Market Report (Spring 2009)
PHEW! What a whirlwind these past few days have been. In the past 7 days, we've driven all the way to Pittsburgh & back (approx. 10 hrs. each way), assembled & disassembled a trade show booth and attended a 3-day show! I am wiped out, so this posting will be short on words but BIG on visuals. ;)
Before the show even began, we kicked off the festivities by gathering together at the Omni hotel for what we called the Fabric 2.faux (or Fabric 1.8, as Caroline so affectionately called it when we prank-called her in the midst of the party). At my table, left to right: Susan Day (Michael Miller sales rep), BariJ., Sandi Henderson, me, Paula Prass & Jennifer Storey:
Across from us sat Mary Beth (from True Up), Scott Hansen (Blue Nickel Studios), Jona & Joey (Fabritopia), Myrinda (Fabric Hound), Jessica Levitt (Juicy Bits) and Mary (Flourishes)
And a fave picture of two of my fave ladies:
The show started at 9:30 am on Friday, May 15th (my birthday!!!)
A few shots of our booth. I'm so friggin' proud of this thing it's not even funny!
I didn't get to walk around much this time (since I was selling my MODKID sewing patterns in addition to showcasing my new fabric collection, Mezzanine), so the pictures I captured were from whoever was nice enough to come by and say hi! ;)
Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics:
Ronda Opipery (of SundaRose) and her friend, Robin:
Melanie Thornton (Above All Fabrics) & friend:
The dynamic duo behind Lanie Jane Fabrics:
Fabric superstars Laura Gunn, BariJ & Genevieve Gail:
The sweet faces behind Fat Quarter Shop:
Another supermodel-tall fabric designer and sweet, sweet girl, Erin McMorris:
The talented and super sweet Jenean Morrison:
Ruth Jakiela (of Sew Love Fabrics) and her adorable 13-year old daughter, Chloe, who happens to be an aspiring fabric designer and asked me to autograph her amazing sketchbook... gasp! Watch for her... this girl is going places!!!
Chelsea Andersen, of Pink Fig fame, and probably the only picture available of me wearing my Mezzanine tunic (yes, I did wear it!!!)
And of course, it wouldn't be Quilt Market for me without my amazing hubby, Jon, who built (and rebuilt) the gorgeous booth you see behind us:
A Few Special Moments:
Soaking my feet with Paula and Sandi after a long day on the Quilt Market floor:
Michael Miller Fabrics dinner party at Sonoma Grill... fun, fun fun!!
Michael Miller Fabrics won 2nd place in the Multiple Booths category at Quilt Market ... again!
And last, but certainly NOT least, I had a mini surprise birthday party on Friday (the day I turned 21... again) at the show, masterminded by Jona and Myrinda. They surprised me with a balloon bouquet and a truly star-studded birthday card (even signed by some designers who I am completely sure couldn't possible know who I am! LOL!)
The crowd gathered by my booth and sang Happy Birthday and then hung around for pictures. It was SO FUN, made me feel so special and I was totally surprised! Thank you all!!!