Well, so it’s been about a month since QuiltCon in Pasadena. I showed you my 15 minutes of fame and then ran away to deal with RealLife and RealJob for a while. But I don’t want to fail to say how important it was to me to get to be there. Oh, I guess I just said it. Anyway, it was exactly the experience I needed at the perfect moment amid a thorny period.
And, truly, one of the best parts is getting to talk quilts with folks who mostly understand. I did reach my limit within four days, but it was fun finding my “max fill” mark.
Let’s just flash some photos with brief remarks and then call it a day. We have all moved on, but it’s good to record this here for a while.
Did the 4am wake-up to fly across the continent. This is me showing my friends I made it to the airport…this time.
Been flying so much that I got an upgrade. And this is the breakfast they served in first class. It was a nice surprise and turned out to be the only food I had that day other than a granola bar.
Because right when I landed at LAX I got a call that I needed to get to Pasadena ASAP to be photographed for the paper. My cabbie floored it. Yikes.
It was a lotta hurry up and wait, but the photos and article turned out well. So maybe it was worth getting hangry?
By the way, half of the quilts were in this room with amazing natural light. (This is just a moment early in the day (later in the week) before the crowds came.)
After all the newspaper stuff that afternoon, I met up with Dan Rouse to go on a long, crazy trip to see Luke Haynes’ log cabin show back in LA. It was interesting. It was nice meet Luke and it was even better to meet many of the folks who helped to make the quilts. I only took this one photo there. Will blame it on hunger…for now.
At the show, there was no controversy. It was nice to just get to enjoy and ponder and hear many different perspectives. [Sure, I have opinions. They’ll cost you a bevvie or two. :) ]
It was great to meet people I’ve meant to try to meet for years. See here, L to R: Katrina, Dan, Kathryn, Hillary, and me. [Photo by Katrina.]
The next day, I spent the whole day in class with Gwen Marston. She is a national treasure and I kept trying to figure out how to stash her in my luggage and bring her home with me. I was a hyperactive, distracted student, but it was still really fun.
To be honest, I was star-struck all day. Got to have lunch with Karen McTavish. Yes, THAT McTavish.
And there were lots of other great ladies there, L to R: Darci, Casey, Mandy, Karen, Emily, Tricia, Ashley, me, and Sandi.
My only purchase was these handdyed solids from Malka Dubrawsky. We finally got to meet after years of meaning to. Malka’s quilts have been and inspiration and we share many common “quilt ancestors.”
Tracy, one of my students from Maine last summer entered her class quilt in the show. Look at that great small sewing! I might have touched it too. :)
Days started blending together eventually. Got to make funny faces with Samarra Khaja.
Was on a panel discussion about diversity in the quilt world. Hear the audio here on Sandi’s podcast website.
Got to meet so many people that it was overwhelming for this small-voiced introvert. But on Sunday, I got to meet similarly low-key Shannon, an LA knitter with the cutest little kid. They came with me when I got interviewed that day. [Photo by Shannon.]
I really was a wreck by this time. So exhausted. But feeling truly fulfilled.
Stopped to get some dangerous candy in the airport.
And flew quietly back into RealLife.
Whew. After a month, I’m kinda ready to do it again.