Friday, October 30, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It was a great evening to share what we are doing in Chinatown and am looking forward to seeing some of our other art quilts being given away at a presentation tonight.
To be continued......
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Just a quick post as I am feeling a little jet lagged after returning home from Houston this morning at 5.30am. It was a long and tiring flight but it is nice to be home again.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The International Quilt Festival Houston is officially over. What an overwhelming week! It took Hennie and I 4 days to get from one end of the convention centre to the other! We found the food hall only on the 3rd day...how could we have missed that?!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Howdy from the International Quilt Festival
in Houston, Texas!
What else can I say but WOW , what an amazing show. They say that everything is bigger and Texas and well...there is no disputing that! The quilts are spectacular and the market hall seems to go on and on and on and on. My mind (and my wallet) just hurts thinking about how much is here to see and do.
I wish I could show you just some of the quilts on show here and how fabulous they are and how varied, but Im sure I would get in trouble for breach of copyright or something.
So I'll show you a photo of my friend Hennie instead.
We have both been "blown away" by the sheer size and scale of this show and the things on offer. Today we went to a lecture about thread painting, tomorrow we take in a class on applique and later in the week we are booked to do a class on landscapes. We have also "shopped til we dropped" as the price of fabric and notions is so much cheaper than in either Singapore, NZ or Holland. We are both hoping that the airline wont notice the extra weight!
On Monday the festival is finished and we are hoping to do a bit of sightseeing around Houston. Maybe we will go take a look at the space centre or check out one of the large art and craft shops. First we need to find them!
This is our first time at this festival (also Hennie's first time in the states) and there was a lot to learn about where to go and what to do etc. We ended up having to buy new cutting mats, rotary cutter and ruler for the class as we had nothing with us. Today we found out that we could have hired it. Why is it that you always hear these things after you have bought new ones!
We have had our fair share of laughs here as well. We have had it twice now that the loos here have overflowed when flushed. Once in the hotel and once at the convention centre. Well I can tell you when that happens you dont know how fast to get out of the cubicle or get your feet up on higher ground!
Its been fun getting "immersed" in quilting for a week and away from the day to day things of home. (although I do miss the family). My head is just spinning with new ideas for new quilts and I cant wait to get started on some of them.
Things to remember for next time:
1. Fly business class (can take 40 kgs home instead of 20)
2. Read the programme till I can recite it backwards and book all classes before I go.
3. Bring a ton of money
4. Get a job to pay for it all!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
They say that when we doing "arty" things we are using the right side of the brain. Hence I had a "right side of the brain" day today and worked on my quilt. This quilt has been causing me no end of grief so today I picked up some of my fabric paints and tried to "fix" it. I will push ahead with the quilt only because giving up on it seems such a waste. Thank goodness for fabric paints...they hide a multitude of sins. My new motto...If it doesnt work, paint over it!
It still needs a lot of stitching but the main pieces are on. Can you see what it is yet?
Yesterday I discovered something else.....When in "right side of brain" mode, dont try to do "left side of the brain" things like....housework and washing. Thats when the washing powder ends up in all the wrong places in the machine! I am guessing that is why good quilters often have messy houses. Well thats my excuse and Im sticking to it!
Last night my husband and I were invited along with my collegues from Granny Quilts to the Singapore Turf Club for dinner and to see the horse races. We had a lovely dinner there and it was great to see the races. I really dont know much at all about horse racing and there is a lot to think about when picking a horse to place a bet on. Needless to say my guesses on who was going to win the race were pretty bad. We also got to see the horses up close. What beautiful animals! The colours and designs of the jockey's outfits were cool too. I feel a quilt coming on! Thanks to the staff of the Turf club for a lovely evening at the races.
My friend Henny and I are counting down the days until we go to the Houston Quilt Festival! Only 12 more sleeps!