|at the moda bakeshop booth|
|we jammed to this song on repeat|
|6th street - i desperately wanted to ride on one of these|
|photo blurred to protect the innocent.|
|totally rad building|
|my quiltcon haul|
|my memory hexie|
|pinned up on the wall with all the others|
The Spoonflower booth was neat, I've ordered fabric from them a couple times, but they actually have vinyl decals and wallpaper now too. I saw someone on Instagram this morning (a few days ago, now) posting pictures of vinyl decals up along the ceiling of her kitchen, Melody Miller designs, it was so awesome. Just looked it up again, it was Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae, maybe she'll be posting photos on her blog or something too.
So at some point during this craziness, I met up with Kristan of Doodle Do Designs. She's in my stitch that stash! bee and is super fun. She went with her mom and sister, who were both awesome, too. We met back up later and ate lunch at a bbq place close to the convention center. My phone died slightly after lunch, so I wasn't able to coordinate meetups with anyone else, what a drag! Kristan and I bumped elbows a third time later in the afternoon and spent a little time geeking out over fabric. We dropped the ball on getting a photo together, though. Oops!
|talk about bad timing|
Jon and I also had a really lovely conversation with a lady in the Bernina booth. She let me play with their top machine, and even set it up with a stitch regulating FMQ foot, which blew my mind completely. Apparently this lady had once been a dealer, with a shop and all. Jon was really interested in that part, so we talked for a while about what it took to be a dealer, just for funsies. We learned a lot of useful information this weekend, for sure. I wish I'd gotten her name, though. She was delightful!
|this dog is happy, despite the sad eyes!|
|see? like a bug in a rug!|
Speaking of Denyse's speech, at about 5pm the whole quilt show/vendor area really cleared out because most people went to see it. The atmosphere was much more mellow, so we revisited the show quilts, one by one. We discussed them, admired them, read about them. We really enjoyed the vintage quilt display, and spent a great deal of time focusing on the section devoted to Denyse Schmidt's work. Seeing quilts on the internet is one thing. Seeing them is person is a whole new bag.
The scale of a quilt is hard to judge from a photograph. Some of them were so much bigger than I was expecting, others were so much smaller. It was really a neat experience and I'm so glad we went, even if only for a day. I do think our one day was more than enough time to really enjoy everything there was to see in the quilt show/vendor area. It wasn't nearly as big I had imagined it would be, but I wasn't disappointed because we got to see it ALL. I heard there won't be another Quiltcon until 2015, and I wonder if it will be a lot bigger then. I suppose I'll probably plan a longer trip next time, so I can get in on the whole experience.
One of the last things we did before leaving was play with the long arm sewing machines that you couldn't get anywhere near earlier in the day. Jon picked the brain of the Handi Quilter lady and she tried hard to get us to leave with one. Tempting. I think she thought since he seemed on board for buying one, it was a done deal! But let's be real, here. They cost a LOT of money and take up a LOT of space. We have neither of those things! I also don't think I generate near enough quilt tops to justify needing one. But they are fun to play with, I will say that. While I was in the middle of some random loopy stuff, it seemed the 7 year old girl working a foot away was putting me to shame.
|the 7 year old's|
|and it just. keeps. snowing.|
That's all for now! Sorry I didn't actually post any quilts... I'm hoping you've seen enough of them by now!