Thursday, March 12, 2015

QuiltCon Pin Swap & Mini

Since getting back from Quiltcon, I haven't had a chance to sit down and truly process the entire experience. It's been a bit overwhelming being back home with the daily demands of life along with a few hiccups...namely coughs, congestion, sneezes, fevers, and upset stomachs. I wish my life as a mother didn't always have to take precedence, but it has. Thankfully, I think we are all on the mend.

The first thing I would like to share with you is the QuiltCon Pin Swap. I'm sure most of you on Instagram are very aware of the pin swapping that was going on at QuiltCon. It was an amazing way to be able to introduce yourself to new people and strike up a conversation by simply swapping pins. Of course, while you are swapping pins, your lanyard starts to get a little heavy as you attach each one. By the end of the day on Saturday, my lanyard was becoming a bit cumbersome with several pins in my pockets since I had completely run out of room.


Even the Sewlebrities were joining in on the pins!  I just had to add a picture of my favorite fabric designer, Denyse Schmidt in there!  :)


By Saturday night, I had transferred all my pins to my conference bag to give me some relief.


I ended up collecting different mini-charm packs at QuiltCon through the swag bag, venders, and presenters. I put my Riley Blake solids, American Made Brand solids, and my Alison Glass mini-charms together to form this fun little mini quilt to hold all my QuiltCon pins now that I'm home.


I also built up the courage and did a little FMQ on the mini quilt. I really like the way it turned out.


My pins now have a lovely home on the wall in my sewing room.  I will be able to look upon them with fondness as I remember my first Quiltcon experience.


24 comments:

  1. Way to go using your sway from Quilt Con! It looks great.

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  2. They look so cute all together. A wonderful way to preserve the memories. And your FMQ looks great!

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  3. What a great way to use up the mini charm pack and display your pins from the swap. Your FMQing looks great!

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  4. visiting from link a finish friday...I keep thinking I'll do my scraps in this graduated rainbow pattern... one day I will! Good idea for displaying pins tho...one of those things..."who'd a thunk it?"

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  5. How fun and what a great way to keep/display all those pins!

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  6. Very nice little mini to hold your pins.

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  7. I just love this idea as a way to hold all your pins. I'll keep that in mind if I ever get a chance to attend QuiltCon. Beautiful quilt. Hope you had a wonderful time

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  8. What a great way to display your pins! Love the rainbow and the B&W stripey binding - it's my fave!

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  9. Way to go on the FMQ and I love your mini. Great way to showcase your pins! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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  10. Your mini is GORGEOUS!! I have yet to make anything to hold my QuiltCon pins, and with a new baby coming in a couple of months and a decently giant to-do list already lined up, I'm hoping I make one eventually. I think I only got one mini charm pack during my foray in Austin, otherwise, this is a FABULOUS idea!

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  11. What a great idea! How fun to be able to see all your pins and remember the fun you had. Your mini quilt looks great! :)

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  12. It appears you had a wonderful experience! And your memory quilt/pin display is really cool! Love the loopty loo fmq you did!

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  13. What a great way to display your pins. And your quilting looks great. Thanks for sharing on Oh Scrap!

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  14. I always enjoy anything that looks like a watercolour/rainbow type gradation, so your mini quilt looks great to me. And the free-motion quilting just goes perfectly with it. Glad you had a good time, that looks like fun.

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  15. That's a great way to display your memories, and wall art to boot! I hope to be at the next one.

    Julie

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  16. It looks like you had a marvelous time Janet!
    You came up with an awesome way to commemorate it! Love your mini pin quilt - great job on the FMQ too!

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  17. What a great idea. Perfect way to display those pins and your quilting is gorgeous!

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  18. I'm a Girl Guide (similar to US Girl Scouts) and we're big fans of trading - pins, crests, crafts. As you said, it's a great way to start up a conversation. I love that you made a quilt for your pins. I have a similar one for some of my special Girl Guide ones. It's a great way to display your souvenirs and not just have them collect dust in a drawer. Your FMQ looks lovely! It's too funny that I first saw that particular motif on the cover of a Denyse Schmidt book and there she is in your post!

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  19. That's such a wonderful idea. I'm loving seeing all the pins of people who were able to go to QuiltCon!

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  20. What a neat way to show off all those great pins! Your quilting looks perfect and I'm glad you had so much fun!

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  21. I love your mini, and what a perfect way to display your QuiltCon pins!! :)

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  22. What a great idea! Glad you had fun at Quilt Con. I was able to drive up from New Braunfels for a day to check it out. Such fun!

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