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We didn’t REALLY have a problem, it’s just fun to say, since that phrase put Houston and the space program into public concern once upon a time. I’ve been to Johnson Space center and it’s totally cool – everyone should visit there when visiting Houston.
I couldn’t end the year without giving you this fun wrap-up show from our experience at Quilt Market and Festival. I know that it’s late, but good things take time ; ) So here we go, with Kirsten and Holly -we are… partners in crime, uh, quilting!
Kirsten’s new blog is FunkyCharming.
Holly’s website is EatCakeGraphics. Holly just put her new blog up, so go here to visit Sprinkles of Thought blog.
Here are some pictures of the booth:
Holly’s booth and our friend, Kevin, who saved our bacon by hanging all of our drapes and quilts for us.
Kirsten with Michele D’Amore of Marcus Brothers in front of “Green Flower Street”, which was made with Michele’s Bleeker Street fabric.
I finally found the link for Hobby+Land, the Japanese purse handle people. Then, as I was arranging my new dayplanner for 2008, I came across the business card for the second part of their booth with is QuiltPlus! If you visit their website, you can see some beautiful examples of purses that you can make.
Kirsten and Holly’s favorite star encounter: Amy Butler.
And mine would have been: meeting Mary Engelbreit. But my good pal, Susan Branch finally had a chance to meet her for the first time at Market. Here is a picture of the two, the Queen of Everything and the Heart of the Home, courtesy of Susan.
Our so cre8ive friends, Beth and Liz Hawkins of LizzieBcre8ive. I’m talking with Liz at their booth — isn’t it fun?! These gals ARE cre8ive!
Here I am with Frank Bielec – what a kick it was to meet him! We all know how talented he is from his regular gig (show), but who knew that he does needlepoint, or has a company called Mosey n Me?
Mothers and daughters — me, Kirsten, Lizzy and Cherri House. It was so fun to meet them! We have our eye on Lizzie to see what rocket she will be on soon. Lizzy’s blog is LizzyHouse.
Holly’s and my favorite place at Festival to drop a big wad of cash was Pinwheels Trading. We just couldn’t resist all of that Japanese Taupe goodness.
Our favorite group experience was the Color Guard ceremony for Quilts of Valor was breathtaking and emotional for everyone in the convention center.
I have to say the very best part of the shows was meeting listeners, who took a moment to drop by the booth and say HI. Here’s the Gallery of Quilting Stash listeners:
Becky Rebalais – Atlanta, GA
Gretchen Brock – Atlanta, GA Becky and Gretchen were working at Market for the Silver Thimble booth and made a point to stop by and say hi. Gretchen is also the one who stopped by to let Kirsten know that Amy Butler was doing a book signing — Gretchen will always be Kirsten’s Hero for that ; )
Cindy Lammon — what a thrill it was to meet Cindy, quilt designer extraordinnaire!
To see Cindy’s beautiful quilts, visit Raspberry Patch Quilt Shop
I think the picture explains it all, but just in case you can’t figure it out, I am all agape with Beth Ferrier, who stopped by to say hi. Beth and I belong to the Yahoo Quilt Designers group, so I kind-of knew her from there.
Beth wrote the definitive sidebar to Nancy Restuccia’s book, “Publish Your Patterns! How to Write, Print, and Market Your Designs” about how to have a booth at Quilt Market – which my #1 help when deciding to go last Spring. I knew that there was more about Beth that wasn’t connecting… and then I saw her book, “Hand Applique by Machine”
that it all clicked in to place — she was BETH FERRIER!! LOL! It’s so fun to be a part of a mutual admiration society ; ) You can view Beth’s work at her website Applewood Farm
Dianne Jones and Bonnie Hernandez
Chelley Smith — who is from the Pickle Posse. I want one of those shirts!
Shelly Grappe, Linda Harmon, and Mary Mauldin
Julie Pieri, who is also a designer.
Lynn Kelly, who introduced me to our Quilt Angel, Pat Steapp:Lynn
I also met up with one of the most influencial teachers that I ever took a class from, Nadine Thompson:
It was such a pleasure to see her, and catch up – it’s been several years and she has relocated from California to Missouri. I took a twelve-week class with Nadine in 1989 that taught me every technique that I still use today – especially her special way of doing Hand Applique, which I immediately fell in love with. Two years after that class, Nadine won Best of Show honors at Pacific International Quilt Festival for her Baltimore Album quilt, totally created by hand.
I also met my quilter, Melodee Wade’s neighbor at Festival, who came by to see the Pickle Road Garden Quilt that Melodee so masterfully quilted for me.
Now for your future reference, a listing of the places we enjoyed eating while in Houston:
Ninfa’s on Navigation – home of the Fajita. It was so good, we ate here twice!
Kirsten from Prints Charming, Gina Halladay of Quilters Buzz, Holly Mabutas and Jan Lutz’s sister.
Kath, Kirsten, and Kirsten (Prints Charming gals) outside of Ninfa’s the last night of Market.
MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm — The Strip House. We will have fond memories of that marvelous meal for a long time – especially while in the company of our blogger friends. Here is a picture of the dessert that Holly describes the demolition of, the before:
…which took all of about ten seconds!
Real Texas BBQ and a drive-through! Pappa’s BBQ
Round puffy goodness: Shipley’s donuts You have to have at least one!
Our funnest dinner out was with Mark Lipinski and Jeff Turner – and a great restaurant. We LOVE Mexican food, so we are always jonesing for it. Pappasitos is SO good – it will be on our list of must-visit’s for next year.
Jason’s Deli was our favoritest meal, because it came with so much love from our friends, Pat Steapp and her mom, Jean Lauderdale.
Lots of info, on the podcast and above — twelve glorious days ( and days of hard work!). I hope you’ve enjoyed this little slice of our Market and Festival experience.
Happy Quilting — and Happy New Year!
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