The people are the reason I enjoyed volunteering at QuiltCon so much. The individual quilters and the community supporting the Modern Quilt Guild is what makes QuiltCon truly special. While I was volunteering, it was easy to be around some seriously awesome and talented people. For instance, I spent some nice time with Kathy Mack, and instead of feeling celebrity overwhelm, having a task to focus on kept the conversation flowing.
Another moment that I am going to treasure is getting to have a calm conversation with Rashida Coleman-Hale. The Cotton + Steel booth had sewing machines (yes!) and a small area with pillows to sit on and coloring book pages (not an affiliate link) to color. After my legs were well and truly worn out on Saturday, the booth, especially those pillows, looked like heaven on earth. And I think Rashida had just decided the same thing. I sat and colored quietly and she collected her thoughts for a while. And when I calmly introduced myself, I had a lovely conversation with her. Having the space in their booth to recharge with some thoroughly creative things (sewing and coloring) really was rejuvenating.
I also had the absolute pleasure of sharing the experience with my mother (@lorna.jones on Instagram) and my cousin / fabulous girlfriend Renee @Quilts of a Feather. The three of us shared a BnB room together, and it was grounding to know that I could look for and find them any time I needed a friendly face. Another introverted pal during the event was Anne @Play Crafts. Having someone who understands that you just want to walk the show together, side by side, without saying a word is priceless. I wish I lived nearer these extraordinary women, and many others. As I told my friend Judy @Quilt Paradigm in an email earlier this week, I *wish* there was some magical quilting community where I could just pop down the street for a tea and a hug on a regular basis. I am a huge advocate for the online community, precisely because it does offer community that I would not otherwise have, and because of the hugs I have the pleasure to give and receive when I meet you in real life at events like QuiltCon. I might be an introvert, but I’m a hugger, so fair warning. 🙂 <3
While I did not do many “selfie” photos, or even get a group photo of my mom, Renee, and I, I did get the picture above after we visited the Aurifil booth. Aurifil had a dice game (I think they called it Aurigoose), and we were all lucky enough to win a spool of 28wt thread! My mom chose brown, Renee lilac, and I picked up the green.
One of the most awesome parts of QuiltCon is that I met another modern quilter from my tiny mountain town. When I submitted a short “press release” to my tiny local (weekly) newspaper about having my quilts accepted to the show, the editor of my newspaper wrote back and said that she would run the article the week of QuiltCon. She also mentioned that another local woman had a quilt in the show. What, what?!!!?
Her name is Cindy Kaiser, and I kept trying to find her online (but did not). At the show, I found her quilt and wondered how long I would need to stand beside it to meet her. Fortunately, she found me on Saturday afternoon. I was sad to learn that she will be moving to South Carolina in 3 months, but I have to admit that meeting a local modern quilter was a huge rush. I think it might be time for me to look into teaching some modern classes and cultivating more of this kind of awesome. Oh, by the way, this was her first attempt at improv piecing, and was part of the triangle quilt challenge. Bravo and beautiful quilt, Cindy! <3
I currently do not know if it will make sense for me to attend QuiltCon in Savannah. I really would love to go and volunteer again, but I need to look into the financial aspect of the trip. I am wondering if I can convince my husband to come with me and to make it into a vacation for us as well. When my husband and I first started dating, I was in school in Knoxville, TN, and he was working as a co-op student in Cape Canveral, FL. It turns out that Savannah, GA, was a great meeting spot for us on the weekends. It might be nice to go back and visit now.
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