Houston Quilt Festival

For years, I have heard about the International Quilt Festival held in Houston each year, but never had opportunity to go.  Now that I have a quilting friend and we live closer to Houston, we got brave and journeyed that way!

After surviving the drive into Houston (it really wasn’t that bad–Saturday morning) and finding a place to park, we walked over to the convention center.  Our first impression of the Quilt Festival–overwhelmingly huge!  We immediately realized there would be no getting to see all the vendors and quilts in the one day we had available.

So we made a plan for how to use our time, and picked which quilt exhibits sounded interesting.  Here are some highlights from the show:

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All those tiny pieces…just amazing!

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There were so many beautiful art quilts!

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This quilt was part of the “70,273 Project”, which represents the number of disabled people killed by the Nazis.  Their fate was determined by two red Xs written on their medical form.  Quite a sobering exhibit…

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Absolutely adorable!

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And this was one of my very favorite!

We did not see all the quilts, and certainly did not visit all the vendors, but we sure had a good time!  Looking forward to next year!

Shirt Stripe Boxes Quilt

About 3 years ago, I saved a Pinterest picture of a really cool quilt made from striped men’s shirts.  My mother loved stripes, so I come by this fascination honestly :-)

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Fast forward 3 years–now I have a new sewing room, with a design wall just begging for a project.  The Shirt Stripe Boxes quilt came to mind, and I started to work.  It took some doing to figure out the right way to make the blocks, because the picture I pinned had incorrect instructions!  But with some experimenting, I figured it out.

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I had several blocks done, when I saw that I needed more variety of fabrics.  The local thrift stores were no help…and then I remembered a bag of striped scraps under my bed!  What a treasure trove it was–quite the walk down memory lane, with some scraps from maternity clothes, and an outfit worn by my son 24 years ago.  But it was just what my quilt needed to really make it pop!

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And here it is, in all its glory!  The design wall was absolutely essential, because there were 3 sizes of blocks to fit together.  And I also took a picture of the layout before taking blocks down to sew them, just in case I forgot which way they went!  This is a couch quilt, and instead of using batting, I just backed it with a flannel sheet and quilted it in 3 inch squares.

This pattern was created by Kaffe Fassett, an incredibly talented artist and designer.  If you like bright colors, you should check into his fabric lines!