Friday, November 20, 2009

2009 Houston Quilt Festival

I have been remiss on posting updates to my blog latey so I will be catching up a little! Last month Mom came in for a visit and we headed westward to Houston for the 2009 International Quilt Festival - we had a blast! We took a class with Roberta Horton on scrappy quilts that was a real great class for us both - we both learned a lot about color value and combination to create some funny fabric combinations for a scrapy quilt.

Our trip was not complete of course without a few runs through the show floor for some shopping. We bumped into Elanor Burns and had a quick photo op - -- Mom's expression was not the best in this image but we only took one photo but it works.

The quilt exhibit was incredible! I think it was better than 2008 from my experience. We saw an amazing embroidered quilt created by Susan Stewart and her mother, Gloria Meyer - it's called "Gloria's Garden" and its just incredible to see up close. Free Standing Lace border- the entire quilt - three dimensional free stand lace throughout and not to mention the beautiful embroidery stitching - all by machine.

We had a great chat with Susan and her mom Gloria who were standing nearby behind Mom and I while we admired and were awe struck by the beauty and workmanship of this quilt -- we wondered about the time invested in this quilt - I think she said 5 or 6 months was involved in the contruction of this quilt which has over 7,000,000 stitches in it! Holy Smokin Embroidery Machine! Susan used Zundt Designs embroidery designs in her quilt - click here to see more about that on Zundt's website.

Here is Susan and her mom, Gloria. It was great meeting them and speaking with them. What great inspiration!

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