Months ago, I was invited to work on the Education Team at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. I was told it would be hard work, long days, lots of walking, and may not get time to eat. What I didn’t know is how inspiring it would be to meet some of the internationally known teachers, take art quilt classes that were amazing, being able to see all of the exhibits and magnificent quilts I’ve ever seen, and work with a great team of ladies (see top photo).
So what kind of work did I do?
I put up flip charts and markers in every classroom, added large foamcore boards to rooms for teachers to pin up their art, filled buckets of water, set up several special events, checked in keys from teachers, checked in students at lectures and luncheons, clean up after events, pack up supplies, put plastic on lots of tables, picked up, delivered irons and whatever else they needed me to do.
Here are the few amazingly fun things I did:
- I attended 3 hour long arm class from an awesome teacher, Jodi Robinson
- I attended an all day class with Melinda Bula called Fabulous Fusible Flowers and I was her Teacher’s Pet and checked in her class and handled evaluations. She even gave me a beautiful pattern for being her “pet”
- Observed the Iron Quilt Challenge which was super fun! Think Iron Chef but with quilts and not food!
- Heard some of the most amazing talks from the most amazing quilters: Cheryl Sebolda, Cindy England, Karen Kay Buckley, Maria Shell, etc.
- Attended the Winner’s Circle and saw the quilts being revealed. Top prize Best of Show won $12,500. NICE! Maybe that’ll be me someday!
- Shopping….over 1000 vendors but I defintely didn’t get around to all of them.
- Viewed hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous quilts and exhibitions.
We got some cool perks too:
- Up to 10 yards of free fabric from two designers, Alexander Henry and Cotton and Steel to make garments for us to wear and Indygo Junction gave us a choice of a free pattern so I chose a kimono.
- Free hotel and transportation to and from the airport
- Faculty goody bags
- Gifts from various artists
- IQF Show Bag and goodies
- IQF T-shirt
The whole trip was very hard on my feet and legs….I ended up seeing the first aid and they told me to keep my right foot elevated and iced. It was a little difficult to do that when I was about to catch a plane. I did go to the doctor on Monday and it turned out not to be from standing on them all day…it was cellulitus. So I got some drugs and was told to rest, ice and elevate for several days. Just hoping that I feel better by Thursday for my weekend retreat.
I’ve been so blessed to spend a week with some fabulous artists and a super fabulous team that put on an awesome Quilt Show! I’m definitely interested in volunteering again next year, but maybe I need to buy a hovercraft or wear roller skates.
Now I’m ready to create….many light bulbs went off with various techniques that I need to practice on. Now I just need the time to quilt!
See the gallery of beautiful quilts that were at the International Festival. This was just a few of my favorites out of 100s of others.