Thank you for the messages I have received from readers here and overseas. As promised, here is more on my trip to Houston.
I was privileged to be able to attend several fabulous classes at the recent Houston Quilt Festival.
The venue is the huge and well set out George R Bush Convention Centre. I believe that many massive conventions are held there at Houston every year.
Here is a look at the third floor where the labyrinth of class rooms branch out.
I spent a day in a workshop with Paula Nadelstern from New York. She makes those fabulous kaleidoscope quilts which you think are printed on one piece of fabric until you realise that she has pieced them from hundreds of tiny pieces of fabric. Each slice of the kaleidoscope is made from many different fabrics, each meticulously "fussy cut" to feature a particular motif.
We worked on a quilt called "Needlestars" using her brand new fabric range called Patternista. The main fabric from this range is called "dragon feathers" - totally wild with amazing colours.
I was in awe as to the amount of work Paula does to prepare the templates and cut out the pieces of fabric for this stunning quilts.
Ingrid and I also attended a one day workshop with Elly Sienkiewicz of Baltimore applique fame. It was wonderful to meet the lady that has done so much research into this unique and fabulous part of American quilt history. We were able to purchase her book "Beloved Baltimore Album Quilts" which she autographed for us. A real treasure.
We were delighted to use the ultra suede we had heard about and hope to get it into Pioneer Patchwork in the future. It is a lovely suede-like fabric which you cut to shape and applique in place without having to turn the seam allowance under. We bought some samples in beautiful colours. I hope to have a further play with this soon.
I also attended a one day class with Caryl Bryer Fallert making a quilt she calls "Illusion". Caryl is a very lovely and clever lady. Her presentations were so professional and she designs amazing and colourful quilts from strip piecing and cross cutting in different ways. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Caryl won first place in her category in the Quilt Show with her amazing quilt with gymnasts and figures doing yoga.
Here is a photo that I took of it. Of course the photo does not do it justice. The quilting was incredible with quilted figures in the spaces between the appliqued figures and all in Caryl's characteristic style of brilliant luminous colours:
Another class I attended was taught by Cindy Blackberg. Cindy's love is for reproduction fabrics and old fashioned block quilts and designs - just what I love!!!
We used her unique system of stamping templates onto the wrong side of fabrics with a rubber stamp and ink and then cutting out on the outside line and hand piecing. We worked on the beautiful "Seven Sisters" block. This class was a delight as Cindy is a gorgeous lady and it was lovely to be with others who love what I love the most. Had a ball!
Next time I will tell you more about the quilt show itself.