Monday, October 12, 2009

Frontera Retreat 2009: Food, Fellowship and Fun Sewing!

This year's retreat was wonderful... as they all are! Wednesday to Sunday, full of sewing, talking, eating, shopping, learning, sleeping in comfortable rooms with fun roommates, and FINISHING LOTS OF PROJECTS! ... at least most did. But lots of progress on what we brought to work on.
We had a couple of winners of blocks made at retreat... can't wait to see those finished quilts! Congratulations to all who completed quilt tops and to everyone who saw progress on others. Thanks to Peg, Jan, MiBelia and others who shared neat projects like PetScreen Zipper bags, no template applique and coffee can sewing organizers. Thank you so much to Julie May for all your hard work planning and organizing and to all the drivers who shared rides up there. Plan on going next year, girls! ..... AND check out our online album for more pics... 80-plus photos of all our fun at retreat!

~Linda, the computer geek, blogger and camera girl

Friday, October 2, 2009

President's Patch - October, 2009

I went to the International Quilt Festival in Houston for the first time in the fall of 2000. I drove
by myself to Houston and stayed in Spring ( north of Houston) with Cecil’s youngest daughter andher family. Driving the next morning all the way to the George Brown Convention Center fromSpring was the first hurdle.

I started at 6:30 am to miss the “heavy traffic”. HA !. All the big trucks chose 6:30 to 7:30 to get
from north Houston to south Houston! After taking a wrong exit to the downtown area , I
wondered around always turning south and east until I finally saw the “pipes” of the convention
center.I pulled into the parking lot at 7:55 and had to sit there until it opened at 10:00 am. Fortunately Ihad brought a book to read.

Needless to say, the Quilt Festival blew me away. I left that night with a block of the month
pattern to look forward to and believing that I would never equal the quilts there ... and I haven’t. But I have come closer than I thought I could.

On Sunday, August 23, 2009, the Houston Chronicle ran an article about the start of the
extraordinary “Festival of Quilts”. If nothing else, this article proses that ONE person can make
a make difference in the world. Every quilter should go to the International Quilt Festival at least once!