Month: November 2012

More things to do in Houston.

This is crazy, I'm working on two blogs at the same time!!! However,  I thought I would mention a few more things we found today in Houston. I forgot to tell you that you can get 10% off anything at Macy's if you show your International ID. We had to buy two new cases… my favorite case had a wheel amputation on the last trip… and the other case had a darn big hole punched in it.!!!! Gees Louise. With 40% discounted in the store and then she gave us 15% more off….. (I love the USA for this)…. we paid less for two cases than the price of one at retail. Wooooooow and they are green!!!! Keith took advantage of being close to the Toyota Center which is just behind the Hilton and went to the Basketball with friends on Saturday night….. AND TODAY….. we found an amazing store just up the street. The Phoenician  the most amazing food store on the ground floor of the Phoenician apartments. For lunch I had a double …

Hints for Houston.

First of all, I think you need to be here at least 5 days. The city itself has lots to offer. The restaurant opposite the Hilton is called the Grove and is nice for a meal in the evening…. it gets a bit noisy but on the whole its worth a visit. I like to get out of the Convention Center for lunch and sit in the sun. The cafe behind the Grove, (waterpark) I think its called has the best hamburgers and sweet potato fries at a very reasonable rate. There are fountains for you to play in if you feel the need, and on Wednesday there is a free blues concert at lunch time. Wonderful, this is all situated in Discovery Green Downtown's premier green space, it encompasses 12 acres and is surrounded by the George R. Brown Convention Center, hotels and downtown sports arenas. Our other favorite restaurants are Mia Bella Trattoria, 3 blocks away. Good food good service. House of Blues, 3 blocks away. Guadalajara Del Centro, 4 blocks away and …

Last day at Houston.

Quilts    click the word to view. I've added more images to the web page. As mentioned in a previous post  I walked the red carpet to view the booths today. Excuse me if I'm mistaken but I don't think there were too many new ideas presented. Some booths have been offering the same thing for the past 12 years or more. Cherrywood has a new look to their fabric, brighter, finer and in keeping with the new modern quilt fabric designs. It works so well with Kaffe Fasset fabrics and big print Amy Butler fabrics. There are more notions, and Moda (always inspiring) continued their vintage kitchen theme in their fabrics and patterns. I was made aware of a few different rulers to make your life easier. I purchased vintage buttons. And because of my interest, I photographed the antique and vintage quilts. You can purchase wool in strips and I imagine its to make ruffles and roses. But the 'floor' was busy till the end. The sewing machine companies were doing amazing deals to …

  I've finally had time to sit at the computer and begin work on my photos. I will add albums each day to my web page and I ask that you respect the owner of the quilts by not downloading and distributing the images. Quilts    click the word to view. This is my 12th consecutive year at Houston. This event has been good to me, I've been lucky enough to win BOS and numerous other awards over the years. I also won the Jewel Pearce Patterson Award and I have a loyal band of followers from all over the world who visit each year. Good morning Pati from Mexico…. (she has coffee with me each morning) Walking those big red carpeted aisles each day brings forth new ideas, new images, old friends and acquaintances. This year, I've seen innovative ideas in fabric design. A new machine for quilting and for the first time museum quality antique textiles. You can find the ordinary and mundane… mixed with the exciting and new. I bought vintage handwoven kimono …

Purchases and stuff.

These gorgeous threads from Superior are for the project above. Thank you Mother Superior. The quilt is 7 foot wide, the background is silk and the plates will be thread painted in silk thread. Surprisingly some of it is purple not blue. I bought Cherrywood fabric for the Bayeux. When I got the reds back to the hotel and looked at them in daylight I realise they are pink red, not orange red… so I need to change them. The light in the convention centre isn't very good for color choosing. Tonight when I return, I will feature this gorgeous quilt by Pat Holly… Its my favorite quilt at the Festival.   Related articles Ripped from Reality – Africa My special quilt. Bayeux Discipline. The Modern Bayeux Tapestry No drips on the sneakers. fabulous day. A quiet evening. Featuring a quilt. Fusible web.

My special quilt.

An SVG map of China with the Guangxi autonnomous region highlighted Legend: Image:China map legend.png (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The eyes take 5 minutes to focus propery when I wake up, and it really annoys me because I want to fly as soon as I'm awake…!!! Yesterday was my first day to walk the floor. I've photographed half of the quilts… and purchased a beautiful piece of textile treasure. Its a Maonan Quilt Cover. Handmade from the minority people of Guizhou, Yunnan, Guangxi, and Hunan Provinces of South West china. I've seen them before.. they are incredibly rare and I know there are some in the quilt museum in Nebraska, but this one beckoned.. Its old, its worn, its gorgeous and will hang as a wall hanging in our house. Although I'm not an expert, this block appears to be fairly traditional. Its hand dyed cotton. Th dealer thought it might be a dowry cloth but I need to investigate further. Its fascinating… and yes, I may have to play with some designs like this. Well …

Its begun.

Once again its late and the brain isn't as sharp as it is in the morning but I have early morning appointments tomorrow so I need to share tonight. I photographed from nine am until just before ten when the doors open to the public. Everything was in readiness for the opening and an air of expectancy hung over the Convention Center. people had lined up for a considerable amount of time, I went out into the street and the line snaked right down to the corner and well down the next street. The sun shone and it was quite warm and humid… the atmosphere in the crowd matched the beautiful weather. Buses arrived and a trail of excited quilt enthusiasts, shopping bags in hand filed off. I've watched this event many times and it always leaves a smile on my face. The doors swing open and in the come. I was too busy to spend more time visiting booths etc. Tomorrow. I had lots of people to meet and spend time with. My buddies …

Featuring a quilt.

I'm going to be filming and photographing today at the International Quilt Festival in the George Brown Convention Centre. This is one of my favorite Quilts so far. I love the movement effect. The quilting on the pieces is wonderful. The hands, outlined in black tie the expression of the quilt together. The tweed fabric at the border is a real surprise… but I like it. The wording adds to the mystery. Viva Quilt. By Noriko Nozawa. Techniques Machine pieced free motion quilted. Design Source: The people who gather at a quilting bee. "Every day I repeat a series of work, writing, cutting and sewing, when I begin to make a quilt. One piece of the quilt shows a movement of the handas if I heard a pleasant conversation during my quilting bee. I made this quilt to commemorate my ten years as a quilter."