Houston, Texas? Hello!!


Somehow our car seemed to have a mind of its own instead of turning for home after my eye doctor appointment yesterday it headed south – to Houston!!  2016 International Quilt Festival here we come!!!  That’s right I’m going to the quilt show this morning.

Earlier in the week I had mentioned the quilt show and Mike asked “did I want to go” well what is a girl to say to that?  How about “of course and are you serious honey – you know if I go to a quilt show I will have to buy something!” – asked Melanie “can you look after the house” “sure thing Mom” everything was taken care of after Mike got on Price Line and found us a wonderful 3.5 star hotel for under $50 a night!!

My home for the next couple of days  – hotel room about 15 minutes or so from the convention– We drove down yesterday from Little Rock after the eye doctor appointment which went well – the swelling in the retina is going away and the vision in the right eye is getting better, next time I see him end of December and keep using the eye drops until then.  I thought it would be a longer drive but it was 8 hours or so.


The traffic was horrible for the last 45 minutes last night on our drive – we got to our hotel at about 8:15 – Mike actually lived here back when he was in high school about 50 years ago! My how time flies.  The last time we were here was back in 86 – his family had long ago moved east and had not lived here since the 70’s.

So I have no quilting to show for this morning – I brought some sewing along but my eyes were dilated for a good part of the drive and I never got it out.

We are seeing the show today – as much as we can this is – Mike is a good sport about quilt shows  – but we both do it pretty much the same – we look, wander, see things and move on.  Take plenty of photos also.  We will see what we can and I’m hitting the vendors last so I don’t have to carry things around all day.  After awhile it is quilt overload – there is just so much you can take in and then the vendors – !! It is like you want to grab everything in sight and know you can’t I found a list of vendors and wrote down what I want to find and now lets see if I can.

I’m not sure what we are doing Saturday and Sunday but I’m sure we will find something – might drive to Galveston and walk on the beach/boardwalk if the weather is nice and we feel like it or we might just stay here in the city – we will see – I will be checking in but not answering all the comments like I normally do but well answer when I can.  I will take a few photos with my phone so I can post a few here on the ipad which I am using for the next couple days to blog –



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11 comments… add one
  • Kathi Nov 4, 2016

    Wow Karen!!! How fun to plan a last minute trip to the biggest quilt show around right now!!! Hope you and Mike have fun! I enjoyed the AQS quilt show but would just LOVE LOVE LOVE to see Houston. Will be looking forward to what pics you can share as you can share them 🙂
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  • Deb Nov 4, 2016

    You kids enjoy your adventure! 🙂
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  • Rebecca Grace Nov 4, 2016

    Ooh, how exciting, Karen! I hope to get to go to IQF someday. I hope you will share lots of pictures when you get back — and I hope you have a wonderful time!
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  • Thimbleanna Nov 4, 2016

    How fun! I hope you have a wonderful time. Quilt shows are a little disappointing to me these days — I love hand quilting and it seems to be increasingly rare. I was really disappointed to discover that my favorite quilt was machine quilted. Oh well — it’s very inspiring anyway — Have a great time!
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  • Sharon S Nov 4, 2016

    How exciting!!!! Looking forward to hear of your adventures…..have a great time.

  • Sandra B Nov 4, 2016

    First of all….so glad to hear you had a good report at the eye doctor….
    Secondly….how exciting!! Cannot wait to hear all about Houston! Have a great time, and safe travels!

  • Swooze Nov 4, 2016

    Have fun! I went years ago. If you find something and plan to go back later good luck! Buy it when you see it.
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  • Kaholly Nov 4, 2016

    No way! You’re so lucky! Guess you’ll just have to keep him! XO
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  • Claudette Nov 4, 2016

    Went yesterday. Eight hours are never enough. Your Dear Jane should have been there, but there are some pretty ones there. Enjoy the show!

  • LisaS Nov 10, 2016

    What a wonderful, spontaneous trip! Your man is a keeper.

    • Karen Nov 10, 2016

      yes it was a good spontaneous trip – long drive though! Both of us stiff by time we got home even though we stopped 4 times to get out and stretch!

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