Thursday, February 29, 2024

QuiltCon 2024 Recap Part 1: My Quilts

QuiltCon 2024 was fantastic! The MQG hosted the show in Raleigh - the convention center was 30 minutes drive from my home. This gave me the unique opportunity to attend the show every single day and volunteering on the two setup days and the one take down day.

This blog post is all about my show quilt and is the first in a series of four or five posts about the show.

I was honored to have 3 of my quilts juried into the show and was excited to share my quilts with family, friends and all those who attended.

Although barely visible, my quilt Mending Fences was on the main aisle and visible as you looked down on the show floor. This quilt was created as part of a guild challenge, inspiration coming from a photo of the shadow of a sand fence on the beach. This tiny quilt got quilt a bit of attention and got really positive feedback from the judges. (Originally I called the quilt Mended Fences but changed the name when I submitted to QuiltCon.)

It was quite fun to have a quilt on the main aisle!

As an aside, a fellow guild member's six year old son had a quilt in the show. I happened to bump into the family coming down the escalator and he asked if I would like to see his quilt. He grabbed my hand and we walked towards it. When his mom suggested we stop and look at one of my quilts, he commented that it was small. We then moved onto to look at his quilt. See a photo of young William and his adoring fans on his Melissa's IG. He vowed to enter a quilt into next year's show too!

I had two quilts in the Small category and they were very close to each other, both visible in one photo!

The Twist also got positive feedback from the judges. It also attracted lots of attention from fellow quilters. Everyone was curious how I created the quilt. It was very fun to come upon people puzzling over how it was constructed. Random people even stopped me on the show floor to ask and it was really fun to share the process.

My quilt Echo could be found in the Negative Space category. The quilt was a bit harder to find than my others and shared the aisle with guild challenge quilts. It received some fun attention from fellow quilters and attendees. My favorite was an elderly gentleman who spent quite a bit of time staring at the quilt and told me it was his favorite in the show. Such a honor!

Super exciting, my Echo quilt was also featured in QuiltCon magazine. The issue was available as a physical magazine at the show and is also available as a digital magazine. The magazine features about 30 quilts from the show so quite the honor for me.

I had cards and buttons made for this quilt to hand out. I came home with a few buttons because I would forget I had them!

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love the way we entered the show from above and could look down on all the quilts and activity - how awesome you could spy your quilt from that view! I love how many people engaged with you about your quilts. And living 30 minutes away from the convention center? Wow - that's fabulous you could sleep in your own bed every night!

  2. I think it's fabulous that you had three quilts in the show! And two in the same category! Wow! I guess I didn't know that was possible. Honestly, I didn't see "Echo" at the show. Even though I would swear I went up and down every aisle, in hindsight I realize I missed a quite a few quilts. For example, Inever saw the "People's Choice" award winner. I'm really happy for the attention your quilts received. Your buttons are really cool!


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