We asked Susan Beal to be our “roving reporter” at QuiltCon last week. Here is part 1 of her report

 Quiltcon signA

I’m so happy to be here at Quiltcon, on my first visit to Austin, Texas, representing the Portland Modern Quilt Guild! This is a beautiful show and two days in I haven’t even come close to seeing everything yet. I wanted to share some photos of my favorite things here so far… starting with the lovely Quiltcon fundraiser quilt, pieced by Elizabeth Hartman of the national Modern Quilt Guild board. She created this stunning quilt using 22 original blocks sent in from MQG members all over the world. You can read more about her process here!

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I did some serious shopping at the Stitch Lab booth – I love Denyse Schmidt’s prints and was so happy to see (and buy!) her newest collection, Shelburne Falls! Her Snake Trail quilt using Chicopee was gorgeous in person, too.

 Stitch Lab collage

 The Quiltcon Awards Ceremony was at noon and I loved the quilt that won Quilting Excellence award from Coats & Clark, Sing It Out Loud! by Karen Anderson-Abraham.

Awards photo SIng It Out Loud collage

Sing It Out Loud


Love the combination of Karen’s joyful improv log cabin blocks, delicate neutrals, and stunning spiral quilting.


Then I headed over to Anna Maria Horner’s Every Last Stitch class to learn her gorgeous hand-quilting technique! That was a super fun afternoon.

Anna Maria Collage

Each classroom had adorable little Emergency Thread Kits from Coats & Clark by every machine!



The second day I took Lotta Jansdotter’s Textile Printing class, which was fabulous. We tried block printing and stenciling with our own designs. I carved little buttons and log cabin quilt blocks!

Lotta Collage

Then I was on a panel with three editors and publishers about writing for magazines, which was a great experience. It was so cool to hear their perspectives on craft writing, and we took lots of questions from the audience.


panel photo


I’m headed over to see the quilt shows and lots of lectures today, and I can’t wait to see Denyse Schmidt’s keynote this evening!


About the Author

Susan Beal is a craft writer in Portland, Oregon who loves to sew and drink coffee. Her blog is at West Coast Crafty and she’s also the historian for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild.

One Response to My First Two Days at QuiltCon!
  1. […] to write about the show for the Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets blog! You can see my recap of the first two days here, and the last two days here. It was just […]


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