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PICTORIAL REVIEW: Quilt Market and Quilt Festival 2014

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I know this is just a picture of a badge but I feel so privileged to be considered an “industry professional.”  This year, in order to attend Quilt Market, you had to submit several items.  In my case, it was proof of publishing two patterns, a tax I.D., and proof that I’ve been published in Haute Handbags magazine.  In exchange, I received this badge to enter the International Quilt Market, an industry trade show at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.  What a surprise to meet fellow bloggers in person!!  Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, right in front of me with her fabulous patterns!  Thank you, Sara, for featuring Purse Palooza!  And when I signed up for Mixed Media Miscellany, little did I know that Gilbert Muniz of Muniz Couture would be teaching me how to make tassels!  Thank you, Gilbert!  I’ve been practicing!  (More to come on that item in future posts…)

So this post will be a “miscellany” of pics from both International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival.  Once again, my sister and I managed to score a room at the Hilton attached to the Convention Center.  Do you realize just how difficult  that is?  When you check out of the hotel, after attending the show, you’re handed a letter telling you the exact date and time you are allowed to call to make a reservation for next year.  At that time you will be competing with thousands of other ladies to book a room at that hotel during that time period. Whew!  The stress of it all! 🙂

Nannette and I both took classes from Jo Packham  (think creator of “Where Women Create,” and “Where Women Cook” and “Where Women Create in Business”) for great tips and secrets on organizing our sewing studios.  Our favorite part was the segment with slides depicting sewing studios–Before and After.  Don’t you just love those?  Actual examples!   I also learned a great deal about publishing patterns, self-publishing, editing, photography etc. from classes taught by Judith Montano and Meredith McManus.

Let’s take a look at the fabulous quilts!  It was the 40th anniversary of the Quilt Show and the theme was Ruby Jubilee.  As you entered the quilt arena, you were met with scenes like this:

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But it wasn’t all “seeing red.”  Take a look at these beauties and keep in mind, they’re fabric–not paintings…

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And more, pure eye candy…

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This is so cute:  Anywhere We Hang Our Hat Is Home..

 

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We loved the crazy quilts!  Here you see the whole quilt…

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And now, two close-ups of that same quilt to give you an idea of the intricate details…

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Sewn by an Austin artist, this is called “Suburbs”

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And, the ocean in fabric form…

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Here is a close-up of the lower left-hand corner.  I just wish you could see this in person, with all the texturing, layering, and dimensional qualities:

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And now a peek at classes–literally. 🙂 I peek in the doors of some classrooms that I find interesting and bring them to you…

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A Class on Dyeing

A Class on Dyeing

Gilbert Muniz Demo on Making Tasselsl

Gilbert Muniz Demo on Making Tasselsl

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At the end of the day, when the crowds wane, is a great time to enjoy the Winning Quilts!

This quilt is called “On This Winter Day” by Nancy Prince and Linda French of Orlando, Florida.  Over a seven year period, and approximately 2000 hours, this treasure was created using 75,000 yards of thread and over seven million stitches!  All the lifelike designs were done in Free Motion Quilting.  It was the $10,000 Handi Quilter Winner!

 

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My personal favorite was the Superior Threads Master Award you see here…

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The Pfaff Machine Artistry Award was earned by this quilt:

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The World of Beauty $7,500 Award was earned by:

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And another personal winner was our friend, Georgann Wrinkle’s, beautiful traditional applique quilt:

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One of my all-time favorites was the featured quilt titled, Metamorphosis.  If you could only see the texture and dimension in this quilt:

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So when you’re not feasting your eyes on these beauties, there are hundreds of booths to visit and shop.  Nannette was collecting items like velvet and satin, and buttons and trims, to start a fun crazy quilt!  AND she found a steal on a gorgeous antique quilt!  I purchased frames, patterns, trims (including some amazing buttons) and fabric, including vintage.  Here are some of our favorite booths:

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Amy Butler’s Booth

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Booths selling antique quilts are particularly charming:

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Here is a picture of Jennifer Patterson Designs, where we witnessed the most amazing technique of using a polymer to “quilt in clay!”  To learn more about this jewelry technique visit www.quiltedinclay.com.  Totally awesome!

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Here is a booth that really captured my eye.  Should have snapped up a card or brochure.  You’ll understand why I fell in love with it!

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And, Kaffe Fassett, well, how many superlatives can I use, right?

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The adorable Tim Holtz had this wonderfully cozy booth!

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Heather Bailey had a happy and inviting booth beckoning us:

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Trisha Jane Patterns has been picked up by McCall and will shortly become a celeb!  Isn’t this cute?

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And speaking of celebs, of course, you’re liable to run into quilting celebrities like Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims:

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I don’t know why I didn’t take a pic of Eleanor Burns as we watched her demo, but I can show you the fans that fans were carrying everywhere (and they came in handy, Eleanor–thanks!)  This is one super sweet, talented lady:

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And as we bid fond farewell to the George R. Brown for another year…

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We enter our home away from home…

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And say, “Cheers to another great year!” with a scrumptious peach margarita, right?!  See ya next year! 🙂

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COMING UP FOR AIR!

