2009 Houston International Quilt Market & Festival

Barbara Blankenship © 2010

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The Houston International Quilt Festival celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2009 with another remarkable year. With more than 950 booths and over 40 special exhibits, this year proved to be the “best ever.”

Each year the Quilt Market and Festival is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center located in Houston, Texas. It offers the perfect setting for this remarkable event. The first floor contains all the merchant booths, special exhibits and food court. As a crazy quilter, the “Victorian Romance and Embellishment pavilion is one of my very favorite places to visit.

The second floor contains a number of special areas including class enrollment, food kiosks, Starbucks, postal services, first aid, tourism and visitor information to name a few. If you need a special service you will be able to find it on the second floor.

All the classrooms are located on the third floor. You will find a number of food kiosks, a restaurant, the ballroom, and even lost and found on the third floor.

Julie Yonge and I once again represented CQMagOnline, spending four days taking classes, attending lectures, and looking for tools, books, and new techniques that might interest our readers.

I was intrigued with the description of one class and was not disappointed. Author and designer, Marinda Stewart, used the Russian punch needle, batik fabric, and metal button covers to fashion these unique earrings. Please take time to read my review of her book entitled Punchneedle: The Complete Guide.

As many of you know my particular passion is floral techniques using silks. Hanah Silk produces the most beautiful silks in a glorious array of colors. Brooke Exley Long, owner, introduced a beautiful shibori fabric at this year’s festival. Pictured here is a piece of this lovely silk.

A Beaded Road was a new booth to the Festival this year. Owner Linda Cauble, sells a gorgeous shawl that was a definite “must have” for me. This was one of my first purchases and a definite treasure. It was a pleasure to meet Linda and add her to my list of wonderful Festival friends.

Connie James, owner of The Fiber Goddess, had some beautiful fibers and variegated ric rac. Pictured here are several projects I’ve worked on using these fibers. Last year I wrote an article on her Diva Custom Cordmaker. It’s a wonderful tool to have, and I use mine often.

In the November issue Julie Yonge wrote an article on Glennis Dolce, the Shibori Girl. I had the pleasure of meeting her and seeing all her beautiful shibori ribbons. I was compelled to come home and experiment. This is a corsage I made with her ribbon.

In the upcoming issues I will be sharing more information, tools and techniques with you. I hope you will take a few minutes a browse the websites of these remarkable merchants, artists and authors.

The 2010 Houston International Quilt Festival will be held November 4-7. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend. I guarantee you a remarkable experience you will not forget.


A Beaded Road, 1909 Lauderdale Rd. #6, Louisville, KY 40205
Fibergoddess www.fibergoddess.net 
Hanah Silks www.artemisinc.com 
Shibori Girl www.shiborigirlstudios.com 

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