I had my first experience of using Uber to get from IAH to the hotel and it was a good experience. So was the return trip. Both vehicles were nice and clean and the drivers were very careful.
As any quilter knows, the Houston show is a humongous vendor mall with a quilt show attached! Not really, but it does seem that way at times. We started our visit by heading to the vendors and spent hours working our way up one aisle and down the other, contributing to the economy as we went. It is amazing to see so many quilting tools and supplies in one place. It's also a good way to see new products and how they are used. As we headed out for the day, we stopped at the parcel desk and had them pack up and ship a box home for us. Next day we were considerably more restrained and simply took those purchases back with us to the hotel. Of course, I had stuffed another bag into my suitcase "just in case", you know. It did come in handy when we were packing up to come home. I wound up with some of my friend's clothing in the extra space in my suitcase and we split our purchases between our carry on bags. We began our viewing of the quilts that day as well and returned on Saturday to spend the day looking at quilts. I truly did enjoy the trip but its one of those things that once done doesn't appeal to me much any more. We'll see.
|First Place -- Alphabet quilt & quilter|
One of the major displays was Sapphire meaning all things blue. There were dozens of quilts in blue and white from tiny to huge.
This pig quilt was totally fascinating due to all the beads and other embellishments that truly make this quilt what it is.
One of my favorite moments came when we visited the Material Obsessions booth and met Australian designer Wendy Williams. I love her patterns and have several. I'm actually working on one of them right now. What a treat to see the designers themselves in the booth interacting with the customers rather than someone hired to do it for them. Wendy, Kathy Doughty and John Doughty were a refreshing treat.
Needless to say, we walked our legs off every day and returned to the hotel totally beat. Thankfully our hotel shuttle picked us up and delivered us right back to the hotel door whenever we wanted them. The next order of business after delivering our packages to our room was a tall glass of wine. I found and enjoyed a cabernet sauvignon which I believe was called Stonybrook. I'm still on the trail trying to track it down sufficiently that I can have a local beverage supply house order it for me. I plan to call the hotel bar and ask since the admin offices haven't responded to my email inquiry.
Enough for now. There's more to be shared soon. Y'all take care.