From Houston to Home.
And time on flights to reflect and lock tight in my memory the things that meant the most during this whirlwind trip to Houston Quilt Market, 2016.
It’s easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the industry. The notions, the tools, the fabrics, the threads, the publications, the NEW NEW NEW, BETTER BETTER BETTER and that ever present push to work harder, do better, climb higher.
Until you realize that it all means NOTHING without the friendship of like-minded women and men, who just like you, get up in the morning, throw themselves into the shower before facing another day (maybe a cuppa and breakfast first) get dressed and go at it again.
It looks so glamorous on the outside, doesn’t it? But just like a carnival lit spectacularly at night that captures the wonder of all, when seen in the breaking light of dawn, you come to realize that the best part is meeting up with friends you never see enough of because you are all on this crazy merry go round of moving targets and busy travel lives.
It’s a wild Ferris Wheel, made all the better by the folks sitting next to you. Nice when you can ride it together!
These women keep me grounded. I admire them so much and have learned OH SO MUCH from what they have shared with me, and I hope I can share as much to someone else who finds their way into this whirling, swirling creative business that is always on the move.
I am shown here with Mary Koval, Marie StClair, Linda Collins and Jo Morton. You ladies are the best!
And we got LORI too!
Lori is working in the administrative area of Quilt Festival and came in on Sunday afternoon. We spent as much time as we could together. She was working in the classroom area up on level 3 when the group photo was taken above, just before I left for the airport. So happy I got to see you, Lori! Next time we need more time.
We are shown here admiring a bed turning of Linda’s antique quilts from her book Treasures from the Barn and there will be more photos to come. Some I am allowed to share, others I had to pinky swear to remain secret. So much fun, and you know how I love the antique quilts.
Scenes from my weekend!
There are SO many photos to share, so this is just a sneak preview. There will be more shared over the next several days.
And it was fun flying home on Halloween. Check out this scene from Hobby airport:
I shared this caption with the collage:
At Houston Hobby Airport ready for my flight home. Of all the photos I took at Market, I loved the wall at RJR Fabrics and this quilt in the Modern Quilt Guild display. Those two things say at all! Make more quilts, and make them with love.
This girl came to meet me at the airport!
And this was waiting in my living room.
This is the next batch of 2,000 Essential Triangle Tools that we’ve been waiting for! So guess what resumes today?
It is my goal to get these out as quickly as I can, working in the order in which orders came in, and starting right where we left off when we ran out. Thank you again for your patience! I see a light at the end of the busy tunnel!
Because of this, Quilt-Cam is on hold until after Thanksgiving. It's going to be crazy around here for a few weeks.
Starting with box #7 on the left!
I will have evening help and help through the weekend. I am home until Nov 11th when I fly to Salt Lake for a Family Reunion/Early Thanksgiving. It’s going to be epic. My mom and stepdad are coming down from Idaho. My brother and his wife are coming up from Arizona. There will be loads of family togetherness and I am so looking forward to it.
On the tail of that trip I continue up to Idaho Falls, Idaho to teach my last venue of the year. And into mystery season we go!
Quiltville Quote of the Day.
Vintage Double T quilt found Carolina.
This is something that has been weighing on my mind. It seems whenever we want to explore a new avenue, there are those on the outside looking in who want to tell us “I like this better” or “I preferred when you did it this way” or “That just isn’t you.” It can feel like the world is saying "Get back into your box!"
We can’t stay in one place simply because it makes OTHERS more comfortable to have us stay in one place. We have to progress and try new things or we stagnate.
It is important to always follow your own muse wherever it leads you, and there will be those who don't understand why you don't do things "like you always have." It is not up to us to create simply for the entertainment of others. It has to fill our hearts and souls first wherever it leads!
If where we go puts others out of their own comfort zones, so be it!
This is your journey, not theirs.
Happy Tuesday, everyone!