What a great turn out we had at QuiltCon last month. IEMQG members who attended QuiltCon totaled nearly 20. Not at all bad for a small guild. We were spread out in many different hotels, but that didn’t stop us from having several meals together with lots of laughter and hugs too.
Several of our board members helped to make 25 masks with our IEMQG logo. Surprising that we were the only guild with custom masks. We had several compliments on how unique they were and even a request to purchase one. The keynote speaker, Latifah Saafir was spotted wearing one after her keynote speech. For those of you unable to attend, we will have them available for all 2022 members at our in person events. For those of you unable to attend, we will mail them.
Next year QuiltCon will beheld at the Atlanta Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 23-26, 2023. Keynote Speaker will be Chawne Kimber. All 2022 members will receive information via emails from MQG in the next few months about classes, lectures and hotels. It is never too early to make plans to attend. Trust me, we will have fun.
QuiltCon 2024 will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The exact dates have yet to be announced.
A special thank you to Lynn Hanna, Patti Reyes, and Kelley Bachli for their work on designing and quilting our 2022 Challenge Quilt. There were several very nice quilts, but none of them compared to the one from IEMQG. A few people stopped and asked me about our quilt and said they thought it was great and loved the custom quilting. We will have it back soon and will bring it to our in person events until it is sold or donated.
Patti Reyes found Lynn Hanna’s quilt at QuiltCon. It was on display at the SAQA booth
As the 2022 Keynote Speaker, Latifah Saafir Received standing ovations before and after her speech. Her lecture, “Finding My Creative Identity: Standing tall as a Quilter” encouraged us all to find and be true to our inner artist. Latifah’s quilts were featured in a special exhibit at Quiltcon, and while she is well known for her glorious curves, clean lines and bright colors, the quilt shown above was certainly a show stopper. The raised fist evolves from a traditional log cabin block symbolizing strength and structure. It was made from the worn jeans of Steven Taylor, a 33 year old black man who was killed by a police officer just 40 seconds after entering a Walmart in San Leandro, California. Latifah volunteered to make quilts from his clothing for his loved ones. In addition to this quilt, she made three more quilts from Steven’s clothing to comfort his family.
Save the Date!
- February 28th – Drop in Sew from 7 pm to 9 pm
- March 5th – General Meeting via Zoom: Hobbs Batting
- April 7th – General Meeting – Curves Workshop