It is over a week now since Mandy and I returned from our trip to Houston. We had a wonderful time - the events certainly lived up to their reputation. The quilt exhibition was wonderful and the standard of quilts amazingly high. We had some fabulous longarm machine quilting classes and the booths at Quilt Festival were endless...
I must admit, however, that my favourite part were the vintage and antique quilts. Unfortunately, we don't see many vintage quilts in Australia - we just don't have the history. I was pleasantly surprised that there were some 8 or so booths selling vintage quilts, quilt tops, fabrics, orphan blocks and sewing notions - by the end of Quilt Festival, several of the booth owners knew me by name.
Amongst the vintage quilt booths with their wonderful treasures were:-
I think my favourite purchase from Houston is the very green vintage 1930's Double Wedding Ring quilt top which I bought from Cindy's Vintage Quilts. It is shown here by Cindy. Eventually I intend to quilt this gorgeous quilt top.
The vintage applique quilt top below was bought by my friend Mandy, also from Cindy's Antique Quilts.
I did buy another vintage quilt top - a 1930's Eight Pointed Star Quilt shown here together with the Double Wedding Ring Quilt.
I spent the last day of Quilt Festival trying to shop with "fresh eyes" after Kathy from Patchwork House showed us some of her purchases. Whilst I had been looking at the vintage quilts, I had completely overlooked the vintage sewing notions. I managed to buy a lovely collection of spools, a Dutch retractable tape measure, a needle holder, thimble and needles - some great treasures.
It is back to the present and reality for now - working hard to finish numerous quilts before Christmas.