Posted by Becca Shifflett on 2nd Mar 2023
This year, I had the pleasure of attending Quiltcon 2023 in Atlanta...it was such an amazing experience that left me looking forward to Quiltcon 2024 in Raleigh! In today's blog post, I want to talk a little about my trip - and share some tips for you if you're planning to go next year!
Ok, so first off...the quilts. OH. EM. GEE! There were a ton...but sadly, I didn't realize there was an entire floor of the exhibit hall dedicated to nothing but quilts. Which, honestly made sense! The first few days of the show - I spent time on the 1st and 2nd floor of the exhibit hall where all of the shopping and vendors were. And, a few quilts were on display. Before I realized there was a whole floor dedicated to the quilts, I felt a little underwhelmed. Sadly, I didn't learn about the 3rd floor until the last day...so, my tip is this: find the quilts first - and spend a little time each day taking in all of the beautiful projects!
If you want to see a recap of some of my favorite quilts, keep an eye on my YouTube channel - I'll have a video showing *just quilts*!
Meeting people at Quiltcon was honestly my FAVORITE part of the entire trip! I got to meet (and take photos with!) a lot of my viewers! Making social media content can be a little lonely since you essentially work alone - and you don't have many chances to put faces with your subscribers names. Quiltcon gave me a chance to meet some of my subscribers...and fan girl over some channels I follow, too (Vanessa the Crafty Gemini and Karen Brown from Just Get it Done Quilts - to name a couple!)
My pro-tip for this one is to really consider your schedule before you sign up for workshops. Plan a day for shopping, a day for quilts, and then consider if you have time to squeeze in a workshop or two. Don't worry about missing out on making things - several vendors have a 'make and take' craft at their booth - so you have a chance to be creative without spending *any* money. For example, Spoonflower taught you a simple backstitch so that you could hand embroider a name tag to wear at Quiltcon!