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.
Buttons Beads and Thread
Beautiful linen fabrics and trims
Sue Spargo's second edition of Creative stitching pus some patterns I just could not pass up.
A 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.
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.
I have been stitching quite a bit lately, I have more projects started than normal and I want to finish Solstice Dream before the end of 2017. I finished stitching Woven Petals and Pollen Gathering. I now have than more half of the blocks are completed.
The woven petal block has feathered chain stitch in the leaves which adds an interesting look to the leaves. I sewed blocks one through eight together, these blocks are 18" by 24".
Trying to stay on track, finished block 6 of Solstice Dream quilt. The block is 12' by 12" finished size.
This blocks used a variety of threads which always adds interest to the finished block. Rousseau Ric Rac is appliquéd in place then thorns, pistil stitches, were stitched with Painter's Rousseau pearl cotton. Painter's Kadnisky shimmer floss adds a beautiful shimmer to the bird wings and tail. New to me was the Feathered Chain stitch on the 4 larger leaves, adding a small in the chain really added a lovely touch to the leaves
Turkey work is never my favorite stitch, I did preserve and stitched the 4 bee bodies using Thread Gathers Sheep's Silk. I used a Bunka brush to fluff up the cut stitches. The Bunka brush is a notion for turkey work which makes the fluff so much easier.