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November 14, 2017
Quilt Market 2017 from Sew Fresh Quilts

I've been back from Houston for almost two weeks now. Things are finally returning to normal since returning from Quilt Market. Today I am sharing a few photos from my adventure!

This was my booth. Pretty simple. Just brought quilts to hang on the walls and a few smaller items to show on the table. And I brought a couple of binders with printed material - one to show the piecing methods I use in my patterns and one to share the covers of my patterns that are available for purchase.

I didn't bring a "real" camera. Just used ...

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Houston Quilt Market 2017, the fun from Butterfly Threads

For me, the fun of quilt market happens when I meet designer and industry folks that I admire, and Jen Kingwell is as nice as her designs are gorgeous. It's always fun to visit with her.

Since I'm not connected with a company that offers dinners or events, I eat alone sometimes. I'm okay with that because my years as a flight attendant taught me to enjoy solo travel. I made the most of it by having dinner here the first night.

Sitting at the kitchen bar allowed me a close up view of all of the ...

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Houston IQA {5} More ribbons! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

If you've been following along for the last week, you know that I've been posting some of the photos I took while at the Houston Quilt Festival. The quilts below are more of the winners, but honestly, every quilt was amazing. 

I spent most of my time looking at the "big" winners, MQG quilts, Tactile Architecture, In Full Bloom and Celebration of Color, but there were other exhibits, many of which I passed through, others I simply missed for lack of time.

I hope you spend a bit of time looking at these and enjoying them as much ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: IQA Houston {4} from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last weekend's trip to Houston and the International Quilt Association Show was wonderful and thrilling (I had two days!) and inspiring. I thought that, since the works were so inspiring for me, you might find something to inspire you. To that end, I have these to share.

You may have seen them on other blogs or Pinterest. If so, more likely the photos were a bit better than mine, but I've grown accustomed to my own and I take pictures of the quilts I like. Some are not within my personal tastes, but I take a photo anyway--for ...

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November 11, 2017
Last Call For Houston! from Bear Patch Quilting

 We loved our trip to Houston!  If you don't follow us on Facebook, you should jump over there to see all of the pictures and fun that we shared.  Here are a couple happy endings for you!  We stayed at Le Meridien hotel, a very good home away from home for 4 nights.  It was an easy and safe walk to the Convention Center and since the weather was nice, we enjoyed the stroll.
I wanted to share this design on the wall in our room above the headboards. 
It's crafted to look like somewhere out in the ...

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November 8, 2017
Houston Quilt Market 2017, the shopping from Butterfly Threads

The first question I always get asked after I get home from Quilt Market is...What did you get???
I didn't make it to sample spree this year, sadly, but I did find a few things to purchase on the show floor at the 'pop up shops'. I am so happy that the fabric companies are doing this now for those of us in the industry that miss sample spree and can't stay for festival.

I bought lots of luscious threads for hand quilting. I bought a book by Sue Spargo (to add to my collection because she ...

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Houston IQA {3} Ribbons! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Every quilt on this post is a ribbon winner. That's about all I can tell you. It's possible to look them all up in the catalog, which I always purchase, but if I take time for that, you get fewer photos. I'm going with the photos. You can look up the winners in the catalog which is now online. 

Janet Stone's Garden Variety Sampler which won Best of Show 

And a tighter look at parts of the quilt...
My personal favorite part of the quilt is the topiaries.

Did you notice the sheep?

Can you just ...

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November 7, 2017
Houston IQA {2} The Haul! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Although I rarely spend any time in the vendor section of the Houston quilt show, I actually did a little shopping this year. With a list. And some honest-to-goodness needs! 

Firstly, I took stock of the thread I had for the long arm machine. Turns out I didn't have any gray thread. None. So I visited the Superior Thread shop and picked up six spools--three each of Omni for needle thread and some The Bottom Line for the bobbin. 

I couldn't find a perfect match for the medium gray Omni, so I picked up two of the lighter ...

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November 6, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Houston IQA, yeah! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

We went, we saw, we walked! Oh, so much fun. Oh, so many quilts. Beautiful quilts. Vintage quilts. Modern quilts. Quilts!

