For whatever reasons at the time, these were the quilts that caught my eye.
I will show them by category, and other than a few comments here and there, I will just list the name of the quilt and the maker. Okay? Let's get started.
GLITZ FABRIC CHALLENGE
TRIANGLE QUILT CHALLENGE
And I loved the quilting. Simple and so effective.
Also, you will see Jenn's beautiful work quite a few times. I'm a fan. Glad we finally met.
And the close-up. It won second place--well deserved. That is some amazing piecing.
Want to see some tiny piecing?
"Cut & Keep" by Gina Pina, Austin Texas. This quilt probably intrigued me the most. I studied it for a long time. All the words are underneath a thin layer of fabric. I really loved this one.
"Double Wedding Ring" by Tara Faughnan.
A closer view of this 2nd place winner. Gorgeous hand quilting.
USE OF NEGATIVE SPACE
"Skylight View" by Jenn Rossotti, Kingsburg, California. And this one needed a close-up--the flying geese are tiny and the quilting is phenomenal.
"The Whole is Greater Than the Sum" by Cassandra Beaver, Urbana, Ohio.
This is actually the back of the quilt--the front is made from strip-pieced kaleidoscope blocks, and was made from fabric I received from Timeless Treasures, When Hayden, their marketing rep, said she knew the quilt was in the show but she couldn't find it, I told her it was probably because she was looking for the "front" of the quilt, and I had entered the back. Here she is taking a picture when she finally found it.
A FEW RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT QUILTCON (as there will be no Really Random Thursday tomorrow--I'm at a quilting retreat!).
This is the second year in a row I have attended QuiltCon. Due to the expense involved (because any way you look at it, attending these things can cause the expenses to add up in a hurry), if it had not been within reasonable driving distance, I would not have attended, especially not two years in a row.
When it is time for registration in June, it is really easy to get caught up in the frenzy of trying to get the classes you want--some of them can fill up in a few minutes--and then signing up for lectures, and if you are not careful, you can overbook yourself, to the point where you don't even have the time to slow down and look at the quilts.
I signed up for one full-day class (EQ7), and two half classes, which were both at night (6-9 p.m.). I am not in my top form at night, and the night class started just one hour after the full-day class (I would really try to avoid a full-day class and a night class on the same day if I attended again). My head was hurting from all those hours of trying to learn a new computer program (even though Christa Watson was an excellent instructor), and I was hungry because there had not been time between classes to grab anything (so big thanks to Dani @knitty34, for sharing part of a bagel with me while we waited for class to begin at 6 p.m.) I did just the minimum amount of sewing, and then chatted with people around me.
At the end of that class, I knew that I was going to cancel my other night class. It was a more advanced and fast-paced EQ7 class, Saturday night--when I was sure to be exhausted. Thankfully, there was someone on the wait list who was happy to purchase the class from me. A win-win--she was able to take the class, and I had some extra dollars for shopping.
There were one or two lectures that I had paid for (thankfully only a nominal fee, around $12 I think) and either I (a) completely forgot about or (b) was too busy enjoying a conversation, which I felt was more important at the moment.
The most frustrating thing was the way the keynote presentation was scheduled. The amazing Gwen Marston was the keynote speaker. She was scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Here is the problem: If you were in an all-day class it ran until 5 p.m. but you were still able to attend the lecture. If you had a night class (like I had originally scheduled, but then sold), you had the choice of attending the lecture, but getting to your 3-hour class at least half an hour late. So I sadly opted against the keynote when I registered. By the time I sold my class Saturday morning, the keynote was sold out. I hope the board will be able to address that situation at some point. I'm sure there were a lot of instructors who were also wishing they could have attended the keynote.
There is an amazing amount of talent at QuiltCon. I only have the experience of having taken three classes total (one in Austin, two in Pasadena) and I was fortunate that all three of my instructors were top-notch so I can't speak to anyone else's experience, but mine has been very good. There are free demonstrations throughout the day (the one where I was able to connect with Anna Maria Horner was at the end of her demo on hand quilting) so there is a lot of availability to gain more knowledge or even to just hear the back story on big names in the industry.
To be able to meet people you have only connected with on the other side of a computer screen, or to reconnect with friends from far away, is the best part of QuiltCon, in my opinion. And I say that as an introvert who has probably used my daily word allotment for the whole month of February!
I'm not sure if QuiltCon 2017 is in the cards for me or not. It's in Savannah, which has always been on my bucket list. We'll just have to see how the rest of the year plays out.
One thing I can tell you is that I'm always on the lookout for quilting inspiration all around me. Pasadena did not disappoint. So don't be surprised if you see this cute top