Missed out on this year’s QuiltCon? Fear not, Sarah Ashford shares her highlights from the 2019 celebration of modern patchwork and quilting
Nashville is the home of country music, line dancing, Dolly Parton and the Honky Tonk highway. No wonder it’s known as ‘Music City’! For 2019 it was also home to the Modern Quilt Guild’s annual event, QuiltCon – a huge convention celebrating everything we know and love about modern quilting. It is a quilting Mecca for so many of us, offering the opportunity to spend time with others who share a passion for modern quilting, the chance to shop, take workshops, listen to lectures and admire the most incredible quilts. There really was something for everyone and it was such an honour and a thrill to be a part of it.
Being in the vendor section at QuiltCon was a bit like being a kid in a sweet shop. All the booths were bursting at the seams with fabric, notions, patterns, kits, and the happy buzz of eager shoppers. All the usual booths were there; Pink Door Fabrics, Crimson Tate, Aurifil USA, Brooklyn Haberdashery, Bernina, Janome, Cotton + Steel, Ruby Star Society, Daylight Company and Crafted Moon to name but a few.
As with many quilt shows, there was a plethora of workshops to choose from, ranging from machine quilting, improv quilting, map quilts, fabric design, screen printing and hand quilting – the list was endless. I took a workshop with Violet Craft on English paper-piecing design, and as well as learning new skills in how to design using hexagons, it was wonderful to meet Violet and listen to her top tips for EPP.
This year I noticed how saturated colour is very much on-trend. There were rainbow brights, high contrast fabric and swathes of colour at every turn. And of course, this theme continued into the fantastically colourful quilt that was Best in Show, and what a showstopper it was. Made by an international quilting bee called #BeeSewcial, lead by Leanne Chahley, Smile was made up of a series of machine-pieced improv blocks in brightly coloured fabric, creating a cacophony of colour and pattern so bright and vivid that you couldn’t help but smile.
There really was a friendliness and warmth to this event that is a rare and special thing. So while I have many photos of all the wonderful quilts that I saw, it’s the people and conversations that will stay with me. The Modern Quilt Guild are my tribe and one I’m proud to be a part of.
Discover more about this year’s QuiltCon and sign up for updates on the 2020 show at www.quiltcon.com