I’m back…. from my fabulous trip to the US!

And what a fabulous trip that was – one whole month (and a tad more) travelling around the US, teaching, having fun, with some relaxation along the way.

My first stop was Houston for market and festival. Houston is always fun… a time to make new connections and catch up with old friends.

The embassy suites is the best hotel to stay at…. Happy hour every evening…. Margaritas being my drink of choice…. Everyone is off for the day and this is the chance to unwind and make preparations for dinner… And I was so glad I had friends who I could hang out with and who included me in their dinner invitations.

Rogues gallery - me and Jess; Angie, Lucia and Julia; Julia and Betsy
Rogues gallery – me and Jess; Angie, Lucia and Julia; Julia and Betsy

Max and Louise aka Lisa and Louise had a booth at Houston and they let me hang out with them. I know they had a fabulous time but you have to check their blog for that.

Max and louise

I also met Mona and I know that this meeting is going to be very beneficial for both of us… Let’s say that she is going to be my “assistant” in the US. We are planning lots of exciting adventures for 2016 so keep checking this blog. Mona made me promise to do at least one blog a month… And I’ve promised I will – so fingers crossed! Somehow we didn’t take any photos.

Here are some more photos of Quilt Market.

Schoolhouse - Kathy Doughty; Kaffe Fassett with Brandon Mabley and Lisa Prior Lucy
Schoolhouse – Kathy Doughty; Kaffe Fassett with Brandon Mabley and Lisa Prior Lucy
Schoolhouse presentation by Paper Pieces
Schoolhouse presentation by Paper Pieces
With Guy from Quiltmania; Jess and Joanne of Paper Pieces; Betsy Chutchian; Jodie Charleton
With Guy from Quiltmania; Jess and Joanne of Paper Pieces; Betsy Chutchian; Jodie Charleton

Some booths at Market

houston market houston market 1

Sample Spree is always fun!
Sample Spree is always fun!
Sherri from The Painted Pony and the gorgeous Patty Harants!
Sherri from The Painted Pony and the gorgeous Patty Harants!

My first workshop was in Houston during festival…a class of 20 with Patty Harants as my teachers pet… What an honour! I also got to spend time with her and her cousin Karyn.

My class in Houston - with Patty next to me and Florence with us
My class in Houston – with Patty (my teacher’s pet) next to me and Florence with us

and in case you’re wondering who I’m holding? That’s Florence – she’s the mascot for the Sunshine Hospice, of which I’m a volunteer.  She goes with staff members and volunteers on most holidays and has been everywhere in the world except South America.

Florence knows how to make friends - Laurie Simpson and Carrie Nelson
Florence knows how to make friends – Laurie Simpson and Carrie Nelson

Next stop – Manchester, New Hampshire.

9 comments

  1. Hi Irene, welcome back, good to hear you are home safe. enjoyed following your travels on IG, looks like you had a great time, met lots of nice people and many got to enjoy doing a class with you. I look forward to hearing more about your trip
    warm regards

    Jan

    1. Hi Jan
      Yes I had a really good time. I was intending to do most of the post today but spend most of the afternoon just on Houston!! So there will be more posts coming soon. And I think I’m coming up your way soon to teach!
      Irene

  2. Hi Irene
    It was so good to meet you in Houston. Our last night at theEmbassy happy hour with the Flippers and Joann was such fun. I never laughed so much. I do hope we can catch up again sometime soon. Let me know if you are going to be on the Gold Coast at any time.

    1. Hey Annie – it took us until the last night to actually meet! lol! Yep we did have fun that night – lots of margaritas for me…….

      Irene

  3. Hi Irene,
    Glad you’re home safe and sound. We have all enjoyed keeping track of you on instagram while you were away.
    I will contact you again soon re a Clamshell workshop.
    Sharon and the girls from Beaconsfield Quilt Guild xo

  4. Welcome home Irene. What a fabulous time you must have had. Bet your head is spinning with new ideas? Glad you have plans for 2016 & the US already. Congratulations on your book too. Have almost worn mine out trying to decide on the next project. Hope to catch up again at the AQC next year. Cheers, Annie

  5. Hello Irene, it´s seems to be great fun in Houston.. I hope to visit it someday soon.. But now, we just moved to Bavaria… Hugs, Ewa

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