It’s been more than a week since I got back from Quiltcon 2017, and I should probably share a bit before it get too old.
I had been told that the show was huge. But my first impression is that it was not so big, I’ve been to Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival in Japan or the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham and those shows were huge. Quiltcon Savannah was actually a pretty nice size, not too overwhelming, big enough to feast your eyes, but contained enough so one had enough time to see all the quilts. I planned my visit so I would look at no more than two rows of quilt at a time. This way, I hoped I would remember each of them.
Best of show was won by Katherine Jones and you’ve probably seen it everywhere (just in case, here a link to it and to the other winners). It was stunning, technically breath-taking. You should also listen to Kat’s interview by Abby Glassenberg for While she naps, she sounds like a very grounded person.
Two quilts touched me most: Kintsugi, I love the simplicity of the design and the meaning of the snippets of contrasting fabric. It is interesting that it makes a link with a Japanese technic for repairing ceramic bowls, making what was ‘broken’ a feature in the quilt.
Sunday best is about taking ‘me’ time every Sunday and letting the mood of the day influence to construction of the quilt. I think the colours attracted me first, then the improv work. I am fighting with myself over improv: a part of me would like to embrace the challenge of letting go, and still I am so in love with perfect matching points. I guess the first quilt, Kintsugi, is how I would like to approach improv.
Should you want to see more, I have create a video of quilts that grabbed my attention. You can find it here.
Otherwise, I took some classes. All of them were fantastic in their own way. Just a few days before Quiltcon, I realised that my focus was mainly on free motion quilting: I had a 6-hour class with Natalia Bonner then another 3-hour with Christina Cameli. Both of them were great.
At the last minute, I had the chance to go to Elizabeth Harmann’s class: You do the Math, a whole day on calculation and drafting block and planning quilt. I will come back to this one on a different post as I got far more out of it than expected.
My preferred class of all was with Jacqueline the wonder woman behind Soak on creating a business in the craft industry. This lady delivered a very powerful, inspirational class. I just wish I could be her friend and learn more from her.
I also attend to almost all of the Friday lectures - I loved the panel discussion on Creativity and the almost philosophical talk from Thomas Knauer (check his blog, in addition to interesting quilts and take on life in general).
Finally, I learnt that Quiltcon is all about socialising. From my Frenchie point of view, my American friends can sometimes be a bit over the top when showing their emotions. But now I understand better: I had a couple of fan girl moment with people I love and still feel giddy about it.
I could carry on an speak about the Quilt for Pulse booth, the shopping experience, the great meals with friends, the road trip to Savannah chatting and chatting, the ‘square’ feet after days of walking around… but then this post will never be finished… So I’m just saying “Quiltcon, I’ll be back”.