Howdy from Austin! I got back on Monday evening from QuiltCon, aka the most awesome event ever! I really had a great time, it was all I hoped it would be and more. I'll probably have to recap it in more than one post because there was a lot of stuff going on - I don't even know where to start!
How about the welcome sign? Isn't it nice? The QuiltCon logo and colors are super pretty.
After you cross the hallowed sign threshold, you enter the exhibition hall which had the quilt show (awesome!) and a ton of booths for all kinds of vendors (also awesome!). Some of the booths were from local fabric stores, so there was shoppin' to be done, and there were some sewing machine companies, fabric manufacturers and publishing companies. Like I said, lots to look at.
The quilt show was amazeballs, and I will cover it all in a different post. There were so many gorgeous, inspiring quilts! There was also a special show of Denyse Schmidt quilts, since Denyse was the keynote speaker, and let's not forget - the Queen. Here's a view of Denyse Row.
Here's another fun little item - the SWAG BAG!
Seriously, this thing was chock-full of LOOT! Free fabric, rulers, coffee mugs, magazines, thread, product samples and more. Here's something cool that was in it:
It's a huge vinyl bag! Awesome.
Also, go back and check the swag bag pic again if you must - did you notice that groovy pin on it? That's something I got that says "My Quilt is in the Show!". And I got it because - my quilt was in the show! Here is a not-great picture of me by it.
After seeing the other quilts in the show I am so honored to have been a part of it!
What else was going on in the convention center?
OH YEAH! I got a glimps of an RV through the door - jealous much?
Speaking of jealous, you haven't tried bottled water until you've tried....OZARKA!
I will say I was very glad they had this around the convention center. It's hard to beat a cold, plastic cup of Ozarka.
Another fun Austin fact that you may know is that Willie Nelson is BIG there. In fact, Second Street is also called Willie Nelson Street.
And on Second Street/Willie Nelson Street, there is a statue of the red-headed stranger himself!
Finally, here's a picture from around town that I love.
If you're in Austin and need a bail bond, there's your number.
Okay, so I guess I didn't say too much about QuiltCon yet, but I am still organizing my thoughts! Stay tuned for my pictures from the quilt show, and also more details about the workshops and lectures I attended. Some of the highlights include a machine quilting class with Elizabeth Hartman, lectures from Heather Ross, Amy Butler, and David Butler, and the keynote address from Denyse Schmidt. OH! AND I met Jay McCarroll! He was rad.
Okay, more coming soon! Hope you're all doing great!