Quilt Imposter

I got a bit busy lately but there’s been some good stuff that I’ve been doing!  I went to QuiltCon!  It was a quilting convention down the street in Pasadena at the convention center, so I didn’t have to travel far.  A friend of mine went the first day and managed to get us free passes for the next day.  We decided to check it out and see what we could see.  There were a few of the stereotypical ladies with a quilted cat tote bag, but we found other women and some men of all ages.  Unlike myself, I think most actively quilt though.

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I have to tell you that I’ve only quilted one very bad looking small blanket that I gave as a baby gift.  Luckily I actually don’t see that person anymore, so my embarrassment over the project doesn’t have to be relived every time I see them.  As an attendee of the QuiltCon, I came across lots of people with incredible enviable skills.  I didn’t belong, but I was determined to ooh and awe over the fabrics and the work without being detected.

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The convention had classes and lectures but being an imposter, I honestly wasn’t sure what the topics were about and we got so excited over the showroom of fabric and vendors that we went to spend most of our time there.

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This machine…I call it the Big Cheater because it basically embroidered and did all of the work for you.  It was probably as big as my house and cost as much as my car, so even though it would have instantly elevated my non-existent skills in the quilt area, it was not coming home with me.  Bye Big Cheater.

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Lots of samples were on display to make sure I knew I was inferior to all of experts at each booth.

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After visiting every booth and nervously dodging one that we would had to create a square for a charity quilt, we made our way to the exhibits.  This was where the competitors were and some special exhibits.  I was excited over the ribbons they gave.  They were custom fabric ribbons.  I got so excited that I didn’t really take any good pictures of them?  Next time.

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My favorite exhibit was a group of quilts be Molly Upton.  She sadly only lived for 23 years and these quilts were from the 70s.  I loved her mix of fabrics and her designs were ahead of her time.  She was an amazing artist who I would never had known of if I didn’t attend QuiltCon.  It was worth every minute as the imposter.

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If you have a quilt convention in your area and you value the artistry of quilts, it’s worth a visit.  I was amazed at the variety of quilts and the products available.  Not sure if I will find quilting in my hobbies, but I’ll pretend again to attend another QuiltCon!