Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lazy Weekend

At least lazy as far as writing is concerned. I got zero writing done, but I am knee-deep into the GMC manual by Deb Dixon. Very good stuff in there. I've decided that before I begin revisions in earnest, I'm going to make out a GMC chart and try to map out a plotting board with Post-it notes. (We'll see how long it takes before I'm burnt out on that little project.) Seriously though, I think it'll help get things all together for me in my mind so that I can visualize the entire storyline at once and no lose sight of any details.

With no writing comes time for other things. Saturday we took the pictures for our Christmas card. And let me tell you, it's going to be very cute! Kodak now offers the option of adding multiple photos to a single photo card, with a nice selection of layouts, and it's a very nice, very easy-to-use feature. When we finished with that, I went out to lunch at my favorite Tex-Mex restaurant (across town in Houston, or about 40 minutes away) and indulged myself in oodles of chips and salsa and jalapeno ranch dip and a plate of cheese enchiladas with refried beans and green chile rice. Yum! I won't be back for probably a couple of months, so that'll have to hold me.

Then on Sunday, I attended the last day of the Houston International Quilt Festival--the biggest quilt festival held annually in the world. And let me tell you, it's huge. Houston has a huge convention center, and between the vendors and the finished quilts, it takes up the whole place. I'm not much of a crafty person, and by that I mean I'm not very skilled at crafts. I love them, and I get optimistic looking at them, imagining that one day I might try my hand at something. And then sometimes I just try to persuade my mom to make something for me. Occasionally, it actually works. So I got a few things and snapped a few pictures of some particularly impressive quilts.

This last one won 'Best Of Show', with a prize of $10,000. The quilt took the artist a year, she said, and it was only the third one she'd ever made. The design is based on the book being held up beside the quilt. Fabulous, huh?


Christine said...

Those quilts are amazing!! Thank you for sharing the pictures. :)

Beck said...

Isn't the second one "The Root Children"? Those are UNBELIEVABLE! WOW!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I think it is 'The Root Children', Beck. And the picture really doesn't do it justice.

Catherine Avril Morris said...

Holy crap, those quilts are incredible. I had no idea that was even allowed. :) Now I wanna make one... (Not that I will or anything.) Thanks for posting those. Very inspiring and uplifting.