Whew! Market was AWESOME!! Next Stop — FESTIVAL!!

Karen and I have been in Houston for 4 days, the first two of which we’ve spent at Quilt Market. We’ve had a wonderful opportunity to see the new fabric collections from many outstanding manufacturers, and were very excited about the new fabrics. I see lots of corals and turquoises, which are two of my favorite colors, and lots of beautiful and fun fabric for children. Karen and I spent most of our day Sunday meeting people and reintroducing ourselves to people we met last year and asking for donations to Quilts Beyond Borders. Monday we grabbed a cart and got several boxes of wonderful sales samples, booth drapes, table drapes, etc.– all to be turned into wonderful quilts for the children in the orphanages we work with! Woohoo!!

Here’s a shot of Karen with one of the fabric wrapped mummies at the Me and My Sister Designs booth. There were so many clever booths at Market — such a lot of fun to see!

We were ready to relax Monday evening, but couldn’t get too settled. Lots to prepare for our booth at International Quilt Festival, which started with a preview night this evening for members and class attendees and goes through Sunday. We set up the booth yesterday afternoon and finished up this morning. Our friends, Julie and Brenda joined us yesterday, and we look forward to seeing Loretta, Maureen and Clare later in the week. Great thanks to all our volunteers for helping us out at the booth, and also to Evelyn Carlisle, who was kind enough to receive our packages in Houston and hold them for us until we got down there.

Saturday when we got to Houston we stopped by Evelyn'[s house and picked up our boxes. She had a lovely surprise waiting for us — she made us a quilt for fundraising, which is in the picture immediately below, and several beautiful tops. Thank you so much, Evelyn!  I really love the ruffled binding that Evelyn created to complete this cute quilt!

This year our booth in Houston offers lots of great products from Ethiopia for sale.  Check out these cute string animals:

  If you happen to be putting together a Nativity Scene, we still have 3 camels, but you’d better hurry on down to the booth before they’re gone!  The little donkey with the bundle of sticks has already gone to a good home.  We still have a pretty good herd of giraffes, and several other animals.  We also have Ethiopian jewelry, scarves made by various projects (a Catholic orphanage, a project to benefit the Former Woman WoodFuel Carriers, and a project aimed at assisting women leaving the sex trade), and some really cute woven baskets.

We also have some beautiful quilts that were made for fundraising that are in our booth, including the one from Evelyn mentioned above. Several have already sold.  Among the quilts is a Geisha Panel quilt that was made from a top pieced by a group of Australian girls while they visiting Houston Quilt Festival – 2008.  Mary-anne Rooney, Wendy Watkins, Nicky Tepper & Lyn Sinclair.  Members of Southern Cross Quilters (SCQuilters). I quilted it on my longarm earlier this year, adding color to the black and cream panel by thread-painting and using a number of different background fillers.  Here are a few pictures:

Also, the pretty top below was pieced by Carolyn Sower and heavily thread-painted by Loretta Kelldorf.  It’s gorgeous, and almost like a tapestry.  The pictures don’t do it justice, so please stop by and see it if you’re at the show!

This is a really beautiful quilt.

Other attractions in our booth include our annual give away of kits to be turned into quilts to be returned to us for the needy children and orphanages who receive our quilts.   We are also initiating a new challenge this year.  The first 100 quilters who pick up one of our fat quarter challenge kits and return them to us as completed quilts by September 15th, 2013 will be entered into a drawing.  The winner of the drawing will receive $100.    Look for this quilt and banner in our booth — although it looks a little different with the block instructions on it!

Here are a few pictures of our booth, one of which includes my friends and fellow QBB-ers, Brenda and Karen.

Our booth is in the Special Exhibit area on the far side of the quilts in the Hall E area.  Please stop by and say HI!  We’d love to see you in person!




2 Responses to “Whew! Market was AWESOME!! Next Stop — FESTIVAL!!”

  1. Wendy Watkins Says:

    Carla the Geisha girl quilt looks fantastic! The long arm quilting is sensational, congratulations. Love the thread painting, it really gives it life… very talented. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Carla Says:

    Wendy, the beautiful border you and your friends added to the panel gave me such a wonderful canvas to work with! Thank you! I enjoyed every minute of it! Soon I’ll do the other one you did — the Geisha with the Fans — and since the seated Geisha didn’t sell this year perhaps I’ll be able to sell them both as a package deal!


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