Well, the eternal question has been answered… yes, my suitcase zipped! Despite my best efforts, all of my market/festival creations, information, and many (many!) purchases actually fit in my suitcase. Major success!
The one part of this experience that I have yet to cover is the exhibit space… definitely saving the best for last! This is actually a huge portion of the show, and it was (only because I have to put it into words) incredible and exquisite and inspiring… From special historical quilt exhibits to SAQA‘s two awe-inspiring collections to an amazing selection of quilts from 500 Art Quilts, it was literally breathtaking to be able to see these quilts in person, so all those lovely details and textures and artistry show. Some special highlights? I got to see Nancy Murty’s piece Love, Honor, and Cherish live and up close; it’s the quilt on the cover of 500 Art Quilts. And I got to see the quilt on the back cover of the same: Linda Gass’s South Bay, which was much smaller – but way more packed with detail – than I expected.
Here are a few of my favorites of the ones that I was allowed to photograph. As I’ve looked around online at other recaps from the show, I love seeing other people’s favorites – it almost tells you more about the person than the show, right?
So it’s with fond memories, sore feet, and probable latent back injuries (from lugging said zipped suitcase) that I say goodbye to Houston… See you in Cincinnati!