For reasons unexplainable, today seemed like a good day to return to my seriously neglected blog. I have recently returned from a month long foray into the great state of Texas, and even though my body clock is still on Texas time, I am getting back into my normal “at home” routine.
The driving impetus for going to Texas was, of course, International Quilt Market and Festival, which is held in the fall in Houston. This year, I flew down early and spent several days with my friend Linda Minton, who took me out to see the Hill Country, Austin, and introduced me to a wonderful concept in movie theatres: lunch served to you at your seat! We also spent some time at Karey Bresenhan’s Creativity Center in LaGrange, getting a personal tour from Karey’s cousin, Hollis. What a wonderful facility this is. The guest rooms are beautifully appointed in French country style, and the work room is large and well planned out. Lots of tables, outlets, etc., making it easy to imagine spending a large chunk of time working there. The grounds are wonderful, and Hollis took Linda and I for a ride on Karey’s “Kawasaki Mule” to see the area.
Quilt Market and Festival were just as wonderful as I expect them to be. Karey and her staff outdo themselves every year to make things run as smoothly as possible. I was teaching again this year, and did sign up for a couple of classes as well. But the highlight, as always was the quilts (and garments and dolls). It was the last year for the Journal Quilt project, and the resulting pieces were wonderful, amazing, exciting. Also this year, SAQA had two special exhibits, Sacred Threads 2007 was here, Fabled Fibers, a portion of Quilt National 2005, and many more special exhibits, in addition to the IQA juried show.
From Houston, it was off to Lewisville (near Dallas) to teach at Quilt Country and lecture for the Plano quilt guild. Quilt Country moved into their new space last year, and quite the space it is! They continue to carry more batiks than any other shop I’ve been in (and you know what a sucker I am for batiks!). I had a great time with both groups, and also got a trip to Sam Moon’s in the bargain. (Think rhinestone jewelry!)
Then off to San Antonio to visit my brother Tad and his family. And while I was there, I also taught and lectured for FASA and SABOS (Fiber Artists of San Antonio and San Antonio Bead and Ornament Society). The family all drove up to Fredricksburg for a day of snooping through the shops and wandering around the town, and a stop at the Sunday market in Boerne on the way home. Much to Van’s chagrin, I did find a pair of rubber duckies that look like The Blues Brothers that just had to come home with me. (It’s his fault – he told me to stop buying T-shirts for him on my travels!)
Somewhere in the midst of all that, I became a Grandma for the first time (okay, technically, I’m a step-Grandma), and am hoping to meet the little guy today, if they make it over the mountains to dinner. To say that the family connections are strained would be putting it mildly, but no need to go into that here. I’m just hoping that good sense will prevail.
And now, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all!