November 3rd: Houston IQA Quilt Show!!

Dave had a meeting in Houston and was so kind as to schedule it so I could spend the day at the Houston Quilt Show - how awesome!  Total visual overload and I only saw 25% of the show.  It is so large that only preview night plus the 4 days of the show is adequate to see it all.

Some of my favorites from the exhibit, Twenty Years of Dear Jane. I was thrilled to see this exhibit because I qualify as a Janiac.  Information on Dear Jane can be found here.  The original quilt was completed in 1863 and Brenda Papadakis published the patterns in 1996.  Twenty years later, with almost 130,000 copies sold, people in over 35 countries are still enjoying the Jane Journey.  The works here celebrate the common bond of friendships formed and quilts made.
Black, White and Bright All Over Jane by Dena Brannen, Reston Virginia
Rainbow Jane by Charlotte Hay, Missoula, Montaja
Baby Jane Blue by Elizabeth Roth, quilted by Valerie Langue
50 Shades of Jane by Judy Hamrick
The next three quilts are (I think) Token of Love (by Elisabeth Prins, The Netherlands), Share Jane (coordinated by Kim Caskey and Jeltje van Essen and quilted by Kim Caskey, Edmonton, Alberta) and Dear Jane: An Out-of-Hand Experience (by Bonnie Robottom, quilted by Sharon Blackmore, Calgary, Alberta) - I'm not certain which is which...
Homage to Jane Stickle and Mary Evans by Brenda Papadakis, San Antonio, Tx
Brenda is the one who originally published the patterns for Jane Stickle's quilt, but she also has a passion for Baltimore Album quilts and Mary Evans designed many of the popular patterns for those quilts in 1842-1850.
Frida Jane by Laura F. (info blurred)
There was a wonderful exhibit of Japanese Quilts, Wa-Quilt: Kotohogi-Celebration -
I thought this quilt in the Baltimore Album tradition,
but using Japanese fabrics (some looked like kimono fabric) was beautiful!
Kathy York had a one-women exhibit and it was great to see her quilts there as well (you can see all of her quilts on her website here.
Doors Across Austin
Out of the Box
Out of the Box (detail)
It was a wonderful day and I can't post all of the pictures because of the volume!

Guess I'll have to do another scrapbook!



We went to the Commemorative Air Force Wings Over Dallas Air Show at our local (literally) airfield. Executive airport is just a couple of miles from the house.  The attraction this year was the emphasis on WWII aircraft.

I took the opportunity to pose with two of Dallas' finest for my Women at Work collection - Women in Blue!!
It was a great Air Show and a great time - we look forward to going again next year!


October 7th - Adventures with Reid

My friend, Reid Barnhart, and I headed to Stephenville to see a quilt show.  We had a great day!

The show was being held in the gymnasium of this church:
and even though the show was small, there were some wonderful quilts!
Crochet Comets by Suzanne Thompson
I thought this was so clever! Using vintage doilies was brillant.

Quilts for All Seasons by Mary Jones from a book by Paula Vaughn.
It took her more than 2 years to do the cross stitch! So sweet and so much work!
Afternoon by Suzann Thompson
Again - a wonderful combination of crochet and quilting.
My Quilting Pins.  Using a pattern of Square in a Square, Letha Sparks made this small display for her pins.
My Life in Freeze Frame by Peggy DeLaVergne, and machine quilted by Linadelle Lee.  She decided to celebrate the first 50 years of her life and used the pink background because her adopted dad called her Pinky.  I love how she used not only personal pictures but pictures of historical significance for the time period.
Reid and me
Reid took this picture of small African-themed quilts, as well as a few other quilts that inspired her:
After we finished at the show, we went across the highway to a dairy farm owned and run by the Veldhuzen Family that has a cheese shop for their homemade cheeses and where they will let you sample all of the different kinds they make!
photos by Reid
and I, of course, loved their sheep!
After we left Stephenville/Dublin, we headed over to Hico for the chocolates!
 It was a cute shop, and I loved these guys on the porch!
After some more wandering, we ended up in Cleburne, where we decided to have dinner and wait out the Dallas rush hour before heading home -
Strange name, but good food!

All in all, a great day.


Living Room makeover!

This is the way the living room has looked for many years:
Not bad and certainly liveable, but we have always wanted something else, so at the end of Sept/first week in October, we contacted Norm and, together with his trusty sidekick Robert, they built new shelves for the living room!

But first, Dave had to remove the built-ins and paneling that were there...

Norm explains to Dave exactly how the units will be built...
and while he is doing that, Mr. Raider decided that Robert was "okay"...

Norm built the "boxes" at his house and then brought them over for installation...
They installed the boxes and then painted them and the shelves the same color as the living room...
They also added a soffit with an LED spot to connect them.

Finished at last!
Aren't these shelves awesome??? They are exactly the way Dave and I had pictured in our heads, ever since we bought the house!
Now we just have to get new carpet, put up drapes, and cover the pillows and ottoman...