As usual, I had to get up very early, 4:30 a.m., to catch early flights, first to Atlanta, then on to Houston Hobby airport. After checking in for 13 days, I unpack and get my clothes in order for the two weeks. We wear specific garments on specific days and I want everything in order so I am not scrambling around at 6 a.m. each day figuring out what to wear.
|The view out my Hilton-Americas window--lots of construction still ongoing|
|Closet is ready|
At Sample Spree Friday night I bought just a little fabric, from Windham Fabrics, one bright, one more reproduction-style:
The rest of Market I get ready to welcome 130 Faculty members to Festival. This involves preparing their welcome packets, with name badge and lots of information, and stuffing the Festival Show Tote with a pin and Show Book, called the Q Square. There were also special "goodie bags" and other gifts--they love to receive and I love to give those things out:
When I get a chance, I head down to the show floor from the Education office on the 3rd floor, to see the quilts. Mostly, I go to the special exhibits. Here is a taste of the ones I was most interested in:
|I've been a fan of Susan Carlson since her book Free-Style Quilts came out, 2000|
|20' long, for real!|
Ribbon Quilts, a Special Exhibit curated by veteran Tom Korn, featured lots of quilts made to replicate Military Service Ribbons. The exhibit was rounded out with military uniforms on display and a running video stream of military folks in uniform. After much digging and having to order a new tie, I loaned my United States Marine Corps Dress Blues to the exhibit. It sure brought back lots of great memories and I'm glad I participated in this way:
Here is one of my favorites, a quilt inspired by 19th century work, this time from France, Quilts De Legende:
There were Twenty Years of Dear Jane quilts:
The quilts are great! The vendors amazing! But for me, my two weeks in Houston is mainly about the people:
|Melinda Bula--see the glamorous part of the job of traveling quilt teacher|
|Paula Nadelstern--showing how your kits/fabrics get to class|
|Dr Karen Nyberg, Astronaut, addressing a luncheon crowd|
|Karen Kay Buckley demo-ing hand applique' at Saturday Sampler|
|Kimberly and Kent Einmo--they had a blast at the show, smiling like this always!|
|2016 Education Team dressed in Eternal Sunshine by Amy Butler for Free Spirit Fabrics|
I've made hundreds of quilts and will keep making them. Recently, I'm been looking for people to share them with, so my sons won't be stuck with all of them when I'm gone. The very best ones are safe in deep storage but it's fun to give some of the "every day" quilts to people who will appreciate them.
Have to show off a local guild member's quilt hanging in the 2016 Quilts: A World Of Beauty Judged Show:
Elaine Wick Poplin, a high school math teacher, sees things no one else sees. Way to go, Elaine! Check out her blog at http://messygoat.com/ Or Instagram @messygoat
Want photos of the top winning quilts? Go here: 2016 Winners
Want more behind the scenes photos? Check out Humble Quilts blog Lori is a blog friend I asked to join us this year, see what she saw.
Want to see different quilts? See what Catherine Redford, a terrific teacher from IL found interesting: Catherine Redford's blog
If you are on Instagram, search #quiltfestival for almost 7000 photos--what else do you have to do today?
I have hundreds more photos and lots of stories I could tell but that's enough for today.