This year absolutely was the biggest and best Festival I’ve seen, with true exhibits (not just husband’s lounge and charitable booths) all the way to the far wall. And at the main doors, this display inspired by the phenomenal red and white exhibit in New York city a couple years ago.
One of the best things this year didn’t happen to me, but to Barb Black. Barb greets all the teachers in the Teacher’s Room when you arrive, gives you your schedule, room assignments, paperwork, marching orders, goodie bag, solves problems and is just generally wonderful to us. Well, Barb made a red and white quilt. And HER QUILT was selected to be the theme quilt for this year’s show, on the entrance signage, banners in downtown Houston, on the show bag, and on display front and center right as you walked in. I could SWEAR I took photos, but I can’t find them, so you’ll just have to enjoy her quilt on my bag (and I KNOW I took pics from the back side to see the quilting!). I tell you, there were teachers all over the planet whooping it up because “OUR Barb” was on the bag!
And just for fun, here’s a peek into the teacher’s room. The whole back wall is FILLED with boxes the teachers ship from all over the world to the Teacher’s Room with kit supplies, things to sell, handouts, you name it. The area is organized alphabetically, so the first thing you do after checking in with Barb is go find your boxes!
On Monday, I taught my intro class Let’s Machine Quilt.
On Tuesday, I gave an 11 am lecture, How Did She do That? This talk is essentially a digital trunk show with some live quilts, telling folks “how I did that.” I love giving it, and change it up at pretty much each venue. Since Tuesday is the day AFTER Market ends and the day before Festival begins, most folks are traveling or in classes during that time so the crowd was small, but it went well. Since my talk was the middle of the day, I couldn’t head out to museum-hop or shop in Houston, so I attended Pam Holliday’s lecture, which was just before mine.
And of course you run into friends:
I discovered that I needed something for my Wednesday class, so after my talk I walked up to a RiteAid a half mile or so away. On the way back I spotted this and had to take a picture:
A wall inside an office-building!
Next post will cover my Birch Pond Seasons class, which I’ll be teaching next at Maine Quilts 2015 here in Maine !