Charity quilts line one of the hallways at QuiltCon 2017. This is just a small portion of them!
Since I attended QuiltCon in 2015, I felt a little more prepared for this year. The sheer number of quilts, vendors, and people is enough to boggle your mind. If you're even half introverted, like I am, it takes all the energy out of you (it's amazing, but amazingly tiring, too). The main reason I wanted to go this year was to connect with friends from all over the world, who I usually keep in touch with online.
Clockwise from top left: me with Jessica @jtlevitt, Renee @quiltsnfeathers, Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl, Lori @gratitudequilts, Sarah @sarahmgoer, Michelle @frombolttobeauty, Kim @lelandavestudios, and Jess again.
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It was fun to explore Savannah with my Central Jersey MQG friends (over 15 of us went) and enjoy 80 degree, sunny weather after months of New Jersey gray. I attended a lovely dinner at The Olde Pink House (a Savannah must) with the guild, and visited again several days later to lunch with more friends.
We explored parts of the city, including River Street (next to the river, where there are lots of large barges going by and praline samples to eat), the cutest, most cat-filled bookshop and tea store you ever did see, and SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design).
Just being Betsy Ross on the streets of Savannah. More about this project soon; it kept me sane while away from home!
No kidding: after attending the SCAD tour, which was generously arranged by the Modern Quilt Guild, all I can think about is how to earn an MFA in Fiber Arts. Their fiber building had a dyeing room, loom room, screenprinting room (think Spoonflower), and small studios for each grad student. YOU GUYS. It was AMAZING to walk into the studio space and see each individual student's work covering the walls. Here are two pictures from my SCAD tour:
"Infinity Lines" by Chiharu Shiota - an entire room strung with red yarn - a current exhibit. This was inspiring and eerie all at the same time, and it got me thinking about how other colors would feel in this space (purple?).
This quilt, "Full Circle," was part of Pamela Wiley's exhibit at SCAD. It was so fortuitous to be in Savannah before it closed. I've been following her beautiful, dense quilting for several months now; check her out on Instagram
There are 2 more recap posts coming: about the lectures I had the fortune to attend, and the quilt show itself. I'm actually doing some sewing this week, so I'm off. Less online, more sewing!