So we made it to Austin....the city of live music, barbecue, margaritas, food trucks and tex-mex.
|Out and about posing with a guitar statue on Congress Ave|
We explored a little of Congress Ave, the main thoroughfare in Austin. What was obvious fairly quickly is that music is a big part of life here. Loads of icons and statues relating to music, hundreds of music bars, restaurants, and eateries.
|Interesting bar activities!! What do they get up to in Austin?|
We had arranged to meet Ginny, Karen and Anne for lunch on our first day there, so we headed to a great Mexican restaurant. Awesome to see Anne again and it was a first time meeting for Ginny and Karen. We had so much fun and it was like we had known one another for ages. This was one of my fav memories of Quilt Con...casual, relaxed, good fun, and lots of laughs.
|me, Ginny, Karen, Anne and Rachel|
After Quilt Con registration where we mingled and met online friends and made new friends, the 4 Kiwis joined the Australian contingent for dinner. It was a fusion restaurant with sushi and Tex-Mex! Strange combo but it totally worked!
|Fish tacos....amazingly divine.|
And then Thursday was here and it was time for Quilt Con. I had enrolled in one workshop and a few lectures, and had Thursday mainly free. Rachel and I decided to start with the Quilt Show. It was hard to know where to start, so I just wandered. There were so many beautiful amazing quilts. The winners are all posted on the MQG website, but also among my favs were some that I was drawn to for the colours in them, the design or the description of how they came to be.
|Gypsy Wife by Catherine Mosely|
|Gaggle of Geese by Janice Ryan|
|Geometric Rainbow by Nicole Daksiewicz|
|Building Bridges by Jacquie Gering|
|Iceberg by Crystal McGann|
|Starry Eyed by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield|
|Phased Circles by Michelle Wilkie|
|Peace by Leanne Chahley|
|Christine's World by Luke Haynes|
|Fade into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle|
|Face #1 by Melissa Averinos|
|Rocket 8D by Latifah Saafir|
|Icicles by Do.Good.Stitches Portland, Orgeon|
|Sunset Stripes by Do.Good.Stitches, Seattle, Washington|
|One Third Street Neighbourhood, by Amy Stevenson|
|Best in Show: Kathy York's i Quilt|
And the final instalment tomorrow....