Because I can, I’m going to continue my tour of Houston and the International Quilt Festival. So much happened. And really, a lot of it is worth sharing. So here go. Let’s pretend it’s Friday Morning October 31st. Happy Halloween!
The first event of my day was called Friday Sampler. It featured 29 festival teachers from across the spectrum of quilt making. Each teacher had an area where they presented a 15 minute mini-lecture aka demonstration.
My favorite talk was given by Dierdra A. McElroy. Dierdra teaches needle turn hand appliqué, a subject I know nothing about, but which she made sound incredibly interesting. Delores knows her stuff. There is just something so wonderful about listening to an expert get passionate about her area of knowledge.
Next up was pinning expert, Helen Frost. Accordingly to Helen, all of these pins belong in a well stocked quilter’s kit. I would get a B+ if this were a test. I can say confidently that I had all the pins listed except for the orange and blue headed ones made by the French company Bohin. Apparently, these guys make not only my favorite iron cleaner, but also the straight pins of my dreams.
I went directly from Friday Sampler to Bohin market booth and purchased some. Supposedly, these fancy pins bend but do not kink. Doesn’t that sound to good to be true? I will let you know soon if the French are fibbers.
Philippa Naylor had some good quilting tips including another recommendation for Bohin needles. I am always on the look out for a super sharp needle that isn’t bothered by my dense quilting.
After the Friday Sampler, I cruised the exhibitions a bit. I was so happy to see my dear friend Colleen Kole’s work showcased in the Tactile Architecture exhibit.
I asked an innocent admirer if she would take my picture with the quilts. I was hoping she would get both pieces with me standing between them. Oh well. The quilts are still beautiful in design and craft. Next up, I volunteered at the SAQA booth. I highly recommend this. The SAQA booth is always a buzz with members and curious show goers. It is a great place to connect with SAQA members you know as well as make new friends.
Above my head is the SAQA auction quilt that got away. I need to fix that.
That afternoon was the first of three live tours of the SAQA exhibit Celebrate Silver. I am very grateful to have been selected by the juror, legendary quiltmaker Yvonne Procella, to be part of this exhibit. Here she is at the first tour.
Heidi is a collector, and she purchased TWO-FIVE. Really–it is absolutely true–a collector bought one of my pieces. Nothing validates an artist more than that. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Heidi. it was great to meet Heidi and know that my quilt will have a fabulous home along side the work of some truly amazing quilt artists.
And now, I am at the mexican restaurant drinking tequila.
And the lights–they are good too.
Until then. Who knows where I really am.