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Spring Quilt Market 2017 – Part 1

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

I just got back from Spring Quilt Market and thought I would share some of what I saw with you guys. I have lots of photos so I’ll do it in two blog posts. For those that don’t know…Market is held twice a year, Houston in the fall and changing cities in the spring. This year was St. Louis and next spring is in Portland OR. This is a trade show for quilting businesses. Quilt shops come to see what is the newest and latest items from fabric companies, notion peddlers and pattern designers. It’s sort of like a large (VERY large!) quilt show but on steroids. This show was held in a convention center that was four blocks long. My hotel was at one end and my booth at the other…I got lots and lots of walking done! There were 32 aisles of vendors. I was in aisle 29 right next to the networking lounge. Here’s what my booth looked like when I arrived and the finished product.

 

My booth was a little skimpy compared to most of the others because everything I needed had to fit into the two suitcases that I flew with and they couldn’t weigh more than 50 lbs. It was an engineering feat.  I had to bring carpet, drapes, quilts, patterns, lots of flyers, table cover, chair cover, decorations, etc. I also had to squeeze some clothes in there somewhere…and deodorant, everyone was glad I could fit the deodorant! It was also a little skimpy because I’m not a large corporation with deep pockets…

 

The first day is set-up of the booth areas. There are dozens of fork-lifts whizzing around, huge crates in the aisles, litter and debris from unpacking everywhere…it’s controlled chaos. Very exciting. This poor lift driver had to maneuver through our aisle. Once all the fork-lift work is complete then they lay the red carpet in the aisles. It’s amazing how everything gets done.

Day two is Schoolhouse all day and Sample Spree at night. Schoolhouse is 15-30 minute classes all day. You get the program in the morning and have to choose your classes. Each time slot has about a dozen classes to choose from. Here are all the shop owners looking over their schedules waiting for the first classes to start. Some of the classes are companies or designers showing off their newest items, others are how-to classes for all the business things we need to know.

I helped out a few friends during their schoolhouse sessions. Here’s Tammy Silvers of Tamarini’s showing off quilts made with her new line Batiks Go Retro from Island Batik. Also a shot of her booth on the Market floor. The purple and orange bag on the floor is one I made in her fabrics!

Here’s Ebony Love showing off her new block of the month program made with her new line Sakura, also by Island Batik. Also a shot of her booth on the Market floor.

 

Here’s my friend Penni Domikis of Cabin In The Woods Quilters showing off her new EPP templates along with her Vanna White Kelly Ann Richardson of Kelly Ann’s Quilting. I’m very excited that Penni will be a special guest celebrity in my booth during Maine Quilts in July! You’ll get to see her in action and check out her really cool new EPP templates.

Sample Spree is two hours of madness. Think day-after-Thanksgiving shopping for quilters but you only get two hours. Some of the tables are piled high with thread, fabric, pattern kits…all kinds of stuff. The shop owners swarm in and start grabbing.

   Tomorrow I’ll share some photos of the Market floor and some sights around the city.

Spring Quilt Market

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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I have just returned from Salt Lake City Utah where this year’s spring market was held. For those of you who don’t know…market is where quilt shops go to purchase the fabrics, notions and patterns that we sell to you. It is only open to people in the trade, not the general public. All the large fabric companies are showing off their new lines, pattern designers are displaying their newest creations and there are demos galore for us to learn how to use the latest gadget so we can, in turn, teach you. There is also a full day of classes before the show floor opens. The classes are everything from how to handle social media, how to make kits, the wonders of new patterns and gadgets…everything to run a quilt shop. The classes are 15 or 30 minutes in length, go from 10am to 6pm and there are at least 20 classes held in each time slot. You get the class schedule about 9:30am so it’s a daunting task to figure out which classes you want to attend!

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The show floor is open for three days and most shops take 2-3 days to see everything. I did it in one day. Needless to say I probably missed a lot but that’s ok. I still managed to find some great items, some of which I brought home but most of which will be shipped out and arriving soon. here are some highlights:

The two hour tulip purse by Anything But Boring. Pattern includes instruction for 4 sizes. I was able to bring this one home. You can see it here, Two Hour Tulip Purse. I think I’ve already pulled enough fabric to make 6 of these. Fast and quick – gotta love it!

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Isn’t this a cute loon family? It’s a pre-cut, pre-fused little number from Laura’s Sage Country Quilts. We’ll have both the applique as well as kits. Can’t wait until they get here.

These needle cases from Puffin Company come in two sizes and have various decorations on them. They should be here in about a week or two. So cute! The artist also makes needle threaders and needles minders. I ordered several and they will be here soon.

I ordered two new patterns from Happy Hollow Designs and they will be here soon. Topsy Turvy Moose and a cute Halloween runner/wall hanging.

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Of course with all this quilty stuff around and long days of working hard…there’s bound to be trouble with your friends…

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Ebony Love has found a new use for the new Fat Quarter Gypsy Pop-up basket!

My hotel was across from this beautiful architecture. The light rail stops had these cute birds on top. Not sure if they deterred real birds or attracted them…

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Salt Lake City welcomed the quilters with open arms. Many businesses in the area had signs inviting us in. Color was everywhere, even restaurants!

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So now it’s back to the business at hand all while dreaming about fall Quilt Market in Houston…should I go? hmm…