Sunday, November 17, 2019

Scooter Convoy

Eight people on scooters gathered at the corner waiting for the light to change. "Come on gang!" shouted the fastest one as she zoomed across the street. "How about if we stop in the park!" Off they went in a line, down toward the park entrance, full of joie de vivre on a sunny day. The elderly dog who had just had his turn in the park didn't even raise his head. Perhaps he's seen it all before.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Houston Quilt Festival's Sapphire Anniversary

Five years ago, we celebrated the Ruby Anniversary of the Houston International Quilt Festival. A cylinder of red and white quilts rose over our heads in the George R Brown Convention Center. Last week was the Sapphire Anniversary. This time, a massive cube of blue quilts hovered above us, back-to-back, inside and outside. The building's branching blue support structure became a trunk for this tree of quilts. Inside the cube, it was surprisingly cozy. Smaller quilts ringing the bottom of the trunk encouraged viewers to look closely. We stopped and looked all around us at the variations on the theme of blue.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

View From the Second Floor

By the time you see this photo, hundreds of people will have peered through this same window in Houston's George R Brown Convention Center. The International Quilt Festival is wrapping up its 45th show today. The "portholes" on the second floor are an especially popular viewpoint on Wednesday, before the show opens. Newly arrived Festival-goers like to watch the vendors scurrying around, setting up their booths. At the other end of the hall, the view into the quilt exhibits offers enticing glimpses of the inspiration to come, once everyone is allowed to enter the show that evening. It's a view into a magical, but temporary world.