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Hello Everyone,

I hope you enjoyed Monday's blog post about Quilt Market.  It is truly an adventure for me every year.  I love it!! So much creativity in one place.  This year was different for me though.... I stayed through, with my friend Lisa, and took a class at Quilt Festival on Tuesday, Market ended on Monday.  Then we took a tour around Houston.  This was something I had never done. 

The class we took was making fabric bowls.  Something fun and quick that didn't require a whole lot of thinking on my part because quite frankly my brain was fried.  They were so much fun to make and didn't take long at all... really!  Just 2 hours.  Plus, the best part is that Lisa and I made them from my Fresh Pick'ins fabric line!  

Aren't the bowls pretty?  Have you ever made one? So much fun, kind of like potato chips.... you can't just make one!  Already want to make another.  I actually see gifts in my future. And of course we had to fool around just a little to see the multiple uses for fabric bowls. After the class we went to the evening awards show and saw all the quilts that were ribbon and prize winners announced.  What fun it was to actually see the people too!

The day after the class, we went on a tour to 3 quilt shops and the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, TX.  This is a little gem of a place and such a quaint little town too.  Really enjoyed the museum, quilt shop (The Quilted Skein) and the town.   We got back to town just in time to eat and then head into preview night on the festival floor.  Unlike market, festival changes over.... no more manufacturers, everything is retail only.  Shops, designers, and so much more available to us all for purchase.

Approximately 65,000 to 70,000 people come into town to attend Festival!  It is simply mind blowing, but in a very good way.  Did I mention the Astros won the world series too?? Talk about craziness!  But so much fun!

Fast forward to the next day... well... I was one busy lady!  It was basically demo day for me.  I was in the Viking/Husqvarna booth (as a Viking Ambassador) doing curved piecing demo and paper piecing demos for the bulk of the day.  But I also went over to Stitchin Heaven's booth and demoed there, then meandered my way to Aurifil's booth to meet my friends Marie Bostwick, and Deb Tucker.  We did a meet and greet there launching our collaboration and with each other, Aurifil, and Island Batik!  Stay tuned your local shop may be participating!!!

 

After that I had just a couple of hours to walk the floor to see anything that I might have inadvertently missed.  Hmmmm.... 

Well we were pooped, so we went out for one last dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Guadalajara and then packed up to leave the next morning before the Astros victory parade.

What a whirlwind and I was glad to see my bed too!  I hope you have enjoyed the pics!

Don't forget that I am back for Watch Me Wednesday this week!  Join me on my Facebook page on Wednesday at 1:30 MST for the beginning of our Quilt Along (QAL).  But remember, I live in Arizona and we do NOT change our clocks back.  So now we are 2 hours behind the east coast.  Therefore, Watch Me Wednesday will take place at 3:30 EST, 2:30 CST, 1:30 MST, and 12:30 PST.  I hope to see you here. 

Until Next Time....

Jackie Kunkel
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Jackie Kunkel

I am a quilter, online quilt shop owner, Nationally Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor and Certified Shop, designer, author, podcaster, mother, and wife. I have been quilting since 1993 years and in business since August, 2000. I love networking and having fun doing anything quilty! Learn More…

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