blog was the first quilt blog I ever read. I have had questions along the way, and she has always been so wonderful and gracious in answering my questions, and was my first blog interviewee. I couldn’t wait to say “thank you” in person, and give her a hug full of gratitude. 

Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Anne @ Hudson Valley Quilts, and Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts. Both are authors (along with Katy Jones) of Vintage Modern Quilts.

Lastly, I want to leave you with an image that sums up quilting and Austin. As you wander about Austin, you will see the slogan, “Keep Austin Weird.” In the airport and around the city, you will see these funky outdoor art guitars. Austin is famous for the South by Southwest Music Festival and the photo below captures patchwork, music and their slogan, which is sweet. Enjoy!!

Happy Quilting and have a great weekend!!


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