Monday, November 05, 2012

Lessons From Houston

I had the best time at Houston!! What a show! I can not imagine all the work that goes into that show - but WOW - how much fun to get to experience it!!

The quilts were great, the booths were great, the people were great, the food was great.... 

So... what did I learn?

1. When you have gone 40 hours with no sleep, and then you get only  two hours of sleep on the plane...drink lots of caffeine because being alert gets harder.... sorry Karin , Sherrill, Joanne and Nelda!!! I didn't even think of taking pictures, and the next day remembered..... I was SOOO Sad!!

2, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hot pink and Orange... but when you have the ability to turn red just because you have been the center of attention for 2 seconds.... blues would be better.... just sayin'.....  By the way - this is the famous Kim Brunner

3. Stop talking when you are taking pictures - seriously - you will not run our of words!!!!  This is Kevin the Quilter and he is awesome!! He flew all around the country to make it to Houston. I would like to believe it was to just see me, but I have a feeling there might have been something else is Houston he wanted to see.... maybe a quilt or two?

4. You are tall.... there is no way around it, get over it. And be prepared to spend time with the most awesome people in the world!  This is Loretta W - she loves me....  She is an award winning quilter, and a QOV quilter and seriously - the most hilarious person..... and she has the cutest accent. I want it.  

5. Always post on facebook where you are.  I am not the best geographical person in the world. I get the states, and regions, but the towns elude me. My friends Joe and his wife Cathleen live in Katy. Did you know Katy isn't that far from Houston? When I landed I posted Houston!!   and Look!!! They met me for dinner.

And I tried Queso - and it was good!  and the waiter thought I was a dork - but really? What's new?  and the Queso was really really good!!!

6. You had better like your booth mates - cuz you will spend an amazingly long time with them. These two are awesome!! Diane is an assistant editor of  Machine Quilting Unlimited and Vicki is the owner of the company. We had a great time and saw wonderful people and sold lot of magazines. The Modern Quilting Magazine is fantastic!!! 

The first issue has shipped, but it can be found in some Barnes and Nobles, Quilt Shops, and ordered off the site. It was HOT!!! Flying off the shelves.... I loved it!! 

7. When you come home - be prepared....I called when I landed and was greeted with:

"Mom, glad you are home. We are out of milk and cocoa puffs"   

Sigh..... at least that won't let Houston go to your head... right?


Ranch Wife said...

LOL! Well it sounds like you had an amazing time and being greeted with, "Mom we're out of milk and Cocoa Puffs" is better than , "Mom. Eeny, meeny,miney, moe...broke a bone and we went to the emergency room." :) You look great and not at all like someone who hasn't slept in 40 hours! I can't believe you've lived this long without Queso!

Judy V. from Thornton, CO said...

At least one trip to the Int'l. Quilt Show at Houston is a must for the bucket list! So glad you had your wonderful trip! You will remember this for a long time to come even if your family tries to keep you grounded, LOL. Several years ago I was away for training a whole month with a short trip home for Thanksgiving. As soon as my husband picked me up at the airport, he took me straight to the grocery store. I still laugh when I think of it. Do treasure your memories of the people you met, the gorgeous quilts and Houston, smile.

Sherrill said...

It was SO nice to meet you even if we didn't get a picture. And next time would be good to go to Houston and NOT have to work (though I do bet you got to spend some time perusing the quilts and vendors, huh?). I know you're tired.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I had a blast in Houston, and it was made even better by meeting you! I was so happy to be able to tell you face to face how wonderful I think your work for QOV is. LOVE the magazine! The pic is hilarious, thanks for posting!

Darling Jill Quilts said...

It looks and sounds like you had a fantastic time!!

Pat R. said...

I'm so glad you got to do the 'Houston Experience'! Wouldn't you knoe this is the first year I haven't gone in 12 years??? I would have LOVED to have seen your expression when you first saw the size of that convention takes one's breath away!! You did a great job keeping up with things all that time.....I cannot work a whole show like that anymore, but then, that's why I usually get a room at the Hilton...easy to go take a nap!!

Cyn said...

Welcome home, sweetie. Sounds like you had a marvelous time! Thanks for sharing lots of nice pics... happy people, for sure.

Diane Doran said...

So glad I got to meet you and hang with you in the booth! I'm in awe of your many accomplishments. One of my kids suggested that next time I prepare meals ahead of time for them, maybe that's why they were so happy to see me.

LizA. said...

Wow--what a whirlwind trip! Looks like you had a blast--welcome back to reality. Haven't you taught those boys how to fend for themselves yet?!?

Anonymous said...

Just seeing this post now--can't believe you posted that picture of us!! LOL Had an absolutely wonderful time in Houston and meeting you was definitely one of the highlights. Looks like the pic I took of the 3 of you came out pretty good...
I'll send you an email with my address for some QOV tops.