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Quilty Thoughts

My First QuiltCon!

Well Quilters, let me tell you - QuiltCon is a MUST DO in your quilting life! My sister and I have wanted to go the last two years, but it just didn't work out. So, last year after we missed the sign ups, we started planning for QuiltCon 2018!

QuiltCon is put on by the Modern Quilt Guild, it's every year and travels around to different places. This year we were in Pasadena, California! Coming from Alaska, we were super excited for the warm weather and no snow we would get to enjoy!  It wasn't quite as warm as we were hoping, but still warmer than home! 

There were so many wonderful classes to choose from, but of course I took primarily quilting classes, though I did sneak in a needle-turn appliqué class (it was on my "to learn this year" list) with Carolyn Friedlander. 

So, let me get to the good stuff and not bore you with my blabbing! 

First up, I took three AMAZING classes from this awesome lady, Pamela Wiley! She does amazing things with a longarm and is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! We played with multiple layers of batting, some cording and varying stitch density! 

Next up, I got to help my friend and mentor, Angela Walters in some of her classes! She is such a fun instructor, and has a way to change up any quilting design to make it new and fresh!

I joined the QuiltCon Mini Quilt Swap, so I got to create something unique for my partner and then I got to meet her in person to gift it! I even got an awesome mini in return! 

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And of course... the quilts! This is by no means all of the amazing quilts that were at QuiltCon, but these caught my eye, either the design or the quilting, or even the statement that it made!

We ended up making a little vacation out of our trip to California, so we hit up a few other fun places, Universal Studios, VooDoo Donuts - no lie we spent most of our day at Universal in the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter! 

We visited Hogsmeade, Honeydukes, Hagrids Hut, Hogwarts and of course Ollivanders! 

Almost forgot to show you the amazing Donut I had at VooDoo! Okay, I may have had a couple! The first one was the most amazing strawberry, and the other one was a fluffy donut with chocolate frosting, crushed oreos and peanut butter drizzle! YUMMY! 

Oh yes, and those two other people you keep seeing in our photos are our good friend Sara (you may remember her, she used to work at our family's shop, Seams Like Home) and another shop friend Andrew, who is just launching his creative business, Threads by Andrew! 

There are so many more photos I would love to share with you, maybe another day! For now, if you want more info about QuiltCon or the Modern Quilt Guild, head over to their website: https://www.quiltcon.com or https://themodernquiltguild.com 

I would highly recommend going at least once ... we had so much fun, we'll likely go again! 

Happily Quilting (and dreaming of the next QuiltCon),

Enjoli :)  

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