Life Changes and Quiltcon Highlights

For more years than I would like to admit, I have let my life control me rather than me controlling my life, but things are about to change!  I’ve been making small steps over the past few months with this goal in mind and although it won’t be an overnight transformation, I’m already starting to feel like I’m in a better zone.

One of my goals is to dedicate more time to the things that make me happy, which includes this blog.  I love having a blog and being part of the blogging community, but I have let life get in the way of putting dedicated energy toward it.  This blog highlights my true passion for quilt design, but I hope to expand it a little so that you, my readers (all four of you), can get to know more about me and this life changing journey I’m embarking on. 

Now, to change topics, but only slightly…

To say that Quilcon was life changing is an overstated understatement spread across the interwebs long before now!  The inaugural conference of the Modern Quilt Guild took place back in February at the Austin Convention Center and I was lucky enough to attend all four days along with some of my best gals from the San Antonio Chapter of the MQG, also known as the Hot Tamales!  Not only was I able to take a class each day from some of my favorite sew-lebrities, view some of the most creative quilt designs up close, and hang out with my girls, but I also got to experience a community of gifted, caring, and generous quilters willing to share their knowledge and love of the craft with others.  I left so inspired and luckily that inspiration has stayed with me and is one of the driving forces for taking control of my life again. 

Quiltcon also marked a milestone in my own creative journey because it was the first time one of my quilts was on display.  Zigzigzag was featured in the piecing category and I got a lot of positive feedback.  Jay McCarroll of Project Runway fame even told me he loved it and took a picture of it!  Amazing!  I would definitely recommend that if you have been contemplating submitting a quilt to a show, do it!  It’s not about the judging, it’s about sharing your creative journey with others.

Some of the Hot Tamales met  for lunch between classes.

Hot Tamales tore up the dance floor at the 80's Dance Party.

Here are just a few of my favorite quilts from the show.  I wish I could post them all because each one I saw made an impact in one way or another:

Best in Show – Double Edged Love by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, quilted by Lisa Sipes.

 RGB Modern by Sherri Lynn Wood

Ash Transition in Fiber by Lavialle Campbell

Intersections by Alissa Haight Carlton

Untitled by Lindsay Stead

Hot and cold by Krista Fleckenstein

Neutral and Neon by Latifah Saafir

Honey in Space by Elizabeth Hartman

Log Pyramids by Liz Harvatine

Frost Bank by Claire Jain

RonQuilt: The Ron Swanson Quilt by Monica Solorio-Snow

P.S. After tracking down the websites for each of these quilters to link in this post, I realized although I did not know many of these ladies by their real name, their blogs have been a major source of inspiration for me, further proof of the importance of the blogging community in the modern quilt movement.


Leslie Tucker Jenison said...

Great post about QuiltCon. I admire your thoughts about prioritizing joy. Onward and upward!

Tricia said...

I'm so proud of you and love hearing what's going on in your world. Miss you friend!