Annette's Acre

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October 31st, 2009 by Annette

Just a Little Late

I realized a couple days ago that I never posted any Houston pics.

I actually took some, too.

So, without further ado….. my recent Houston trip (all pictures clickable to biggify):

Mom and I flew in late Thursday eve (the 15th) and took a short cab ride to our downtown hotel (Marriott Residence Inn).  Thankfully short, because it was late (after 10pm local time) and it was a very uncomfortable cab.

We got checked in and up to the spacious room.  We felt very safe given our view:

Friday dawned bright and early.  We had lunch downstairs before Missy Ann came by to pick us up for the Quilt Show.  1000 booths, tens of thousands of people (over the week) and hundreds of quilts on display taking up the entire downtown convention center.  It was amazing.

Friday we shopped (pictures to follow), we ate lunch (there was a huge food court at one end of the convention center.  It was amazing!) and drug ourselves out of there late in the afternoon for dinner at a local Italian/Seafood place.  Dinner was ok, but dessert was fantastic – a pecan pie that was essentially pecans barely held together with the usual pecan pie custard-y goodness.

Mom and I collapsed for the evening and stitched a bit.

Saturday, after the usual breakfast and pickup (though maneuvering into the parking garage was simpler – we know what we were doing!) we looked at all the quilts on display and did a bit more shopping.  I expected the crowds to be bigger given it was a weekend, but actually I think they were about the same.  It was just as packed with people as it was on Friday.

The standout quilts (sorry for the choppy pictures.  TONS of people)

Santa Claus has Come… with the creator:

You can see the top of the quilt here.  Absolutely stunning detail in this.

Tribute to Tolkein – took my breath away (Definitely click on this one to see the detail)!!

More pics:  Bottom Back

Isn’t it awesome that she incorporated the Ring’s engraving in the back??

So many of the quilts on display were stunning examples of art.  Even a non-quilter like me recognized the hours of work and inspiration that went in to each one.

Hmmm…. maybe I should say “casual quilter” like me, given that I have made a couple small ones and have supplies to make a few more 😉

We finished our shopping early in the afternoon and decided to head over to House of Blues for some lunch.  In this case, everything was good, burger to dessert 🙂

At this point, we headed back to the hotel and I got Missy Ann knitting 😀 We also hit the bookstore right across the street from the hotel and had a great time trading “Have you read this?” between us.  We both scribbled authors and book titles to check into.  I also picked up a couple magazines to add to my stash haul.  Lots of talking and laughing into the evening, which is the best part of any vacation that finds me with my stitching friends 😉

Sunday was very quiet.  Interestingly, downtown Houston *shuts down* on Sunday!  We had very limited options for food and chose a mexican restaurant for lunch (great corn chowder).  We eventually made it back to the airport, this time in a very nice Town Car.

It’s a darn good thing we got there early. (I tried to change to an earlier flight, but it would have cost more than the original ticket)

I’m not sure what was going on, but the TSA agent at security did not like that while my driver’s license has my full name (first/middle/last), my boarding pass only had my middle and last name (Annette is my middle name – and the one I use 99% of the time).  I’ve never had an issue with this.  Phoenix TSA didn’t even blink on Thursday.

I had to leave the security line (growing longer by the minute), go back to the Southwest counter, explain to the agent that I needed the pass changed (he was just as incredulous… “But your name is on your license”  Yes, sir, but evidently that’s not good enough.), get my new pass, go back to security (thankfully one of the other TSA agents took pity on me and let me use the “employee” line as I’d already waited once) and then get stuck behind two women that thought they could just leave their liquids in their suitcase to go thru xray.  I kid you not…. two women, both were stunned that not only did they have to remove their makeup bags (where the liquids were being carried) but that they had to remove them from the makeup bag itself. And the agent decided not to argue the one quart zipper bag at this point.  Thankfully the bottles were all the right size.

I could only ask… “Where have you been for the last few years??”

Especially when they assured the TSA agent they’d flown in the last six months without having to go thru this.

Sure…uh huh.  Do you believe that??  I don’t.  Especially with my freshly printed boarding pass with my first name on it.

