Sunday, November 6, 2011

Five Mavens at Festival in Houston!

As planned, the five of us there at the Quilt Festival in Houston got together Thursday evening for a delicious dinner and much fun conversation.  Above you see, from left, Alice, Carolyn, Judy, Sara, and Rita.  The latter two took classes, and they gave enthusiastic reports on how much they enjoyed them and how much they learned.  Judy worked a vendor booth, as she does every year (and at many other quilt venues!), so how she can look so totally un-tired and cheerful is testimony to her youth!  Alice and Carolyn chiefly feasted their eyes on the gorgeous quilts, concentrating primarily on art quilts.
The "big winners" were stunning, and the various sizes and categories of art quilts, amazing.

A highlight for Carolyn and Alice during Wednesday's Preview Night was seeing "up close and personal" the two different series of the original 12 x 12 group.  Karen was manning the exhibit [womaning the exhibit???!!!], and what a delightful person she is!  We identified ourselves, and she got out her iPad, went to their website or blog, and then found us in the sidebar.  She seemed to like in particular our banner, and she commented most favorably on our quilts.

Before dinner on Thursday, Carolyn and Alice went back to see who else might be there, and we met Deborah Boschert, Gerrie Congdon, Kristin La Flamme, Karen Rips again, and Brenda Gael Smith.

Thursday evening after our dinner we not only brought out and examined closely one another's little Harmony quilts, but Judy showed us how to Zentangel (is that a verb?) and also some lovely examples of her machine quilting.  Sara, the only Houstonian, had forgotten to bring HER quilt, so she
was the photographer for the picture of the four Mavens who brought theirs!  Sara, incidentally, had the group Alice in Wonderland puzzle quilt, for which she posted a photo here earlier, was a Maven who had a quilt exhibited in Houston.  What an honor!

Carolyn, Alice, Judy, and Rita with our Harmony quilts!

And here's Sara with her Harmony quilt!


  1. Sounds like a good time was had by all! How BRILLIANT of you to have brought "our" blog banner to the show.

  2. I agree with Andrea. And what a treat to see everyone.Your personalities shine through :*)

  3. I am so jealous! What a wonderful treat to be together! I am planning on Houston next year! Judy, what booth/vender do you work for? I may know you already from another show.

  4. Barbara, hurrah for 2012! We can have a really super reunion then. Hopefully Linda will be able to come that time as well. We had such fun! Thanks for the nice comments from you three Mavens!

  5. I was looking at the quilts before the show started and here was Sara with her Harmony quilt. It is so neat looking!! It is one you just have to touch because her threadwork was awesome! The beautiful threads felt wonderful and the shine was just right.

    The show is over and it only took us 2 hours to break down our booth. We sold out of a lot of things.

    Barbara, I work for the ironing board guy, Golden Hands. We sell out of the large "Superboards" every year. Though this year we were sold out by 3:30 on Thursday. That left 31/2 hours and 3 days without that product available to take home. Thankfully, we had one customer let us keep hers in the booth until today around 3:00 so that we could have one to show. We still took a lot of orders. After it was gone there were no more orders made.

    I'm ready to go home and get to work on some of the idea's that are flying around in my head! Gee, I will be working on my Surprise quilt and I think it will be a surprise even to me.

  6. Beautiful, interesting quilts -- like the ;people who made them, I can tell. Even though I am not much of a quilter, I enjoy seeing the creativity produced through your quilts. Dherron

  7. I am adding a photo to this post, one sent to me by Sara. She forgot to bring her little Harmony quilt to our get-together, but then she emailed me a super photo that deserves to be added here!