I got home last night from an amazing nine days in Houston at International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival. It has been quite a few years since I have attended the Market part of the show. And, honestly, the reason I went this year was not to shop, but to spend time with my friend Maria Shell (Tales of a Stitcher). She teaches and lectures during Festival, so we thought we'd snatch a few days before her schedule got crazy. We met up with a few other friends at market as well.
|Cindy Grisdela, Maria Shell, Jenny Lyon|
Not to say that I didn't do a bit of shopping. Market was fun. I bought a few essentials (a roll of my favorite Winline Bamboo batting, some Superior Omni thread, a bit of fabric, and a Mountain Mist Wool pressing mat). And we ran into Michele Muska at the Oliso booth:
My favorite old iron has started to leak, so I wanted to try the Oliso Iron. Friends have told me that Olisos produce tons of steam. I love steam. So Maria and I tried them out, and each acquired both the Sewers + Quilters Pro TG1600, in a very fetching pink, and the Mini Project Iron, in a lovely buttercup yellow.
You can view the exhibits during Market. It's a wonderful opportunity to photograph quilts because, unlike Festival, there are very few people on the exhibit side. Everyone is busy shopping. We wanted to check out Maria's "Rising Star" exhibit. Although she could be more accurately described as an established star. But, semantics aside, her exhibit was wonderful:
I still can't believe it.
So, in a totally self indulgent frenzy, here are a few photos from the awards ceremony and of me looking ecstatic. One of the first categories announced was Art-Abstract, Large, sponsored by Elna:
When the first place quilt in the category is announced, a curtain whisks up and a spotlight lights up the quilt. It is an amazing feeling to see your quilt this way:
|Photo by Judy Kriehn|
When the show opened on Wednesday I had to make sure I hadn't dreamt the whole thing. Nope, the ribbons were there:
|Photo by Maggie Vanderweit|
I have lots of pictures from Festival. I'll be posting about the quilts I saw and the experiences I had in a day or two. There were some fabulous quilts and I had a very good time!