QuiltCon was pretty amazing. I participated mostly in workshops, along with a few trips through the market and the gorgeous quilts that were shown.
Here are just a few of my favorite quilts that were on display. After looking through my pictures, I definitely loved the brighter and more traditional quilts that were shown best. And there were so many of them! I also took a lot of pictures of solid quilts, which surprised me. I guess I need to make more quilts out of solids! The rest of my photo set can be found here.
The first workshop I attended was Every Last Stitch with Anna Maria Horner. I've done cross-stitch and embroidery before, but never hand quilting, so this was a first for me. Anna Maria was adorable, and it was nice to be able to see how she stitches in person. Plus, our supply fee got us some awesome goodies! I enjoyed the hand quilting and will definitely be doing more in the future.
The second workshop I took was Free-Motion Quilting on a Home Machine with Elizabeth Hartman. This was an all-day class where we got to play on some fun Janome machines and practice our free-motion quilting. We went through a bunch of different all-over patterns, some of which I had tried before, and some of which I had not. I'm so glad I took this course - Elizabeth was awesome and a great teacher, and now I'm very comfortable with many more patterns than I was previously. I think now I can attack my huge stack of quilt tops waiting to be quilted.
The last workshop I took was Machine Quilting for the Modern Quilt with Angela Walters. In this class we got to play with long-arm quilting machines, and we practiced a ton of different patterns and learned how to use them on quilts. This class was a bit harder for me - long-arm quilting is so different than home machine quilting, and I couldn't really get into a good flow. What you see above is the small amount that I felt comfortable with; the rest was a bit of a mess, which just means I need more practice!