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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 1

November 8th 2014

“I loved it! I laughed. I cried, it was better than Cats. I”m going to see it again and again!”

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In actuality,  I did NOT see Cats [The Musical] but all the rest of that is true! The first day was overwhelming! I didn’t know where to go, who to see, what to do.

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Then I had to kick myself and say “you are here so you better take advantage and do something!” And I did.  I started talking to some great designers who are the sweetest people. It’s true what they say about quilters, they ARE the nicest people!! In this post, I want to share who I met at Quilt Market.

The first person I met was Jo from The Fat Quarter Gypsy, see her designs here, she’s doing well revving up her pattern business. She’s was holding my hand the whole way, before Quilt Market, answering my questions and sharing with me about this whole experience as if we were BFFs. I came to know her because she also worked with Morna McEver Golletz from Professional Quilter Magazine and I started emailing her and she didn’t think I was a lunatic. Lucky me!


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Then I met Pat Sloan. Gush! That’s it. I was dumbfounded and said nothing else. Silly me!

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She was kind enough to give me a mini of her “The Sweet Life” line. Later I also bought a mini of “One for you, one for me”  Theses fabric lines are so cheery and bold (heart).  She is wonderful! Did you know she has always answered all of my emails?

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I also met this sweet gal. Her booth was so soothing. Her new fabric line is Cascade from Windham Fabrics. Her name is Jessica Levitt and I could have talked to her the whole time. Just like the girl next door!  
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I also met Bonnie and Camille whose fabric and love of quilting have been so inspiring and contagious. Again, I was at a loss for words. I did buy the pattern for this adorable bag and they were so generous giving me 2 minis of Daysail. I was also jumping for joy the night before when I nabbed a bundle of it at the Fabric Spree, woohoo!! (Disappointed with this blurry picture)

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Here is the Smooth Sailing quilt designed by Cotton Way (Bonnie Olaveson) Teaching my husband the ways of “Quilt Love” and he’s coming around!

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Of course, I just HAD to go by and congratulate Maureen Cracknell. She just released a limited edition fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics (which is right near me in Florida, thank you very much!) It’s called Wild and Free and it will be coming out in just a few weeks! Pre-order some here or here and search “Wild and Free.” Check out her market booth in detail here. She won the “Best New Exhibitor” Award” Yay Maureen!!  She was so genuine and lovely to talk to. I even hugged her because it felt like I already knew her, LOL.

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Her booth was so warm and welcoming you wanted to sit down for a spell.

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Also for Art Gallery Fabrics, is April Rhodes her new line is Wanderer. Coolest girl ever! (Yes, girl, I swear I could be her mother!)

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Her booth was right off a wall and it was like camping but classier, you know, Glamping.  April rhodes 2
I also met a new designer wasn’t familiar with, her name is Cherry Guidry from Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. Her patterns are SUPERB, unlike any you have ever seen, check them out here. She started selling patterns and now she has designed this gorgeous and fun fabric line for Benartex it’s called Frosty Forest and it’s adorable!!! She talked with me for a while telling me about her “journey” in the business, I enjoyed listening to her, hoping I’ll have a similar story to tell soon. (Our husbands talked to each other too)

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Down the aisle of darker booths, hers just jumped out with brightness and joy and Christmas, of course, I HAD to stop and say hi!

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This is her best selling pattern called A Feathered Christmas.

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It was so great meeting all these talented designers and “normal” people. They made the experience so worthwhile and I learned a little from each one of them. Next time on the blog, I’ll have more photos  of what else I saw at Quilt Market 2014.

Making New Friends

August 14th 2014

Have you heard? I am designing fun and easy quilt patterns, perfect for beginners. Yep, I want everyone to try quilting and see what a great addiction fun it is! I tell you it’s like a mini-vacation; reduce stress and make something pretty all at the same time. (See my quilted vacation bag?)

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Yep, and this year I get to go to the International Quilt Market in Houston during the fall. I am SO excited!

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I’ll get to schmooze, mingle and network with quilters and designers that I have admired and learned from over the last few years and hopefully make some business contacts and “quilty” friends of course, because quilters are the kindest, generous people.

I am currently working with Morna McEver Golletz  who is coaching me through the quilt pattern business and it’s been so beneficial. She first asked me how I found her and I said “I looked up ‘quilting coach’ and there you were!” Thanks Morna!

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“Morna McEver, CEO and founder of the International Association of Professional Quilters and International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, has been where you are. She turned her passion for sewing and quilting into a business.”

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And speaking of generous people….one of the new friends I have made, who has also worked with Morna, is Jo, The Fat Quarter Gypsy. She’s already been to market and is kinda showing me the ropes, electronically that is.  She’s sharing all kinds of pertinent info with me as she goes through her process. I think that’s so kind and generous of her, I am so appreciative of that. Like she says, “We help each other, it’s the name of the game.”

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So I want to help her by sharing her designs with you. She’s been real busy creating these great modern patterns that you gotta see for yourself, they even have size options so you don’t have to think! Click here to take a look.  A couple of my favorites are Zignosis

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and the Granny Dot. I just love this one!

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And look at this wonder, Secret Garden, perfect for jelly rolls!

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So it’s back to quilting and designing for me, hope to show you more of my patterns very soon.

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