Sunday, October 27, 2013

Houston Quilt Market

What a crazy weekend!  Sister Diane and I are both en route to our homes (different directions) now after having a great weekend together in Houston.  Our creative juices - right along with our silly and zany ones - were running amuck!  We took educational and inspirational classes, visited vendor booths, and met some wonderful people who had all kinds of nuggets of gold to share with us.
BUT FIRST, We decided to prepare ourselves for what dear hubby might say when he learns how much $$$ we spent . . .

I am planning on blaming Diane but she says .. .
This was just tooo funny to pass up! It was right there by the Southwest Ticket Counter at the Houston Airport!

We stayed at a very nice hotel not too terribly far from the Convention Center.  It was the Doubletree by Hilton. About a mile away, we decided to forgo the shuttle and hoof it.  By the end of Friday, this is what my pedometer app told me:
Now, I happen to believe this is an error. But we really walked about 15,000 steps!  By the time we got back to the hotel on Friday night, all we could do was GROAN like a couple of old ladies!!!
By the way, this represents a couple of round trips from hotel to convention center and back.  Diane had one more round trip than me because she forgot to take her medication and had to go back and get it!!!!!
Opening session For School house was done by Andover Fabrics.  They have the license to do a line based on one of my favorite shows,   Downton Abbey.
They flew in the show's costume designer and the show's set designer.  They both had lovely British Accents and It was fascinating to hear all about what they do.
The fabric line is beautiful and here are some photos of what they had made up:

Well, that's all for now!! I will post more later.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One Ring  Ruler to Rule them All
Well, believe it or not, I have been writing this post in my head for almost a month now!  The hold up has been trying to figure out how to fix my photos with a watermark.  Regardless, it has been WAY too long and I need to get this out!!!
In September, our local Quilt shop hop took place.  Here in Maricopa County, there are 14 shops that participate.  You purchase a "passport", visit each shop, watch their demo, get your passport stamped, then turn it in at your last shop and keep your fingers crossed for winning a prize.
I was working from home the week of the shop hop so I planned to take my time, visiting only a couple of shops each day.  In the past I have visited all the shops in two days and I came away realizing how much I had missed by just blowing through it.  Not so this year! My plan was to really look at what each shop was demonstrating, consider carefully if it was something I would truly use, and make any purchases WISELY!!
During dinner one night, my husband asked what "damages" our family budget had incurred as a result of my shop hopping.  I was very pleased to tell him that I had purchased nothing!  I was a bit discouraged to see how many shops were demonstrating RULERS!!  Now, come on!  How many rulers does one person really need?  (I asked my husband).  With a cute little grin and a twinkle in his eye, he said "One Ruler to Rule them all".  Well, being the huge Lord of the Rings fan that I am, I cracked up and my imagination started running wild.
I called daughter Diane, told her my idea, and this is what we came up with - One Ruler to Rule them all:
Drawing is compliments of Diane Brennan.

She absolutely caught my idea and drew it up! The ring has "One Ruler to Rule them All" in it as well as some elvish writing (hehehe).
I am proud to tell you all that I did not purchase any rulers   YAY!  
I am meeting my sister in Houston for the International Quilt Market.  This will be our second visit to Market and we have a PLAN.  I will be sure to post photos when I get back.   Until then . . .