A Look Back at 2009

Before I hit the road again for the quilt show circuit in 2010, let me share a brief look back at 2009 over these remaining few days.

Of course the culmination of every year is the Houston Market and Festival…the marathon event which spans about 12 days over two weekends and is host to over 50,000 visitors.  Quilt Market is the first event, open to “the trade.”  It is where your local quilt shop owners come for business classes and to see the newest patterns, fabrics, notions, books and other delights to bring to their business for your pleasure. Quilt Festival is open to the public for hundreds of classes and shopping and thrums with energy and excitement as visitors walk the endless aisles of vendors.

Jane Sassaman is a quilter and fabric designer extraordinaire whose fabrics are featured in the spotlight quilt in the Just Curves booth.  A Drunkard’s Path quilt inspired by Lee Fowler’s quilt called “Round Division” uses Jane’s bright florals and polka dots gradient from sparse to dense – it absolutely shimmers and glows.  See Lee’s quilt on the link in the Blogroll.

A benefit of being a quilt show gypsy is meeting talented and creative people,  who become friends.  Here is Nancy Kazlauckas standing in front of her gorgeous Coneflower Pattern Plus made with paintsticks…another new tool added to my “must do someday” list!  When I first met her, Nancy had perfected a technique of sewing machine calligraphy by hand, not software on an embroidery machine. She is so generous with her expertise.  You will probably see examples of her calligraphy in a Bernina booth or the Superior Threads booth, depending on their displays.

I cannot resist anything Barb Cribb of Wild Thymes Pattern Company designs!  Her hand-dyed wools are breathtaking and her 3-D designs for applique are stunning.  I have the kits purchased and waiting for my “free time.”

And lastly for this posting, I took several classes at Quilt Market to learn about blogging.  (Remember I was dragged to this new technology kicking and screaming.)  Pepper Cory taught a class that convinced me I could do this.  And since her  books on Drunkard’s Path blocks were an early inspiration to me, it is only fitting that she continues to inspire.

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