Most of us arrived on Wednesday, either to San Antonio or Austin (that was Anna and me).
Carla and Gary's ca. 1900 farmhouse southeast of San Marcos was our central meeting place.
There were 16 of us from Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois (two), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, California, British Columbia, and Texas (five). Two friends from Colorado and Texas came and one husband (plus the hostesses' husbands).
Most of us stayed at a hotel just a mile away. (Several had rental cars (including me) so transportation was easy.)
On Thursday we all went to the Austin Convention Center for QuiltCon. There was inspiration and artistry in abundance!
I met two friends: Karen (KaHolly) recognized me at the ticket booth. Dale is a librarian and quilter who lives north of Austin.
Modern quilts have evolved from the large block / minimalist / mostly solids of just a few years ago.
[Upper left is by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, part of an entire retrospective exhibit of her work.]
I have the details for each of these if you want to know more about them.
The antique/vintage Amish quilts are from the Esprit Collection.
We indulged in retail therapy at the many vendors and had time for a group photo.
Friday was a free day. I drove back to Austin not to revisit the show but to have lunch with long-time friends, both librarians, who live in Austin. (Pat has retired and Laurie is almost-retired.) It was lovely to catch up.
Saturday was busy! We began with a FaceTime call. Australian Magpies Terri and Gilly were in London and British Magpie Caroline came down from Sheffield to meet them. We also called Canadians Lynne in Toronto and Diane in Victoria, BC.
We got into various cars and headed for San Antonio. First stop: Las Colchas, a charming quilt shop just north of downtown. How do they pack so much fabric into that little yellow house?
A "suspicious package" at the Alamo meant it was closed to tourists until the police declared it cleared. Instead we went down to the Riverwalk and took a boat/barge ride. Well, eleven of us did. We spotted three other Magpies on one of the bridges. They had the R.C.T.Q. banner (that's the newsgroup where we met online lo those many years ago) and unfurled it as our boat went past. (The boat pilot temporarily stopped his schtick as we hollered, "RCTQ! Go Magpies!")
That evening it was dinner and a show at Marie and Ronnie's in New Braunfels. We enjoyed barbecue (beef, sausage, pork) and all the fixings (slaw, potato salad, beans) in the bunkhouse dining room.
After that Ronnie, Gary, Ronnie's sons (and friends) gave a calf roping demonstration. [They compete on the national circuit.]
Sunday was another free day. I drove 80 miles east to Brenham, the town where I had my first professional library job (1975-79). I arrived in time for the worship service at the church where I was an active member. The welcome was very cordial. I recognized one couple (she knew me right away). Two other women introduced themselves to me after they were reminded who I was. (I've reconnected on FB with a church member who's a quilter but she wasn't there. I only decided to make the drive late Saturday.) After church I drove around the city seeing the library (the new building opened a couple of years ago), a glimpse of the garage apartment where I lived, and other neighborhoods. Yes, it's grown, but the backbone network of streets from the oldest parts of town (it was settled in the 1840's) hasn't changed.
Back in San Marcos Sunday evening: we wound down from the emotional high of our busy, memorable weekend. Everyone was tired and we turned in early.
My roommate had an early flight out of San Antonio and was up at 4 a.m. Monday. Anna and I left for the Austin airport at 8:30 -- her flight was before noon, mine after noon, but it was just as easy for us to ride together.
I was HOME at 6 p.m. My husband was happy to see me and I was happy to see him!
2022 will be the Magpies' 25th anniversary. We're already talking about where we will gather to celebrate.
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The tote bags that I made as favors were well-received. They are light weight but sturdy and we discovered that they hold a lot of fabric.
(My tote is the rolled-up green in the center.)
Here's my stash enhancement -- fabric from the show, from Las Colchas, and some giveaways. 37 yards in all. I was able to fit it into my suitcase without having to unzip the expansion panel.