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. 

From Houston…

I’m in Houston for Quilt Market. My friend, Catherine, came with me. She’s not a quilter (yet) so this is an adventure!

Work begins tomorrow but today we had time to go to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. It was fabulous!


We walked through this tunnel between buildings several times. It was way cool. 

Here are a few pieces that caught my eye…  

A woodcut by Alex Katz (above) And this by Jonathan Borofsky (below). 

There was a special Mark Rothko exhibit that I really enjoyed. This yellow one was my favorite… 


The red (above) and black (below) also made me happy. 

There was a Shadow Monster interactive exhibit. That’s me! 


And there’s Catherine! It was so much fun the make these giant shadows on the wall!

After the museum we checked into the hotel and then went to the convention center to get our badges and to walk around the park across the street. It has grown into a lovely space. 


Catherine spotted these lovely reflections on the walk back to the hotel. 


More tomorrow!

To market, to market…

I leave for Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Lorna is going too—it will be her very first market! I am looking forward to sharing the experience with her :-).

We’ve been consulting over what to wear. There are times when I wish I could just put on a business suit and call it done. And then I get over that. Men’s clothes may be easy, but they lack the wild variety available to women. Wild variety is nice.

Since I’ll be shopping for you, I have questions that only you can answer…

  • What would you like me to look for at market? I’m going to be on the lookout for applique-related notions but what else would you like to have available?
  • If I bought pretty packs of wool, would you buy it? Small pieces, or larger pieces?
  • Would you want wool that came with a pattern that I think is cute, but that is not a Piece O’ Cake pattern?
  • What about pincushions? If you are excited about pin cushions, do you want ones that are already made or do you want to make them from a kit?
  • There are lots and lots of fabric vendors available to you. I can’t compete with them but I thought I’d look for a few big prints that you might not find elsewhere. Is there something else that you can’t find that you think I should look for?

I’ll post to instagram while I’m away. I may post photos of different things to get your opinion. I’m sure you will feel free to tell me what you think :-).

And, because I can’t leave without adding a photo, here is strawberry glamour shot that I took this morning. My photo challenge homework this week is ‘red’. Strawberries are in season… what more can I say. I’ll have more strawberry photos uploaded to my smugmug page later today.