I promised to share my experience at the Spring Quilt Market. I have to apologize for the length of this post, but I hope you'll think it's worth it if you make it to the end. The show is open only to the trade and it is overwhelming. I flew out to Kansas City to help Martingale promote my book at the Kansas City Convention Center.
My first visit to the convention center was during set-up.
|Michael Miller Fabrics|
It is amazing to see the effort and expense that the companies, especially those selling fabrics, put into their booths.
This is Michael Miller's booth after the show opened. Can you see the circus themed backdrop? I just love the elephants but after seeing them all set up, I wonder how they shipped them.
It is really surreal and a pinch yourself moment, to see your name on the cover of a book. Martingale aka That Patchwork Place has been so supportive and wonderful to work with. Look at the end cap with my book projects!!!
And here's the banner that was hanging during my demo.It is 3 feet wide! I got to bring it home :)
Where shall I hang it? Hmmmm
Everyone was very nice and so friendly. I was star struck.
|Karen Combs and me in front of her new fabric, Midnight Blue.|
|Marcia Derse and her gorgeous fabric based on her hand dyed fabric. I tried to get a sample. Visit her website for a better look at that fabric: www.marciaderse.com or visit your local quilt shop.|
|Do I look like a shrimp or what? Who knew Amy Butler was so tall?|
I do love Susan Cleveland. She was generous in both her professional advice to me and she also gave me one of her Prairie Pointers. When I told her that I renamed this folded piece of fabric a crown in my book, she loved it. But I don't think she'll jump on the bandwagon. I will definitely experiment with it. If you want one of your own, visit her website:
I expected to see lots of pattern companies. I loved this company. Do you think it was because they had a bicycle in their booth?
A few companies gave me some freebies that I want to send to one of you, my blog readers.
It includes a 1 yard package of Trans Web, one of my favorite fusible web products, made by HTC Handler. They were at the show. I shared with them my consternation that I can only find their product on-line at Jo-Anns. So they gave me some so I would go away(LOL)!
I do love this pattern from Hemma for a carrier for a bag to hang on the handlebars of your bicycle. I really want to make one for myself, but I promised to give it away.
Do you think I can fit Bailey in it?
I went to a talk about life in Bali supported by the fabric company, Kaufmann. It was fascinating plus they gave me a fat quarter of one of their artisanal batiks.
There's also a fabric tote from Andover Fabrics made from one of their latest fabric lines, some jumbo rick rack, a clear tote from Eleanor Burns, a plexi neon ruler and a few other goodies.
All of these items are going to be given to one lucky winner. Leave a comment and become a follower if you are not already. Make sure if you are a "no-comment blogger" that you leave me your e-mail. I'll be picking a winner on Friday.
I don't know how many miles I walked going up and down all the aisles,
but my feet are happy that I'm home. And I want to send a big thank you to Susan Brubaker Knapp from www.bluemoonriver.com who gave me lots of tips for maximizing my visit.