February 28, 2013
QuiltCon — a big success!
My son attended the University of Texas, and he and his wife were married right on the campus. In all our visits over the years, I don’t think we ever encountered a rainy or even cloudy day. On the day of the wedding, December 30, 2011, the sky in Austin was blazing blue and it was 75 degrees. Other than that traffic, Austin with its fine weather, and creative, funky atmosphere is pretty well glorious.
So how appropriate to hold the first QuiltCon show hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild in Austin, Texas. The show was not large, but entirely pleasant to attend. And, many big names from the industry were there wanting to see exactly what the show was about and to learn more about the modern quilt movement. I loved seeing the bright marquee in front of the Austin Convention Center flashing QuiltCon and “modern quilt show.” If you’re not familiar with the quilting world, one might think the words “modern” and “quilts” have nothing to do with each other. I attended on Friday and attendance had thinned out by late afternoon. But, I hope the marquee and the story in the Austin American Statesman drew crowds on the following two days.
While in Austin, my husband stopped at home to give our little doggie Gracie a break and some exercise. As he was driving, he heard a caller on a local radio show ask “I’m 24 years old and I love modern quilts. Does anyone out there know where I can learn to make them and be with other people who like them?” How’s that for a random, wild coincidence! I hope someone called the station to give her an answer — as evidenced in Austin — the interest is growing!