International Quilt Festival Houston, TX 2008

Full day Thursday! IQF opened to the public on Wednesday evening, and we went the following morning. Here are some of the pics I took:

The George R. Brown convention center where IQF is held every year. Between vendors and exhibit, the floor is about the size of 9 football fields, and we did the whole thing!
International Quilt Festival in Houston

George R Brown Convention Center

Exhibit Hall D

Huge crowds! We were in line waiting to purchase tickets for about 10 minutes:
In Line
In line3
Ticket Booth

Police on horses directed traffic:
Police Horse
Police Horse

Yet another ten minutes in line to get in.
Waiting in line to get in

We visited the doll exhibits first… it was pretty crowded, and I was jostled a lot, so I couldn’t get many decent pics.
Dolls At IQF
Treasures of the Gypsy Challenge
Dolls At IQF
Dolls At IQF
Dolls At IQF
Dolls At IQF

And on to the vendors! Only took us four hours to do the floor this year. I tried to get some pics of the crowds, but was somewhat intimidated by the dirty looks I was getting… apparently they didn’t appreciate having their photos taken.
Into the Cafeteria

And… my personal favourite. You’ll want to see this one full size. 😉

That’s it for the indoor photos… I’m afraid I don’t do well in crowds. Here are some more I took when I got out, though:

Windows blown out by hurricane Ike.
Boarded Up
Boarded Up

Metro Bus
Texas Flag

And finally, the goodies I picked up! : )

7 yards of thin cotton lace at the Fine French Laces booth:
Fine French Laces

4 FQ’s from Creative Creations (Fat Quarter Queen):
Fat Quarter Queen StarsFat Quarter Queen Leaves
Fat Quarter Queen Blue SnowFat Quarter Queen Batik

Jointed enamel koi charms:
Jointed Blue Enamel Koi
Jointed Blue Enamel Koi.jpog
Jointed Dark Blue Enamel Koi
Jointed Green Enamel Koi

Stencils from Stewart Gill:
Stewart Gill Feather Stencil
Stewart Gill Tree Stencil

IQF Findings

There were some beads, too. But I hope to display those later in the form of earrings. 😉

That’s all for now! Festival will be breaking down in almost one hour. Still waiting to hear the winners for the TOGC challenge (didn’t participate this year, but am still interested to know!).

And for the cats…

Noah recognizes his sister:

Queen Iris in her happy domain:
The Queen of the Outdoors
The Life of a Cat

Sarah shows off her fine humour:

Ethan, begging for food… funny, but he doesn’t look starving. Could be just me…
Ethan Laying

And Chloe has a new box:
Chloe in the Box



  1. hastingshall2 Said:

    Olivia, what grand pictures of Houston and the International Quilt event you went to. My dd lives in Houston so I recognized some of the buildings. I wonder how they are coming with restoring the windows that were lost during the hurricane? The JP Morgan building comes to mind. It lost a huge number of them.

    I love your hubcap clocks. How ingenious.

    Thanks for your visits to my blog and for your sweet comments.

  2. paperbouquet Said:

    Hi Faye, thanks for the comment.
    I don’t get into Houston terribly often, we live some ways out. I think many of the windows have been restored to Houston buildings, this was the only one I saw that was still boarded up, though we were still somewhere on the outskirts of downtown Houston. I imagine more damage could be seen deeper into the heart of the city.

    Two months later, though, still lots of cleanup! Some people are still without homes, and in various smaller cities outside of Houston there are large brush piles that stretch on for quite a ways, and are taller than a dump truck!
    Thanks for stopping by. : )


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