Nineteen folks enrolled in my "Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" class today at International Quilt Festival in Houston, and they were an exceptionally delightful group. Several had never foundation paper pieced, and this is not a beginner's quilt but they were fearless. By the end of the day, you would have thought they'd been foundation piecing for years.

Their work was beyond good. Thank you to all in the class for making today among my best ever teaching days. It was an honor to be with you, to quilt with you, to laugh with you, to enjoy six hours pursuing our passion. Great day!

"Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" quilt, designed

by Dana Jones

We worked on Elna eXcellence 780 Plus machines in our classroom today and yesterday. These are quiet, smooth running machines. There wasn't one issue with any of the 20+ machines in the classrooms. Our Elna educator, Sam Fong, was superb.

I'm pleasantly exhausted again tonight. I will give a lecture tomorrow before saying goodbye to Houston for this year. It has been a good experience. I've learned a lot and met so many wonderful people. I've had the chance to connect in person with several folks I've only known online. Those experiences have been a joy. Among these folks is Linda Marcinowski. A quilt she recently completed is pictured below. I have enjoyed knowing her and seeing her work online for some time now. Linda, thanks for stopping by my classroom to say hello.

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Today was a good day in class. Eleven folks signed up for my "Geese Over Manhattan" class at International Quilt Festival in Houston. They came ready to stitch, and stitch they did for six hours. I suspect they're tired. I know I am so tonight, just some photos from class since I will teach "Peace Cranes Over Hiroshima" for six hours tomorrow.

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Dana in Cherrywood — the hand-dyed fabric to die for — booth at International Quilt Festival in Houston. Photo by Janet Messanelli Bozzone.

I love Cherrywood fabric, the luscious hand-dyed fabric made by Karla Overland and crew at their base in Minnesota. I buy most of mine at Wooden Spools, my crush quilt shop in Englewood, Colorado, though I have been known to pick up some yardage at quilt shows. I first met Cherrywood at International Quilt Festival in Chicago more than 15 years ago. It looks bit like suede but handles like other quilting cottons. The saturation of the colors is amazing.

Last year at Wooden Spools when Karla was visiting the shop, I noticed the quilt you see me standing next to in the above photo. It looked familiar. Then I realized it was a full-sized quilt based on a block I'd designed and made in Cherrywood fabrics for Quilters Newsletter. Karla said when she saw the block in the magazine, she thought it was a full quilt. She was surprised to learn it was just a block that's about 14" x 14". I love her version. She gifted me with the pattern. It was fun to see it hanging in Houston.

Block designed and pieced by Dana Jones

Delivering on a Promise

Angela Petrocelli with her Best of Show quilt at International Quilt Festival in Houston. Photo by Dana Jones.

What a joy to meet and talk with Angela Petrocelli, this year's top winner at International Quilt Festival in Houston. One of the best parts of festival is Wednesday night when the winning quiltmakers stand with their quilts and explain their designs and processes toward making stunning quilts. It must be exhausting for them but so great for attendees to meet these talented designers and makers.

When I posted a photo of Angela's quilt, "Beyond Reason," a few days ago, I promised I'd try to get an in-focus photo of the detail of her foundation paper piecing. She made that easy by bringing a sample of her 1" x 1" blocks for all to see up close. Blown away is all I can say about her exquisite work. She said it took about an hour to piece each block and something around 6,000 hours to make the quilt.

Wow! Just Wow!

The First of Two Lectures

A handful of the 500+ triangular quilts that make up the International Honor Quilt. Photo by Dana Jones.

I presented my lecture, "The International Honor Quilt: Women Remembering Women," this afternoon. It was a joy to meet several women who knew quite a bit about Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" art installation but had not heard of the International Honor Quilt. There were so many good questions. I was honored to have fellow teachers Helen Frost and Carol Wilhoit attend the lectures. If you don't know their work and teaching, it's time for you to check them out.

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