From my perspective there are many overwhelmingly positive things about QuiltCon Together. As I mentioned last week, I was thrilled to get to teach workshops in a format where students got to immediately learn more about their machines, and I’ve been blown away by the beautiful work that they have been creating.
One big highlight for me was spending an hour in the Improv Through Many Eyes Panel, a live lecture that was recorded on Saturday. It was delightful to get to spend an hour with such thoughtful and inspiring people: Chawne Kimber, Melanie Tuazon, Anne Sullivan, and MQG staff member / moderator Brenna Riley Gates.
A huge honor was that my quilt, Downstream, won first place in the Negative Space category.
I was able to spend a little over an hour walking the quilt show with my mother, and another hour with my friend Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs. Each time, we connected through mobile devices via FaceTime and then looked at several quilt categories together. We took in the audio recordings that some makers left, read descriptions, and were impressed by the visual impact of the show. I definitely hope that the audio component is something that can be translated to the next in person QuiltCon; that was a very delightful feature of the show.
Attendees who registered for workshops had the opportunity to register for standard workshop access, which gave them ability to watch all the workshop video content “on demand” as their schedules allowed through February 24th, or for enhanced workshop access, which in addition to the on demand videos gave them an hour (or two one-hour segments for ‘mega workshops’) of live Q&A time with the workshop instructor. I enjoyed talking with workshop attendees who signed up for the enhanced versions of the workshops I taught in the live Q&A sessions, and you can see what my setup for the lecture and Q&A sessions looked like behind the scenes in the photo above.
The first day of the event, there were a few learning curve hiccups that cropped up that the MQG staff worked to resolve. The live Q&A session links did not work as originally conceived, so some of the early in the day Q&A sessions struggled to connect attendees to instructors. Thankfully, my first Q&A session was later in the day, but I had to quickly learn a new interface; eek! I tried to share what I learned with a few other instructors who had yet to see the new interface.
Once the initial kinks were ironed out, the entire experience ran smoothly, from my perspective. I mean, I do have my list of wish list items for any future online events, but by and large, I’m so impressed with all the hard work and planning that went into the event.
What I missed most of all, which can never truly be recreated, is being able to be in person with friends and community. I found myself feeling very sad on Monday leading up to the closing ceremony. But today I am feeling hopeful. Hopeful for the covid-19 vaccinations. And hopeful that I might be able to attend QuiltCon 2022 in Phoenix.
Did you attend QuiltCon Together? What was your experience like?