Giving credit where credit is due

Last month, a thing of beauty sailed into my life …

written about here by Jude Hill …
And as I walked about the International Quilt Festival in Houston this past weekend, over and over again I said the words, “I always considered myself a needleworker. Because of Jude Hill, I now consider myself a quilter, too.”
Because of Jude Hill, I knew to seek out Judy Martin’s Mended World, which is also to be found in this wonderful tome (which had to come home with me) …
Because of Jude Hill, I met Glennis Dolce
whose beautiful vintage Japanese cloth and Shibori eclipse will be perfect for some long overdue mending (among other things) …

Because of Jude Hill, I am part of a wonderful community of like-minded stitchers who have led me to believe in myself enough to join SAQA.
Because of Jude Hill, I have learned so very much and will be forever grateful as I continue to play with cloth and stitch, learning more every day.

Tipping point (revised: parts 1 and 2)

Note: This post was published earlier today in two separate parts, now combined.

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So I went to Houston, home of the International Quilt Festival … gathering place of 1500+ quilts, 500-some vendors, and an estimated 55,000 attendees. And with this post, I will certainly begin to make up for the recent dry spell on the blog.

The catalog for the quilt show

was nearly 100 pages, with only the briefest of descriptions such as this synopsis of the special exhibits
This is why I’ve been daunted by the Houston show in the past. How do you even begin to take in something on this scale? But Judy Martin’s post about Mended World drew me in 
and the possibility of meeting Glennis Dolce at the Shibori Girl booth sealed the deal.
I took pictures, of course, following the guidelines that they be used only on a personal level with credit to both the artists (to follow) and the festival (see above). 
These, then, are the things that prompted me to raise the camera, beginning with Mended World …


which was close enough to see this …

And really, I could have just stopped there. But the SAQA exhibit included other quilts that spoke to me …

and may perhaps speak to you as well, if you follow the directions on the exhibit label (though I have no idea how long these will work) …

Wandering into another exhibit I found quilts about New Mexico …

Another exhibit held an array of intriguing digital collages by Wen Redmond, who I later heard speaking in an open lecture …

A piece in the Silent Auction drew my eye with its hand-dyed cloth …

that I later connected to the Fiber on a Whim folks in the vendor hall
Their cloth (including linen) is made with commercial dyes, but they look like natural dyes. I resisted temptation and haven’t bought any … yet. They also have a blog which has been added to the Kindred Spirits.

I took a picture of this massive collaborative quilt thinking it was of New Mexico towns that I could decipher later …


only to discover my error …

And while there were so many incredible quilts I didn’t photograph, there was something about Yoko Saito’s that drew me in …

this one, so incredibly intricate …

with this description of how it was constructed …

so different from this more structured take …

Yep, this is what draws my eye …

I swear I didn’t plan this, but here is the next quilt on my photo roll …

titled, aptly enough …

A metaphor on more than one level.
This echo of the peace, love and rock and roll of my youth …

was followed by this echo of my own recent return to activism …



Then I found a quilt that affirmed the vision I have for my peace shawl project …



And another that whispered in response to the pennon I am stitching for Mo …



Seriously folks, you can’t make this stuff up … I’m blown away as I write this about how these images spoke to me as they appeared one by one today.

Then there was a renewal of a call I had heard before, but which is now speaking too loudly and clearly to be ignored …


This is but one …


of many …




Until finally, I returned to where I had begun, just in time to record a video of the docent speaking about pieces in the SAQA exhibit (this is not an active link, btw) …


As I waited for folks to move on so I could get one last picture or two, I took a shot of the piece next to Judy Martin’s …


“Dead letter box” chuckled a voice to my left …


“Yes, quite literally,” I replied quietly (having read the exhibit label earlier) …


And so I ended the day, standing in awe of a creation …

but realizing that some small part of it was within my reach …

It was enough … more than enough … to fill a day

Picture this

The end of October was full to the (wonderful) brim with family time … first in Austin, then St Louis, then back to Austin. Finally back home, we caught up on shopping, bills, yard, and other mundane pastimes. And blog reading.

So it was that I learned yesterday on Judy Martin’s blog that Mended World was at the Houston Quilt show … something that was not on my radar. A couple of Google searches later, I located a San Antonio quilting group that had chartered a bus to the show.

It’s now 6:00 in the morning and I’m Houston-bound … imagine that!