Sunday, November 4, 2007

Report From Festival!

And I thought Market was good :-)! Carol and I had the best time. We wasted no time when we got there. Landed in Houston around 3, picked up our car and headed over to our hotel. Amazing, we didn't even get lost...well we had a slight wrong turn, but it all worked out well and we got checked in. We were so excited to hear that they had added a shuttle bus from our hotel, so we immediately went down, got the bus and we were on our way! Right off we met the nicest ladies on the bus. Some with tales to tell from past festivals, and some like us, experiencing it for the first time. We were very close to the start of the line and the minute those doors opened we were off and running. Carol and I had a master plan ...........................power shopping, which proved to work quite well. We started a few isles over and starting zooming up and down, picking up things along the way -OF COURSE :-)! By the end of the evening we were definitely worn out.....................but, tomorrow would be a new day and we would be at it again.
A sighting of Sharon and our Lil Miss Doe in line. Those girls were so excited to get in they were moving all around! Actually I think I was the one doing the moving!
A view from overhead of Festival - only a small portion of all the vendors! So many
amazing booths!
Carol getting a picture from up top.......probably figuring out which booth we need to head to next!
This is Penny Sturges and Jill from Qtuiltsillustrated. Loved their booth and all the cute purse patterns.. They were so friendly and helpful. And see the cute quilt behind them, well I just had to have that kit! Love that Lakehouse fabric!
Here's the nice gals from Plain Janes's -
again cute booth and loved all their kits.
Carol and I found a really cute turkey table topper that we ended up working on in the hotel room - that is after chasing all over the festival looking for Wonder Under. What quilters won't do to get going on a project. We ran around so much we had to find a wall to lean against and take a break. Notice the health food - now that will give us more strength to carry on :-)!

A few more shots of festival. They don't like you to take pictures but I found a few willing souls! A couple weary quilters getting a back rub in the Medi-Rub booth!!!
The nice lady from The Sewing Studio........Carol and Ella (who we met a Festival) sharing fabric for a quilt they want to make.....fabric from the Sewing Studio.
And one of my favorite pictures, Carol's Haul!!!!
We had the best time and there are so many more stories to
tell, I could just go on and on. Not to mention thinking we
were going to crash on the plane ride home.................well that's another whole long story :-)!! I have missed you all, hope I didn't bore anyone too much!
Later gators!


sharon said...

Great photos Cheryl!! Makes me wanna go right back to Houston. Do I really look that blurry?? LMAO!! I'm glad your plane got you back to Ca. safe and sound. It was touch and go for awhile there. Wish I could click on Carols loot for a close-up. Love you!!!

PamKittyMorning said...

Oh that looks like fun. Seeing stuff and being able to BUY IT. Market is kind of frustrating that way!

Carol said...

What fun you all had...we sure did miss you though. Glad you're home safe and sound. Those darn airplanes.

Cheryl said...

Good to see you today Sharon - yep, made me miss Festival too!
I didn't have my glasses on that's why you guys were so blurry :-)!

Cheryl said...

We went back to the booth at Market Pam but you weren't there.
It was much fun to meet you, felt like I have known you forever. Yep, Market is a little frustrating - but Festival, WAHOO!!

Cheryl said...

I'm not the best flyer....and then to have some minor trouble was no good for me!!! Very glad to be home Carol.

sharon said...

I agree Cheryl Festival doesn't compare to Market. No way huh uh. There were sooo many neat things to buy at festival and at market you are buying for the "shop". I say let's go again next year!!!!

Cheryl said...

Sign me up Sharon :-)!

sharon said...

Your signed in!! Maybe you can help hang little missy in the closet this time. LOL!!!

Wendy said...

Oh your trip looks like you had a "hoot" with all the shopping to be done. Lucky girl, can't wait to see all the goodies.

Thimbleanna said...

Hey -- we saw Carol's haul, but what about yours? You poor, poor thing, you didn't get anything?? LOL Looks like you had a great time!

Doe said...

OMG, I bought that same kit! Thanks for sharing all your lovely photos even if it's blurry. hehehe!

Mary Anne said...

PHEW !!! I'm pooped and I wasn't even there!!! Looks like you had a great time -- and glad you got home safely (really? you thought the plane was going to crash?!? YIKES !!! I have to admit I'm very much a white knuckle flyer -- I avoid it if I can --- flying, that is!!! )

Nan said...

Cheryl, I love your pictures and your words describing Festival - I almost felt like I was there. What fun!
Glad you made it home safely, too! Missed you muchly!

Carole said...

Wow, what fun! One day I'm going to make it down there! Either as a quilt shop owner or as a quilter! Thanks for sharing your pleasures! It's the next best thing to being there!