QuiltCon Past and Present

February 24, 2023

Have you been following #tenyearsofquiltcon on Instagram?

QuiltCon is such a staple of the Modern Quilting Community it’s hard to believe that it has only been around for ten years! My experiences at this show as an attendee, contest entrant, and teacher have helped shape the type of work I do today. Here are some highlights:

2016: Pasadena, California

Woohoo! This was my first time attending QuiltCon, and I also had my first quilt in the show, The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts. I took a longarm quilting class with Angela Walters and fell in love with quilting swirls.

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts, hanging at QuiltCon

2017: Savannah, Georgia

When I signed up for the mini quilt swap for the first time, I had no idea that the person I was making for would be my roommate at the show. Swap partners were secret for this swap, so I had to stealthfully wrap the mini quilt before we headed to the swap exchange venue.

Sylvia of Flying Parrot Quilts was my swap partner, and this is the mini quilt I made for her.

Three quilts were juried into the show in 2017, and Infused Plaid won 1st place in the Negative Space Category! This quilt was the beginning of a series that I have worked on for years, and I’m not sure it is finished. The quilt was included in the book put out by the MQG and is now in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum.

2018: Pasadena, California

I couldn’t attend the show, but four of my quilts did! Lateral Ascension even received third place in the minimalism category!

Lateral Ascension
The description card and ribbon for Lateral Ascension

2019: Nashville, Tennessee

Since I could stay with family during the Nashville show, I volunteered before, during, and after the show. I helped with many different areas during set up and took down quilts at the show’s end. I particularly enjoyed checking badges at the entry to the show- I got to meet so many people I had only known through Instagram before!

Three of my quilts were in the show, and Complementary Convergence (one of my all-time favorite quilts) even received 1st place in the negative space category!

The ribbon for Complementary Convergence

2020: Austin, Texas

Four of my quilts went to Austin, but I skipped attending with plans to go the next year. Well, we all know how that turned out!

Resonance was both juried into QuiltCon and included in the QuiltCon Magazine!

2021: QuiltCon Together

I received my first national teaching contract at QuiltCon 2021, which changed drastically when the world shut down, and QuiltCon was wisely shifted to a virtual format. I learned a lot about shooting videos!

The best part of the virtual show was listening to the recordings entrants were invited to add to their quilts. I loved hearing the story behind each quilt in the entrant’s voice. Two of my quilts were included in the show, and one of my big accomplishments for the year was getting used to hearing my voice on recordings both for the quilt audio and the class videos!

Piecing Full Circles was one of three classes I taught at QuiltCon Together

2022: Phoenix, Arizona

Teaching in person (at this level) for the first time was awesome! My schedule was so packed that I saw the show in less than two hours over four days, but I had a terrific time. (The weather was also delightful- I tend to enjoy the desert)

Four quilts were juried into the show this time, and my local guild, the Central Ohio MQG, used my design for the community outreach quilt.

At 11″ square, String Theory was my smallest quilt ever juried into QuiltCon

2023: Atlanta, Georgia

The day before the show, I helped set up the Quilt Pattern Mart vendor booth, and I had a meet-the-maker session with my Zoo Family Portrait Quilt yesterday. Sunday Lovingly, Lissa and I will have a meet-the-maker for our Quilt Concert Series.

I’m teaching full-time again this year, and I love sharing these classes- My schedule is somehow more full than last year, but it is worth it!

Two quilts were juried into the show, although not necessarily those I expected to be accepted. Imagine my surprise when my Appliqué entry received third place!

Where We Connect received a third-place ribbon!

What I’ve Learned…

Every QuiltCon (or any quilt show, for that matter) is different. Each show has its type of flow, and that is especially true when the host cities change. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the show in several ways throughout the years- attendee, student, volunteer, teacher, and now vendor’s assistant- and the experiences vary wildly. But the experience is always good overall. The key is all of the amazing people you come across. So please talk with the people in your classes or others walking the show aisles. It may be a brief chat, but you may end up sharing a meal, planning a meet-up for next year, or having a quilty BFF!


  • Reply
    Kathleen McCormick
    February 24, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Congrats on your win! I love the quilt and the leap of faith cutting it and putting it back together. Sorry I am not there to see it in person!

  • Reply
    February 24, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    I was thrilled to hear your quilt won an award – and it’s the one you didn’t expect to even get in! The Backwards Law is strong in you. 🤣

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