Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Houston Quilt Market/Festival Photos

Packed to the gills with clothes and (mostly) supplies for my workshops and Open Studios demos, and also taking many boxes that were shipped to me by Jamie Fingal, I set off across south Texas to Houston....
Good thing I have side-view mirrors, huh?!

Yikes, this is a lot of stuff

I participated in 2 book signings for the fabulous
"Where Women Create:  Quilters"
by Jo Packham
Directly behind me is the wonderful Alissa Haight Carlton, and to my left is Amanda Murphy.

I'm so honored to be a part of this beautiful book.

Here I am with Alissa Haight Carlton and Kaari Meng, of French General.

Jamie and I pose with Trix, who comes from Europe to hang the quilt show.
She is a very talented quilt maker, too!
I arrived in Houston with two sample quilts for my "Fifty Shades of Groovy" 
workshop that were not yet bound.  Oy!
So, here I am on my hotel room bed working on my bindings...

I got to model Jamie's Doc Marten boots decoupaged with her new fabric line from Hoffman

People admire the quilts after Jamie's "school house" session during Market
another evening of binding....

My college job at a florist comes in handy as I make 4 bouquets for the "What's For Dinner" exhibit!

My dear friend, Melly Testa, came to Quilt Market.
Here we are at the Modern Quilt Guild meet-up

I love the pattern on this floor mat.
Do I remember where I saw this?  No.

Here is my crazy dog, Bizzi, "driving" my car.
I joked that she was hunting for deer.
I am showing this because I made many 4x6 postcards,
some with Bizzi featured, for the 2nd annual Pet Postcard Project.
The project raised money for Friends For Life, Houston's only no-kill animal shelter.

Another night, more binding.  Sigh.

Our "Painting With A Twist & Shout" class. Fun!

An evening soak in the Hilton pool/spa

Looking at the Houston skyline from the balcony by the pool
(on the 23rd floor)

Wednesday:  day off, and our annual trip to the eyeglasses place!
Here are new newest pair....

Thursday:  Halloween and some "Witch Stitchery" in the Brother Sewing Lab.

More binding......

before Caryl's beautiful 30th anniversary of quilting exhibition.

Students discuss their creations in my workshop,
"Fifty Shades of Groovy".
By the way, I got both quilts bound in time for this workshop!  Yay!

Sunday:  packing up to check out of the hotel. Oy!

The awesome bellman managed to get all this stuff onto one cart.
He is a pro....

The drive back to San Antonio and a beautiful evening sky.

Last day together:  lunch at LaFonda on Main
under my favorite tree.

These were but a few of the many things that occurred during Market and Festival.
I was so fortunate to have five of my quilts in the show:  one group entry, one digital entry, one in the Modern quilt showcase, and two curators' pieces (one in An Exquisite Moment, one in What's For Dinner?).  My donation quilt sold to my good friend, Jeannie Palmer Moore.  I hope my pet postcards all went to good homes.  
The best thing about it all?  The amazing people I get to hang out with.  Seeing dear friends at this event means so much to me.


  1. Yep....the quilts are awesome, but the people are even more awesome! Can't believe you had to schlep that much stuff--I thought my mountain of boxes in the teacher's room was bad! Glad you and Jamie got to relax in San Antonio after the fact! You both must have been exhausted!

  2. What a week! Thanks for sharing the fun for those of us who weren't there. I lived in San Antonio years ago and remember La Fonda.

  3. wow- you guys look like you have SO much fun!!

  4. Thanks for sharing your photos Leslie! I enjoyed stalking everyone during Market and Festival and really missed being there this year. It looks like you had a great time!

  5. Hah Hah, this was such a fun and different take on Quilt Festival photos! Love all the binding and feet shot ... they give a new meaning to the phrase "foot binding", LOL! I missed seeing you both in Houston.

  6. Love getting the comments, everyone. Linda, I can't believe we didn't cross paths in Houston! We NEED to find a date for a get-together.

  7. Loved the photo tour of your experience in Houston. Wish I was organized enough to remember to take pics! I did shoot some of my favorite work -- however the blog post with it was a little grumpy!

  8. I love this post! Fun photos that show what goes on in the background of the show which I have been unable to attend. I appreciate your posting this!


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