Sharing Houston Fun

I had every intention of posting to my blog during my week at the Houston Quilt Market and Festival. I did post when I first arrived at market, but boy, the days and nights got so busy, it was just impossible to keep up with it. I did take lots of pictures so now that I am home, I can share some of the fun. Quilt Market is fun with lots to see and do. The above photo was taken in a booth of a “little girl” just enjoying herself to no end.

My new Carol Doak Easy Reversible Vest DVD arrived in Houston and was shown by Sharon Pederson and Elizabeth Phillips of Nine Patch Media to shop owners and distributors. Sharon and Elizabeth are sporting their new easy reversible vests! The DVD was really well received so you should see it showing up at your local quilt shop soon. I am awaiting my supply and will make it available on my web page just as soon as they arrive.

It was fun to see some old friends and make some new friends. I demonstrated in the Martingale, Checkers and C & T booths.

Most of the major fabric companies are their with their wonderful booths showing off their new fabric lines and samples of projects. Here is Ellen Brown of Timeless Treasures fabrics in her booth.
Wow, once Quilt Festival begins, quilters file in by the hundreds. The booths transform to retail booths with everything quilting including the largest collection of fabrics I think you can find in any one place. Quilters are in their element!
Shoppers are everywhere with bags of all kinds holding their finds. Everyone is smiling and just have a super time!
Upstairs, the rooms are filled with teachers and students learning a wide variety of skills. I taught three classes featuring paper foundation piecing. The classes were great and the students did very well. Here is one happy student with her completed Sunrise Quilt from my Mariner’s Compass Stars book.
Once I completed teaching classes, I could head downstairs to shop and look at quilts. It is a daunting task just because the area is so large! The quilts are varied and the skills amazing. The quilt above is called, “Facing North” and was made by Inge Mardal and Steen Hass from Chantilly, France.
The stitching skill on the above quilt, “Twilight”, by Rita Steffenson of Urban, Ohio was just mind blowing. It was a top prize winner and it deserved it.
Some quilts just caught your eye. The one above done of Senator Obama was so interesting. How did she do that with fabric?
And there always as to be the one quilt that stands above them all. This one by Sharon Schamber called, “The Spirit of Mother Earth” shows exquisite workmanship and style. Well done Sharon!
I hope you enjoyed my little taste of Houston.
All the best,

3 Responses to “Sharing Houston Fun”

  1. Jackie Says:

    Carol, I can’t believe I totally missed you at Market! I usually bump into you and am bummed that I didn’t. I did see your new book there. Wonderful. It sounds like you had a fun filled time as always. Pop over to my blog I just put up a slideshow of all the wonderful quilts. I am sure you’ll love it!

  2. Diana Says:

    Thank you very much, Carol for showing my Obama quilt on your blog. I used thousands of pieces of batik fabric and fused it to tricot. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it to Houston, but my quilts were there and you captured one! Thanks, again Diana Bracy

  3. Diana Bracy Says:

    Hi Carol, Again, thank you for posting my Obama Fabric Mosaic. I am happy to say that this image will be showcased as part of the Inauguration of our now, President-Elect Obama.
    The show will feature more than 50 Art Quilts! If I may tell you about it here to share with others:
    Obama Press Release by Sue Walen:

    President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts

    Location: Cafritz Art Center, 150 King St., Silver Spring, MD

    Dates: February 9 – March 5, 2009

    Opening Reception: Friday, February 13th
    Thanks so much Carol for showcasing my ArtI I appreciate you! Diana Bracy