Apr 29 2009
I am so excited! This will be my first time attending the national North American Quilling Guild Conference (NAQGCON). It’s being held at the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport, 4400 West Cypress, in Tampa, FL, May 1-3.
Friday will be a full day of classes and workshops. We will also get to take a look at the pieces entered into the juried competition. This year there are five categories: (1) quilled cards (angel theme), (2) free standing quilling, (3) framed quilling, (4) miniature quilling, and (5) quillng & beyond. In addition, all pieces entered are eligible for the People’s Choice Award.
I am entering two quilled pieces this year: a framed four-square piece that is pure quilling with no embellishments, and an heirloom Christmas ornament crafted from a real hen’s egg, quilling paper that is only 1/16″ wide (the most common width used is 1/8″) to ensure better detail, and lots of Swarovski crystals for that touch of bling.
On Saturday the conference is open to the public. If you are anywhere near the Tampa area, I encourage you to stop by. Members will have pieces they quilled during the previous year set up for all to admire and vendors will have booths full of quilling books, tools, and paper. What a great opportunity for you to see quality paper filigree up close and talk to others who share your interest in the art of quilling. Contest winners will be announced in the evening.
Sunday morning will bring more open quilling and/or demos, then it’s lunch with my crafting buddies and a flight out that evening to come home.
To paraphrase Scrooge on Christmas morning, “I’m as giddy as a school girl.” It is going to be such a blast — meeting new friends, learning new techniques, sharing crative ideas — I can’t wait!