I’m back from my first QuiltCon 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia!
This event seems to bring out strong feelings in quilters. Whether you attend in person or follow along virtually, it can be an overwhelming event. I’ve certainly felt that way over the past 8 years that I’ve followed the event from home.
Since this was my first time joining in person, my main goal in attending was to meet people. Even more than seeing the quilts, in fact, the quilts were at the bottom of my priority list! I wanted to get out and finally speak with like-minded people who are as passionate about this fiber art as I am 😊 And I’m thrilled to say that I succeeded. It was glorious to meet all the creative people I’ve been connected with virtually for years now.
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Meeting you at QuiltCon 2023
It was also a little surreal meeting so many of you. I know we connect here regularly but seeing you and having the chance to just talk and laugh and hug was the BEST. I love that I now have a visual to associate with your name.
You had such lovely things to say about the weekly newsletter (sign up here) which warmed my heart to no end. I always try to make each newsletter joyful and inspiring for your inbox and hearing that’s how it feels to you too is just so heartwarming. I like to call it the circle of joy 😉
The goodies I picked up
I left space in my carry-on for the very purpose of picking up some goodies while at QuiltCon 2023. What I didn’t expect was to pick up a mug! Here’s a peek at what I purchased
Ruby Star Society
I walked into Ruby Star Society’s QuiltCon booth and instantly zeroed in on this adorable yellow butterfly mug handmade by Alexia Marcelle Abegg.
A mug was not on my radar. A t-shirt, like my Seam Reaper, definitely but a mug? Not so much.
So happy I snagged the only one I saw on the shelf.
Little House Cottons
It was early morning on Day 1 of QuiltCon and I was walking the second-floor vendor hall when I was halfway walking past the Little House Cottons booth and the cuteness lured me in. The name and the handmade quilted sign were just so adorable, and I said so to the owner. It’s not my typical go-to prints, but I was curious, and the first thing I did?
I asked if I could feel the fabric!
Kristen encouraged me to give it a feel and oh my! I’m sure I gasped and groaned all the same time! This fabric is beyond soft. I really wish you could just reach out and touch these pretties. I was so enamored that, on my second visit to the booth, I literally told everyone they had to feel the fabric. It’s that yummy!
The other unexpected purchase was these cute labels. The plants instantly caught my eye, and I couldn’t get them out of my mind. I made a point to revisit Sarah Hearts’ booth and grab this pack. Even my hubz thought they were adorable 😉
And that’s it, that’s everything I bought! I felt I was restrained, but it still took me a minute to Tetris my suitcase so it would all fit!
The quilts that caught my eye at QuiltCon
There were over 500 quilts hanging at QuiltCon this year, which is quite the number to take in.
Here’s a quick round-up of some of the quilts that caught my eye as I walked the floor.
The quilts pictured in the video include (in order of appearance):
- Sky Top 2 by Nancy Lambert
- Entangle by Emilie Trahan
- Gingko by Andrea of 3rd Story Workshop (pattern available here)
- Outbound by Michelle Bartholomew
- Old Pine by Stephanie Forster
- Log Cabin Schoolhouse by Hillary Goodwin
- Avalanche by Caroline @geometricquilt
- Meringue by Yvonne from Quilting Jet Girl
- No 35 Collage – Egg and Spoon Race by Sarah Hibbert
- Influencing by Lauren Klementz-Harte
- Back in Therapy by Laura Hartrich
- Soaring by Rosalind Haywood
- Criminal Quilting by Carmen Walker
- Stars Above by Megan Collins (pattern available here)
Seeing your work
One of the things that warmed my heart was seeing your work!
While sitting and having drinks at the Westin with the team from Soak Wash, I turned around and noticed an Etched Diamond Quilt x Hovea Coat in the wild! I couldn’t resist walking up and introducing myself to Mary. Honestly, I think we were both so excited to meet one another.
Lessons I learned from my first QuiltCon
Interestingly, I expected to come back from QuiltCon 2023 with a serious case of comparisonitis but it had the opposite effect.
It reminded me that we’re all on our own creative journeys and we’re each bringing something unique to the table. I always like to say that life would be so boring if we all loved and did the same thing. It’s our own special flare that keeps things interesting.
It also reminded me that I’m on this creative journey for the long haul. It doesn’t matter if I’m having a prolific creative period or whether I’m in an introspective, gathering period – they’re all moments that lead me further along my path.
I hope this encourages you to see your own quilting journey from a new perspective, one that recenters it on what you want to explore and discover 😊
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