i am in the Austin airport flying home in this horrible weather. At least I will stay South, Patty the Quilt Lady has to fly North. So far the flights are running, however those originating from Dallas all have been cancelled. Luckily ours are still flying, at least on the first leg!
I really have some things to say about QuiltCon. And not all are going to be complimentary. So if you are totally in love with it and don't want to hear my evaluation, cover your ears. Don't get me wrong, there was a lot good. Some beautiful quilts, some great teachers. But there were some really negative things as well.
I saw a lot of quilts that really should not have hung in a quilt show. There was one that was so off kilter that I would not have shown it to my guild. And here it was, hanging in a juried show. There were a lot of quilts by the big names in Modern Quilting. They each had multiple quilts in the show. There were also lots of quilts for those who had books out. If someone had made a quilt from those big name books, it hung. The uniqueness was missing in many of the quilts. The same one I have seen over and over again won best this, or best that. I could tell you the name and you could tell me what they won, it was that predictable.
If you attended a lecture it cost $15 prepaid through your registration. And they changed them willy billy so you might not be on the one on your initial registration. The first two I had were such poor speakers that I could barely stand to listen to the uhs and ups and you knows. It was creative exercises to enhance quilt design. Interesting? You bet. She talked about herself and how she got started and how her mother got started. I took notes.......my page was blank except for the word IDEAS. 45 minutes about her and not one exercise....creative or otherwise.
But then again, I may have expected too much. I will tell you about my dye workshop later. It deserves its own full post! Oye! We were lucky to not have been mugged.