Show and Tell and more…

I’m in Houston for Quilt Market where there will be lots of color on display and it won’t be complicated at all. It’s going to be really pretty! I’ll post photos on Instagram and FB for you to see. Until then, here is Angie Weldon’s quilt…

Angie made her quilt after I taught a class at Out On A Limb Quilt Guild in Jasper, GA (North of Atlanta). Isn’t it cute! I love it when quilters adapt a pattern to make the quilt they want to make. Well done, Angie!

FYI: In case you are wondering, Lorna, sadly, had to stay home because of various family-related issues. I do miss her company but these things happen. Luckily, Market and Festival roll around every year :-).

Quilt Market 2016, update #3…

There were so many quilts at hanging in the show and the exhibits! The photos I have shared only scratch the surface of all there was to see. If you’ve been to the IQA show at Quilt Festival in Houston, you know what I mean. If you have never been, you really need to go.

I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists. Each one of the following quilts made me smile.

Classmates by Noriko Kido

Classmates by Noriko Kido

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Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland

Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland

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Lines Of Communication #5 by Anne Hammond

Lines Of Communication #5 by Anne Hammond

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Modern Waves by Kristi Schroeder

Modern Waves by Kristi Schroeder

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Not Now, Maybe Never by Joan Dorsay

Not Now, Maybe Never by Joan Dorsay

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Steventon by France Aubert

Steventon by France Aubert

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USS Constitution by Jocelyne Picot

USS Constitution by Jocelyne Picot

Quilt Market 2016, update #2…

Here are a few more quilts from the show. I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists.

The landscape quilts below were hanging in the judged show.

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After the Storm by Ruth Powers

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Summer Storm by Peg Collins

Summer Storm by Peg Collins

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The following quilt was on the cover of the Quilt Market guide. It was stunning.

Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

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Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

The next quilt was hanging in an exhibit of Dear Jane quilts. It just made me happy!

Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

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Detail of Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Detail of Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Quilt Market 2016, update #1…

I spent one full day at Quilt Market in Houston. I spent a little more than an hour looking at all of the quilts (which was not nearly long enough), I signed books in the C&T booth, and then I walked all of the 26 aisles looking for wonderful new things for the web site. It was full but exciting day!

The quilts in the show, and in the special exhibits, were phenomenal. Honestly it was hard to take it all in in the short time I had. I did stop to take photos of a few of the quilts that spoke to me. I was drawn to quilts featuring portraits and people in particular.

I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists.

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Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise (quilted by Sandra Bruce) and Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

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Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Detail of Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

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Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Detail of Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Claire, below, was hanging in the judged show.

Claire by Sandra Bruce

Claire by Sandra Bruce

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The Blood Remembers by Sandy Curran

The Blood Remembers by Sandy Curran

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I’ve seen the next quilt before and I still love it!

Detail of Rollin' Hell For Leather by Peggy Hanson

Detail of Rollin’ Hell For Leather by Peggy Hanson

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Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Detail of Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Detail of Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

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I’ll post more images from the show tomorrow.

Quilts from the big show…

The quilt show side of the International Quilt Festival is amazing. So many quilts to see! And I only had 1 hour to see them! I didn’t take many photos but if you search social media I suspect you will find hundreds of pictures.

If you go, you will find quilts that were entered into the judged show and exhibits with different kinds of quilts. This quilt hangs near the front and I love it! It is called Daisies and Dogwoods by Fiona Lindsay from Australia. It is hanging in the In Full Bloom exhibit sponsored by Prym Consumer USA, Inc.

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Vermeer Meets Fassett by Lynn Czaban is just lovely. It is a small quilt entered in the judged show.

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There were several applique quilts entered into the judged show that were just stunning. I didn’t have a good way to get a good picture of the whole quilt. In most cases the detail shots are better. (FYI: Winners won’t be announced until Wednesday evening.) This is Magnolia by Fusako Takido. Isn’t it great!

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My Sweet House with Kirara by Ayako Kawakami is another amazing quilt. I didn’t pay close enough attention but I think both of these are from the Handmade category.

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Ben’s Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold is another quilt that is both lovely and masterfully sewn.

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So many quilts have details that are beautiful. The piecing and subtle applique in Where Love Goes by Miyuki Hamara work so well together.

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I really loved the simplicity of Little Farm On The Prairie by Enid Weichselbaum. The quilting adds so much to what is already a great design.

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The quilts in the different exhibits are not part of the judged show but are just as much fun to look at! There is an exhibit of the quilts from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book Double Wedding Rings: Traditions Made Modern. This one, Deconstruction, is one of Victoria’s own quilts.

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The antique quilt exhibit was also fun to tour…

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Click here to go to the Quilt Festival home page. I suspect that you’ll find a link to the list of winning quilts there by Thursday.

Images from my quick visit to Quilt Market…

I stopped long enough to take a photo of the construction in the daylight. Downtown Houston has been looking better every year. It’s more crowded, bustling, cleaner, and there is a lot more that is interesting to look at. I suspect that next year the Convention Center is going to look better than it ever has.

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I took the next two shots before market opened so the folks you see here are vendors. It will be a lot more crowded once the doors are open and shop owners start walking the floor. It will be even more crowded when Quilt Festival opens. The booth occupants will change, the floor plan generally remains the same.

The opening in the far, white wall goes to the quilts. Aisle 1 starts there…

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Turn and look in the other direction and wayyyyyy down there is aisle 29. This is an event that requires good, sturdy footwear.market-03

C&T had our new book, Wool Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way, prominently displayed!

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I didn’t stop to photograph many booths because I was moving fast. I did stop at Art Gallery Fabrics because of this wall:

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The fabric designer showcased here is Maureen Cracknell. I was lucky enough to get to visit with her for a little bit. She is a lovely young woman who has designed some wonderful fabric. She also has a great eye for display!

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It’s not just that the butterflies are pretty, it’s the way the colorless butterflies flow into the colorful ones. They enhanced the fabric that was displayed with them.

In a similar way, RJR used origami cranes…

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I didn’t know until just now that there is an RJR Quilt With Love blog! Click here.

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If you go on social media and look for #quiltmarket you’ll find lots more photos. Tomorrow I’ll post a few quilt images.

Look out!

I live in Texas and I am here to tell you that this state is all about road construction. And, in most cases, Texas focuses and gets the job done in good order. But sometimes crews focus on one part of a road, get that done, and then move to the next stretch so it can feel like there is never progress. 

I have been coming to Houston in the fall for 21 years and there are always streets torn up downtown. There are fewer this year but there is a huge amount of new construction in progress.

This year the construction that quilters will notice the most is in front of the George R Brown Convention Center. (I took these photos early this morning before the sun came up.)

  
Entrances at ground level are few. The buses are dropping off at the parking garage next to the Hilton where you can ride an escalator up to the walkway on the 2nd floor to the convention center. It works well. 

  There is remodeling going on inside as well. It may be a little inconvenient this year but I’m looking forward to seeing the changes next year. Truly, this city is prettier every year.