Like a time lapse movie...

This past weekend I slept like 40 hours total. Seriously, I wanted so badly to hang out and catch up with friends and family but I just kept falling asleep every moment I could... on the couch, on the bed, I even fell asleep on the floor while the kids played video games and I clutched a big fluffy pillow. I guess I was overdue for some R&R since for the last month or so I've averaged like 3 hours a night (or less on some nights!)

When I replay the sequence of events that happened in the past 2 weeks, it sorta feels like one of those time-lapse movies. Ya know what mean?

May 10th - Jon, Emalee and I drove to Chicago then flew to Salt Lake City
May 11th - First day of Quilt Market set-up



May 12th - More booth set up
• Schoolhouse -- I met up with The Dancing Kyokos


Well, they didn't really dance but they did look amazing in their own versions of the Kyoko Misses', didn't they?! From left to right, Julie Herman (Jaybird Quilts), Kristin Link (Sew Mama Sew), me, Melanie Thornton (Above All Fabrics), Traci Butler (Hip Fabrics), Kelsea (Stash Quilts) and Mary Abreu (InTown Quilters). Not pictured, Emalee Grambo. I am forever thankful to all you lovely ladies for making my Kyoko Fashion Show a reality! It was by far the funnest schoolhouse session I've ever had. :)

• Sample Spree (yes, we actually did it!) Ahh, there's Emalee in her Kyoko!


May 13th -- Day 1 of Quilt Market



• I was interviewed by Daria Muirhead of Boutique CafĂ©


• Then by Heidi Porth of Quilt Home


• Then by Pat Sloan of American Patchwork & Quilting (yes, 3 interviews in the same day! I guess everyone got wind that I was leaving early...)


I was also surprised by Kathy Miller & team with a big box of cupcakes (not all for me) to celebrate my birthday and also Christine's (we both had our 40th in May!). YUM!


• That evening we had our Michael Miller Fabrics sales meeting in which I had to recreate my Schoolhouse talk but without the aid of my Dancing Kyokos so it wasn't nearly as fun. After dinner, Jon flew across the country to NY to set up our Surtex booth the next day.

• May 14th - half day of Quilt Market for me because I flew to NYC that afternoon to exhibit at the Surtex licensing show for the following 3 days.

• The SHY Girls (Sweet Hot Yams) and other sweet friends surprised me for my birthday and brought me a Mocha Coconut (they even had them make it the way I like it -- on ice, not blended) and a Birthday Pop. Love my girls!!


Like I said before, I flew to NYC that afternoon and the rest of the story I will save for another post, but for now I'll leave you with a few more pics of my booth at Quilt Market. This time we went simple with a single booth and no hard walls, but still saturated with color and pattern. :)






A million thanks to my lovely assistant, Emalee, who sewed about 95% of the items you see in my booth and also to my sweet mom and dear friend Valerie who made some awesome purses and accessories to add the finishing touch to our display!


  1. Looks like it was a raging success Patty - your booth looks fab as usual, but I don't envy you and Jon all the traveling! Enjoy your rest and family time ... while you can!!
    Hugs frown downunder!
    Jen xo

  2. The booth looks as yummy as the cupcakes! Hope you enjoyed much success at both quilt market and Surtex. Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  3. Annie5:16 PM

    I've been stalking your blog to see when you were gonna post Quilt Market pics. Awesome as usual, Miss Patty! You always do an amazing job with your booth and at documenting the whole event. Thank you!


  4. Looks like so much fun! congrats on all your successes!

  5. Congratulations on getting some sleep! It was well earned :)

    I can not wait to hear all about Surtex!

  6. You are adorable Patty! I loved meeting you! Your schoolhouse was wonderful! I don't know where you get the energy!

  7. Thank you all for the lovely comments!

    Violet and Monica, it was a pleasure spending some QT with both of you!


  8. I wish so much I could come to your events, unfortunately im thousands of miles away in the uk lol. Your stand looked amazing. Hope you had a fabulous birthday and your rest has revitalized you Patty. Im a newbie sewer to your patterns and the pic I showed you on twitter of the Frida dress was my first of yours. You are so talented, keep making your wonderful patterns I love them.

  9. I really love the Kyoko pattern that Jaybird quilts was wearing. Do you have plans on releasing a plus size pattern? Or suggestions on adapting the misses? I would love to make it!

  10. Not a newbie to sewing and fabrics, it takes a lot to impress me. When I saw the Kyoto dress last year on Banberry Place I fell in love with it. I got the pattern, and then the search for fabric began. That search led to Michael Miller fabrics, and to ModKids again! Your patterns are going to keep me busy sewing for my 4 year old grand daughter. After 60+ years of sewing, the glow had definitely faded, but between you and Michael Miller Fabrics the flame has been rekindled! Thank you for sharing your talents with the world!


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