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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Houston Quilt Festival 2012 - Part 2

I was able to stay at the Hilton during the IQA Show, which is connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Across the walkway, up the elevator and down the long halls can seem like a long painful trip on my tired feet each night, but it sure beats a long drive home.  Not to mention getting up before dawn to travel downtown, in traffic, for any morning classes.

My girlfriend and I had a blast, attending luncheons, classes and lectures.  We saved plenty of time to spend with the Vendors (Oh, Yeah) and the Quilts, of course.

I took a class with Karen Linduska.  www.karenlinduska.blogspot.com  If you have ever wondered what to do with all those decorative stitches on your machine, see her blog and books.  I had so much fun.

The Lobby of the Hilton.  Each piece on the chandelier is hand-blown glass.

Quilt Artist/Teacher:  Karen Linduska
Above is some of her art displayed during the class.

This is my class project.  I need one more flower and three yo-yo flowers.  I plan to take off the felt circles.  The yo-yos are my way of making it uniquely mine.  This was a quick moving class and it took all of my "Old dog learning new skills" concentration.  We changed threads and stitches at lightening speed.  I was using a very new Baby Lock machine with all the bells and whistles which was wonderful, but all new to me.  Combine unfamiliar with machine and speed, with "Old Dog", and I feel good about finishing everything that we were suppose to, in class.  I look forward to finishing this art quilt and playing with the new skills that I have acquired. 
I was fortunate enough to attend a Discussion/Questions & Answer Panel with Paula Nadelstern, Jo Packham, Liz Kettle & Kaffe Fassett which was moderated by Lesley Riley. Wow, I was blown away at having all that talent in one room. The wisdom they shared is priceless.
left to right:  Paula Nadelstern, Jo Packam, Liz Kettle, Kaffe Fassett, Lesley Riley

I have been a big fan of Lesley Riley for many years.  I fell in love with her art through lalasland, years ago, when she was making and selling fragments.  She was nice enough to take a photo with me after I gushed all over her.

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