I got home from Houston at 3:30 am on Monday. As I was making my way along the hallway to my apartment with my wheeled bag and 2 totes, I didn't know how many days I would be down and out and in bed with Tylenol, soup and tea. Boy was I beat and beat-up from the miles of walking the four foot ball field show floor in Houston and two days of 20 hours traveling by bus it took to get to Houston and the 20 hours it too to get back.
I'm glad I went. I enjoyed the show. It was an experience I do not plan to never ever do again.
Of course it all looked good and easy on paper. The planning seamless. But as you and I know all does not go as planned and there was a lot of stepping back and punting required to keep it all from falling apart once the bus began to roll westward. As I made the trip, every 2-1/2 hours or so, I repeated the words of a very good and dear friend; Marti, who says 'You must be fluid, flexible is too rigid". How true those words were. How I wished 50% of those on board the bus were saying them to themselves as well.
I spent most of Monday abed. I am so glad I early voted because voting on Tuesday would not have been an easy thing to do, but I did get up long enough to make a trip to the Market. I was out of essential stuff like fruit, milk and yogurt. Although I returned home and to bed I was awake late into the wee hours waiting the results of the election which meant that my Wednesday was shot, because I napped all day.
Today I bounced out of bed as if the trip never happened and took myself to the movies. I saw "Flight" and "Skyfall"
both were worth seeing, but are not on my list of must see again which "Cloud Atlas" is. I saw "Cloud Atlas" before I went to Houston along with "Argo" which was very good too.
As promised I did take my camera to Houston with me but opted to purchase the DVD with all the top winners. It is so hard to get a nice clear shot of any quilt let alone the big winners.
As always the number of quilts in Houston is staggering and it takes all of one day just to see almost all of them and that's with not giving any one quilt more than a 10 second look, so it required that I revisit the quilts on day two. Day one I spent in the vendor section and day three was split between the two. There was very little that I purchased that was quilt related in the sense that I brought no fabric or thread or rulers etc, but I did want to see if there was anything new and great that had to go home with me and there wasn't. I did buy some stencils that I will use sections of for surface design and I brought a pair of shoes. Yes shoes. Shoes that were not all that attractive but ones that made walking the floor ever soooooo much more comfortable.
I don't regret spending the money either, even thought I went with shoes that under normal walking conditions are very comfortable. But at the show with the crowds jamming every aisle there is no such thing as striding and a normal gait. Its take a few short steps and stop, a few more steps and stop again. These shoes worked great for the stopping and standing part of seeing this show and less than a normal walking gait. That said...
Now to what caught my eye in Houston and if you know me at all it was the ones that depicted flowers and were colorful as in a Summer palette. But before I show you some of them in my next post ; a word to two friends, Valerie White, Denver, CO I saw your piece "Serenity" in the New Legacy Exhibit. Loved how it turned out. Hope my photography does it justice.
In my next post I will show you a few of the flowers and what else I took images of.