What I Picked Up at the Houston Quilt Show

Houston Oct 31 2013 249This year I decided to save my pennies before I went to the Houston quilt show. I wanted to go and have a great time and spend  what I wanted without coming home broke and a bunch of credit card bills at the end of the month. You won’t believe this, because I don’t. I took $1,600 cash and came home with $1,100. And I bought anything I wanted and ate out at two very nice places. When you split travel and hotel between 4 people and you stay a few miles awaystuff one from the convention center, you eat breakfast at the hotel, and you take snacks, you save a bundle. I don’t need fabric. I have more than I’ll ever use or the whole Little Rock guild could ever use up. My goal was not to buy any fabric.  I failed. I bought 1 yard and 4 fat quarters. I was looking for a 3 1/2 inch square and the girls found it for me and texted the booth number. I found a dealer that I usually buy antique stuff from and I bought a bunch of buttons from a poke box. Two of my new petit point purses needed some chain for handles and I found some sterling sliver chain at $24 a foot. No. Nada. No way was I going to spend that times two on two purses I paid too much for already that will go in a closet. So, I looked until I found some darkened silver chain for $1.00 a foot. Bingo. I bought thestuff 2 roll. I found this red glass button that looked like a wagon wheel. They are rare, because they break so easy. Only $2.00. What a find! Oh, I found a sterling silver salt spoon with a cherub on it. It is a new reproduction, but if you need one to fill in………… Got a little lace cherub. Oh, Tenny was there. I have bought petit point hankies from her for years. She had a bunch so I got them. I found two of the prettiest lace hankies I have ever seen in her booth. One had a basket of flowers in the corners and the other one had a Victorian man and woman in the corners. They were $25 each, but Tenny gave me a good deal. Marti wanted a continuous spiral plastic quilt stencil and I had bought two. Dot had given me one at Beaumont, TX for my Insanity blocks. But, I needed a couple more to teach with.  There was none left when she went to find one. So, I gave her one and she gave me a half yard of fabric I really liked. A woman I had met several years ago at the Tulsa Flea Market was there again. She always has lots of antiques and needlework. I got several pieces of needlepoint. She thought she had a petit point cigarette, but couldn’t find it. She looked until she did, and she made me a real deal. It was only $40.  When I left her booth the cigarette case had fallen down in a box and neither of us had noticed. I just happened to go back to that booth the next day and she asked me if I had lost something. I hadn’t even noticed. I had paid cash so she didn’t have a clue how to get it to me. Talk about luck. This was the best time I have ever had at Houston and I didn’t break the bank.Houston Oct 31 2013 244Houston Oct 31 2013 245

About Jim Gatling

Artist: primitive watercolors, colored pencil. Quilter: Original designs, Scrap quilts. Craftsman: Woodburning, Recycling Teacher: Retired MHS, SHCS K-12 Part Time. Collector: Antiques, Quilts, Glass, Buttons, Petit Point, Needlepoint, Hankies, Figural Perfume Bottles. Son, Father, Grandfather, Neighbor, Friend.
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