Month: October 2014

Visiting the International Quilt Festival and Market.

I'm not sure what it is about coming to the Houston Quilt Show that excites me the most.  Of course the quilts and vendors are some of the main things but this is my 16th visit and I just embrace it all. It just gets better and better each year. I'll never forget the first time I came, I stayed in one of the 'fringe' hotels and came in each day in a taxi. I didn't know one person. I discovered a seedy side to the hotel and was able to shift to the Hyatt at an expense I knew would be hard to explain at home. I wandered the floors taking everything in and soaking up the atmosphere. It was also a little scary and quite daunting for me to be amongst so many people who occasionally bumped into me in the aisles and almost every one was with a friend. I felt shy and very much alone. But the seed of delight was planted and it began to grow. I came away with …

Houston Quilt Festival images.

What a whirlwind of events. It's just amazing. I walked the floor again today, but I had to retire to my room to concentrate on my programs for the next week. Its been rather difficult to get photos up on the blog. Its fine if I add one or two but I need to all a lot so I use my other quilt format The diary of a traveling quilter. I just tried to up load photos on this blog and it takes 10 minutes to get one up there.  

New Ideas at Houston Quilt Market.

I was asked to look for new ideas at Market.I was most impressed by this light. Its long and thin and is quite unobtrusive, it basically sits above your machine.It has a bank of LED lights which gives you very good lighting on your machine.There are two lights here, and I guess the photo doesn’t show the thin one just above the machine to its best advantage, but I’m impressed and I want three for my studiohttp://www.daylightcompany.com The images below are from Alexander Henry. I love the fabrics and of course the ideas for the grandies.They come up with the most interesting ideas each year. These are a collection from the RJR – Artists Collection.

Quilt Market  – Houston, Day 1.

I have so many images to share with you I almost don’t know where to begin.You sent me a number or request on FB and I will endeavor to answer them all over the next week.Walking into the event today is just wonderful, never lost for words I still find it hard to express the feeling.I’m doing some daily videos for the Quilt Show and I will tell you all when they are up there and you can walk amongst the quilts with me. When you walk into the stadium…. this is the sight that greets you, four stories of quilts or so it seems just breathtaking People were just standing under them and looking up in awe.Red and white provokes such emotion in a quilt and it’s fitting that it features as the Ruby Jubilee celebrating 40 years. Miss Rose, Sister Violet,  a booth from my home town always captures the romantic spirit. Tilly loves this booth and I have bought her clothes from here previously.Romantic, wistful and just a sheer suitcase of gloriousness. …

Plant creative seeds today to harvest later.

I should be working on my presentation. Well, I am in an indirect way, I'm preparing some of the illustrations for inspiration. I draw a lot as I travel. Sometimes I share the drawings with students other times they are just for me.   The little sketch book stays in my bag and accompanies me to breakfast, dinner, waiting in line etc, etc.   This little sketch is France. The mountains, the Villages and the fields. Don't recognize some of the images in the fields… well neither do I… they are Pam vegetation. The Caribbean, can't wait for those blue green waters. Medieval villages in Italy. Every house had a bright red sate-light dish… it looked like 100s of balloons scooping the village up.   Just houses… I'm sort of on a house investigation theme right now.  So the drawings flow ready for future quilts and ideas. These images will be used in my presentation at Houston. Plant creative seeds today to harvest later. You've worked for years on your quilting mojo. You've mastered your …

Day one, Houston arrival.

In front of me sits a huge cookie and a coffee in a paper cup. darn big cookies First of all I don't normally eat those flying saucer cookies, or even drink out of paper cups, but right now its 11.02 am at home and I left at 6.30 am the previous day. My body clock is preparing for lunch and I need food in my room for a food flight in the middle of the night.  I even keep the coffee by the bed and drink it cold.  Experience tells me 'You will be searching for something to eat at 2 am" It always happens and it  takes 3 days until the body clock is working correctly.  This trip I have more than 3 days before I spend time with students. OK, so I will fess up. I did have a small drama, after security I went   to the airline lounge, dropped my bags at a table and then went to the loo. On my return I found my bright orange camera bag …