Patched army arrives
Swarmed into town with a purpose – carrying those – well, you could call them carpet bags.
Yes, in truth, you could.
They seem to be everywhere – blanketing the area.
Pushing their threads of the conversation.
Sharp and well prepared.
Pinning people down.
They carry an assortment of materials: something to appeal to everyone.
Some of them are considered, even by their own, to have radical views.
Prepare to get needled if you can’t fold your ideas into theirs.
Warning: most have never met a scrap they didn’t like.
On occasion they may hem about a project, but they walked away from the “granny pants” stereotyping a long time ago.
Cutting the apron strings, so to speak.
Totally modern fillies.
Gathering, and nitpicking the old ideas while stretching out some new ones.
(Although often touched by comments they are cut from the same cloth as pioneers.)
Always a pattern with them – even if it’s only in abstract (and hard to read).
Despite the differences between fractions, traditional heritage and contemporary, they all roll up their sleeves to unite.
They are who they are – and don’t care who knows it.
A stitch in time here.
A patch up there.
They are planning their grand designs.
Their efforts embroidering their message: The world’s just one crazy quilt of people
And crazy or not, you’ll probably be impressed with The International Quilt Festival Houston
Warmth for the body and soul.
(And it ain’t your granny’s quilting! Click here to see why.)
In stitches over this material,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
Winning quilt could be called an all American work of art. Click here for story and quilt.
Red, white and blue – with 5,121 Swarovski crystals, and lots of symbolism
The Wyoming quilter won $10,000.00 for this one.
Buy a tiny quilt: (Dogs will woof and kitties will purr proudly)
Read about it here 700 fabric postcards
See some of the tiny quilts were made by famous artists and quilters
The Festival’s project raises money to benefit Friends for Life, a local no-kill rescue group.
The rescue group also provides pet food and pet medicines to seniors/owners who are financially struggling.
An assortment of quilts from the show. (Images from Houston Chronicle/Chron.com)