QuiltCon was pretty amazing. I participated mostly in workshops, along with a few trips through the market and the gorgeous quilts that were shown.
Here are just a few of my favorite quilts that were on display. After looking through my pictures, I definitely loved the brighter and more traditional quilts that were shown best. And there were so many of them! I also took a lot of pictures of solid quilts, which surprised me. I guess I need to make more quilts out of solids! The rest of my photo set can be found here.
The first workshop I attended was Every Last Stitch with Anna Maria Horner. I’ve done cross-stitch and embroidery before, but never hand quilting, so this was a first for me. Anna Maria was adorable, and it was nice to be able to see how she stitches in person. Plus, our supply fee got us some awesome goodies! I enjoyed the hand quilting and will definitely be doing more in the future.
The second workshop I took was Free-Motion Quilting on a Home Machine with Elizabeth Hartman. This was an all-day class where we got to play on some fun Janome machines and practice our free-motion quilting. We went through a bunch of different all-over patterns, some of which I had tried before, and some of which I had not. I’m so glad I took this course – Elizabeth was awesome and a great teacher, and now I’m very comfortable with many more patterns than I was previously. I think now I can attack my huge stack of quilt tops waiting to be quilted.
The last workshop I took was Machine Quilting for the Modern Quilt with Angela Walters. In this class we got to play with long-arm quilting machines, and we practiced a ton of different patterns and learned how to use them on quilts. This class was a bit harder for me – long-arm quilting is so different than home machine quilting, and I couldn’t really get into a good flow. What you see above is the small amount that I felt comfortable with; the rest was a bit of a mess, which just means I need more practice!
Beth 'Larkin' Carroll
Looks like so much fun! I may need a lesson from you in hand quilting – I love that look so much. Thanks for sharing your photos, I can pretend that I was there with you. :-D
Well, my stitching isn’t too even yet, but I think more practice will help. I can definitely show you what we learned though!
I think your long arm quilting looks great for not feeling comfortable doing it! It’s great that you branched out of your comfort zone!!
You’re too sweet! Thanks so much! I’m going to have to find a local machine to practice on!
Looks like we were in the same Every Last Stitch workshop! I enjoyed learning hand quilting as well and especially loved getting to see Anna Maria and her quilts in person!
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