I really had a blast. My sister Angie and a friend, Pam--who had never met each other before--and I spent two days at IQA in Houston. These should suffice for inspiration for a few days. They just happen to be the first ones to upload to the cloud. I'll show more in the next few days/weeks. 

These are all from the Remembering Sue Garman exhibit (I am almost certain, but it became increasingly more difficult to ...

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November 5, 2017
Houston Quilt Market 2017, the quilts from Butterfly Threads

View from my hotel room just before sunrise.

While Quilt Market is about seeing old friends and making new ones, visiting people you work with online face to face, and seeing all the new and exciting fabrics and products (and buying as many as you can stuff in your suitcase!) I honestly love the quilts the best. Isn't that what it's all about?

While I could have photographed every quilt, I didn't. I just wanted to be with them and experience them. I did take a few photos though, and here's my observations about the quilts ...

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October 25, 2017
The new adventure begins from Quilting with Kimberly

Since my husband accepted a new position with a great company on the west coast in early September, we’ve been in high gear preparing for the next big adventure. With the exception of a couple of bookings to lecture and teach workshops for some local quilt guilds, I put quilting related activities aside and focused on our continued downsizing efforts by hosting a huge moving sale, and many trips to Goodwill to drop off donations. I have packed, cleaned, sorted, and shipped cars and many boxes to the west coast. Our house is now listed for sale (anyone looking ...

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October 20, 2017
I'm Going to Market! from Butterfly Threads

I didn't think I would get to go to Houston this year because my schedule has been so busy. Between teaching, working at the shop, visiting the kids and writing a book, I've been a wee bit frantic. LOL

Then hubby called tonight and asked if I was going, and I launched into my pitiful list of excuses, and he asked "So, why don't you just go anyway?" After considering it for about .000000001 seconds, I booked a flight and a hotel and got amazing deals on both (I thought for sure everything would be sold out ...

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October 19, 2017
Catch us live from fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, makers!

Guess, what?! One of our favorite times of the year has arrived! No, it’s not Christmas but it’s close to it (at least for quilt shops)! It’s time for Fall Quilt Market. This is an epic trade show for the sewing and quilting industry where local quilt shops, online fabric stores, and any other businesses related to sewing come to stock up on new products for the upcoming season.


Every fall, Quilt Market takes place in the George R. Brown convention center in Houston, TX. This year’s show is particularly special because Houston ...

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October 15, 2017
International Quilt Market & Apple Pie from Terificreations's Weblog

I’m honored to share my years of experience working and teaching in quilt shops, teaching nationally, talking with shop owners, and working with Generation Q Magazine in each one of these talks. Join me at International Quilt Market. Check out Ebony Love, Cheryl Sleboda, Tracy Mooney, Maddie Kertay, Heather Kubiak, Pepper Cory and so many … Continue reading International Quilt Market & Apple Pie

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November 20, 2014
Bead Embroidery from Completely Blocked

The International Quilt Festival in Houston was amazing, as always. It’s so incredibly inspiring to see all of the quilts and quilt-related pieces that people have made. It was the 40th anniversary of the International Quilt Festival, and as part of the celebration they had a huge collection of red and white quilts on display.


The classes I took there were great, too. I learned how to do reverse appliqué by machine, how to work in a single colour to make small collage quilts, and how to sew with silk. I also got some great tips on getting more ...

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October 28, 2014
Movie and Pizza from Susie Q Quilts

On a non-sewing note...hubs and I went out for a movie and pizza last night. That is something that never happens. He has ADD so sitting all the way through a movie is like his idea of hell but he did it just for me. We saw Gone Girl and headed over to Palio's Pizza Cafe for a Hawaiian pizza. My bad though. It had cashews on it and we all know how much my brain does not like nuts. No migraine this morning so it was a win all around. The movie was as good as the ...

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September 21, 2014
Little Red Fish from Completely Blocked

I’m going to the International Quilt Festival in Houston again this fall, and I’ve signed up for a couple of classes there. Going through this year’s class listings, I started thinking about the classes I’ve taken there in the past. I have some partly finished projects from those classes, and it seems like a good idea to dig those out and finish them. I have a bad habit of bringing things home from classes and putting them away, adding them to the stack of UFOs hidden in the closet.

This one is from two years ago ...

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