I'm back from my amazing trip to Quilt Market. Now, if you really don't want to hear all about, I suggest you tune out for the next week or so, because I'm pretty sure I'm going to ramble on a bit. When I'm the one sitting at home, I want to hear all the gritty details, so now I shall aim to provide that for you!
If you don't know what Market is (I do have some family/friends readers that aren't deep into the crafty world like the rest of us), here's the low-down: It's a giant trade show of fabrics, patterns, notions, and other stuff for quilters and sewers. It happens twice a year, once in Houston in October and once somewhere else in the spring. You have to be in the industry to attend (it's not hard to get credentials) and most are shop owners or exhibitors. This was the first time I attended, and it did not disappoint.
This is a shot of less than half the floor during set-up. (If you look closely you'll see Patty Young striking a pose.)
I do think I'll have some good news regarding my fabric designs in a short while, but you're going to have to wait on that. Sorry!
Anyhoo...Market runs Fri, Sat, and Sun, but on Thursday they have something called Schoolhouses. They're little product demos or fabric presentations. I went to get an idea what they were and check out some new stuff.
I saw Amy Butler's (no pic of her b/c they really weren't flattering and that's just mean) in which she talked about her new line of Sweet Life bags, her new software, and patterns.
I saw several other fabric designers showcasing their lines, including the whole Michael Miller gang, Kaffe Fasset,
Later that evening was a little gathering we were calling "Faux 2.0". Similar to the previous shows' Fabric 2.0 parties for designers and bloggers, except not so much a planned party as a gathering in a hotel lobby.
The Omni Hotel was gorgeous with its chandeliers etc, and I spent the whole night hob nobbing with designers and fun bloggers and shop owners. Yes, indeed, I felt like I was running with the "cool crowd". And I have to say, EVERYONE WAS SO NICE. It seemed like I used that phrase a million times while I was there, but it was so true. I showed my designs around and everyone was very encouraging. Drinks were flowing and the laughing got louder as night progressed.
Here's a look at who was there:
Joey and Jona from Fabritopia (who I believe organized the whole thing),
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