The reason why I wanted to go was primarily the attraction of the Gee's Bend quilts on show and the Gee's Bend Ladies giving the key note speech and workshops. I managed to get into one of the workshops and had a ticket for the key note speech. So from that perspective I already had a win before I got on the plance but I also wanted to meet a few people and spend as much time as possible with all the quilt on exhibition while at the same time trying not to get sensual overload. On the overload goal I tried my best to space out the visits to the exhibition hall but still felt totally overloaded in the end by the wealth of amazing quilts on show.
|3rd Place in Modern Traditional Category by Anna Boenish and my personal favourite of the entire show.|
So here is my list of lectures I attended:
- Sherri Lynn Wood: Improv Process lecture
course to promote her new book that will be out in the UK at the end of March. She has been
influenced by African-American quilts and has been a quilter for 25 years. I found her lecture
interesting and it gave me a few new ideas of looking at improvisational piecing. Her central
point in the lecture was that you have to be present; i.e. concentrating fully on the Improv
process and let not anything else get in the way while you are doing it, even if you only have
30 min time. I agree with this given that Improv has little rules, no pattern and just requires the
quilter to let go and go for it. I had a look at her book which is divided into scores (as in
music) and encourages the quilter to work along these which I think is pretty interesting. I
found Sherri a very engaging lecturer and teacher and it was a pleasure to listen to her.
Message to take home from it: Be the ruler instead of depending on one
- Jaqueline Gering: The Art of Teaching
She has to be the most engaging speaker I have heard in a while. She delivered a very structure lectures, engaged the audience from the go and still made us all feel relaxed. She is pro. As I
am a (quilt) teacher myself I was interested to hear her take on it. Her key point was to
concentrate on the what, how and who. The what is to make sure the students get what they
want, make handouts that are well defined for example. The how concentrates on the teaching
method and I found it good advise to always look for teachable moments and to capitalise on
these. And lastly who; who are of course the students and they are adults and one must not
forget that they are self-directed and quite frankly want to get their moneys worth ( I could not
Messages to take home: Be your student's couch and we can always do better
Coolest quilt ever: 3rd Place Typewriter No 5 by Jessica Toye
- Angela Walters: Becoming a better quilter and Quilting negative Space
thought and in particular the first lecture on 'How to be a better quilter' would be interesting for
me. And they were, both in fact. Angela is a great speaker and incredibly funny too. If she ever
tires of quilting she could go on the stand-up circuit for sure. Regular readers will know that I
am firmly set in the straight line quilting world and that there really is only one free-motion
design I love and would like to learn and that is the continuous eight. It sometimes frustrates
me that I am not interested in anything else and I often think I should practise all sort of
designs Along comes Angela and tells me: Only practise designs that you want to do. Thank
you Angela ! The second lecture was a little less relevant to me as I am never gonna quilt a
quilt in multiple free-motion designs but still I took a lot home from it and enjoyed
both very much.
Messages to take home: 1. A finished quilt is better than a perfect quilt top (actually a message
not for me as I always finish my quilts but I guess relevant for
2. Don't compare your worst to everybodys' best
The next part of my personal Quiltcon report will include Alissa Height Carlton's lecture on negative space, the panel discussion on 'Maker to making a living' and much more.
Have any of you been to Quiltcon and if not, reading this are you intersted to go ?