I had so much fun at QuiltCon last week but it is always good to be home. I had a lot of fun meeting people from the online world and chatting about our fun, crazy quilting world and I even took a class. I also managed to get away for a little non-quilting time. There’s a lot of photos, not TOO many words, but a lot of photos.
The first thing you noticed when you arrived at the Convention Center in Pasadena was all the charity quilts that were on display. I took photos of a few of my favorites. This one is called Northwest Passage by the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.
I love this explosion of Dresden Plates called Life in Pieces by the Tucson Modern Quilt Guild.
I love this blown up star. This quilt is of course called Star Power by the North Jersey Modern Quilt Guild.
This non-traditional Bear Paw is called There is no Planet B by the Niagara Modern Quilt Guild.
The last charity quilt I will share (there were many, many more) is Viva Fiesta San Antonio! by the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild.
The Convention Center in Pasadena was a very pretty building that had some interesting architecture. Can you tell from that blue sky that the weather was perfect while I was there?
On Thursday I took a class called Exploring the 9 Patch hosted by Amy Ellis. The point of the class was to breakdown a 9 patch into different components. I enjoyed this class because I really like to create secondary patterns in my quilts.
Amy also shared some of her original quilts with us that you may have seen around the intranets.
I was starting to feel a little closed in, in the more urban surroundings of Pasadena so I decided to take a drive on Friday. I drove through some mountains to Simi Valley and enjoyed this view.
From Simi Valley I drove to Malibu to take in a great view of the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes I miss the smell of the ocean, it always takes me back to being a kid when we were always at the beach.
Best of Show… Going Up by Stephanie Skatdal.
Judges Choice… Blue Jean Butterflies by Charlotte Noll
Judges Choice… Nests and Vessels #1: The House Protects the Dreamer by Leslie Tucker Jenison
3rd Place in Applique… Fauchet by Virginia Robinson
Best Machine Quilting Framed… All The Best Parties by Susan Kyle
Best Machine Quilting Frameless… Happy Dance by Sandra Kaye
In my excitement I forgot to get the information on this quilt. Even though it didn’t win a ribbon, it was my favorite of the quilts on display in the show.
Saturday morning I went to The Huntington Library to walk around and enjoy the sunny day. I had to chuckle because it was about 60 degrees and I was warm in the top and cardigan sweater and Californians were all wearing parkas and beanies and freezing. The Huntington Library is a beautiful Botanic Garden and Art Museum. It’s a must do if you are in the area.