Registration Desk: The Calm Before Opening
QuiltCon 2016

QuiltCon 2016: Volunteering

Hands down, the highlight of my QuiltCon experience were the two days I spent volunteering to help set up the show. I worked from 8am through 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and it was a fantastic experience. I don’t have any photos of my time working as a volunteer, but here are a few photographs of other stellar volunteers and staff working to get registration open on Wednesday evening.

Registration Desk: The Calm Before Opening

Registration Desk: The Calm Before Opening

Registration Line (Note Jacquie Gering talking with those waiting, she is in the white shirt facing away from the camera)

Registration Line (Note Jacquie Gering talking with those waiting, she is in the white shirt facing away from the camera)

QuiltCon Store & Registration Line (It was exciting to see Sunburst on the magazine cover!!)

QuiltCon Store & Registration Line (It was exciting to see Sunburst on the magazine cover!!)

I had the honor of working in a small group to hang the special exhibit quilts of Molly Upton. I also did about 200 squats on Wednesday morning to get the paper cut and taped to the tables in all of the workshop rooms. My quads are still a bit sore, but thankfully I had yoga each morning to help get me out of bed and flexible enough to walk again.

This was my first experience volunteering at QuiltCon, and it will probably not be the last. In fact, I am wondering if I can’t just volunteer my way through the entire show next year. 🙂

QuiltCon Swag Giveaway

If you missed my post from yesterday, you can earn up to 4 entries to this giveaway by using the Rafflecopter widget to enter (click on image below to go to the Rafflecopter entry page)!


The giveaway is open for shipping within the US and will run from February 22nd through February 28th at 11:59 pm EST and is open to entrants 18 years or older. The winners will be announced Monday, February 29th! The giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Laura and Jessica.

17 thoughts on “QuiltCon 2016: Volunteering

  1. I can’t even begin to imagine how hectic/chaotic it would be to get a conference like this running smoothly. I’m sure they were grateful for all the help.

  2. quiltyhabit says:

    Thank you for volunteering! It helps so much. I volunteered where I could last year and it changed my whole experience.

  3. Miriam says:

    How exciting to be able to have a special part in making the event a success! Great exercise, too!!! Your quilt is beautiful–again, congratulations on snagging the cover!!!

  4. Good Morning Yvonne! It is nice to hear what a nice time you had at QuiltCon! The chaos involved in getting something this large organized would take a lot of wonderful talented people, such as yourself, plus just so many skills from putting in a thumb tack to writing out the entire plans on paper. So glad it was you doing all of those squats and not me…I know there is no way I would have been able to get out of bed the next morning. LOL. Even though I did not attend, I thank you for what you did, I like to watch videos and read posts about QuiltCon and without your efforts and everyone else I could not do that. So Great Job and I salute you!!! Have a fantastic creative day….and now that you are in the shape to do those 200 squats it would be a great idea to do 200 every day for being in shape for next year! Hee, Hee…..

  5. churcae says:

    Would love to volunteer for next year in Savannah!!!

  6. Gayle says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I am hoping to volunteer for 2017 in Savannah and I was wondering if it would add to my experience. Now I know it will for sure! When the call goes out I’ll be quick to respond and I’m just a couple of hours down the road from the venue.

  7. Renee says:

    Volunteering is definitely one of my goals for next year!

  8. Janie says:

    I bet you had a blast!!

  9. Lisa says:

    Volunteering sounds like fun. Are there older volunteers i.e. over 60? By the way I accidentally hovered over the enter button and filled out the whole rafflecopter thing before I realized only open to addresses in the U.S. so if I happen to win , I know the odds are low I’ll give you an American Address to send it to : ).

  10. It sounds like you learned lots, got closer to all the quilts than most would and had a work-out in the bargain!
    It is interesting that they hung the work of Molly Upton at a Modern show.

  11. Yvonne – thanks for volunteering. I was working at the Northcott booth where Lorna’s quilt was hanging. Thanks again – the should couldn’t have happened without all of you in your bright blue T-shirts!!!!

  12. Vera says:

    Sounds interesting 🙂 thanks for sharing your experiences and pics!

  13. Jasmine says:

    So glad to hear you had fun setting up. Definitely sounds worth repeating.

  14. Sally says:

    I’m struggling to imagine just how big this is, I get the feeling maybe it’s huuuuuuge. Volunteering sounds a great way to be full involved in it, feel properly useful and meet others in a very genuine way, I’m not surprised you enjoyed it.

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