Greetings! Melody here. I'm currently in Houston attending the International Quilt Festival and wow! What an incredible event! This is my first time attending this show, and it's truly overwhelming in a good way.
The event organizers expect roughly 50,000 people to pass through the event, and I saw many of them yesterday. Thousands of quilters lined up to wait for the doors to open on Thursday, and many more were already inside taking classes.
One such class was taught by Sizzix licensed designer Jo Packham, who taught a class on the Art of Organization. Students had the opportunity to use Sizzix fabi machines and Jo's new organization dies - they're perfect for organizing your stash of supplies and your studio space..
Out in the convention center halls it was packed ALL DAY LONG. Not only were there 29 aisles of shopping opportunities - a huge number of booths to shop - there are also hundreds of beautiful quilts on display for the public to enjoy. A feast of color, pattern, and quilted texture, these quilts truly are works of art.
The Sizzix booth was hopping all day - from start to finish.
In the afternoon, customers were treated to a visit from our new quilting licensed designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe! She demoed her three new dies, shared quilts, and visited with her quilting fans.
More proof that this event is out of this world? NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg made an appearance. A quilter and longtime crafter, Ms. Nyberg actually created a quilt block in space! People from around the world joined with the astronaut to make star-themed blocks, which are on display here at the Houston Quilt Festival. There are 2260 star-themed quilt blocks making up 28 panels!
I know Halloween Day at the Houston Quilt Festival is bound to be unforgettable, and I'm looking forward to drinking more of the excitement and atmosphere. If you happen to be at the Festival in Houston, please stop by booth #124 - we'd love to see you! Until next time, Happy Quilting!