This is my first year teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. What a fun week this was mixed with lots of hard work. I met so many new people.
I participated at the Friday Sampler. I had the opportunity to demonstrate how to apply wax pastels on fabric. This is an easy technique where you can put color on cloth with few materials. There was a lot of interest since the Holidays are coming and this technique can be a fun activity to do with children.
On Saturday, I participated in the morning sampler demonstrating how to do the *HUG* stitch. This is a portable project where you do an embroidery stitch mostly on top of the cloth without the need to pierce through the cloth constantly. It is easy on the hands and delivers great texture.
That same Saturday, in the afternoon, I participated in the Trick or Treats Forum with six other teachers. After we presented a slideshow of our work we went to our tables and demonstrated a project which consisted in working with opaque paints and on how to foolproof mark and then embellish painted motives.
At night, I met my friends from my hometown to get ready to go to the *Monster Ball-Halloween Party*. We all did a wonderful job dressing up. We had a blast, dancing like nobody was watching all party long.
On Sunday, just before we went to the airport I met Amy Milne and Emma from Quilt Alliance in front of my quilt *Teapots*, my entry for this year's The World of Beauty Competition. They filmed me for a couple of minutes while I described my project. I was very nervous once I stepped in front of the camera with bright lights.
And this is my quilt :
Detail of the base fabric with the technique I developed called *Infused Newsprint Cloth*. This consists on floating the newsprint ink on to the cloth in any shape I want. For this particular quilt I chose the oval shape which represents the steam of hot boiling water that is needed to make a good cup of tea.
Another detail showing off the tulle appliqués and hand embroidery.