Kaleidoscope Collections, lectures/trunk shows, Quilt Fest, quilt shows, quilting, teaching

Quilt Festival Houston!

I’m impressed with the students in Houston.  Both of my classes ended up full.  My teachers pets, Maggie and Frances were such a great help!

Really, truly impressed.  These quilters worked and worked.  In my Beginner Free Motion Machine Quilting class all of the quilters stitched out feathers by the end of class.  Every single one of them. A huge thank you to Janome for providing the machines and educator for our classroom!  Terry did a great job meeting the needs of the students throughout the day.  I mentioned to my students that as a quilter I’m an amalgamation of all of the quilting teachers I’ve come in contact with whether that be national, local or guild friends.  I take what works for me and apply that to my quilting.  Feel free to take what works, what makes sense and use that in your quilting.

As you know this week started out a little rough and I made it to Houston a day later than anticipated.  I missed the Open Studio, sadly.  Seeing the whole set up for the studio the whole experience would have been amazing.  Pokey and Craftsy did a great job setting that up.

I was so happy to be there.  Of course time with friends takes precedence over sleep so by the time Jeanie and I went to take pics of our quilt together we were both pretty punchy so a little silliness ensued.  Quite frankly I couldn’t help be silly happy – this is my first trip to Houston, I taught the most amazing students and I had a quilt in the show!   I need to check with Jeanie and see what pics I can post.

I also got to see (no pics yet) the quilt Jeanie and I will be competing with some time next year.  Bob from Superior let me borrow a few cones of thread to take over to the Kaleidoscope Collections booth.  Thank You! Thank You!  A few spools cones of thread came home with me for this new quilt.  A quick trip to the Sew Batik booth found the perfect backing and of course the perfect batik for the front of the next quilt floating around Jeanies creative bean!  Diane and Bruce are the sweetest people ever, Bruce loved the pic of Diane & I from MQX.  I’m going to use silk and wool for the batting.  Alas my dear quilterly friends no pics until we get this puppy quilted.

My roomie this time was the delightful Cathy Franks.  This photo was taken last night as we waited for the gal to call us for dinner at the restaurant.  Our waitress very kindly figured out a way to make  our evening by finding us one last piece of flourless chocolate cake.  Oh! My!  Thank you!!

I loved the vibe of Houston.  As tired as I was getting there, the long hours, meeting the quilters and visiting vendor booths and all that goes into the experience of teaching.  I love what I’m privileged to be part of the quilting community.  I’m looking forward to this next year and will definitely be applying to teach there again!

Happy quilting,


PS there is more, much more I want to share it’ll take a few days.

2 thoughts on “Quilt Festival Houston!”

  1. So great to be your class flunkey! Cathy Franks is awesome! My girlfriend Bev uses her for her special quilts!

  2. It was a kick to get to spend time with you! I’m still recovering from Houston and two days of quilt classes. . .just starting to read the blogs again. . .little by little, I’ll get caught up!

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