I recently had the pleasure of travelling to Texas to spend a few days at the Houston Quilt Market. The International Quilt Market Houston has been named as the largest and most important quilt show in the world. I have always wanted to go and I’m thrilled to have crossed it off my list.
I’ve been attending trade shows all over the world in recent years and I have to say that I have never been so impressed by the beautifully designed booths that I saw in Houston. Walking the aisles of the show I was amazed at all of the products that were showcased including exquisite quilting supplies, hand-dyed materials, beautiful patterned fabrics and the many notions and trinkets for quilters and embroiderers alike.
Being able to spend some time visiting the Texas Quilt Museum was great. It’s clear that quilts are not just accessories for the bed or for cozying up on the sofa – they are also crafted works of art. When I say I spent a few hours there, I can honestly say it might have been more because I was so taken by what I was seeing, that I lost track of time.
Following my time in Houston, I travelled to Terrell, Texas to spend some time with Deborah Jones in her studio just outside of Dallas. As always, we had a great time together. We filmed several informational videos for Embroider Buddy® and we’re excited to share them with you soon. Here’s a sneak peek of our set.
While in Terrell, I had the chance to visit Wendy at her shop. Quilters Apprentice. What a fun place to visit. Check out quiltersapprentice.com that's where the picture of Chuck below was taken.
As with so many of my trips, my time in Texas would not have been complete without some tastes of local food. I was treated to a few local eateries and came home with a new appreciation for the many new foods and flavours.
I am filled with gratitude that my buddies have taken me around the world to meet so many talented and creative people. I always come home filled with wonderful memories and inspiration for new projects.
How do your travels inspire your creativity?