Houston Quilt Festival

I attended the Houston International Quilt Festival last week. I flew to Houston on Wednesday, November 1st, I arrived just in time to attend preview night and flew back to Phoenix on Sunday night. The George R. Brown Convention Center is huge, a total of 547,730 square feet on the first floor which equals about 10 football fields. Pictures of the 2017 Houston winning quilts.

There were over 1000 vendors at Festival, lots of beads, buttons, patterns and notions to covet. I am afraid that I coveted and bought too much this year.

Beads buttons thread Houston. Buttons and beads

Fabrics HoustonBeautiful linen fabrics and trims

Patterns and books Houston
Sue Spargo's second edition of Creative stitching pus some patterns I just could not pass up.

Notions HoustonA few notions I needed.

I promised myself that I would not buy any quilt kits this year. Oops, I fell in love with Jacqueline de Jonge's La Vie set Belle quilt. Not only did I buy the fabric, I also purchased the Swarovski crystal to embellish the quilt. I am now trying to formulate a plan to make sure I finish this beautiful quilt in the next year.

La Vie est Belle Houston

Another fun time at the Houston Quilt Festival, always great to spend time with Sandy, my quilting buddy, Monica plus an opportunity to meet new quilting friends.
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Houston International Quilt Festival

I flew to Houston last Wednesday and spent 5 wonderful days at the Houston International Quilt Festival with Sandy, my quilt buddy from Henderson Nevada. This year was the 40th year anniversary of the festival which was celebrated with a special red and white quilt exhibit "Ruby Jubilee!"

Courtesy V Mangum and C Messimer

I took a class with Nancy Eha, Bead-Dazzling Embroidery Interpretations. Nancy is an excellent teacher and I learned many beading techniques.
We used printed stitch templates which are carefully removed after stitching. I did not remove paper on my stitching sample.

Nancy Eha class sample
Of course, Sandy and I spent many enjoyable hours walking the 20 long aisle of vendors, 1000 vendors in one place is quilter's paradise. There were so many unique products, many not available at local quilt shops. I was especially happy to find some beautiful variegated size 5 pearl cotton threads made in South Africa imported by akonye ken and some beautiful linen fabric and hand made buttons from l'Atelier d'Isabelle These are just some of the things I purchased.

Houston Quilt show

Houston Quilt Show

I am finally getting caught up after my trip to the Houston Quilt Show. I flew to Houston on Wednesday, October 30 with my quilting buddy from Henderson Nevada. Can you imagine about a thousand quilt vendors in one place plus hundreds of spectacular award winning quilts, the Houston Quilt Show is simply overwhelming. I became fascinated with the World of Mother’s Dream quilts by Reiko Kato. The quilts are exquisitely hand appliquéd and so charming.
This is one of Reiko Kato's quilts from the show.

Reiko Kato quilt

Lunch with Carol Doak

When Sandy and I were in Houston we were able to have lunch with Carol Doak. After lunch, we took some time to discuss all the wonderful things about the new Apple iPad.

Carol Doak Houston
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