Spring 2012 Quilt Market Recap

Yes, I know it's been almost a full month since we went down to Quilt Market in Kansas City but I've been a bit preoccupied with too many things to count. This was my 9th Quilt Market attending (my 8th exhibiting) and I've finally learned the secret to it all: Get Help and Have Fun! I can't lie and tell you that doing these type of shows is not a hair-splitting, brain-aching, back-breaking experience, but this time I was determined to change that. And yes, I still stressed over all my public appearances, because after all these years, I still haven't gotten over my stage fright.  So, between schoolhouse and 3 book-signings I got so many butterflies in my tummy I could've just floated away... but I survived, I had fun, and I'm here to tell all about it.

Our booth this Spring was all about Heaven & Helsinki and Sewing MODKID Style. We started building this booth literally months ago at our studio. Our walls went up before Spring Break. We chose this purple hue called Robes For the Queen (from the Disney by Behr collection at Home Depot, which they just discontinued, sadly) because it was the perfect match to the darkest purple in Heaven & Helsinki. Soon enough, we were filling our booth up with fabric-covered goodness.

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There were a dozen kites, some suspended above us, others perched on the outer wall. We had a wonderful quilt, made again by members of the Central Illinois Modern Quilt Guild, then finished, quilted and bound by the ├╝ber-talented Betty Woodruff, who also concepted the original design based on my Fair Isle print.

We had these larger than life banners facing the main aisle that showcased photos from our MODKID Fashion Show video, which we also played on a flat screen TV in the booth...

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We had plenty of sewn samples, some on dress forms and some on hangers, along with pillows and fabric-covered chairs...

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A wall of framed fabric swatches formed a nice colorful border around Lars, who was the main attraction apparently...

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We brought some help along with us this time, so here are Emalee (left) and Jessica (right) on the last day of the show, right before tear down. We seriously couldn't have done all of this without their help and positive dispositions.

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And since my mission was to have fun, I couldn't leave the show without capturing this silly shot of Team MODKID!

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Now, I mustache you... what do you think of our booth?

To everyone who hiked all the way to the far end of the convention center to see us, I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! It's always so nice to see familiar faces and meet new friends. xoxo

9 comments:

  1. Your booth ALWAYS looks amazing!!! You look super cute too, your dress rocks. I do have to agree, Lars captured my attention with the quickness. As did those adorable kites. WAY TO GO!!!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you. Yes, that little guy is quite the attention-grabber. :)

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  2. Oh, I wish I could come to Quilt Market one day. Your booth was amazing as always. You have such a distinctive design style... it's so you, so fresh and so awesome! Way to go and way to have fun too!

    Annie

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    1. Thank you so much, Annie! You don't know how much that means to me. xoxo

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  3. I mustashe you - I'm still cracking up!
    Your booth looks amazing as always! I spent half of yesterday tracing patterns from your book & can't wait to get started! And can't wait for your new fabrics-especially the knits!

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    1. Thanks, Diane! Can't wait to see what you make from the book. :)

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  4. My friend and I met you outside while you were sitting on the step and asked for your pic and even though no doubt you were tired, you were so friendly and gracious! I appreciate that, and got your book and LOVE it.

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    1. Well, HELLO THERE, Jackie! I remember that well. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. And so glad to hear you love my book! HUGS!

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  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 3 post on Aug. 20, 2012. Thanks again.

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