Thousands gathered in Houston for the 39th annual IQA Festival, most with the goal of seeing all 1300+ quilts, 1000+ vendors and taking in as many of the 380 classes as is practical.
My goal was quilts first, selected vendors (I always have a short list) second, then 2 lectures. It’s always fun to find friends and share their excitement of work hung in the exhibit.
Jeanne Marklin wasn’t there but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Traditions
It was fun to catch a few minutes with Sarah Ann Smith. She was teaching and trying to see the exhibit — not an easy task! Here she is with Listen to the Song in the Night, her entry for An Exquisite Moment.
I was fortunate to meet and enjoy the company of two art quilters from the Northwest. Here is Sherri Culver’s much-deserved 3rd place winner, Emmy Tovo:
Then there are those artists who I wanna be friends with, like Ruth Powers. I’ve seen her work for several years, in many venues. Her work is always worth lingering over. I found myself in front of In the Bleak Midwinter many times.
I’ve come to think of him as Ambassador Mendelssohn since he’ll be on the road for the coming year. You can read more about that here.
And you can see installment number one about Houston here. More quilts and retail therapy are up next. I hope you’ll join me.