Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Houston Chronicle :: Lone Stars III

Lone Stars III
By Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and
Nancy O'Bryant Puentes
Buy It Now

Quilters have converged upon Houston from all corners of the world for the International Quilt Festival Houston. The internationally renowned event includes hundreds of vendor booths, hands-on classes for all ages, lectures, demos and exhibits of some of the highest- quality art and antique quilts available today.

If you are attending the show, here are 10 must-see events:

1. Lone Stars III exhibit:Texas Quilts Today

At the top of the list is the special exhibit Texas Quilts Today. Experience the work of top Lone Star artists in a variety of styles, techniques and subject matter.

Texas quilts are a special interest of festival founder and director Karey Patterson Bresenhan, who's from Houston, and her cousin Nancy O'Bryant Puentes, who lives in Austin. They've documented Lone Star quilting history in a trilogy of books. The third book, Lone Stars III: Texas Quilts Today 1986-2011 ($29.95 paperback; $50 hardcover, 400 pages, University of Texas Press), was published just in time for this exhibit as well as the opening of their new Texas Quilt Museum in LaGrange on Nov. 13. Festival representative Bob Ruggerio says several quilts on display at the festival will eventually be seen at the museum.

What's so special about Texas quilts? "There's incredible use of color," suggests Bresenham. "Our weather, our skies, our surroundings have influenced them. Color is very much a part of Texas."

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