Well almost – after an unhappy attempt to go to the first Quiltcon last year, this time I set the alarm and woke up at 12.45 ready for the registration to open at 1am Sydney time. Last year I calculated the opening time by using the wrong time zone in the USA, and when I logged on I couldn’t get into the workshops that I wanted. For those of you not familiar with Quiltcon, it is the annual get-together of the Modern Quilt Guild of America and is held in Austin, Texas.
So this time round there was planning – a strategy even – involving spreadsheets of preferred choices, days and times, and eventual SUCCESS!
I will be doing a workshop with quilters from Gee’s Bend who have long been a source of inspiration to me, not only for their beautiful quilts, but for their life-affirming story.
I bought this set of postcards of their quilts some time ago, and I think lucky people in the USA can also buy a set of postage stamps featuring their work.
The other workshop I’m doing is with Sherri Lynn Wood who makes fabulous modern improv quilts – usually using all solids.
The workshop I will be doing is called Improvisational Patchwork Doodling. You can see a full description on Sherri Lynn’s blog.
For the rest of my four days I will be attending lectures on a range of topics and feasting my eyes on all the wonderful quilts that will be on display.
Given the distance and cost of travelling from Australia, I’m also thinking of adding a side trip to Santa Fe in New Mexico and to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit the International Quilt Study Center and Museum which is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus. The center houses the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. The more than 4,000 quilts and related ephemera date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25 countries – WOW- I anticipate a quilt sensory overload if I get there. If you have paid it a visit I’d love to hear about it.
Each month they feature a quilt on their Quilt of the Month on their web site and this month’s is Rainbow Stripes. Just goes to show that everything old is new again, as this quilt would not be out of place at Quiltcon!
Now all I have to do is to count the number of “sleeps” til I get there!