First Timer's Guide to QuiltCon

We know that QuiltCon can be a huge investment, not only in time and money, but in planning also! We get a lot of questions from first-time attendees, so we put together the most common ones to help make your first QuiltCon experience a great one. 

Attending QuiltCon

When will I get my tickets? How will I get my badge?

All QuiltCon four-day show pass badges and one-day tickets will be available for pickup at QuiltCon! No physical items will be mailed.

Four-Day Show Passes can be picked up anytime the registration desk is open. Single-day tickets can be picked up the day you have purchased your ticket for. 

Registration Desk Hours:

  • Wednesday, February 21: 5 pm-7 pm, with a Registration Welcome Reception & Cash Bar, Featuring SewTites
  • Thursday, February 22: 8 am-6 pm
  • Friday, February 23: 8 am-6 pm
  • Saturday, February 24: 8 am-6 pm
  • Sunday, February 25: 8 am-3 pm

What are the must-haves I should pack?

  1. Comfortable shoes – there is lots of walking at QuiltCon so be prepared! 
  2. A power bank for your phone if you are a picture taker – there will be lots of opportunities! 
  3. Bringing a fun card or sticker with your social media info is a great way to connect with the people you meet! Think about making some address labels or stickers you can use to enter booth giveaways so you don’t have to write your information down a million times.

Download the QuiltCon App 

This app will have maps, the ability to add your QuiltCon schedule, and so much more. If you are registered for QuiltCon you should have received an email with instructions on how to download the app, if you did not please reach out to register@themodernquiltguild.com.

Can I take pictures at the Quilt Show?

Yes! Be sure to also take a photo of the artist’s statement hanging next to the quilt so you can tag the maker in any social media posts.

Can I bring a drink to the Quilt Show and Vendor Hall?

Only water bottles with resealable lids are permitted in the Vendor Hall and Quilt Show.

How can I meet others at QuiltCon?

Volunteer! Many volunteers have told us they have loved the experience and have made wonderful connections with their fellow volunteers. You can find out more information about volunteering here. Explore social media to find fellow quilters! Check out the hashtags #QuiltCon and #QuiltCon2024 on Instagram. Social hours are another great way to meet new people! Each night, we will have social hours located at the convention center, these events are provided by some of our wonderful sponsors and are fun nightly activities to plan for.

Onsite Concessions

Limited concessions will be available during the event. This is managed directly by the convention center and we have little control over the hours of each concession area, though we always request for a wide variety of items to be available for attendees.

Workshops and Lectures

I signed up for workshops! Do I need to bring basic sewing supplies?

The MQG works very hard to try and make traveling with your workshop supplies as easy as possible. Every workshop room will have the following shared supplies for students.

  • Cutting Mats
  • Rotary Cutters
  • 6” x 24” Rulers
  • Irons and Ironing Mats
  • Scissors

Students are welcome to bring any supplies they wish, but please do not bring any extra irons for safety and power concerns. Be sure to check the required supplies for your workshop as well, all this information can be found on the QuiltCon 2024 Interactive Schedule. 

Sewing machines are also generously provided by our sponsors for any workshop that requires a machine!

Will my 6-hour workshop have a break for lunch?

Yes! There will be a lunch break from Noon to 1:30 p.m. for all 6-hour workshops. We do require all students to exit the workshop rooms to allow for faculty and event staff to have a lunch break as well. Please be aware food vendors in the convention center are normally very busy during this time so please plan accordingly.

If I buy a lecture pass, can I just stay in the lecture hall throughout without having to get up between lectures?

You can leave your bag or personal belongings in the lecture hall between lectures, at your own risk, however, we do need to scan attendees for each individual lecture to ensure that we are not surpassing the fire code guidelines for the space, so you will be asked to step out and get scanned back in. This also allows each lecturer a few quiet moments to prepare for their lecture without an audience, which is greatly appreciated.

Be a Volunteer!

Volunteering is a great way to participate in the event and get to know other quilters. QuiltCon would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers! Volunteers help sign attendees into workshops, use white gloves in the quilt show to help attendees see close-ups of quilt fronts/backs, answer general questions, meet and greet attendees, help staff our bag check area, and so much more. Each volunteer receives a special shirt as one of our thanks for your service. Volunteer shift sign-ups begin in September, so consider signing up! And keep in mind that most volunteer tasks are assigned onsite, based on the number of people who turn up for their shift, and the event needs during that time.

How do I get a QuiltCon 2024 goodie bag?

The QuiltCon Goodie Bag is a coveted item for all attendees, filled with goodies from our sponsors. To make the process most equitable, all MQG members who register and pay for their registration during the first week of member registration are eligible to randomly receive a QuiltCon goodie bag onsite. The bags will be distributed onsite and goodie bag recipients will not be notified in advance. Registrants will find out when they check in at registration if they will receive a bag!

You will have an opportunity to pre-order special QuiltCon 2024 merch during registration. You’ll see several different options in the registration system to pre-order popular items, including the commemorative merch pack. All merch pre-orders must be picked up in person, and there are no refunds for merch pre-orders. 

I wasn’t able to get any of the QuiltCon merch last year because it sold out so fast. How can I make sure I get some this time?

You’ll see several different options in the registration system to pre-order popular merch items, including the commemorative merch pack. All merch pre-orders must be picked up in person, and there are no refunds for merch pre-orders.

Make sure to visit the MQG Shop early!

The MQG Shop at QuiltCon always has the best limited-edition merchandise. You can always pre-order some of that merchandise through the registration process, where you can order the three-part commemorative merch pack for the event. This pack always includes an event t-shirt, an event pin, and a third item that changes from year to year. Any merchandise onsite is limited and when it’s gone, it’s gone for good – so visit the MQG Shop early for the best selection!

 

Entering a quilt for the first time

Do I have to be an MQG member to enter a quilt into the QuiltCon Quilt Show?

Yes, to enter a quilt into QuiltCon 2024, you must be an MQG member. You can find more information about becoming a member here

For all the details, including rules, member challenges, important dates, and judging information, please refer to the Quilt Show tab in the menu or click the link below. 

What are the challenges?

The QuiltCon quilt show is comprised of multiple categories, including several challenges. This year, there are three challenges in total: the 2024 Windham Artisan Cotton Challenge, the 2024 American Patchwork & Quilting Super Scrappy Challenge, and the MQG Maximalism exhibit, a non-judged special exhibit. Challenges provide a prompt or a specific fabric palette to work with and can be a fun way to get your creative juices flowing! For more information on each individual challenge, check out our Challenges page.

When do entries open and close for QuiltCon 2024?

Quilt entries open September 1, 2023, and close October 31, 2023, so you have two full months to complete your entry form.