Okay, I'm done complaining.
Houston was great this year. My cousin Sue and I stayed at the Crowne Plaza and I really enjoyed it (I love staying in nice hotels). We met up with Debra and her friend Vanessa (if I remembered correctl) on Sunday for lunch. Great to see you, Deb! It was a really fun lunch!
I could not possibly pick a favorite from the over 700 quilts I saw (and photographed - nearly all of them, I think) but these stand out for their awesomeness:
If I'm not mistaken, the name of the quilter here was Hazel Cantrell. I could go look it up but I'm lazy. I will check and correct if necessary.
I'm completely dumbstruck by the skill shown here. But, there were so many: the Japanese quilts always amaze me and the Baltimore album quilts make me weak in the knees. Too many beautiful quilts to mention. I have my photos on Flickr and I can email the link to you if you are interested.
I think of the 750 or so quilts that were on display, there may have been 50 that I didn't care for. There's always something in each of them that appeals to me - the colors, the quilting, the theme, the technique. I would not want to be a judge.
It was also a privilege to see Libby Lehman's work there. I remember seeing her demonstrate what I think she called "the thread thing" on TV years ago. Her work is really beautiful.
So that's it for another year. G-d willing, I will be back in Houston again next November.
Now back to business, finishing up that quilt that Debra handed over to me. And, oh heavens, I still have to make a couple more mug rugs for that Basset thing on Saturday. Like it or not, I'm going to have to sit down and focus when I get home from work tomorrow and Thursday.