Sunday, February 28, 2016


Two things:

First, I live in the city where one of the biggest quilt shows in the world happens every year. Because of this, I have become very lazy about seeing quilts elsewhere. Plane tickets? Booking a room? Eating in restaurants? Nah. If it involves more than a 45 minute drive, spending the day then coming home, eating at my table, sleeping in my bed, then I can't be bothered.

Secondly, I have known since Autumn of last year that, early in 2016 I would be traveling to California for work. I had been discussing with my hosts about when would be the best time, for them, for me. We finally settled on a time agreeable to both of us & I began to make plans to go -- a PO for plane tickets, gathering materials I would need while there, etc.

About a week before I was to leave, lines started connecting dots:
I was going to Pasadena, California. I would be there during the third week of February.
The third QuiltCon was to be out west somewhere, California, wasn't it?
Sometime in the second half of February?

Yes, I was going to be in Pasadena, CA the same week as QuiltCon!

I was busy with work most of the week, but Friday was carved out for a quick visit to QuiltCon & a quick tour of Pasadena. I don't think I've been through a quilt show faster! But I had time for a once-over of the juried quilts & the special exhibits. They had a display of Gwen Marston's quilts. It was nice to see quilts from her books up close & personal.

The other display was of Molly Upton's work from back to the early 1970s.
They were moving, stirring & inspiring. I will let them speak for themselves to you.


O'Quilts said...

Awesome deserve the trip...but I am a tiny bit jealous...very fun

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! These are incredible. Thanks for sharing! Serendipity that you were there.

CapitolaQuilter said...

I honestly had not really heard of Molly Upton before the show and was so taken by her work, the colors and textures and lucky to have learned even more during the morning tour now. Glad you made a spin through even if it was a fast one.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Thank you for introducing me to Molly Upton, I hadn't heard of her before, and those quilts are fabulous. I'm happy you saw the show, even if it was a quick tour of the quilts.

fiberchick said...

Molly, Molly, Molly! Thank you for the intro to this quilter. So glad you got to go to QuiltCon:)

audrey said...

Thanks for sharing! These are wonderful quilts and yay for you to see them in person!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Gotta love serendipity!! Great photos, too - thanks.