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Quilt Market 2016 My First Booth

November 7th 2016

I’m back from Quilt Market! It’s true what they say that dreaming is a form of planning.

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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!

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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.

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 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?

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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.

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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.

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We had a small round table for treats and a larger table decorated with bunting with patterns for sale.

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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! peppermints-on-the-beach

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Vacation 2015 Part 2

July 10th 2015

In case you missed it, I am just blogging about my vacation and part 1 is right here.

I love taking pictures of the beach, totally unfiltered and un-photoshopped just natural beauty.

my beach 2015

Around noon when it got way too hot, I’d go in for some sewing. Here is a peek at my second Swoon Sixteen block, each one prettier than the one before. Swoon…  I didn’t get as far as I expected on this quilt during the vacation but I can continue working on them a little each day. Isn’t that a pretty thing to look forward to?

swoon block 2

On one day we stopped by the Dunedin Fine Arts Center where they had a small exhibit called Quilt National. The quilts showcased were very artsy with mixed media and other techniques.

fast food quilt

“American Still Life: The Weight of the Nation” by Pixeladies read more about it on their website.

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This one depicted a Quilter’s Prayer (find it below courtesy of Quiltville)  I am not sure if the whole prayer was on there. Each block was very well done though.

  • Guide my hands to work as Your hands work, to know the power of Your love in every stitch I make, in every thread I knot. May my hands be guided by the same love and care with every quilt I make, knowing that this love and care was and is and will continue to be a gift of blessing to the one it is intended for.
  • May the works of my hands be pleasing in Your sight, O God.
  • Lord, bless my work today.
  • As I choose materials and patterns, may I be reminded of the uniqueness You blessed us all with.
  • As I cut each length of thread, may I be reminded of the doors that must be closed in our lives so that a new and stronger door may be opened.
  • As I twist each knot, may I be reminded of a bond of love so strong, nothing will break it.
  • As I run the thread between my fingers, may I be reminded of the times You have touched my life, my heart, my soul.
  • As I sew each stitch, may I be reminded of the healing power of Your grace in each of us.
  • As I concentrate on my craft, may I be reminded of the love and care You put into each of our lives.
  • As I add my last stitch, tie my last knot, cut the final cord, may I be reminded of the completeness with which You commanded in each of us before we were ever given to this life.
 
  • “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

There was a quilt called Bitter Pills full picture here by Sara Impey.  It was very entertaining to read. This is the one I liked.

bitter pill

I had to stop by my favorite Christmas Shop which sadly is never fully stocked when I visit but I found this treasure from my favorite artist Mary Engelbreit and picked up a few extra. It’s so me! Except I am not young or blonde or well, you know!

ME beach ornament

It even seemed to be that the beach would call me, very early in the morning before anyone was up.

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I would really like to try and go back before next year, I just need a couple more days.

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and a couple more Swoons.

goodbye Sea

Goodbye Sea.

Vacation 2015 Part 1

July 2nd 2015

I look forward to this vacation every year

Sunshine Skyway bridge

and it seems that just like that it was over.   Sigh….

 But it was a productive trip, that’s for sure! Once I arrived, the first thing I did was to set up my sewing corner.

vacation sewing spot

This year I decided to start the Swoon quilt (for me) in three colors (Swoon Sixteen) with my Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille. It took me the first two days just to select and cut the fabric. I love this part!

scrumptious fabric selection

I got a new hat, I love the beach but the sun is potent, so hats, umbrellas and sunscreen are a must! Not my best picture but you can see how I feel in my HAPPY place!

the red hat

Although I did do a little jig whenever I finished one of these, I didn’t just go to sew.

swoon block 1

I also read and enjoyed the sound of the waves. (Instagram has it’s advantages)

insta vacation

Of course one of my favorite parts is just walking along the beach

shadow beach

and see the sun set.

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I was glad that my printed patterns arrived just before we left for this trip.

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I made sure to bring some along to visit some local quilt shops.

