Greetings! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for me the past week. Not only was there Houston, but yesterday I went to Walpole, MA, about 2 hours south of here, to do a trunk show for the Rhododendron Quilt Guild last evening. What a wonderful, warm, and welcoming group!!! Got to see Janet Elia (Janet Ann Creations blog) again – she belongs to this group in addition to the Silver City guild and was responsible for me getting to Houston last year. Lots of fun! Now I am finally settled back in at home and am not going anywhere for a while!!!
I’ve got more pictures to share. Please be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them and see the great details!!! Last time I showed you the fabulous first place quilt in the “Hand Made” category. Here’s the beautiful second place quilt from that group:
The third place quilt in the Handmade category – loved the green color and the hand quilting and embroidery were wonderful:
I really like this next quilt because it features an accordion player!!! (I’m still practicing and playing mine regularly!)
Another lovely entry in the Handmade category – I just love these hand made Japanese medallion quilts!! I want to make one some day!
I’m now showing entries in the large appliqué category. Loved the one below even though not a prize winner:
This was a wonderful, lovely red, green, and white quilt!! Margaret has won top prizes in big shows and the hand quilting, appliqué, and trapunto were great (no prize though!):
Even though this next one only won an honorable mention, it may have been my favorite in the category. I just love the colors and overall design!!!
This was the second place winner in the large appliqué category – an amazing work and well deserving of an award!!! Incredible details!!!
And finally the first place winner in the category – a beautiful Baltimore Album style quilt with wonderful detail work! I wish I could have gotten a little closer to be able to capture some of those details better:
That’s all the pictures of quilts for today – many more to come!
So what did I buy in Houston? My guiding principles were to try to buy only what would be hard for me to find locally and to buy only what I really, truly think I’m going to use! My number one goal was to buy the reproduction Dutch prints that I didn’t buy last year and then regretted not doing ever since! These were from the Dutch Heritage booth – from Amsterdam – and I saw Petra Prins there! I certainly can’t buy these locally! I bought the box:
and supplemented with a yard of the lightest fabric and half yards of some of the colors:
I LOVE these fabrics and definitely want to design something to use them – hopefully not too long from now!
I love indigoes so checking out what was available was my second goal. I found some new indigo designs that I didn’t already have at Kimonomono and bought 7 pieces that I can use for the last blocks of the winter quilt:
And I really splurged at Shibori Girl and bought a pack of Glennis’ hand dyed shibori pieces plus 3 pieces of antique indigoes:
These will be inspiration for Spirit of Japan #6!
The other fabric I was looking for was 19th century reproduction fabric that would be suitable for interesting fussy cutting. I only found a few pieces at the show – not much 19th century repro fabric at the show. However, I found several excellent pieces at 2 of the shops at which we stopped on the Saturday bus trip:
I bought ONE book – I would have had to buy this on-line, otherwise. I’d read great things about it and it is, indeed, excellent. It’ not just about the EPP technique. There’s well written history about stitching, the history of EPP, etc. A book worth having!
And few miscellaneous items – some high end embroidery thread, the paper I like for my EPP templates, 2 more spools of the 80 weight Aurifil that I’m liking for my EPP and a new needle threader;
I also bought this template:
It is supposed to be traced on a foundation (interfacing recommended, but I’m going to try it with the June Taylor fabric-like foundation which I can use in the printer to make copies) and 12 of them make this design:
Meeting folks and making connections is one of the benefits of attending a show like this. I met Lori D from “Humble Quilts” briefly at the show – it was nice to make the connection since I have been reading her blog for a long time. I kept my eyes open for Kyle of “Timeless Reflections” but didn’t see her – amazing we didn’t cross paths at the Dutch Heritage booth!!! It was fun to spend time with folks from my own guild and get to know them better.
I can’t believe we are expecting our first snow tonight!! I’m not ready! But I don’t have a choice! And Thanksgiving is next week. 2018 is almost over, time is flying….
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi