Quilt Market is less than a week away, so it’s time to start thinking about the events you just can’t miss. We hopeÂ our Schoolhouse sessions and books signings make your list. Here’s the schedule for our Schoolhouse sessions, Thursday, May 16: Christina McCourt, Portrait of a Lady: Quilts for a Womanâ€™s Journey Through Life, Continue Reading
April 24, 2013
Weâ€™re having one of those cold, dismal springs here in the heart of the country, the kind where the weather seems stuck in the past, reluctant to shake off the chill and get with the program. Nature might not know what time of year it is, but we certainly do, because in our business, thereâ€™s Continue Reading
October 24, 2012
DENISON, Texas â€“ About this time each year, I pull myself into the big white truck and head south. I donâ€™t have to think much about where Iâ€™m going.Â Itâ€™s kind of like climbing a trusty horse and counting on her to nose us both home. We get there just fine. â€œHomeâ€ this time of Continue Reading
October 10, 2009
Here I am, nestled in between quilts from Gone to Texas, Route 66 and Pick of the Seasons typing this blog. It is the first day of Quilt Market â€“ we are open for business! So far, it has been smooth sailing, thanks to our crew that came along. Usually it’s just Doug, Edie and I, and we’re often still setting up the morning of the show. But this time, our photographer Aaron Leimkuehler, designer Brian Grubb and editor Deb Rowden came along to help. (And thanks to author Sheri Howard (of Ruby Red Dots) for stopping by to help bag patterns!)
Yesterday we had six different schoolhouse sessions where we presented our new books. All were well attended, and Edie, Deb and Brian were very entertaining for their audiences. Deb and Brian were sure to mention our new book Artful Bras: Hooters, Melons and Boobs, Oh My! A Quilt Guildâ€™s Fight Against Breast Cancer at the end of every schoolhouse. The quilt shop owners sure got a hoot (pun intended) out of the subtitle. Authors Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith, Betsy Chutchian, Jan Patek and Barbara Jones also hosted schoolhouse sessions.
May 17, 2009
Iâ€™ve exhibited at plenty of trade shows in my short five-year career â€“ which means Iâ€™ve been to a lot of convention centers. So I kind of consider myself to be a convention center expert. Upon entering the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh I was immediately impressed â€“ and continue to be impressed. Which made me decide to rate three of the convention centers Iâ€™ve been to for Quilt Market â€“ but on criteria that I find to be important. So the parameters are: sun bathing, Mexican restaurants, bridges, and â€œgreenness.â€
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Sun Bathing: Houstonâ€™s center has a nice, but small, outdoor patio where it often offers grilled hotdogs and hamburgers for lunch. The problem is, Houston is often too humid to enjoy the outdoors, and when itâ€™s not, the small patio is too packed to even find a place to sit.
Mexican Restaurants: The city of Houston is the Mecca of Tex-Mex. Even the drive to Houston boasts excellent Mexican dining â€“ Buffalo, Texas, is the home to Edieâ€™s and my favorite cheese enchiladas. Each time weâ€™re in Houston, we try a different Mexican restaurant, and I have never had a meal that wasnâ€™t above average.