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Well, it’s true I have been sewing like a maniac the past few months to build an inventory of bags for the Artwalk Show.  I am now officially Coming Up for Air!  Last Saturday night Artwalk was amazing!   I sold four of my favorite bags to lovely ladies–one shopping for Christmas, one shopping for her own bag, one shopping for an evening bag, and a pair of ladies who decided to buy a bag and share it–each one keeping it for six months!  So cool! 🙂  A huge thank you to all my friends and family who supported me in this venture!  I had a chance to visit with my daughter, granddaughters, sister, niece, and several friends!  Here are the four bags that sold:

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RENDEZVOUS

THE WESTERN ANNY

THE WESTERN ANNY

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LONDON FLAT

And now my focus falls to bags I have previously committed to sewing for charity events.  Next blog–charity and beyond…

This week “Coming Up for Air” consisted of:

Two Lunch/Shopping Dates with Friends–Cafe Express, The Hotel Galvez, & The Strand

Two movies–Gravity, and Rush.  We gave both an “A.”

One Dinner and Play–Downtown Houston with our good friends.  The funny thing is my  iPhone calendar read, “Dinner and Theatre with Bruce and Gayle.”  But “Location” said, “Burlap Pretties.”  Completely puzzled, I’m thinking, “Did I sign up for a craft class I forgot about??”  But apparently my iPhone had auto-corrected the name of the restaurant I had typed, Birraporetti’s, to “Burlap Pretties.” 🙂

Dinner, a play, and some Burlap Pretties.

DINNER, A PLAY, AND SOME BURLAP PRETTIES!

One BBQ Party – with Galveston neighbors

Catching up on TV – Castle, Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Nashville, Scandal, Grays Anatomy, Good Wife, DIY shows like Restoration Rehab, and I’ll admit it–Days of Our Lives.

Catching up on Reading – Dan Brown’s Inferno, Haute Handbags, Studios, Where Women Create

Surfing the Net – Pinterest, Blogs, NYC travel sites, Trip Advisor, and yes, those YouTube tutorials!

Baking – Monkey Bread, plus that Pinterest recipe for putting brownie mix and cookie mix in a muffin tin.  SO yummy!  Good thing I took it to the party or I would have eaten more than two!

Yep, I work hard and play hard–never a dull moment!  What do you read, bake,  watch, and attend when you’re not sewing?  What do you do when you “COME UP FOR AIR?” 🙂

 

 

PUBLICATION LINK

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Haute Handbags, published by Stampington & Company, has offered a website badge that features the issue in which my bag appeared and will send you directly to that specific magazine on the Stampington website.  Please enjoy!

 

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I’m SOMEBODY!

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Remember in The Jerk when Steve Martin found his name in the new phonebook and went running down the street calling, “I’m Somebody!  I’m Somebody!”  Well, that’s just how I feel!  The Anny Bag is in the new issue of Haute Handbags.  (I’ve included a photo.) They sent me a complimentary copy and copies will be on the newsstand momentarily.   Share with your friends!  

As for my feet, I’m almost there.  At one point I developed an infection in one toe and the doctor prescribed two antibiotics to stop it from spreading.  I shouldn’t read the medical articles on the Internet because one outcome would have been amputation.  If you know anything about astrology you’ll appreciate this.  I was poking fun at my daughter, the Cautious Capricorn, recently and she asked what Sagittarius (me) traits are.  So when I told her the outcome could be amputation, I also said, “Being a Sagittarian, I’m definitely counting on meds to do the job.”  I asked her what the Capricorn would do (wink, wink.)  She said, “Start researching the best orthopaedic doctors for amputation!  We plan for the worst and hope it doesn’t happen.”  And right there, folks, you have the difference between Sagittarius and Capricorn. 🙂  I must say, though, that girl knows her medical!  She knew the doctor would prescribe that second antibiotic, knew he would give me a Beta-something cream, etc.  Anyway, except for swelling, I’m great!  (And Dr. G., if you’re reading this, I think you’re super!)

Oh, but speaking of medical, I think I’ve discovered a pain technique.  Sitting about four stairs up recently,  I went to stand up and fell down the other steps to the floor.  My new pain relief technique is to focus on the part of the body that’s in pain and force myself to RELAX that area–really focus on relaxing those muscles.  I find the less I tighten up, the better it feels.  Well, I’m lying there thinking, “Oh, I better get up.  Someone will see me.  No,  I said, you will not be rushed.  Lie here and relax that shoulder.”  And about that time I glance up and the UPS man is peering through our all-glass front door asking if I’m okay.  AGHH!  Can you not relax in private??!!   Walking Buddy this winter I tripped, fell, and prayed no one would drive or walk by as I lay on the sidewalk practicing my relaxing technique.  I guess there are some kinks to work out.  Like creating an invisible shield…?

Sewing-wise there is progress.  The orange work pumpkin embroidery, which I plan to make into a pillow, is finished, and I completed all seven red work hats.  I started some blue work that could become embellishment for a bag.

My current project is a bag for Tina’s with a really colorful, contemporary design on laminated fabric.  After I picked up a check from Tina’s I spent it all on online fabric buying.  I am VERY happy with the site, http://www.quilthome.com for fabric and patterns.  Over $50 means no shipping fee and, of course, no tax.  They have an enormous selection of the best designers out there.  http://quilthome.com/index.php

So those are my tips for today:

  • Relax when you get injured
  • Visit quilthome.com for fabric
Until next time,
Love,
Anny

Haute Handbags

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Right before Thanksgiving, I received the most wonderful news.  One of my bags has been chosen to appear in the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of Haute Handbags!  Take a look in the spring and tell me what you think. 🙂

In the meantime, I can’t wait to get busy sewing bags again.  It’s been WAY too long!  Once again, sew many ideas, so little time.  I know you can relate…