4 A Very Belated Quiltcon Post.


Well it's only like two months later, but I wanted to share a little bit about my time at Quiltcon. I was so excited to go to Austin for the show and hang out with some of my friends! I got to spend the week with my friend Laurie and her adorable cats, which was really fun!

One thing I was most excited about was being able to see my Woodcut Quilt hanging in the show. I've never submitted a quilt to a show before so I was really happy when it was accepted. It was fun to walk the floor and see it hanging there!

I had one other quilt at the show as well, hanging in the Cotton & Steel booth!  I was able to use their new Tinsel collection coming out this summer to stitch up this Christmas quilt before I left!
Rashida kindly stood with me so I didn't have to stand by myself for a photo again :) It was so nice to see her and the rest of the C&S ladies!
I was able to take two really great classes while I was there. The first was a natural dyeing class with Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers, who makes the most amazing quilts, all hand dyed and hand quilted! Maura explained the process of mixing up natural dye baths, and then dyed some different fabrics for us using Osage Orange tree bark and Cochineal.

 She brought her beautiful hand dyed silks as well for us to look at. The color spectrum is so pretty!
She also brought her swatch books, with lots of swatches of different fabrics and gorgeous little paintings of each plant.

 We all got to do a bit of shibori dyeing with indigo at the end of the class which is always fun!

 I was able to do a bit of yarn dyeing too so I came home with some pretty souvenirs!

The last class I took was Monoprinting with Lizzy House. I have never done any monoprinting before so I was looking forward to learning, and Lizzy is a really great teacher!  Here she is laying out all of her amazing monoprints at the beginning of class.
Monoprinting is a really fun process, but kind of messy, so I didn't get many photos! Here's one of the prints I worked on during the class.
Here are all my prints together. One major struggle for me was the colors. We couldn't mix them just for ease of the workshop and they were all very primary, which was a bit out of my comfort zone! I had to keep reminding myself that it's just practice :)

I was very happy with my class choices this year, although I kind of wish I had taken a sewing class too! Maybe next year. I am looking forward to practicing both of these techniques a little more after taking classes on them. 

Overall, Quiltcon was really amazing! A little bit draining as I am pretty introverted, but it's nice to put myself out there sometimes. The quilt show was the most inspiring part for me, but I'll spare you the photos of everyone's quilts as I'm sure you've seen them all a million times by now. You can see them all on the Modern Quilt Guild blog if you haven't seen them yet. They are all beautiful and make me want to sew a billion new quilts!


  1. It sounds like you enjoyed your trip and the classes you took. Monoprinting looks like a fun process. Love your results.

  2. I love both of the quilts you made. I'm so drawn to modern quilting... I am a bit of an introvert myself, so I can only imagine how draining it is to be around all those people for extended periods of time. I would have to schedule "time outs" for myself so I didn't get too overwhelmed! I'm sure it was worth getting out of your comfort zone though. :) I know going to these type of events is on my bucket list.

  3. Love your quilt. It's really amazing! And dyeing class looks interesting, now I want to learn more :)

  4. I love your pretty souvenirs!! I took two sewing classes, which were AMAZING, but still part of me wishes I had tried something new (like embroidery or dying). There's always next time! I'm bummed I didn't get to meet you at QuiltCon this time, but maybe next time!


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