Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Quilt Con 2019 Reflection - Part 2

Last week, I shared about my experience having my quilt in the show at Quiltcon - you can read more about that here.  Today I wanted to share more about my overall experience at conference.

Nashville was the second Quilt Con I attended - the other was Savanah in 2017.  Comparing the two venues, I like the one in Savanah a bit better.  This convention center was huge and I logged a lot of miles just walking the floor and around the building.

I suspect you've already seen many photos of quilts in your Instagram stream both during and after QuiltCon.  I walked through the quilts several times and I still see photos of quilts from the show without any memory of seeing them before!  It is a very difficult task choosing favorites so I am not even going to try!

After seeing the show and photos of quilts that didn't make it into the show, I am convinced that being part of the jury or judge for Quilt Con has to be an incredibility difficult job.  There were so many quilts - each as wonderful and amazing as the one before.

I really enjoyed walking the floor with my friend Paige.  Her quilts earned a first place and a second place ribbon - I learned so much talking about design choices as we walked the floor.

Photo credit to the Modern Quilt Guild

I was very proud when I heard that my local Modern Quilt Guild - Triangle MQG - had the second highest number of quilts accepted into the show.  There were 14 of them plus a quilt by Michelle Wilke in the 100 Day exhibit as well as our group charity quilt. 

Even more exciting, Separated by Val Luberecki won the People's Choice award.  Her quilt has almost 3,000 little gold squares each representing a child who was separated at the border from their family.

Row 1: Val Luberecki, Michelle Wilke, Michelle Wilke, Ginny Robinson
Row 2: Patty Dudek, Nicole Neblett, Brittany Lloyd, Evie Jespersen
Row 3: Nicole Neblett, Brittany Lloyd, Beky Branagan, Our Group quilt
Row 4: Michelle Wilke, Frances Dowell, Brittany Lloyd
The Swag

I collected a whole lot of swag - charm packs, mini-charm packs, FQs as well as bags.  My friend gifted me a cute zip bag and another friend a nice pin cushion.

The Class

I took Intermediate Lino Printing with Karen Lewis, a 3 hour class on Saturday morning.  Since I had never taken the basic class, I stuck to carving simple shapes and single color stamping.   Other class members took on much more complicated designs as you can see in our class photo!!

The Volunteering

One of my favorite things to do is to volunteer and I did so three times.  I worked registration on Wednesday night - which was crazy, crazy busy.  I also assisted in a workshop and again worked registration at a less busy time.   You collected a dot for each hour you spent volunteering plus got a nice tee shirt and a canvas bag (in the picture above).

The People

Meeting up with people was the best part, by far.  I met some famous quilters - Tara Faughnan, Marianne Fons to name just two - plus finally met in person a number of people who I follow on Instagram or their blogs.  I also met friends of friends - so nice to finally have met someone I have heard so much about!

QuiltCon 2020 will be in Austin followed by Atlanta in 2021.  I had so much fun at this event - I know I'm going to Atlanta and am also seriously considering Austin!

Thanks MQG for a fantastic show!

Did you go to the show?  What was your favorite part?

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. Thanks for sharing all these details about QuiltCon 2019. My first and only QuiltCon was Savannah and I loved it. I really, really wanted to go to Nashville this year but it just didn't work out for me. I am excited to go to Austin next year and Atlanta is within driving distance so I'm hopeful for that one too!

  2. My favorite part by far are the people, Patty. It was a delight to see you again this year and I look forward to next year! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing. I don't follow anyone with modern quilts except you so it's nice to see what this section of the quilting community is doing. I do love the fabrics you created. I love those simple designs. You did really well.

  4. I haven't been to Quiltcon yet, I plan to go next year. In the meantime it is fun reading blog reports on Quiltcon, thanks for taking the time to share your Quiltcon experience. Volunteering is really enjoyable, you get to meet so many different people.

  5. I loved a lot of things about Quilt Con...meeting up with old friends might have been the high light but meeting people who I know from blogging and instagram was also a highlight along with the workshops and the amazing quilts of course! It was great to meet you if only for a minute or two.

  6. Thanks for sharing your QuiltCon story. I've never been and am very curious about what it's like to be there. Now I'm curious about the dots! I see them on your badge, understand a little bit about how you earned them, but don't quite understand if they have any significance other than indicating that you have given of your time and talent to QuiltCon. You were brave to work registration--I'll bet it was a zoo!

  7. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Patty! I went to Savannah for 2 days and am hoping to go to Atlanta in 2021. Meeting people in person is the best part!!!


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