Monday, February 25, 2013

QuiltCon 2013!

Not only was it the first quilt show I'd been to, it was also the very first QuiltCon ever! Wow!

I could only make it to Austin, Texas for one day so I made the most of my precious time there!

Now before I go any further I am going to apologize for the photo quality and the fact that none of the colours are quite what they should be. I was rather silly relying on my cellphone for photos. You see, I tend to forget that while my phone does take photos, it is most certainly not good enough to warrant leaving my camera behind. And relying on it to capture true colours or great moments is just silly! I promise to bring a better camera with me from now on.

The Austin Convention Center, it's just beautiful inside!

 I took a class first thing Saturday morning: Beginner Freezer Paper Piecing with Penny Layman.

My workshop room! 

Penny Layman, our instructor!

All our jugs! Mine is on the far right, third from the top (yellow background with blue jug and green base). I definitely think that I am now addicted to freezer paper piecing!

Isn't she a beaut?! I would loved to have taken her home, but my husband would have sent her right back, ha ha! So not worth all the effort. Besides my machines are very good to me :) 

All our Y-seam practicing! Mine is red, blue and purple, and it's the 2nd from the right in the 2nd row from the bottom. 

I met Rene from Rene Creates, in the workshop!

I also met and shared supplies with the lovely Cecilia...except I didn't think clearly and forgot to ask for contact info. Oops!

After the workshop I walked back to the parking garage and swapped out my big carry-all bag for a smaller cross-body bag (Fishsticks Designs), so that I could walk around the quilt show without getting sore.

This quilt is so bright and beautiful when you're standing next to it. I forgot to write down who made it, but I managed to stumble across the blog on accident today! It was made by Jen from A Quilting Jewel.

I am finding myself drawn to hexies lately. This mini quilt is so simply but perfectly done. I just love it so much.

The colours are really washed out here, but in person it is bright and truly beautifully done!

I just had to take a snapshot of this quilt in a vendor booth. I tend to forget the background doesn't have to be white . This grey background really makes the colours pop on the quilt.

This quilt was GORGEOUS up close. This photo does absolutely nothing for it. It's a linen background which complements the fabrics chosen perfectly. Stunning, really stunning.

Isn't this Texas quilt just fabulous?!

I am not sure I'd have enough time to get this done before the youngest's 18th birthday , lol, but I seriously LOVE this quilt and I may break down one day and order the pattern!
The Pattern is called Animal Alphabet, by Don't Look Now!

I am very intrigued with this Quilt Halo. I saw it demo'd and I am seriously thinking of grabbing a couple before the next quilt project gets sewn together! 

I met Amy Ellis! She was giving away signed copies of her new book at the Babylock booth, and I just happened to be there at the right time! She's very sweet and I am honoured to have met her.
Plus, this quilting newbie now has a fabulous pattern book to read through!
*Photo taken by Babylock


  1. It was very nice meeting you Leigh! You accomplished quite a bit in your short time at QuiltCon. Lucky you to meet Amy Ellis. I didn't get a chance to see her. Hope your kids had a wonderful birthday party.

    1. It was wonderful to meet you too Rene! I will confess I'd never heard of her before, but I am so glad I met Amy. She was so sweet and I just love the patterns in her new book, they'll keep me going for quite a while yet!

      They thoroughly enjoyed their party, thank you for remembering! I'll be posting about the Lego-Lorax theme in couple days time. :)

  2. the pics look pretty awesome and it looks like you had an awesome time :D

    1. Thank you! It was so wonderful, and I am thoroughly looking forward to the Houston quilt show this year as I missed it last year.

  3. So fun! I so wish I could have been there, but I almost squealed out loud when I read that you brought a little Fishsticks Designs with you! <3

    1. It would have been delightful to spend the day with you there, but maybe next time!
      I couldn't go to a quilt show without a fabulous bag, and yours definitely fit the bill! I was asked many times, as I walked around and around the show room, if I'd made it, and I kept passing on your name and website details. Next time I should take your business cards!


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