There is no place like home!  I had the BEST time EVER in Houston but it is good to be home.  I have actually been home since last Monday.  I was soooooo tired when I got home.  I had to catch up on sleep.  Then, I had a little accident which delayed me posting.  I washed my iPhone in the washing machine.  Yep.  For the record, iPhone doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the washing machine.  I can laugh and make light of the situation now, but I did have a few days of mourning first.  LOL.  I have a new phone and was able to recover most of my photos from Houston, although the picture quality isn’t the best.  iCloud is now my new best friend.

I have so much I want to share about Houston that I don’t know where to begin.  It was an amazing trip.  I guess I will start from the beginning.  First of all, Nick and Lisa Bongean treated me like a rock star!!  They were very gracious and very generous.  They are also the hardest working team I know.  I got to experience first hand all the hard work.  It takes a lot of work and long hours to have the success that they do. 

I left for my trip super early!!

I took this photo in the car on the way to the airport.  Yikes!!  I think I woke up at 3 AM to get ready.  Normally, I would just throw my hair up and go, but since I was going directly to Market, I had to look decent.  Lisa had a Town Car waiting at the airport to take me to Market!!! 

This is Juan my driver.  I think he was trying for a big tip because he thought I was significantly younger than my age.  At one point he asked if I still lived at home with my mom and dad!!!  Right.

 I knew the convention center would be big, but I had know idea.  It was baffling to me.

I know the pic quality is terrible but you get some idea.  Look at how small the cars look parked in front.  The convention center is like a city block long.

  I arrived on the last day of Market.  You cannot enter without a badge.  No going to the booth to pick it up either if you leave it there the night before. 🙂

 It is overwhelming.  I didn’t know where to look first.  To be honest, I walked around in a daze just trying not to trip over anyone or any thing!  It is a miracle that I remembered to take any photos!  I did manage a few, but I am running out of time for posting today, so I will post some tomorrow. 🙂

Thank you for all the kind compliments on my last posts/quilts!!!!  Made my week to read each one!!!!


  • Brandie says:

    Oh no! I would be so lost with out my Iphone. I can totally relate. So glad that you still have your pictures!

  • Kindred Quilts says:

    So happy that you were able to experience Houston's Quilt Market! Nice of Juan to start your day off with the ultimate "don't look your age" comment! Can't wait for part 2 of your experience!

  • WoolenSails says:

    I am glad you had a good time and made it home safely.
    I can't wait to hear more about your experience.


  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    The dream of most quilters…I can only imagine the "deer in the headlights" stare of newbies!

  • marie says:

    Going to market is on my bucket list, so glad you had a great time. Can't wait to hear/see what else you have to share. Have a question on your quilting of "my favorite things"–did you go over the words "quilting" or around them as I can't tell from your pictures.

  • Linda says:

    I quilted right on the lettering/stitches.

  • Mama Pea says:

    Ouch! That is bad to wash your iPhone! Not cheap to replace either. Hope you bought the insurance! 😉

    Glad you had a great trip and a great time. A private car. What a rock star!

  • Lynn says:

    Glad you had a good trip! Someday I hope to go to The Show. Sorry to hear about your phone. Unfortunately I know the feeling. I washed our cell phone about a year ago. It wasn't until I heard the "clunk" in the dryer that I realized my husband had left it in his pocket. For the record, the dryer doesn't do much for a phone either. LOL!

  • Anne says:

    Ha. You made me laugh because it brought back memories of my first market. So overwhelming. Can't wait to hear more!