Wow was my grandson's first word and so far it's the only word I've heard him say. Wow pretty much sums up my life for the last two weeks. First of all there was Quilt Con East and all the excitement, fun and craziness of that experience. If you haven't read Patti of Elm Street Quilts blog post about it I suggest you read her excellent summary. I'll share some Canadiana around Quilt Con a little later in the post.
I got home on Monday night , went to work on Tuesday, then came home from work to my husband telling me that our daughter in law was in the hospital and that we were babysitting our grandson for a couple of days. My daughter in law has an autoimmune condition and is expecting their second baby. Things were pretty intense for a couple of days but we are over the immediate crisis for now and hoping things will settle down so that she can return home. In the mean time I am very grateful to both my place of employment and to Dwight's for being so accommodating with giving us time off with essentially no notice.
So now back to Quilt Con. I had a wonderful time. The quilts were amazing and so inspiring. I'm sure you've seen many of them on instagram by now but I'm going to show you a couple that are from people in my region. This first one is by Linda Hutchinson (@artfultoo) who is a member of the Toronto Modern Guild. I'm sure she made this for Canada's 150th birthday and I'm thinking it will be at Quilt Canada in the Spring. It was in the hand quilting section. She did an amazing job on the hand quilting of the red lines that you can see somewhat in this picture.
The next quilt came in first in the Minimalism category. It's by Susan Kyle of Toronto. She's not in the guild but she and Karen became fast friends as they were stuck in an air travel nightmare together. Susan missed the awards ceremony but Karen worked hard on her behalf behind the scenes to make sure Susan got her own awards ceremony later in the show. The background fabric of this quilt is made from the muslin that's used when they wax your eyebrows.
The next one by Marilyn Farquhar of the Grand River Modern Guild won first in the piecing category. I know Marilyn (@marylinjfarquhar) because she used to be a member of my local guild. She lives near by and it was great to see her there. It's so beautiful with its low volume and pops of colour.
This next one is by Marilyn as well. It's a fun little number with organic shapes and an interesting use of fabrics. I am happy to see some colour in this quilt as the three above are all pretty low volume...I guess they go with the land of snow we come from. It snowed again last night but hey, it's March we'll be getting spring soon. And don't get me wrong I love low volume as much as the next person. I just think it's interesting that so many quilts from my area were low volume.
And speaking of colour look at this beauty made by Jeannie Jenkins (@itchn2stitch) of the Toronto Modern Guild. This beautiful quilt won the 2nd place prize in the Modern Traditionalism category.
When I decided to go to Quilt Con this year I thought it would probably be the only one I would make it to, but I enjoyed it so much that now I'm thinking of setting up a special savings account to save up for Nashville in two years. I'll be sharing this post with Beth of Cooking up Quilts for Main Crush Monday and with Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.