Snow, Life and Quilt Con!

I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted! It's been so crazy here - since Feb. 13 the kids have had just 2 days of school. First it was 4 days off for a school holiday, then the stormageddon hit. We had roughly 17"-18" of snow over two weeks. Makes for a lot of quality time with the kids, but not a lot of quality time with my sewing machine!

Also in the mix was my trip to Austin for Quilt Con. If you don't know what Quilt Con is, it was the first ever quilt show and conference held by the Modern Quilt Guild. I have never been to a conference quite like this. I've been to Paducah and I've been to Quilt Market, but this was so cool! I'm back more enthused, inspired and energetic than ever! I have so many ideas swimming in my head, I can't get them down on paper fast enough. I didn't take classes, but they had a lecture series of the industry's top people - Denyse Schmidt, Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr, Amy Butler, Jacquie Gering and on and on and on. it was like sitting through the bust guild meeting ever, every hour! Many of the lectures are on Craftsy for free. Check out Mary Fons' lecture - it addresses the modern/traditional divide. Good stuff for all quilters!

Me and "Handyman" from my book Quilt Retro.
I was honored to have a quilt in the show - Handyman from my book Quilt Retro! It was in the Modern Traditionalism category (a modern quilt made from a traditional block). There were some great quilts in my category and competition was tough. I didn't win and I'm okay with that. But, I can't wait to get my judging critique to see why!

Here's some more pictures from Quilt Con.

This is the Windy City quilt made for Jacquie Gering when she left KC for Chicago. Does it look familiar? It should! It's the inspiration for Modern Monday!
Here's my block! Does this mean I had TWO quilts in the show????
Here's my roomy - Jan - with her quilt in the group category! She didn't win either but it looked good with all the others
This quilt was in my category and it knocked my socks off! I thought it would win for sure, but no ribbon for it either! (Didn't catch the name of the maker, sorry about that.)

No show is complete without its controversy. I thought this quilt was fascinating. I love quilts that push boundaries. People were equally shocked, offended and intrigued!
And the food was fabulous! (Yes I take pictures of food!) These are fish tacos.
Gumbo and red beans and rice with room-service beer!
Crepes and iced tea! Haven't had a crepe in years - yummy!
The next Quilt Con will be in 2015 and you'd better believe I'll be there!


  1. I really loved your quilt entry! I don't remember what won in your category, but yours was a winner to me!

  2. Thanks for your kind words about my feathered star quilt, STELLA! (Latin for star and also a great movie line!). Loved your quilt! It was a thrill to be in Austin at QuiltCon ... to see the quilts, listen to the lectures, take the classes (and get away from winter in Alberta for a few days!). I was fortunate to have 2 quilts juried into the show and it was an amazing feeling to see them there. Now just waiting for the quilts to arrive back home and to read the judging critiques.


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