Last week was my first time to attend QuiltCon. Although I only spent two days in Savannah, I was excited to see many amazing quilts and have thoughtful conversations with some of my quilting heroes. My lecture at QuiltCon was about moving beyond patterns, setting aside perfection in favor of perseverance. Among other ideas, I talked about ways to explore creativity by taking risks, being mindful, setting limits, and embracing mistakes. The Modern Quilt Guild is clearly a connected and supportive community that has helped revitalize quilting, but I hope we’ll continue to see creative quilters push the envelope even further in the coming years.