It has taken me a while to get around to this post. There was so much to say about this fabulous show. And, it was a great trip with quilting friends Rosemary, Dale, Catherine and Regina. So, let me describe it chronologically. From Wednesday through Saturday night, I stayed at the Embassy Suites Hotel three blocks from the George R. Brown Convention Center.
On Thursday, I took an all-day bus tour to see a bit of Texas. We visited La Grange, Giddings, and Round Top. LaGrange was the most interesting.
Texas Quilt Museum. The Museum opened just to give us a sneak preview that day.
The Museum is right on Courthouse Square in La Grange. Great care was taken to restore the building to its original condition. It is about 100 years old. We were treated to baked goods when we were settled back on the bus. The area was settled by German, Czech, and Moravian immigrants. And their baking skills have survived and thrived here. I would come back here just for the bread and pastries!
In Round Top, we spent some time at the Copper Shade Tree, an artists' boutique for quilts, jewelry and other handcrafts. This shop was Texas outside and 5th Avenue inside! The hand-crafted jewelry was really pretty. I dropped a bundle of money for Christmas gifts here :)
Did I mention that all of the items were crafted by men? Yes, indeed, there were no women allowed. This is a men's art collective.
On Friday, I spent the day in a class taught by Charlotte Angotti of Quiltmaker's Studio. What a hoot! This talented lady should be a stand-up comic. In one day of instruction and non-stop sewing, she walked us through an almost complete construction of one of her latest designs, "Amber Waves of Grain." I just got mine back from Janice Jamison (great long-arm quilter, firstname.lastname@example.org) and will tell you more about it after I get the binding on and take some pictures.
At home, I want to find a couple of the fabrics featured: Robert Kaufman's "Florentine" and "Jewel & Earth" as well as "Etchings" by Moda.
I purchased a CD with professional pictures of all of the winning quilts. There are restrictions on posting the quilt pictures on a website. So, if you would like to see the quilts, I would be happy to lend you the CD.
It was a great trip. I can cross "Attend the largest international quilt show" off of my to-do list :)