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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.

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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.

Quilt Market 2014: The experience part 3

December 2nd 2014

Besides being a great way to learn more about the quilting world as a business, Quilt Market also proved to be a little vacation away from the kids for my husband and myself. And while it could have been more romantic…. it was nice to turn off the “children channel” in the brain.  I’ll try to keep it simple with pictures.

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We thought the George R. Brown Convention Center looked like a ship, maybe he was a captain or had a nautical background? Turns out he was an engineer as my husband read.

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We walked the city streets of Houston.

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We found the tunnels too late.

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Good food and wine was definitely a highlight and reason to return. (wink, wink)

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And what’s a vacation without a museum?

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I was really moved by the Red and White Quilt displays

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and inspired by these minis.

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This was my favorite!
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More quilts I loved. Scrappy Houses Quilt.
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Scrappy Houses detail. Each house was a gift by someone in a group.

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One Winter’s Day Award winner was 7 years in the making. Read more about it  here.

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Detail of Winter’s Day.
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Directions for quilt below. Kinda takes the stress out of it, right?

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The museum really served as a great place for my hubby to get educated and informed about the art, craft and history of quilitng.

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Here we are appreciating the likes of Daysail by Bonnie and Camille practically a household name while my family has been in “Quilt Training”  the last few years. 😀

We saw some really cool sewing machines like this embroidery machine.

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I tried out all the long arm quilters, my favorite was APQS and my new BFF Connie who I talked to every morning with more questions and needing more practice. Thanks Connie!!

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Standing in line for the Fabric Spree (for over 3 hours) was like being in line to see the Beatles reunion concert!

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I got my souvenirs!!

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And let’s not forget the celebrities! Read more details about each one on this post and more about quilt market booths here.

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Then on our way home I spot Sanibel Island, off the west coast of Florida, another great vacation destination.

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Stay tuned for some great Christmas crafts I’m working on. Tis the season!