I’m back from Quilt Market! It’s true what they say that dreaming is a form of planning.
We’ve been back less than a week and I can hardly believe that I was even there. At Quilt Market. In Houston. With my very first booth!
It was a great first experience. And I must say, I was very happy with how the booth turned out.There was a certain look and feel I was going for.
I was tickled to hear comments from passersby who commented that it was “bright, cheery, cute and beachy.” What more could a girl ask for on her first try?
A couple of nights before leaving, I got the last minute idea to re-do one of my sea horses in a different and scrappy colorway, like @67kirsten had done. It’s important to hang the quilts strategically to catch the eye of people walking the floor and it worked.
We kinda got there too early to set up. Because our booth was surrounded by huge crates from other companies, we did the drapes and floors and other small jobs and left the quilts for hanging the next day.
We had a small round table for treats and a larger table decorated with bunting with patterns for sale.
Getting feedback from people was so valuable and affirming for me as a designer. People “out there” like my stuff and that was so encouraging. It was also amazing to see how my Watercolor Sea Horses quilt was familiar to so many. Shop owners, individuals and even other designers would say how they had seen it, made it, loved it or sold it. Some even said that they teach a class with it!
The Peppermints pattern was another one that stopped traffic. It was a sweet surprise. When I mentioned that a different color scheme would make it Salt Water Taffy (Thanks to Sheri from Sunshine in the Attic) it put a smile on everyone’s face.
Maui was the new quilt that made its appearance at Market. It was literally “hot off the long arm.” This is a great souvenir or memory quilt for that special trip to the Hawaiian Islands. This quilt depicts all the special sights known to Maui such as the Road to Hana with its 600+ curves, Pineapples as seen on the farms, fruity drinks and of course surfing. This one will be available in a couple of weeks.
But the best part by far was just connecting with people. People you have known virtually, via Social Media or Facebook.
Starting from the top left and a bucket list item was meeting Jodie aka RicRac. She is from Australia, she is the first blogger I ever followed! She is also a librarian and crafty like me. I identified with her in so many ways, I felt like I too can take a crack at a creative career. Thanks Jodie! She is a hoot and kind and hugged a complete stranger! I warned her I would pop into her booth snap a picture and be off running out to mine. She’s so fun! She is also on Instagram @jodiericrac.
Vanessa from @LellaBoutique and designer from Moda stopped by (bottom left) and she was so sweet. I was flattered that she bought my Peppermint pattern which we both agreed would look fabulous in her Sugar Pie fabric line for the Salt Water Taffy look. Find her blog here.
Some friends from Instagram came by to say hi! @aquiltingchick and @donnaslavendarnest (bottom middle and right) as well as @thefeltedpear (top right) but I only found that we were “followers” after talking with her for a while. Isn’t that funny?
Can you spot @quilterPatSloan? When I first went to Market as a “spy” in 2014 she and I took a picture. So after pausing, every so slightly in front of my booth and recognizing the sea horses, we posed for another pic. You can also keep up with Pat on her blog.
It is always great to catch up with my peeps from CABS (Creative Arts Business Summit) and my quilting coach Morna McEver from ICAP.
From left to right Morna, Daphne, Ebony from Love Bug Studios, Laurie Bay who combines her passion for animals and quilting, Kris from Poor House Quilts, Linda from The Patchwork Pearl and Joyce, thread painter at Joyce Hughes Originals.
And of course, having the Mr along is always a plus. He especially enjoys exploring the restaurants in the area. It was such a joy to have our friend Cherry from Cherry Blossoms Studio join us for dinner one night. The male bonding was not lacking since just one booth over they were talking about politics and business. It seems like there is always new friends to make at Quilt Market.