A hugely overdue post reflecting just a little of Barbara’s adventures in Houston – official figures released yesterday reveal that attendance figures over the four days of Festival were a record 60,000 plus, there was a significant increase in class numbers, even more vendors, and a good time was had by all. There is always so much to see and do that it’s impossible to do it all – here are just a few highlights:
Intrepid roving reporter for Popular Patchwork , Gillian Cooper, was spotted looking colourful, cheerful and elegant
Close-up detail of a section of Sharon Schamber’s winning quilt “Mystique”
and the merest suggestion of how big this show actually is – part of one of the main “runways” through the merchant section on setup day
Great new rotary cutting tool from Sue Pelland pictured here at the end of a very successful show
and Barbara’s friend Debbie Wendt looks happy at the end of four days selling her Brilliant Bindings tool
Walking out for lunch in the park opposite the George R Brown Convention Centre produced a canine surprise – the park has been revamped and developed over the past few years and is now a popular downtown feature with its very own dog park – we wonder if this will ever catch on in the UK??
And somehow a zebra was lurking in the reflections seen from the hotel window
Back at the show there were wonderful quilts of every age and style imaginable, from Baltimore to Samplers, Art and Innovation –
Stanza della Signatura by Carol Moellers and Tim Juhl
Sandstorm over the White Desert by Jennie Bowker
Ruffled Feathers by Roxanne Nelson – amazing raw edge applique, mostly batik fabrics, incredibly lifelike.
Spring is just around the corner by Saradean Hallman – great fun!
Run!Run! Run! by Hiroko Miyama (perhaps they saw the dog biscuit machine?)
Another fabulous quilt from Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers – Barbara has temporarily mislaid the title in all the excitement
Alphaba’at Sampler by Janet Stone – what a fabulous idea! full of fun and amazing details.
Some of the antique/vintage and Baltimore quilts on exhibit may show up on Barbara’s blog when she finally gets around to putting a post together.
Back on the home front we’re getting things together for the Electric Quilt class on Saturday and hoping that the weather doesn’t intervene. Barbara is still way behind on practically everything, including blog posts, and Chris is working flat out on a magazine project, having recovered from a full house for our Christmas Surprise class last Saturday. Before there is any further shilly-shallying and messing about, we’re going to press Publish – more soon!