I can’t believe I have lived in central Texas for almost 20 years and have never gone to the Houston International Quilt Festival and Show. When we lived in Germany I would go to the international quilt shows all over Europe. My thought was once you’ve seen the international Quilt Shows what could Houston possible show me? Well I was wrong! For one thing there are more vendors. A LOT MORE VENDERS!
As I left Houston on the bus with my fellow quilters from central Texas, I listened to all the excited and tired women around me. They were showing each other what they had bought and looking at pictures. I leaned back and closed my eyes and thought this is why you go to Houston or any quilt festival or quilt show: for the sharing of a bond you all have, the love of quilting and the joy of seeing what others have done with fabric and thread.
Now that I am home and Christmas is right around the corner and I have so much to do I have put all the pictures away, unpacked the suitcase and switched gears. Maybe next year I will go earlier and stay longer.
Although my main focus in Houston was the vendors and seeing if they would consider giving Quilts of Valor a discount for our members one month next year, I did manage to spend the last half hour of Market Day at the Quilt Show. They are celebrating their 40th year, and they are doing it in style! I’m including a few photos of the gorgeous quilts I saw. Not all of the quilts can be photographed…I wish I could have shared all of them with you.
When you walk into the show, this is the first sight that you see…beautifully made red and white quilts from the floor to the ceiling.
A great way to use cameras in quilting is to take a photo and then change it to black and white. It’s a fantastic way to see if you’re obtaining the contrast you’re striving for. Just for fun, I changed the original photo to black and white. Even devoid of color, these quilts are amazing!
These are a few quilts from the “Reflections” display.
Finally, as the doors were closing, I passed a wall covered with large photos of quilts displayed on buildings or monuments with historical significance.
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I hope that you enjoyed sharing my Market experience.