Sharon and I are very fortunate to live in Houston, Texas, and that we can enjoy attending the International Quilt Festival year after year.
When we first started going (20 years ago), we would ooohh and aaahhh over the exhibits and vow to each other that one day we would create a show-worthy quilt. I think that is about the time that I decided to make a quilt that I now call “WHAT WAS I THINKING?”. Picture a king-sized whole cloth quilt with appliqued borders which match the quilting in the center, you know, flowers and ribbons with jewel-toned flowers. Quite honestly, I have a 1-foot border of lines to quilt and appliques need to be attached to the blue and white checkerboard border and it will be done. Somehow I don’t think it will be entered into the International Quilt Festival show any time soon!
I know, I rambled off course for a bit, here are the highlights of our visit!
First, we decided to visit all the vendors. Yeah, right! I think we made it through about 2/3 of them and basically ran out of steam. Of course, when you need to stop and fondle the fabric, visit with interesting people and then stop to fondle the fabric again, it can take hours!
We even stopped to visit the longhorn steer, the mascot for “Stitchin’ Heaven”, a Texas quilt shop! Isn’t he handsome.
Now off we go to visit all of the beautiful quilts on display. There were far too many of them to give each artist credit for their efforts, but here is the highlight for us.
This one was made by a Japanese artist and is not the entire quilt because he had so many fans gathered around him to talk about his design and I thought it best if we don’t include the backsides of 10+ people in our blog.
See more of our favorites above.
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our day at the International Quilt Festival Houston and we hope you will join us next year!
P.S. from Sharon:
It is pretty darn cool to have a quilt included in the Houston International Quilt Festival! I’m not sure that Susan remembers, but I entered a miniature quilt design contest many years ago, and so my tiny quilt was displayed at the Houston International Quilt Festival, along with several others from the contest; I was so excited to see it there. I don’t know where I put those photos of my quilt; will hunt them down and maybe post them later… :o)