International Quilt Festival 2013, Part 1

As many of you know, I spent last week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Festival is the largest quilt show in the country and the most fun quilt show I have ever been to. Women (well, mostly women) fly in from all over the world to see some outstanding quilts and to hang out with "their people". The line of people waiting to get into Preview Night:

Line

I had a couple of quilts in the show. "Mass Maples" was in the judged show. It won an honorable mention in the Traditional Pieced category!

Tarr - Mass MaplesCatena was in the "Celebrate Spring" special exhibit. I love how it was hanging right under those graphic restroom signs. Made it easy to find the quilt.

Catena under signs

I also had a mini quilt in the silent auction to benefit the International Quilt Association. It is made up of leftover scraps from "Valley Snapshots".

Tarr - Snapshopts RevisitedKaren Sievert's quilt, "A Truly Feathered Star" was next to Mass Maples in the show, so Karen and I got to hang out while we stood by our quilts. Karen is a hoot and the quilt is stunning. Hers won Third Place in the Traditional Pieced category.

Sievert - A Truly Feathered StarThe points on the stars are made with prairie points. The quilt is trapuntoed, and although you can't see it in the photo there are 2200 little pearl beads hot fixed onto the top.

When Karen turned the quilt over you could see that she had hot fixed 2200 Swarovski crystals to the back of the quilt. It was a show-stopper!

Sievert - back

While at the show I also did a couple of demonstrations for Open Studios, which were presented by Craftsy. I did a demo last year and had so much fun. This year I did two, one on paper-piecing and one on making circles for your appliqué.

Open StudiosThere were four demos going at once, so you could walk around and learn a lot in a very short period of time. I listened to several demos and learned several little tips and tricks.

My mom took this shot through the window of the back of me. Some of the participants look a bit confused, I hope I was able to clear up their confusion quickly!

Tarr - Open Studios

Tomorrow I will post more photos of some of the quilts I liked, but I will leave you with the part of the show that makes me laugh every year. The husband's lounge. When I took the photo, there was one husband in there in a recliner, with his feet up, reading the newspaper.

Husband's Lounge