Quilting Knows No Borders: International Quilt Festival
What an adventure! The 2013 Fall Quilt Market and Houston International Quilt Festival ¬†held annually in the George R. Brown Convention Center has recently concluded. It’s my favorite time of the year, second only to Christmas. ¬†The event is very similar to guessing what is in those wrapped presents under the tree due to the anticipation of seeing new and exciting trends in the quilting industry. New fabrics, new thread choices, intriguing notions and patterns, fabulous quilts on exhibit – such joy, excitement, and inspiration!
And just like my favorite holiday, Market and Festival is filled with laughter and hugs as I see quilting friends from both far and near. Truly a quilters’ reunion of sorts! Prior to Market I hosted a little reunion of my own with international friends I met last year during festival.¬†
To our joy and pleasure we were able to reconnect with LuLu, Ernesto, and Brenda (who is expecting son #2 in February) for a good ole fashioned Texas BBQ hosted here in the Quilts ‘N Kaboodle studio the evening prior to the opening of Fall Market.
May I introduce you to Quilting Dreams Mexico – our friends south of the border.
Quilting Dreams Mexico is indeed a dream come true for owners Ernesto & LuLu Gutierrez and their daughter Brenda . February 2013 marked the 10 year anniversary for their dream to bringing “patchwork” to Mexico City, Mexico. ¬† Their shop is quaint and full of exciting new fabrics, notions, and quilt samples – truly an eye candy for any quilter. A capable staff greets you upon entering the courtyard prepared to assist you in making your quilting dreams come true. A large and spacious class room lends to instructing both beginners and novices in the art of making quilts and quilt related items.
While making new friends and training them on their new A1 Elite Quilting Machine we were treated to a daily banquet of fabulous local flare filled with laughter, hand signals (I don’t speak Spanish), more laughter, translations, and all around good cheer.¬†In February of this year we were privileged to assist in that dream becoming a reality.
I was privileged to quilt one of their shop samples, my favorite – a feathered star. As I quilted their shop sample on their new A1 the future quilters watched and asked questions. As I quilted. I explained the ease of the machine and shared my 10 years of quilting tips to assist them in using their machine including how to interact with future customers seeking their quilting services.
We were unable to attend their 10 year anniversary celebration but were eagerly as proud when they introduced “Lady Lu” to their customers.
Yes, quilting knows no borders! ¬† We look forward to visiting Quilting Dreams Mexico again in the future and hosting them again when they return to the Houston Market/Festival next fall.
Stay tuned for a few photos and thoughts from this year’s market and festival. For local news coverage of the International Quilt Festival visit the winners page from The Houston Chronicle.
karen o in Texas, the Quilt Rambler