In the United States today is Election Day - How perfect that our Great Aventure lands us at the White House - After this last stop we FINALLY made it to our 2008 TQS Legends house - 1395_tqs_legend_7.jpgup? We







The year 2008 has been VERY productive for my dad. Honestly, we have lost count as to how many quilts he has pieced this year - perhaps 8 or 10. Justin and I are en route home from Quilt Festival in Houston and stopped by to visit with the folks before completing the drive to Colorado tomorrow - to VOTE!

This photo shows dad working on another Papaw's Choice quilt. If you like it, you can make it - the pattern can be downloaded here. Dad turns 82 on November 25th.

Thanks to mom for a great meal and her trademark Banana Pudding - with no bananas. You see, we've learned that the bananas turn so quickly and the wafers get soft - so the bananas and wafers are added when served. MMMMMmmmmm.






Congratulations to Janet Fogg for an Honorable Mention at the Houston IQA Show.  She also won a first place ribbon at PIQF.  To see that quilt go to the October 17 blog.

Alex and I just got home, so I will be compiling our pictures and getting up several a day through the week.  Come back and see a sampling of the great quilts. 


While in Houston, we have taken many photos and will continue to share with each of you all the fun and magic of Market and Festival.  But we know that many of you took some great photos, too.  So we want to see them!  Share with us your view of Market and Festival in our "Show and Tell".  Look for the "Houston 2008 Behind the Scenes" section and then choose "Submit Entry".  It's easy!  Upload your photos today! 



Dear Alex,

(First I promise to get you a new camera.)  I am very proud of you.  From the first time I saw you I was taken with your energy and enthusiasm and knew that I wanted to be a part of it.  You have always had the mission to educate, inspire, entertain and grow the quilting community.  With over 12 books, 494 "Simply Quilt" episodes, 80+ podcasts, and 52+ Quilt Shows, you have always sought to bring people the opportunity to realize their potential and grow their own love of quilting.  Your love of quilting is infectious, but its your love of quilters that that makes people trust you.  As you read the wonderful comments on the earlier blog let me add mine, Thank you for allowing me to join you on the journey.

Capt'n John



It is amazing what you can do in an afternoon!









Tonight Alex will be awarded the Silver Star award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Please join us in congratulating Alex on this well-deserved honor.


"Ribboned Rose Basket"  by Sue Garman

Congratulations on a job well done!  You should now be able to see the beautiful Block of the Month quilt you have worked so hard on taking shape.  Only two more blocks to complete.  Sue Garman is so pleased with your work that this month she is presenting you with a basket of roses tied with a pretty red ribbon.  Enjoy a block that is certain to bring a smile to your face. 

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