November 21, 2011
Quilt Market upbeat!
This photo of Deb Luttrell, one of American Quit Retailer’s columnists, says it all — Quilt Market in Houston was great!
Deb Luttrell owner of Stitchin' Heaven
Does she look like she is having fun or what?
After getting to Houston, Becky set up the entire booth and I actually had the pleasure of going on two field trips.
Thursday night before market all of the members of the Advisory Council were invited to take a bus trip to LaGrange, Texas for a private viewing of the new Texas Quilt Museum. For decades Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, founders of the Texas Quilt Museum and International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival, had dreamed of having a permanent venue to feature quilt collections like the ones seen for brief periods of time during Market and Festival. La Grange is conveniently located just off a major highway and between Austin, San Antonio and Houston. The first exhibit, “Texas Quilts Today,” features a selection of the quilts in Lone Star III, the third book in a series of books on Texas quilts. Even though we arrived after dark a stunning mural painted on the outside wall greeted us. Notice the quilt shadows. Even though I shot this with a flash, the quilts are so realistic, I need to explain that the shadow is part of the painting!
The mural outside the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange
The building, smelling of fresh paint and polished floors, was impeccably restored to make the perfect showcase for any quilt collection.
Karey Bresenhan proposes a toast in celebration of the completion of the Texas Quilt Museum.
The Texas Quilt Museum officially opened to the public on Sunday, November 13. Next time you’re nearby, it is definitely worth a visit!
On the following night while Becky continued to set up the booth (thank you, Becky!), I went galavanting off again! This time to “The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell”, a bed and breakfast ranch recently purchased and styled by Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic in Brenham, Texas (not far from La Grange, if you’d like to plan your own field trip!).
We dined on fried chicken, salad and positively delicious chocolate brownies before getting a tour of several of the cottages. After the usual pre-market frenzy, in the quiet cover of a fall night, it was hard not to crawl right in one of the fluffy down covered beds!
Liliput Lodge at The Ranch by Rachel Ashwell
Our chuck wagon chef
Set for supper
Attention to detail everywhere!
Even the sidewalks were cool!
Rachel — it was a wonderful evening!
Good job, Becky!
Good job, Becky!
All in all market was very upbeat. Becky manning the booth said it was the second busiest market we’ve had in the last five years! Everyone was in a good frame of mind and seemed to be happy. Roseann Kermes and Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender presented well-attended Schoolhouses for AQR.
Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender
I walked the market all weekend seeking and finding lots of goodies which will be presented in the next issue! You’ll have to stay tuned to see more! — Susan