I am back from the festival, but don't have a lot of photos to share.
From the grand prize winners, I only selected one quilt to share with you.
by Mary Buvia
The festival this year seemed to be all about art quilts, heavily embellished and masterfully machine quilted. Although I admire these artisans, my interests lie in the traditional quilts, which there were very few of.
by Georgina Buschauer
This quilt was one of the few traditional quilts that really attracted my eye. Its design source is Elly Sienkiewicz and won a ribbon for Merit Quilting, Hand.
And her hand quilting was exquisite!
Found in the small exhibit of American Traditional Quilts.
I loved how she fussy cut her fabrics.
I did enjoy the exhibit "Texas Quilts Today...", but could not take photos.
And, I missed the doll quilt and bed exhibit.
This small exhibit of houses designed by a variety of fabric artists was visually rich...
and very whimsical!
But after a whirlwind walk through the quilts, I headed to the vendors.
It didn't seem as crowded as I had remembered, but I still would start down one aisle only to collide with a mass of determined shoppers and quickly retreat. The number of choices I was faced with was totally overwhelming for me. As a result, I came home with very little, which actually makes me happy.
I did brave the Primitive Gatherings booth, but escaped unscathed when I saw the long line at the register. I picked up and put down several patterns in the Country Threads booth...when will I ever make all the quilts I already have patterns for?
Lori Smith's booth was also very tempting, but all I purchased was some wools from Mary Flanagan Woolens, where she gave me permission to photograph her wool version of one of Lori's patterns.
I also picked up some fabrics and hexie papers to get started on my daughter's wedding quilt.
There was a large number of antique quilt vendors with high quality wares. I came very close to coming home with one, but my budget just would not let me make the leap. In Mary Koval's booth of beautiful antique quilts, I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Collins from Quilts in the Barn. We chatted briefly, but I forgot to get a picture of us together.
Going to Houston for me this year was more about reconnecting with old friends and meeting a few new ones. My host and hostess were the best! I lunched with my old tennis partner, laughed the afternoon away with my friend Lori, caught up with other quilting friends, played Chinese Checkers with Rosie's precious grandson, dined on delectable home cooked meals, and even took in the King Tut exhibit.
Now that I am home, it will take dynamite to get me to leave for at least 6 months! I look forward to the upcoming holidays and some simple family times...