Sunday, 28 October 2012

Houston Quilt Market 2012 Day 1

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Visiting Houston is always an interesting trip - you never know what new products and exciting things you'll find. 

View from my hotel window towards Houston Convention Centre, I mean Center..

After a shorter than normal flight to Houston direct from Heathrow of about 8 hours, which is quick, due to the strange absence of the jet stream going from West to East we actually had a tail wind flying to the USA. Mind you looks like there could be more than a bit of wind spinning around in the north atlantic for the trip home!

Our first day was spent at Schoolhouse. Great sessions on lots of new products, tips and techniques in about 20 different rooms. Each session is 15 or 30 minutes long. The three of us (Geoff, Jean and Liz) split up to maximise how many things we can see in the day. There is no break...well other than a Starbucks at around 2pm so it's quite tiring but really inspiring too - so many new things since our last visit!

Always good to see some familiar faces like Izzy from Creative Quilting and Sue from Daisy Chain Designs as well as Barbara Chainey but not as many UK suppliers as usual. There are more Brazilians than Europeans!

We bumped into Amy and David Butler and are looking forward to seeing them tomorrow - Renaissance Ribbons are bringing out a range of Amy's Ribbons that we saw today - they were gorgeous. You can see them on our Facebook page. We may well stock them - what do you think?

Someone we thought we might bump into was Brandon Mably...we just were a bit surprised when we found him peeping out behind a quilt on this stand!

Brandon Mably on one of the stands...sorry Brandon! 

More tomorrow...we're off to the Handi Quilter Reception!



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The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.