Sunday, 14 November 2010

International Quilt Festival - Houston November 2010

Well I have just returned from another trip this time Houston and New Orleans.
I was lucky to be able to find the time to visit the International Quilt Festival with my friend Ann and boy did we have a great time, albeit our feet and my credit card suffered.

I purchased a number of handy items for my day-to-day sewing together with a great deal on a set of feet for my babylock serger/overlocker which I just need to attend my pre-planned tutorial (booked for next weekend) to be able use them all correctly. 

I have to say, you guys in the USA are very lucky because things are so much cheaper out there.
 The workmanship on show was breathtaking and I found myself so inspired I just wanted to get home and start working on some fantastic project with some of the new goodies I purchased.

 Above is a coat from the clothing section - one of a number of beautiful items.

Right - this quilt based on butterflies and the workmanship was just incredible.
 This parrot was amazing - it looks like a painting and I just can't calculate how long it took.
 Many of the quilts on display took the artist (yes I think these people are definitely artists) months and months to complete, which could sort of put you off if you are one of these people who like to do projects that are completed in a few hours or perhaps a weekend.

Here I am next to one of the quilts on display - the photographs really don't do any of them justice.

The only quilt I have made so far is this little one with the ducks for my beautiful granddaughter Alana (seen below on her first swimming day) who was born on 11 July 2010. It was hand sewn using the cathedral window technique, and  I have some other quilted/embroidered squares that I have been working on to make a larger quilt for her cot.

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