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:
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!
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".
Karen 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.
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!
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.
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!
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.