No sense waiting til the last minute, I always say. So it's 11:49pm November 30th, and I'm just now getting to my calendar. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! See you next year! (Scroll down to see the Quilt Market/Festival update below!)
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Quick before we move into December! Last month's Houston International Quilt Market and Festival gave me lots to do, see, learn and even buy!
My fellow Sew-Ho's and myself made a week of it and moved into my Cabin Too (except for Cara Gulati who stayed downtown as she had a booth at Market).
Let's see...it all started when the out-of-town hos met up at Shogun for a pre-Market dinner. Had a great waiter who didn't mind waiting on a bunch of rowdy women - which resulted in him making a pretty penny off our table! (Great Bellinis and Plum Wine!)
At the pre-dawn crack on Friday we made our way downtown for Schoolhouse. The highlight of which was Cara's session! Gorgeous, colorful quilts delivered in her characteristic relaxed, witty style. Oh! And she has some fabulous new patterns! I'll show you some of those later.
Another really cool Schoolhouse session was by the Squedge folks.
They've got a cool new ruler that can make a radiating pattern so quick and easy you won't believe it. You can get it from Connect the Blocks where there's a link for a tutorial about it.
After a very brief dinner break, we got in line for Sample Spree. You have to experience it once while at Market. If you do it again, you're certifiable. Here's 1/4 of the line, 2 hours before the doors opened. It snaked around behind me to the left by about 100 more people, and duplicated itself on the right. Unbelievable. My warning would be to find out where the Moda booth is and elbow your way through the stampede, in the other direction. Those Modaholics are a determined bunch! That's Shirley on the chair, trying to prove to her honey that there really are that many quilters waiting to break down the doors.
I forgot to take pictures of all the loot we came home with. Dead tired. The creaking and groaning was pathetic, but we persevered. I did take a picture of all the stuff from Market though, and my favorite find. But that comes later.
The view of the show floor from the 2nd floor porthole
First stop, one of my favorite vendors with one of my all-time favorite tools:
These have totally reorganized my fabric stash and kept me sane.
They come in 3 sizes and can be used for storing yardage, fq's, kits, strips for borders or log cabins...and you can always see what you've got. And you no longer have to lift up piles of fabric to get that little piece at the bottom.
Plus they look terrific all lined up on the shelves in my studio!
This is just a fraction of the ones I have! There's the same amount again, on the left, and a full shelf below. Don't be fooled by imitations: DeNiece's are the original, and they're made right here in Spring, Texas!