All posts tagged: Houston Quilt Show.

Houston first Day

Wooow, its been a long day without coffee… what made me forget to imbibe. We were traveling most of the day and now we're in housed in our hotel in Houston ready for the festivities to begin. flying out of El Paso I don't know if you can tell, but I get soooo excited coming to Houston. The view from our window. Everything is ready for the next few days even the clothes are pressed, hanging ready. I've hugged a dozen people, met dear friends from Dubai, Ana from Brazil, and buddy Di from Aus. We had a riotous time in the executive club with even more more buddies and we've only been here a few hours. Kay England gave me a wonderful suggestion for new glasses… at least the sides should be red and white stripe with pointy feet over the ears. !!!! I have a friend who makes Elton Johns glasses and it will be on to do list when I get home… for sure. Right now I'm watching "Outback Hunter" filmed in …

Houston Day 6.

It's almost 6.00 am, and still dark. Through our big picture window from my desk I can see a population  of Houston workers streaming their way down the freeway in a continuous ribbon of lights. Yesterday, Keith and I spent the entire day walking the floor of the Quilt Festival. It took a morning to finish filming the quilts and the rest of the day walking the vendors mall. There were so many people to talk to. So many things to see and take in. The common thought is that it's a little overwhelming. However, I embrace it. I took about 600 photos in all, shot a lot of film and chatted to  dozens of people. However,  unlike other years, I didn't photograph every quilt. It wasn't that I'm not interested… in essence I was looking at the prize winners and innovative expression. It was a little quieter than the previous days of the festival. I wound my way down the aisles with Keith in tow carrying  the big camera. I guess the video below …

Houston Notes Day 5.

What does attending an event like the International Quilt Festival  mean to you? Other than Christmas with the family, this is the highlight of my year and has been for the past 10 years or so. It's been good to me… I've won the Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship and Best of Show and other awards. So of course it is an emotional tie for me. Members of the Jewel Pearce Patterson fraternity at their annual dinner. And our flag was still there – Melinda Bula I sat and had lunch with Lucy, my friend from Mexico today. We talked about the intellectual and emotional kinship of quilting. We live in  different countries…almost a world apart but somehow coming to 'Houston' as we call it has significant and similar meaning to us both. I imagine, it is the same for the 50,000 other people who attend. Time, by Sue De Vanny I gave consideration to the future of 'Houston' today. Selfishly I want it to continue until I no longer have the strength to wander the …

The Opening.

The end of the day and I have to go to bed in anticipation of a busy today tomorrow… http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=31523514&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00adef&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0   The crowds lined up at the door an hour before the entry time… I was unable to get there in time with the camera… but I guess you know what it's like. The quilts are stunning this year… so bright and beautifully quilted. As you can imagine, I'm enamored with this quilt. It's Wisdom, by Jennifer Day of Santa Fe New Mexico. I did buy some interesting things and I will share them on the blog tomorrow. My bent is not really towards quilting fabric,  but interesting textiles, I bought antique clock faces… to insert into the Quatches Quilt. The value on opening of my donated charity quilt… the red shoes was $300  

Thank you – how did she do that No 3.

I had a great day today…. it was rather special. A late appointment this afternoon prevented me from going to the SAQA function, then again I did need a quiet evening catching up. The day was busy yesterday and during the day a little fatigue began to creep in and  I struggled a little. But tiredness forgotten, at 6.30  friends arrived in the lobby bar of the hilton. Friends from NZ, Washington State, Arkansas, Australia, Minnesota and other far flung places…. It was great, the conversation went round and round, we have a lot in common, but  not everyone in the group was a quilter!!!!!! I can't  believe it, I forgot to take the camera…. The night ended very late and new friends were made at a local restaurant. I fell into bed exhausted and pretty happy with my lot. I walked the floor today during lunch. I walked quietly taking in all on view. My considered opinion is that I didn't really see anything new. I spent an hour or so walking the aisles, …

Jewel Pearce Patterson award.

Last night we held a function for the present and past Jewel Pearce Patterson Scholarship winners. Each year, International Quilt Market honors a worthy quilting instructor with the scholarship, created in honor of the late Jewel Pearce Patterson. Patterson was a quilting teacher, one of the co-founders of the International Quilt Association, and mother of Quilts, Inc. president, Karey Patterson Bresenhan. Bonnie Mccaffrey made a vidcast a few years ago interviewing a couple of us talking about how our careers had changed as a result of the scholarship. http://bonniemccaffery.com/vidcasts/035b.html All of us have gone on to successful careers. Lisa Walton from Australia is this years recipient and  the final winner of the award and she joins Diane Finigan and myself as the Australian winners. We do have some plans for future events for our group and I'm excited at the prospect…. for me it was a huge stepping stone to International acceptance. Rachelle sharing her quilt at the event last night    

Houston – I made it…

I made it folks, I'm in the Mecca of quilting…..Houston…. being here, I just feel complete after a very hectic  year. I caught up with Shanker and Mala and we are going to have the most amazing classes in Dubai and Muscat and……. lots of other intriguing places… Can you tell I'm a little excited? I traveled almost all day,  I haven't had time to eat so tonight I have dinner with buddy Pauline , the artist who designed our quilt… Just to see her here in Houston is an unbelievable dream. How about this for a goodie bag….? It's coming your way Alamgordo Gals.!!!!!