Isn’t this unexpected??? Actually, I still hardly can believe it myself. The last couple of days I’ve been contemplating signing up as a volunteer for the Quilters’ S.O.S. – Save Our stories project. Well this morning I made my decision. I’m going to assist the team in documenting the stories of quiltmakers at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Isn’t that cool?
This means I need to check-out flights, accommodation, weather, workshop schedules, etc. To help me plan, I first did a search on Google Maps. I mean where is Houston? I also looked up where the convention centre is.
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Next on my list is what is the weather like in Autumn? It seems it is quite warm in Houston, with temperatures averaging from 20 to 28 °C during the day. Compared to the Netherlands that means I can take my summer clothes with me. Cool fronts that move through the region during the fall can bring rain. Well, we have lots of rain in our summer so that won’t discourage me and I do expect I won’t be bothered much as I will be inside the George R. Brown Convention Centre most of the time, interviewing quiltmakers in the morning!! How cool is that? It is still a little unreal, can’t believe I am really going to the International Quilt Festival?
Oops, it seems hurricanes can move into the area from the Gulf of Mexico bringing heavy rains and high winds. Lucky for me, most years see little or no significant hurricane activity. Will look for a sturdy hotel! But flooding seems to be more frequent in October and November. I guess I need to take my wellies
I’m on a roll, just booked my room at the Hyatt Regency. My room looks huge. I expect I might need to get used to that. Everything seems to be huge in Texas.
It is slowly becoming real. In 105 days I’ll be in the States. I still need to check the workshop & lecture schedule, but I still have plenty of time to do that. Naturally I hope to do some sightseeing. Although I do realize I’m only there for 6 days. Will see which tours are available, here.
This is all very unexpected but I’m thrilled that I’m going to be a volunteer for the Q.S.O.S. at the 2011 Houston Quilt Festival and also be able to visit the festival too. I think I better start saving, so that I have enough cash to buy lots of fabrics and quilt notions.