I took a few photos with my phone so I could email myself the photos so that I could open some on the Ipad and post – I know of no other way to get photos on to the Ipad other than take the photos with the Ipad and I wasn’t going to carry this around with me all day. It worked out just fine I think – I will share more when we get home but I didn’t take as many photos as I do sometimes. After awhile at a quilt show you kind of zone out don’t you and wander around in a daze.
I actually saw more hand quilted quilts then I did at the last show I went to which believe it or I not I think was 3 or 4 years ago in Paducah. Houston’s convention center is huge and spread out so much – believe it or not I prefer the small town crowded convention center at Paducah then the one here. You have to walk so far at this one just to get to one end to the other and then go up to the 3rd floor to find something to eat, walking a long long way to the opposite end then where you started!! I’m a country gal what can I say – I prefer small towns! Glad I saw this one but doubt I will be coming back and stick with the Paducah show closer to home.
I bought very little. I wanted to buy a lot of course but I kept reminding myself of all the times I bought and bought at other shows and how some things are still sitting unused at home that were impulse buys from other shows. I got a book that I had been wanting to get that came out recently from Quiltmania – Linda Collins “Treasures from the Barn” and there are at least 3 or 4 patterns in it that I want to make so that was my gift to myself. I wanted to buy the pattern for Mrs. Billings with the acrylic templates that came with it – but it is pricey – and would I ever get around to making it? Don’t know so I put it back down and left the booth. I checked out a lot of things to see how they felt – fabric, thread – I will now keep that in my memory for when I do actually need it and can buy it on line.
Some will think I am crazy for buying so little and I know I have a small stash compared to some but I have a small sewing room and it is crowded as is now I will buy as I need not just because I am at a show.
So here are some images from today:
My book –
A finished “Love Entwined” quilt – by Inecke van der Molen from the Netherlands – all by hand I believe – some of you might remember I started this quilt about 4 years ago and it has been sitting in a project box for 3 years now at least – I really must get back to it one day!! Esther Aliu is the designer of this quilt. Mike informed me that my version sure didn’t look like this beauty! Guess I better get back to work on it and try to finish the center square. I am linking this beautiful quilt to Esther’s blog today as she is the designer and thought she would like to see it. I do not know if Inecke has a blog.
A “Mrs. Billings” quilt – by hand – this is one that I would love to make one day – if only the pattern wasn’t so expensive!! You can get it with acrylic templates or paper pieces – the only one they had was with the acrylic templates and the price was over $100 – I didn’t see a name with this one. This is the only one I had of this quilt that was not on the phone! I thought I had taken one with the camera. I’m sure a lot of you have seen it in blog land. The quilt on the right is another beauty called “Somerset” by Karen Styles I believe from Australia. I think the Mrs. Billings featured here is from Carol Konig’s design. I had been switching back and forth taking photos with the camera and with the phone and didn’t realize I didn’t get the individual photo of this quilt. When we got home and I realized the photos had not went on the Ipad right I checked the camera to see what I had and didn’t have this one.
The winner of the hand quilting category – exquisite work! By Yoko Izumi of Japan. Applique, embroidery, piecing, hand quilted – loved it!! The one from my phone was better! I must have been holding the phone more steady then the camera for the last couple of photos.
By Jennifer Day of New Mexico — I always prefer the old fashioned hand work and hand quilting – the art quilts just do not grab me – but I loved this work of a little girl.
This La Passacaglia is by Joy Hill from Australia – she is the mother of blogger Wendy whose blog I follow so I made sure to look for it and get a photo of it – Wendy has a gorgeous La Passacaglia that she made as well. I don’t have her blog address off hand and will fill in that info when I go through photos at home.
These photos of the shopping vendors area was taken from the 2nd floor on our way to the escalators to the 3rd floor to find food!! We still had half of the quilts to go through still when I snapped this photo of part of the vendors – oh my! We got to the show at about 10 and left around 5 – I had my fit bit tracker on and put on 10,000 steps just as we were leaving.
Needless to say the hips are aching, the lower back, the knees, the feet LOL – I’m getting old what can I say. Hopefully today I will feel much more energized and I think we will take it easy and maybe not be on our feet quite so much!! Thanks to all the well wishers in comments – I was very pleased to find as many hand quilted quilts as I did – I was not surprised to see as much machine quilting as there was and all the matching quilting supplies that there were – that is just the way it is now – I was disappointed to find the YLI thread booth and find only 4 spools of brown hand quilting thread instead of a variety of colors – most in the booth was aimed at machine work.
Wool is becoming more popular I think and there were a lot of wool supplies and now that I see what wool thread is like for that work I might eventually get some but I will wait and see if I continue to use wool for projects. I talked briefly to Kathy from Material Obession in Australia – almost bought a pattern of hers but then she asked me if I had her first book and I did and she pointed out the pattern was in it!! Thanks for saving me a little money there Kathy. I saw Jennie Doans from Missouri Star quilt company – but not in her booth – funny I saw her two rows over giving a demo in Riley Blakes booth!!
Thanks for all the comments – until later 🙂