Home safe and sound

image inhale miller boothWell all good things must come to an end and I’m going back to work today. The trip home was a little eventual with an ice storm in Dallas which meant more than 100 people missed my flight because so many connecting flights were cancelled.

I will be going through all my photos over the week-end and will be posting more about Santa Fe and Quiltcon over the coming week.  Be prepared to see some stunning quilts.

I spent most of my time in workshops and lectures and looking at the quilts, but of course I also did some shopping and visited industry booths.  One of my favourites was Michael Miller fabrics which had a Mexican, Southwest theme which I loved, particularly as I had come to Austin direct from Santa Fe.

Of course I had to get of a photo given I was dressed for the part! I promise I didn’t do it on purpose.



I love their solids and I scored a mini charm pack of solids in my Quiltcon goodie bag. They also gave away bottles of water and I even kept the empty bottle as a souvenir (yes I know that makes me a bit of a sad case).

Got to go to work … more soon.


Quiltcon: end of Day 2

It’s been hectic the past two days with lectures, workshops, shopping, quilts to see and people to meet.

I started yesterday by attending the awards ceremony which ended with some very excited quilters and many more disappointed ones.

A few statistics to set the scene:

  • 1,353 quilts were submitted for consideration
  • 359 were juried into the show
  • 109 MQGs represented
  • 48 states of the USA have guilds
  • Attendees from 15 countries
  • Attendees from India travelled the longest distance to attend!

The awards ceremony was held in a huge exhibition hall which had quilts made by the guilds hanging around the walls.

These are a few of my favourites.

Quiltcon triangles

PolesMQG collageFeathers mqgMy iPad is refusing to play nice with photos, so I will try to post more photos tomorrow.

It’s been a mixed bag for me so far, there are some stunning quilts, lovely and very hospitable people, but some disappointing lectures.  More on that later. I’m doing an all day workshop tomorrow and then a 3 hour workshop at night.

Lots more photos to come.  I’ll leave you with a Texan take on stitching!

Ride that machine

Excitement in the air!

I’ve just come back from the Quiltcon registration and there was a hubbub of excited voices in the Austin Convention Centre!

I’ve met up with my blogging friend Maria from Alaska who blogs as Tales of a Stitcher, and we are ready to begin our adventure first thing in the morning.

As you can see we received a bag of goodies.   I was chuffed that my favourite colour is featured in the straps of the bag, goes nicely with my outfit don’t you think? There will be problems with luggage on the way home!

Maria and I



Made it to Austin

I’ve touched down in Austin after 5 days in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The weather there was about 10′ above normal with clear sunny skies.

Some of the street wildlife was interesting!

Jack RabbitI did lots of shopping and museum visits and feel I just touched the surface of things to see.

More on Santa Fe after I edit some photos.

I did some hand sewing on the plane on the way over and at night. Some stars seemed appropriate given my trip to this part of the world. I’m pleased with my first attempt at fussy cut paper piecing!


14 sleeps to go!

I’m struggling to finish sewing projects and my work before I leave for the USA on Monday.

I downloaded the Quiltcon app yesterday so it is starting to feel real.

Marti MitchellI’ve decided to take some handwork with me – something to do on the plane and also in the evenings in front of the fire in my room in Santa Fe.

A “quilty” friend lent me this book yesterday to give me some ideas.  This will be a learning curve for me, but I’m looking forward to doing something meditative with my hands.  I only hope airport security doesn’t confiscate my needles!