Well, I've been back from Quilt Market for a week now, so I figured I should probably post photos of the booth if I'm going to! The days are just flying by lately, and it has been hard to fit anything extra in. I'm so glad to finally have a minute to sit down and tell you about Market, and show you way (way) too many photos of our booth since apparently I didn't get out much. ;-) You've been warned.
For those of you who aren't familiar with it, International Quilt Market is a trade show that is held twice a year. Each fall is is held in Houston, TX, and each Spring it rotates across the country. This year it was in Portland. And this year my mom couldn't go, so I was on my own to man the booth for the first time. Well, sort of. Offers from friends and family to come help at Market started pouring in as soon as we realized she couldn't come. We know the absolute nicest people in the world, I'm telling you.
With a lot of help from these three, I managed to get the booth up and running in no time.
It wasn't as fancy as when my mom comes, but I think it turned out pretty well. Our sweet friend Tiffany brought all of my mom's gorgeous quilts and patterns with her from Idaho (Thank you Tiffany!!), and Moda let me borrow a couple other things.
The first few days were spent putting the booth together, going to Scholhouse (you can see the Moda Schoolhouse video below, if you'd like) and Sample Spree, which was crazy. It's always crazy!
(Sidenote: It is always so hard for me to write these posts because I would love to show you each and every amazing person I was excited to see and catch up with, but that would be one LONG post, and I'd inevitably still leave someone out. So just know this. Market is all about the people. Sure love all my people. You know who you are!)
(Those last two are my mom's Cupcake runner/coasters and Poppies quilt. All of her patterns are in her shop!)
On Friday afternoon Holly had to go home, and Jarom came to help for a few days. It was his first Quilt Market (he is usally home helping with the kids) and he did great! I was so proud of him! I've been to Market in Portand before, but haven't ventured too far away from the convention center. Usually by the end of the day we are too tired to walk anywhere. Not with Jarom around. He dragged me to 7 great local restaurants in just 48 hours. Not including the times we went out with friends! Good man.
After six days in Portland, I have to say, it is an absolutely gorgeous place and I could live there in a heartbeat. After being surrounded by greenery, great food, and perfect cool temps, It was hard to come home to heat and a lot of brown. (Summer here isn't my favorite, I may have mentioned that? ;-)
Guess we'll just have to go back to visit. And for more ice cream.
For more Market goodness here are a few links:
* Barb and Mary posted all the Moda booths and designers (I was terrible at getting out my camera this time- so glad they took so many photos!)
* Carina Gardner did a great recap of some beautiful booths on her blog, I'm incredibly dorky in it, you'll like it. Carina is so adorable!
* This isn't so much Market related as book related, but I had lots of people ask me while I was there. So good news, my book is FINALLY in stock over at Amazon and all pre-orders have shipped. Yay! (By the way, ff you have the book, and want to leave a review, I would really, super appreciate it!)
* This one is important. If you live in Portland, go get snickerdoodle ice cream here. Quick. And enjoy some for me too, will you?
And mom, you were certainly missed.
Can't wait 'til next time.