Did you miss me? Notice I was gone? Care?
Houston, Houston, Houston. It's a strange place - I hadn't heard great things about it (the City not the Market) but it's really quite lovely. So clean. Hot. Humid. Oh man, so hot and humid. I still have prickly heat from my poor English skin trying to cope in that climate. Never did I think I'd be pleased to see the grey skies of England.
Every single person I met was lovely. Not just polite and kind of nice, but REALLY lovely. A lot of the new friends I made I hadn't really 'spoken to' or not spoken to before at all. But maybe it's the excitement of Market, or just the shared love of quilts it was like we were old friends reunited.
I'm not even going to begin listing who was there, because I'll miss some out and then I'll feel awful. So just check out a few pics (I was so bad, I didn't take anywhere near as many as I should). And if you get the chance to go to Quilt Market one time, go. Just go. It's amazing.
we hung out in the party aisle (left to right me, Heather, Brioni, Tula Pink, Lizzy House) Note; not only are Tula Pink and Lizzy House supremely talented, they are also 2 of the nicest girls you could wish to meet. Down to Earth, funny, totally grounded despite their immense talents. It was a delight to meet them both.
We did some learning at schoolhouse - because Quilt Market is not just party time, it's work stuff too. I even had my 'learning glasses' on. See? They make me cleverer.
Won some good stuffs thanks to the fascinating schoolhouse by Cherri House. It really is no wonder Lizzy has so much talent, her mum is an encyclopedia of knowledge.
We hung out LOTS with this lady (don't trust that sweet smile, she likes to party). In fact, meeting Sarah (who I have shamelessly stalked for some time) and her awesome hubby as well as my long term quilt guru and teacher and all round wise woman, Amy, was the absolute highlight of Quilt Market. Sarah is clutching her latest book, Material Obsession 2 which has just been released in the US. Have you bought it yet? You need to buy it, the MO books are my favourites, full of great inspiration and Sarah's style is just so amazing. I THINK I'm ready to decide which quilt I'm making from the book, it's a tough choice though. Too much to choose from (in a good way!).
Met some of Portland's finest. Elizabeth wore heels the whole time. Any woman that can wear heels for 17 hours a day and claims they're comfortable is God like to me. If you haven't already please please please go and buy her book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It's a really good book, one you'll use and not just like to look at. Amazon have it in the US and the UK (release date for the UK is November 15th). Get it on your Christmas wish list, it's a keeper.
I'll be back with more pics soon!
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