Thursday, March 2, 2023

QuiltCon Recap Part 1 - My Quilts

QuiltCon took place in Atlanta from February 23 - 26. I attended the show, volunteered, took a class, saw some many friends and made new ones. It was awesome. Since there is so much to share, I'm splitting my QuiltCon recap into several posts. 

I feel incredibly fortunate to have had two quilts juried into QuiltCon.

My quilt Patent Pending was one of twenty quilts in the Group or Bee category. The goal behind the Patent Pending group quilt was to create a playful quilt that people would stop and look at. I hoped that many would follow the path of the ball through the quilt and be amazed by all the wonderful blocks created by my friends. (Read more about Patent Pending.)

So, yes, I quilt stalked. I stood in the main aisle and watched people approach the quilt. Many took photos and some definitely stopped, studied and looked at the details. I happened to overhear a few people shout with delight as they recognized it was a Rube Goldberg or referenced it as the board game Mouse Trap. One little girl stood in front of the quilt and had her mom take a photo since it was her favorite. (sigh.)

Six of the seven friends who contributed were at the show and we had great fun grabbing photos. Linda @florishingpalms, Kitty @nightquilter, Charles @feltlikesweets, Val @valbetweenquilts, and Me (kneeling).

I also grabbed 'ta-da' individual photos with each friend. Pat @peacockcreekdesigns and Sarah @saroy missed the group shot but their smiling faces are captured in these photos. (Check out Sarah's quilted sneakers!) Sadly Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl was unable to be at the show.

As a thank you to those who contributed, I made little notebooks using scraps of fabric and the seam ripper pattern.

My quilt Decade was part of the Modern X special exhibit in honor of the tenth anniversary of the very first QuiltCon. (Read more about the Decade quilt.) The QuiltCon show was spread over 3 floors this year - vendors were on floors 1 and 2 while the primary quilt show was on floor 3. The Modern X exhibit - there were 37 quilts in total - was on floor 2.

While I didn't snap any other photos from this category, there were some really amazing quilts. (While this category was juried, there was no judging or prizes awarded.)

I didn't stalk this quilt much at all but I did go visit it several times and got a thrill each time I walked around the corner and saw it hanging in the show.

So cool to see my name hanging up in the show!

Finally, I did contribute a single block to another group quilt - The Myriad Interpretations of Language - a Collaborative Embroidery Project by Sam Hunter.

In tomorrow's post, I'll share photos of the quilts that caught my attention during the show.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love that everyone else was able to be at the show and you got so many photos together with the quilt. I'm hopeful I might be able to attend next year. And a little girl proclaiming the quilt was her favorite? Oh my goodness, that's heart melting. Decade just glows, and I bet it was fun to see it down the row of quilts on display. What areas did you volunteer in this year?

  2. Such beautiful quilts Patty. Your work always amazes me. 'Looks like Quilt Con was really fun and interesting. I love your Patent Pending quilt, so fun and unique.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I haven't been since Savannah, and I'd love to go again, but this wasn't the year. I will enjoy it through your eyes, though. =)

  4. How exciting to have had two quilts juried into the show. Congratulations! Your notebooks with the seam ripper is so darn cute!

  5. I enjoyed QuiltCon, too. it took me four posts to summarize the experience. I wish I'd had the presence of mind to try to find you. Next year in Raleigh! Congrats on having a quilt in the show.

  6. I am still amazed by the group quilt you all built together. So happy it got to hang at QuiltCon. xo


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