Rainbow’s End Quilt Shoppe in Dunedin Florida was a new stop for me. It’s the biggest quilt shop in Florida I hear. It had three cutting tables and a back room filled with Christmas fabric. Go ahead gasp!!!  I grabbed some, of course, as extras for my Instagram Christmas Swaps. They had full lines, lines you can’t find online and tons of Riley Blake and the floor sorted by color. I’ll definitely be back.

christmas fabric

I also visited my usual stop at Country Quilts and Bears which is always buzzing with classes and I came home with a stack of FQs. I also stopped by Happy Apple Quilts and Crafty Threads where I picked up a little something for my #BeachBound Swap.

flip flop fabric

Visiting those shops provided a great opportunity to get some on my designs and it was very encouraging.

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On the next post: Quilt National, souvenirs and two more Swoons.

Extra, Extra Read All About It!!

May 28th 2015

I am so happy to finally announce that my shopping cart is up and running. Three of my patterns are available for PDF download and not a moment too soon, since a couple of them are perfect for summer!

First up is Watercolor Sea Horses

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I used the fabric Giggles from Me and My Sister Designs but it works just as well with anything from your stash like Cindy did below.

Cindy's Sea Horses (2)

And this one from Susie’s Sunroom I love her “sea weed” style quilting!

Susie's Sea horse

Another Summer sensation is Just Keep on Swimming. Each block is 10″ x 10″ and it went together assembly line style in a flash! Naturally I thought Daysail from Bonnie and Camille would be perfect for a baby boy! Quilt size 36″ x 46″.

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There is the Mister on location helping with pictures (love him so much for doing that for me) but those were a NO! For starters taking quilt pictures is difficult, and taking them on a windy beach even harder! Plus the beach on vacation is much nicer than this one.

Mr with fish on the beach

But not to worry, this pattern also comes with 3 size options! Below is a throw size 56″ x 66″ made with Here Fishy Fishy by Heather Mudler Peterson for Henry Glass & Co.

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Lastly but surely a great finish for any Christmas in July blog hop is Peppermints.

peppermints on the beach

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I absolutely love how Susie’s (Susie’s Sunroom) turned out. She’ll tell you herself how my mouth waters when I look at hers. It’s all full of cocoa, caramel and cherry liquor, there is even some red velvety goodness wrapped in Kahlua in there, can you taste it?

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My new Insta friend Debbie  also tested the pattern and made this one. Gorgeous too right?

Debbie's quilt

Just click on  “MY SHOP” on the beach, in the upper right margin and it will take you there. Use the code “FINALLY” and get 10% off! Happy Summer!

How to Grow a Business

April 12th 2015

Starting and growing a business is no easy task. Certainly not for me who does not think “in numbers.” I also suffer from B.S.O.S. Bright Shiny Object Syndrome so my mind is always distracted by the next thing that catches my eye like fabric, blogs, social media, projects, scraps or chocolate pretzels.  After several months of working with Morna McEver from International Association of Creative Arts Professionals I am happy to say I have come a long way.

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 For me, getting a coach to hold my hand along the way, has made such a difference. Not only in holding me accountable but also guiding me in the way I should go when my knowledge in an area has been exhausted. To further educate myself I attended the CABS business Summit hosted by Morna in Washington D.C. It was amazing!

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Things I learned at CABS 2015:

  1. I am not Wal-mart
  2. Ideas are only good if an action is attached.
  3. Time blocking yields focus.
  4. There is plenty for everyone.
  5. Work on your brilliance, outsource the rest.
  6. Wear what makes you feel confident.
  7. The Quilting business is a luxury, find your client.
  8. Imperfect action is better than idleness (unless our pattern has errors!)
  9. Morna is a hugger! 🙂
  10. A smile goes such a long way.
  11. Be authentic.
  12. Everyone doesn’t have to like your stuff, just enough people for you to make a living.
  13. If it’s NOT urgent, and NOT important let your kids do it!
  14. Encouragement is powerful.
  15. If you are in a group of energetic, talented, kind and helpful women, you are bound to succeed!
  16. “Free” is not a business model.
  17. Have BIG dreams.
  18. Our Faith is bigger than our fears.
  19. Don’t let perfection stand in the way of progress.
  20. We all have our own BRILLIANCE.
  21. Everything you need is in this group/room.

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These are the kind, talented, amazing women I met and some friends I made while I was there. Thanks so much ladies, it was such a pleasure to be a part of it, looking forward to next year!