So, I went to the International Quilt Market in Houston this weekend, which is a trade show for quilting industry professionals. My main goal was to support my friend, Lily Gonzales-Creed, who debuted two new collections for Windham Fabrics ( I will get to that in another post!). YAY FOR LILY!! Anyways, the show floor didn’t open until Saturday, but Friday was full of classes from 10a-6p called Schoolhouse and it felt a bit like college all over again. You get a paper schedule and each page lists all the classes that are happening every thirty minutes and what room they are in. Some are more popular than others, so people sneak out the back of classes early to get in line for the next one. Some of the classes give away free swag, like the class I took with Angela Yosten and Aurifil Thread, some have door prizes, and others just have really cool speakers. In between classes, there were a million people running around trying to get to their next class & you had to look out for rolling luggage smacking you in the leg. CRAZINESS.
I only took five classes because I got there around 12:30p. While I was in the hallway perusing the schedule, two of my friends from the Austin Modern Quilt Guild walked by, Kim Place and Angela Milliman. They were actually headed to the same class I was, so I just joined in. It was about a product called Triangles on a Roll which is a foundation paper for accurate HSTs, QSTs, Flying Geese, etc. I don’t have any photos because I spaced out and forgot I had my camera! Hello! But it was an interesting presentation & I do want to try it out. I’ll let y’all know if it’s helpful or not.
When it was over, Angela and Kim headed to a class about Hexies, and I went to a machine embroidery class with Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher. It was all about Sharon’s new Pickle Dish pattern and a new invention that I think was called “Hoopty de Doo” (? Sorry, I didn’t get a handout!) which stops fabric distortion during embroidery.
I’m a massive fan of Sharon Schamber because she does things the right way. Yes, some of it’s fussy, some of it is tedious, but you cannot argue with her results. Everything she does is perfection! I’ve been watching her classes for years, her Piecelique transformed how I make quilts, blah blah blah, let me worship at her feet! lol I mean, just look at this quilt:
I could have just sat there and stared at it forever. Amazing.
The next class I went to was a presentation by Angela Yosten about her new book, Sew Modern Baby, and line of thread with Aurifil. She had some cute stuff, but I really don’t remember much except the room was packed and it felt very claustrophobic in there. It was the only class where I ran out the back door before it was over just so I could breathe! Whew.
After that was a class with David Butler who was presenting his newest fabric collection, Vagabond.
It’s beautiful. It has the most vibrant color out of all his collections so far & since I have all of his other fabrics, I should have just thrown my money at him right now.
My one good story from this class is that I noticed one of my fellow classmates was Stuart from The Great British Sewing Bee. It’s a show from the BBC that I was addicted to earlier in the year. I watched every episode on Youtube as soon as they were available. Anyways, he was talking to David and I didn’t see who he was until he was just about to walk away. I think he was kinda freaking out in that OMG-I-JUST-MET-THE-MOST-AWESOME-CELEBRITY-&-I’M-SHAKING-&-CRYING way about meeting David, so he was hauling ass towards the door. I yelled his name to make him come back and take a photo, but he didn’t hear me. David grabbed the microphone and called for him, but it was already turned off. I missed my moment! I mean, how sweet would it be to know I took a photo of that summit of awesome? Oh well, I totally flaked. Sad face.
After that, it was time to check into my hotel room at the Hilton-Americas & eat something since it was about 3pm by this point and I hadn’t eaten all day. Registration went poorly because I told the lady my name & she said, “Yes, you’re staying for three nights, correct?” Umm, no. Then she asked me what rate I paid for my room. HELLO! Why don’t you know that?? So, I had to pull my phone out and find the email with my room rate and all the amenities I paid for. So, she finally straightened everything out. She said, “Oh, there’s another Rebecca Roach here.” Whatever. (I did get two emails about ten minutes later from the Hilton that confirmed I checked in as “Eileen Roche”, which is totally not Rebecca Roach.) And when I handed over my credit card, I had to tell her that I already paid for everything in advance, which caused more confusion to spread across her face. But I’m pretty sure I saved myself from hundreds more dollars being charged to my name. I wasn’t about to give Eileen a free hotel stay, knowhumsayin… After that, I dragged my bag up to the room and grabbed a bite to eat in the lobby cafe. When I finished, it was about time for the Anna Maria Horner class to start, so I headed over that way for my final session of the day. Okay. What do ya say? Ha. I could be a rapper.
I love this photo from when she was setting up her displays. Such a multitasker… “Why yes, I can field questions from all sorts of people while holding up this quilt and directing my assistant on how to set up the table and remaining poised as a beauty queen…”
She talked about her new fabric collection called Dowry and the inspiration behind it, as well as her new True Colors basics collection, and all her latest sewing & needlework patterns.
She wore the most AMAZING shoes, too. They were skyhigh & I don’t think I have a photo of them, but wow. Kudos to her, because I wore boots with a medium heel & almost died from all the walking.
Anyways, this was pretty much my day last Friday. I’ll try to post more later this week. Goodnight! -r