What a whirlwind it’s been here in Houston! A quilt market newby (to be sure), I’ve spent the last two days being completely (and wonderfully) overwhelmed by information – new tools, new techniques, new products, and (of course) new fabric! - quilting inspiration, throngs of quilt-minded people, and pure fun. Oh yeah – and a whole new city to explore – hello, Houston!
I honestly can’t believe it’s only been two days! And three more to go, full of even more fun (stitchy) adventures… or at least as much “fun” as I can lug back in my suitcase.
I started Monday early with a visit to Tina Givens and her lovely golden goose – which played at least a small role, according to Tina, in her second place double booth prize. (Go, Tina!) Just take a look at the aforementioned award-winning booth (and goose)!
And here is Tina at a book signing – so gracious!
Monday night held some excitement of the altered fabric variety. Gelatin Monoprinting – taught by Quilting Arts editor-in-chief Pokey Bolton – was twice as fun (and half as messy, despite my best efforts!) as I could have even expected. And I thought gelatin was just for awesome Halloween scars! Here are some of my favorite little creations… and yes, there’s most definitely a theme here. I got started using my cup as a printing tool – and I just couldn’t stop! (Except for a brief moment to experiment with feathers – so fun!)
Today I took another class with artist and author Sharon Pederson. I still need to press and snap a nice photo of my creations from that class, but here’s a sneak peek. More on that later in the week, along with highlights from festival – including the special 500 Art Quilts special exhibit! Phew – off to bed for now!