QuiltCon 2013 – CBug Wrap up

Kelly and I got back from QuiltCon last weekend reeling from what we saw and heard. I wanted to take a minute to share a few storied and photos from the trip. I won’t be able to recap the whole event, as you’d be here all week with me reliving every glorious moment. But if you peep our Instagram feed, you can see what we had our eyes on.

Austin, Texas needs no introduction. It’s one of my favorite cities in the US and I can’t say enough about the gracious locals. Add quilting, my favorite craft (is it too controversial to say it’s my favorite craft? I suppose working for Creativebug means I should be more judicious) and 70* weather, and you have the perfect weekend.

1960's patchy patchwork quilt

Stripy Goodness


The quilts in the main exhibition hall were stunning. Modern takes on vintage patterns, vintage fabrics used in modern designs, and two whole rows of Denyse Schmidt quilts. I was in hog heaven.

Denyse Schmidt Quilt

Denyse, up close

Denyse's Single Girl quilt

On the first day of the show we hosted a strip piecing demo with our very own Heather Jones. She was a hit, and drew a huge crowd. Standing room only, y’all! We used a Janome machine lent to us by Northwest Sewing Center, and I think the fresh baked cookies from Tiff’s Treats helped make the demo feel cozy and sweet.

Heather Jones Demo

Can you spot yourself?

On Friday night, Kelly and I went two stepping with Denyse Schmidt at the famous Broken Spoke Dance Hall. We ate terrible french fries and deduced that the older the cowboy, the better the dancer. Slooow slooow, quick quick. Sloow sloow, quick quick.

Broken Spoke!

CBug artists Heather Ross, Anna Maria Horner, Debra and Nicole of Improv Sewing, and Melanie Falick were also in attendance. They gave demos, lectures, and were on panel discussions and made us swell with pride at every turn. We love these ladies.

Improv Sewing ladies!

Ava helps with Heathers demo

From the Robert Kaufmann booth

Ron Swanson made an appearance

I kissed Ron Swanson goodbye (how AWESOME is that quilt!?), and flew home so inspired to start my next quilt that I started pulling fabric from my closet the minute I walked in the door. A Flying Gosling quilt, and Diamonds In The Sky quilt are in my very near future.