Friday, November 8, 2019

Houston International festival 2019

It was so excited to be able to go to Houston International Quilt Festival again.  I submitted my Lily Quilt for 'In the American Tradition' exhibit and I was delighted they accepted it.  
 The second time around it was still a bit unbelievable to come around a corner and find one of my quilts hanging with all these amazing and beautiful others.
 This year my good friend Catherine was able to come. It was fun to have a travel buddy, someone to stay with and explore the Festival with.
 It is wonderful to see the amazing quilts submitted to the juried part of the show like this one by Midori Horie of Japan.  The appliqué and handquilting are beyond exquisite.
 But my favorite quilts in the show are the antique quilts.
 This one is part of the Texas Quilt Museum's collection.
 and this one too
 This one was in a gorgeous exhibit of some of Mary and Joe Koval's collection.
 I loved the border of this one - also from the Texas quilt Museum.
 Then there are the booths full of antique quilts for sale.  I love hanging out in these booths!!  This one was in Jane Lury's booth and I loved the border.
Another awesome part of Quilt Festival is meeting people.  This is Dawn whose blog is called Collector with a Needle.  
It was so lovely to meet her - I've enjoyed her friendship online for years.
 Deborah Ursell is an very busy vendor who I met last year - she is so fun and enthusiastic.  Her booth of Vintage Quilts and More was packed all the time.
 Julie Silber I met last year too.  Her booth is full of wonderful and interesting quilts and she is full of interesting stories.
 I met Cecile from Patchwork Inspirations who was visiting from France.  She is a sweetheart. It was so interesting to visit with her and her husband.  Together with Lori of Humble Quilts who I met last year.  Lori is full of ideas and issued us a challenge to do something with an antique block which we could choose from some she brought.  I will post more about that later. It was really cool to run into her again at the antique quilt booths and look at some beautiful and some interesting old quilts together.
It also enjoyed meeting Sue from the UK whose blog I have followed for years.  We were in a class together with Lori on my last morning there.
And then it was time to come home to regular life with piles of new quilting ideas in my head :0)

 I didn't get pictures with everyone I was happy to see again like Judith of Juud's Quilts  and Mary Koval, and Bernadette who was busy in the WonderFil Threads booth. (and then I haven't worked up the courage to ask Jane Lury for a picture yet)  However, it is the people and the antique quilts that are my favorite parts about going to this show.

Happy Quilting!!