It’s been two weeks since I’ve returned from Texas, and I feel as if I’m finally beginning to digest all that I experienced at QuiltCon 2013. In short: FAB-U-LOUS! Not only were there lots of terrific quilts (and way-too-tempting vendors), but the host city of Austin was loaded with inspiration. I came home with so much good stuff to share that I’ll be dedicating both this post and my Friday entry to a colorful, quilt-loaded recap.
QuiltCon 2013 was the first-ever large-scale quilt show and conference to be sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild. From its first meeting of 21 quilters in Los Angeles, the Modern Quilt Guild has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with approximately 200 chapters spread throughout the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, India, Brazil, Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe. After a poll of its members, the MQG selected Austin as the site for QuiltCon 2013–the perfect opportunity for a midway meet-up with my longtime NC (quilting) buddy, Mary Underwood.
Even the walk from hotel to the Convention Center was ripe with inspiration. Downtown Austin features an inspiring mix of historic and modern architecture, often side by side.
Once we got on the show floor? Here’s a sampling of what we saw.
Novel interpretations of traditional designs . . .
Refreshing palettes of lime, orange, teal, bright lemon yellow, sparkling white, and lots and lots of gray . . .
Heavy echoes of the mid-century-modern aesthetic . . .
Wonderful improvisational designs . . .
Artfully integrated negative space . . .
Imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed quilting . . .
Even the ribbons were reflective of the Modern Quilting palette and style . . .
That’s it for now. Don’t forget to check back on Friday for more quilts, inspiration, and news from QuiltCon 2013, plus a few special announcements ;-)