|Melly, Rice and I ran into Jamie and Leslie on their way to open studios and had to stop for a photo|
In the afternoon, I had my first real down time of the week and spent some time with Melly Testa and Rice Freeman-Zachery.
Surviving the Runway
Saturday night was the last Surviving the Runway and Melly was the star of the show, so happy to be back with all her friends and cancer free and we were so thrilled to celebrate with her.
The theme was creating a fascinator/ hat out of a cheap black flocked plastic bowler hat with a variety of supplies like craft foam, duct tape, paint, glue, ribbons, feathers and pipe cleaners in less than an hour. Music is playing and there are challenges such as doing a curtsy or dance to get extra supplies for your hat.
|Melly and I getting our groove on|
|Catherine Redford, the winner|
Now the fun really begins
Following Surviving the Runway, we walked over to the park for Gala on the Green where we ate BBQ brisket and danced some more and after an hour, much to Pokey’s disappointment, several of us made excuses to leave early.
We then gathered for a surprise birthday party for Pokey. This was a pretty elaborate party that we began planning several months ago. We had the QA crew in on it to make sure we got Pokey over to the party.
This spurred the idea of planning a special calendar for Pokey with each of us creating a scene for each month with a Barbie alter ego and some way that Quilting Arts has been part of our life, whether it was reading the magazine, incorporating a project from an article or teaching a workshop at MIU. There is even a page with the whole Quilting Arts/ Cloth Paper Scissors staff as Barbies.
It was a fabulous party, celebrating friendship, Pokey’s 40th birthday and our years working with her as the editor of Quilting Arts.
Farewell Houston, it was a fantastic week, looking forward to next year!
Head over to Melly Testa’s blog to see her zipper pouch mania tutorial.