Last September I attended the inaugural meeting of the Oxfordshire Modern Quilt Guild. Whilst it's not particularly local to me, it was a chance to meet and sew with other people who shared a love of modern quilting. I had been thinking about setting up a group in the Midlands for a while so when I saw a post on IG I jumped at the chance.
|Best in Show|
Pieced and quilted by Katherine Jones
Chigwell, Tasmania, Australia
Tasmanian Modern Quilt Guild
Last Saturday we had our March meeting and of course the topic of QuiltCon came up. I had dearly hoped to attend this year and we had even tentatively planned a family holiday around it but then the girls decided to go to school ..... oh well there's always next year and the year after that and the year after that .....
I have really enjoyed reading some accounts of QuiltCon and thought I would share the links here for you if you care to read them. Also please let me have your links if you have read a good account.
Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl
Kitty at Night Quilter
Jo at My Bear Paw
Jessica at Quilt Habit
|Small Quilts: 2nd Place|
Pieced and quilted by Paige Alexander
Easley, South Carolina, United States
Greenville Modern Quilt Guild
Whilst, of course, the event is all about the quilts the overriding feeling I get for the event is the people. We are such a diverse group of people spread far and wide geographically so to be able to meet and mingle with so many like minded people must be amazing. We have lots of Quilt Shows in the UK, see here for a list for this year, but nothing to rival QuiltCon in terms of the modern aspect. Excitement is starting to build about Festival of Quilts in August, entry forms are out, workshop and lecture booking will soon open. For the first time last year they had a Modern Category which was great. I am hoping more people will enter this category this year and make it a permanent fixture. I wrote a review about FoQ last year which you can read here.
The other Quilt Show with a dedicated Modern Category is the British Quilt & Stitch Village. I visited for the first time last and have decided to enter a modern quilt this year. It is based on the block I designed for the Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop last year.
The top is done but has yet to get quilted - I am hoping to get this on the frame this weekend with a view to quilting it next week. In other MQG news I am off on retreat! At FoQ last year I met a lady who had pattern tested for me and she is involved with the Jersey MQG. She invited me to their retreat and that is where I am headed next week. I am very excited to be going and looking forward a wonderful few days of sewing and quilting amongst others.
The pictures in this post come from the MQG website where there is a full list of all the winners. Of course, winning is not everything and quilt shows would not happen with people entering their quilts. Jess, from Elven Garden Quilts, recently wrote on the subject, On quilts shows and ribbons, wihch is really worth a read.
Hope you all have a great weekend!