Everything was smooth after that.  We arrived home safely Sunday evening.

On to…. the stash.

I laid this all out on the table, thus the overlaps between pictures.  Of course, I didn’t take one view of the entire pile (smack forehead).

“The Haunted Halloween” kit.  The “chart” was free, but you can see the bundle of fabric just to the right to make it up.   I took my sewing machine in for service last week, so I’m hoping to have it back and start this Thanksgiving week 🙂

16 fat quarters of fabric.  These were the ones that I just couldn’t leave without. 🙂  The purple-y dragonfly on the lower left is actually a half yard heavy satin-y fabric.  Perfect for a stitching bag.

Missy Ann, Mom and I all left a chunk at the Bohin booth.  Needles, scissors and a great chalk marker.

The bookstore magazines (Inspirations and Quilts & more) and the show program.

See the reindeer runner on the right?  Isn’t that the cutest thing EVER??  Another project for Thanksgiving week.  Hoping to find the felt at either Joann’s or another local fabric shop.  Garden of Eerie was my only purchase at The Silver Needle booth.  Missy Ann and I got the last two copies 🙂  You can also see the Halloween-y buttons I found at another booth at the bottom.  Have no clue what I’m going to do with them, but obviously that never stops the purchase….

Finally, the splurge.  This is the Halloween Baltimore quilt I’ve been drooling over for months.   It’s applique and just amazing.  If it hadn’t been for the model in the booth, I would not have bought it!   My plan is to visit a couple of the local quilt shops to see what I can find out about classes, etc, before I even attempt this puppy.  I have a kit for another Halloween tablerunner that has applique (as well as a few other techniques) so I’ll probably start with that one first 😉

So that was Houston.  A great time, great stash and terrific company 🙂  Next year, the show is in early November and I could easily see myself wandering the booths again 🙂


11 Responses to “Just a Little Late”
  1. Wow, wow and wow!!!!! I don’t know what I like most – the fabrics, the quilts, the – I don’t know – everything. Jeez – my sister lives in Houston. Maybe I wil try and make it for next year’s show.

  2. Wow, what a lovely addition to your stash! I hope you have lots of fun playing with it all. 🙂 By the way, I have that same chalk marker and I can’t figure out what to do when the chalk gets dull and low. I can’t seem to find a way to push it up. If you figure this out, I would love to hear from you!

  3. Wow! What an incredible haul!
    Those quilts look more like paintings than bits of fabric! And I love the fabric for the Haunted Halloween kit.

  4. What awesome new stash to roll around in! LOL! Love the photos, thanks for sharing!

  5. I adore that purple dragonfly fabric! Saw a glimpse in the first pic and said ooo!, then enjoyed the larger second pic. If you have any leftovers, donations gratefully accepted and used! Great haul. Thank goodness I don’t have a larger place or I could seriously get into quilting. There are some fantastic fabrics and designs out there.

  6. What a lovely time you seem to have had – and lovely stash too! But you’re going to be so busy … :o)

  7. Oh, you bought the Bohin scissors I’ve been eyeing. Jealous! I need a review on the Bohin needles. I’ve been disappointed in my JJs recently. Love that Tolkien quilt SO MUCH.
    Next year’s show is early November? Hmm, maybe a trip to Houston is in my future…could be quite the party….

  8. Melissa C. says

    Oh man, I want to learn to quilt so bad! Beautiful stuff.

  9. OMG… I gasped when I saw your purchase … I just bought The Garden of Eerie as well … Plum Street samplers have some of my favorite projects … i am working on their design Salem Sisters II … it looks like an amazing event!

  10. I have always wanted to go the Houston show – one of these years! I’m afraid of how much stash I would buy LOL. I saw that Pearl Pereira Halloween pattern online – oh my gosh. Her applique is gorgeous. I have tried her method from the DVD she sells. I usually do needle-turn qpplique and so far I have not been able to do it better using her method. It looks so easy when they demo it at shows but for me it was frustrating. I think I just need more practice.

  11. I love everything you’ve purchased, the Baltimore Halloween Quilt is DIVINE.