and fun was had by all..

Honey I'm home! Wow that was fun... my first experience at the International Quilt Festival in Houston has left me enlightened, exhausted, inspired and in awe... When "they" say that quilting is a four billion dollar industry, "they" ain't kidding. The place was huge and packed with people, and "they" say things are slow this year...

First, I thought I'd share a picture of the sunrise that Jane and I saw from our hotel room every morning. This office building looked really cool when the sun reflected off it. There maybe art work coming from this picture someday, the grids are wonderful and I don't usually get inspired by grids.
Here is Jane teaching her class at MIU (Make It University) from Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine. The class was called "Stampmaking for Quilt Artists" and that get up that Jane is wearing is her Halloween costume. Halloween was the theme for this whole weekend as people started dressing up on Thursday and were still dressed up on Saturday. Scary. There lot's of interesting classes given at MIU, plenty of people were very inspired. I had fun meeting new people and hanging out with other vendors. Here's a picture of Kristin Rodriguez from Fiber on a Whim in Atlanta. She's a cool chick. On Sunday night Quilting Arts Magazine hosted Surviving the Runway 80's style. The contestants had items from which they had to fashion outfits inspired by the 80's while they were grooving to appropriate music. This was really fun to watch from the sidelines, they really got into the spirit of things. Here's everyone making it work. And here's Pokey Bolton in motion, actually this is how she was the entire time, just zipping back and forth, talking to everyone, where does she get all that energy... Oh and here's the parade of all the contestants in their outfits. That was certainly a fun way to end the Festival. I jetted away on Sunday afternoon leaving Jane to end the festival by herself, but things were quiet by then so hopefully everything went smoothly.

I did get to see the exhibits, mostly by speed walking as time was limited. The SAQA exhibits were exceptional, as were the Town and Country exhibit, Quilt National 2007 exhibit, Tactile Architecture and Sky Is the Limit. Beautiful inspiring art that makes me want to get to my studio. Sorry no pictures, some exhibits didn't allow them and I really couldn't do any of the artworks justice anyway.

I met some wonderful and inspiring artists over the weekend, let's see: I sat next to Judy Coates Perez on the way to and from Houston (we bumped into each other in the Chicago airport); I was also star struck by Lesley Riley, Frances Holliday Alford, Jamie Fingal, Leslie Jenison, Robbi Joy Eklow, Sarah Ann Smith, Kathy York, Sandy Snowden; and the really cool and hard working chicks from Quilting Arts/Cloth Paper Scissors: Barbara Delaney, Helen Gregory, Trisha Waddell and of course Pokey Bolton. Big thanks to Pokey Bolton for inviting me to do Open Studios at MIU. And the biggest thanks of all go out to my friend Jane Davila, who's fault it was... thank you Jane!

festival happenings...

Houston is fun.... I am tired but happy, meeting tons of new and interesting people, seeing cool stuff. I haven't seen the exhibit yet, but there is hope for that yet. Here's a picture of Jane in her fabulous booth, she's got great stuff in there, I have keep telling myself to stop shopping.. Here's Jane and I enjoying dinner at an outdoor cafe this evening. There is a really cool park outside the convention center, cool lighting, fountains and even a band playing tonight..

Houston here I come...

I cannot believe my lucky stars sometimes - I am going to Houston! Or more specifically to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. My friend Jane Davila, asked me to come and help out at her booth for The Country Quilter, (that's booth # 1258). I said yes as quickly as I could (had to take care of calling Grandma to the rescue first, someone's got to take care of the kids!). Jane has the coolest collection of art quilting supplies, and now I'll get to talk all about them to folks who want to know more. How awesome will that be?! Can you tell that I am excited? But wait, there's more! Jane just happened to mention to that fun crew at Quilting Arts Magazine that I'll be coming and next thing I know ~ I am participating in Quilting Arts Open Studios! (are there enough exclamation points in this post?) So that means Saturday, November 1st from 12:30P to 2:30P, I'll be over at Make It University (MIU) in the Quilting Arts Magazine area demonstrating my work. Yep, my scraps are coming with me! See those artfully arranged pictures of scraps sprinkled throughout the first part of this post? I just spent many hours sorting them.. they were highly organized (ahem..) in my scrap basket, and now they'll be on their way to Houston so I can show everyone and anyone who is interested how I put together my Окошечки/Okoshechki/Little Windows, such as the ones you see sprinkled below in the second portion of this post... Yep, recycling at it's best! So if you'd like to see how I do that, come over on Saturday and I'll show you - it's easy and fun! I have never been to Houston's Quilt Festival before. From what everyone has told me, it's the Big Mama festival of them all. Guess I'll have a trial by fire.. I am really looking forward to meeting many of the friends I have made online in the art quilt world, artists that I admire and it can't hurt to squeeze in a bit of shopping too... ...just might find that special tool I know I desperately need... So if you are there too, will you please come by and say HI! either at Open Studios or at booth #1258? It would be really great to see you...