Well, I'm behind in the news! But here's the latest update on the situation for the Quilt Market/Quilt Festival in Houston in October. It was announced last night that the FALL Quilt MARKET would be postponed. Hmm -- what does postponed mean? Well, when they say the next one is scheduled for spring in Salt Lake City, that basically means that it's canceled. I'm not sure why they didn't just come out and say that.
However, the same e-mail states that Quilt FESTIVAL is still going ahead. So it's OK to close the smaller show (Market is for the industry and is always a smaller show), while FESTIVAL is the consumer show and is quite a bit larger in terms of attendance.
What does that tell us? Some MAJOR companies backed out of the trade show, and it was becoming unviable to make it work. But let those consumers come!
As much as people want to get together, I think it's time to rethink the whole idea of trade shows and how information is passed along.
When chatting to someone last night about the closure, I realized that I completely missed a significant piece of news. The organization that ran the World of Beauty quilt show in Houston closed down in December 2020. Now how did I miss that? But WAIT! That doesn't mean there won't be a juried quilt show -- it's been announced that Quilts, Inc (the organization that runs Quilt Market and Quilt Festival) will organize the juried quilt show.
So technically, nothing changes - at least not from the consumer point of view.
What is disturbing is that this MAJOR quilting organization couldn't make a go of it. The big question is why? If you read the article, they tell you. But it also sounds like they were very closely tied to the hip of Quilts, Inc., and were there underlying organization issues? Where was the effort on the IQA's part to rethink themselves? Where was their attempt to advertise for new members? Have you seen anything about the IQA in a magazine or online? Nope-- me either. And they had basically made themselves out to be an elitist group specifically for that show.
The show will go on, and Quilts, Inc will be 100% in control of the show and not have to deal with the IQA board members to get approval for how they want to run the show.
Phew -- I'm behind on reading some e-mails for sure!!!
Maybe I'm too suspicious, but one should never take the public reason for something at face value. There is always an underlying reason, and since Qults Inc had close ties to IQA (both were founded by the same person), you know there were issues.
Yesterday was another crazy day, but so far, I'm keeping ahead of the deadlines -- just!
I participated in One Block Wonder Quilts class but using a panel. Remember that small panel that I found the other day? Google it -- there are some spectacular quilts. Now I don't need to take the class as I've made and taught this technique numerous times. However, I've not put the hexagons onto the panel, and I thought it would be fun to see how it's done.
And I believe to be a good teacher, you need to be a good student. I'm not always a good student, so I thought this would be a good experience.
Well, I sat there for 15 minutes listening, and then I decided I needed to do something while she was talking. Again -- I have done this before, so it's not new.
I decided to get started on the project. So while listening to the class, I cut apart the panels. That's why I love those wireless earbuds. I can zoom around the studio and get things done while listening.
|Cutting the panels apart|
|Layers are pinned together|
|Cutting the panel apart|
|Some hexagons to sew together|
|Cutting Tula Pink blocks|
|The overflowing scrap box|
More writing and another presentation happened yesterday, so that was all good news.
I also had a lengthy discussion with UPS, and after a totally dissatisfactory discussion, I decided to wait. And this morning, I see the &^%$$ package is still blocked. I'm so frustrated I could just -- well, I won't put it in words. So yet another phone call. Why are they making this so difficult?
I also got the top of the inner border completed for my All in a Row quilt.
|Inner border for the All in a Row quilt|
|The All in a Row quilt - Number One|
|Written instructions on fabric|
|Current projects table|
But that's OK -- I'm not really adding anything to the table that I'm not currently working on. I'm terrific with that. But at the same time, I'm not getting some of the smaller projects done. I can live with that - maybe I can work on some at an upcoming retreat? Other stuff is getting done, so I won't worry about it for now.
SO Murphy likes to play ball, and I have to say that I suck at throwing the ball. One-third of the time, I throw the ball directly into the pond; yes, my aim is that bad. In another third of the throws, the ball ricochets off something and ends up in the pond. A small portion of throws go into the bushes, and then Murphy decides she should drop the ball in the pond!
|Hey Mom -- get off the chair and get my ball, or I'm jumping!|
|Mom -- I can get it!|