Houston IQA in Review

I’ve been fortunate to attend the Houston IQA show on many occasions. As someone who pays very close attention to the all the quilts, whether in special exhibits or the judged show, I have to say that this year’s quilts were truly exceptional! Hopefully you’ve had the chance to watch some of the facebook live videos I shot while at the show. In addition, here are photos of just a few of the many quilts that simply made me happy.

Happy Alps ©Enid Weichselbaum
Happy Alps ©Enid Weichselbaum
Detail of Happy Alps ©Enid Weichselbaum
Detail of Happy Alps ©Enid Weichselbaum
Lichen ©Betty Busby
Lichen ©Betty Busby

 

Detail of Lichen ©Betty Busby
Detail of Lichen ©Betty Busby

 

Wisteria Wonder ©Roxane Lessa
Wisteria Wonder ©Roxane Lessa

 

Detail of Wisteria Wonder ©Roxane Lessa
Detail of Wisteria Wonder ©Roxane Lessa
Keeping Up Appearances ©Jan Reed
Keeping Up Appearances ©Jan Reed

 

Detail of Keeping Up Appearances ©Jan Reed
Detail of Keeping Up Appearances ©Jan Reed
Hurry on Snowy Road, I am Late! ©Keiko Morita
Hurry on Snowy Road, I am Late! ©Keiko Morita

 

Detail of Hurry on Snowy Road, I am Late! ©Keiko Morita
Detail of Hurry on Snowy Road, I am Late! ©Keiko Morita

And now for a more personal note. Sometimes in life a door unexpectedly opens. That happened for me a number of years ago when I was first asked to write for Machine Quilting Unlimited. That led to becoming a columnist, then an editor and blogger. Along the way I’ve learned so much and met countless wonderful quilters in person, virtually, or through editing their contributions to the magazine. I will always be grateful for the support and friendship of the staff of Meander Publishing, most especially to Vicki and Dick Anderson, Kit Robinson, and Jonathan Miller, as well as for the encouragement from our kind readers. Thank you!

Recently another door unexpectedly opened for me. I have an amazing opportunity to return to the field I originally worked in, Aerospace Engineering. I’m very excited to tackle the challenge of being part of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation for the FAA. Tomorrow my tenure with Meander Publishing will end, but once a quilter, always a quilter! I will still quilt, still occasionally teach and lecture, and share my personal work on my blog, oohprettycolors.blogspot.com.

Soon you’ll meet our new (very exciting!) blogger, who you probably already know and love. So stick around, there’s lots more to come!!

Best Wishes and Happy Quilting,

 

 

 

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Diane Rusin Doran

Senior Editor Machine Quilting Unlimited

 

17 Responses to Houston IQA in Review

  1. Diane: you rock! Wishing you the best. The FAA is lucky to get you. Here’s to having weekends once again. Look forward to seeing you and your art in the future.

  2. Diane, best of luck! Wow! Can’t blame you for taking the job but I will miss your voice in MQU. But, I expect to see your work in shows from time to time!

  3. Thanks Dorothy, I have lots of pieces already designed, hopefully you’ll see some of them soon. So glad to have seen you in Houston!

  4. Words cannot day how I feel right now. Know that while we are very happy for your opportunity, you will be missed.

  5. How did I not know you were also an Aero Eng?…Sounds like a great new adventure. I know you will have huge shoes to fill at MQU.

  6. Have enjoyed your articles,blogs,FB videos AND your art. Hooray for opening doors! Best of luck on your new adventure.

  7. Thank you Brenda, it was delightful to see you in Houston and I hope we are able to meet up again with much less time in between!

  8. Thanks Margaret!I especially enjoyed editing your articles as I could see your engineering background in every one. Yes, I designed Space Shuttle ascent trajectories, provided launch support, developed simulations, the whole nine yards. With so many exciting things going on in the commercial space transportation industry I think it will be very interesting work.

  9. Congratulations and best wishes for your future. MQU is my favorite quilt magazine. It’s the most inspiring and informative. Job well done!

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