Here we are at the end of the road. In case you missed any of the recap posts I've listed them below for you click through to quickly.
quilt market - getting there
the booths - 1
the booths - 2
the booths - 3
the booths - 4
the booths - 5
Lucie and I weren't leaving Houston until Monday evening, so we helped Sarah pull down her booth before we set off. Pull down is manic - everyone is so eager to get out and get out fast. It's also really sad, because once market is over and we all go home I know I won't get to see so many of the people I've spent the year looking forward to seeing. It felt a bit weird driving home from the airport on my own.
Market is mostly amazing because of this lot...
and this big guy. He's like my big brother - quiet, dependable, always there when I need him. I'm like his scrappy little sister - don't mess with my big brother, I'll fly at you like an angry chihuahua. He left a day earlier than the rest of us. It felt a bit flat after that, like something was missing (it was).
I rarely go out when I'm home, I'm so not a big party girl. Give me a pot of tea and a night in front of the TV with the husbeast and childerbeasts and I'm a happy girl. Quilt Market is the one time of the year (two times? I guess....) that I'll go out and stay out late and be in bed way beyond my bedtime. Although some of the best times from this trip were when my two roomies and I woke up way too early and sat chatting for a couple of hours in bed. The first night of the show opening (Friday for Spring, Saturday for Fall) is the busiest. We had invites to 5 parties that were all at around the same time. There's a lot of running between venues to show your face before you get a chance to sit and chill out somewhere.
For those of you that asked how you get to Quilt Market, well, it's a trade show so isn't open to the general public. I get in on a Fat Quarterly media pass, so I don't do the 'regular' entry forms. You need to present credentials which is basically business cards and the like. Honestly, there are always plenty of people that go that technically shouldn't so if you really want to go, you'll find a way. I guess that's the best advice I can give.
Should we talk about free stuff?
There are a few prizes, which I'll split into 4 different bundles, so there'll be 4 prizewinners.
A FQ stack of (not out yet) Stockholm by Robin Zingone for Kaufman.
6 mini charm packs of new fabrics by Moda and Robert Kaufman
2 patterns from Thomas Knauer, a pattern from Patty Young, a summersville needlebook, drinks coasters from DryGoods Design, a little pocket pal sewing kit from Lotta Jansdotter, a pin cushion stitchery kit from Lynette Anderson all popped into a Moda Bake shop tote that I pinched from Lu and contained the snacks Moda give their designers (to keep them from passing out on the booths).
Sewing for boys - the fabulous book by Shelly and Karen published by Wiley books
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The smallprint -
the giveaway will stay open for a full week from today (until Wednesday 16th November)
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I can't be responsible for prizes that go missing in the post, and depending on the cost I'll try and send packages by registered mail just in case.
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