Well, we’ve successfully survived another International Quilt Market!!!! It was a very special Market this year because we spent it with good customers AND good friends. Two of our closest friends from the quilt show crowd decided to attend Market this year as vendors – Olde Green Cupboard and Silver Thimble. Gloria and Vicky, from Olde Green Cupboard, stayed at my house and Phyllis and Bob, from Silver Thimble, stayed with Paula. We’ve shared dinners, swapped stories and just had an all round good time this year. I don’t think I’ve laughed as much as I have this past week. It will be sad to see Gloria and Vicky head out for home tomorrow. Phyllis and Bob will be staying for Festival, so there’s still more good times to come – more friends will be arriving for Festival!
Tomorrow we pack up the last of the “stuff” for Festival and head back down to the George R. Brown Convention Center and start the unloading and set up for Festival. I don’t know if I’m physically ready for all of that unloading, but hopefully a good night’s sleep (and some help from our husbands) will be just what we need.
I did get a chance to get out and take some pictures yesterday. I concentrated on neat things that I liked and cool booths. Here’s a brief tour of Market from my point of view – hope you enjoy!!!
Let’s start with our booth. We had some great and positive comments from lots of people and everyone loved the bed set up with the trellis and lights.
Here’s one of Paula and I relaxing in our cool chairs.
Gloria and Vicky were directly across from us. They had some great wool applique quilts and a gorgeous hooked rug – that’s it on the floor. I just about died every time someone stood on it. Some of their great antiques will soon be appearing in a Festival booth – ours!!!!
Our friends Phyllis and Bob from Silver Thimble weren’t near us, but we did get a chance to visit a bit during the day. Check out Phyllis’ great quilt designs!!
Paula frequents these next two booths quite often. Our friends Cindy and Ronnie own Cindy’s Antique Quilts and Don and Carolyn own Quilts from Mulberry Lane. Both of them have some of the best antique quilts I have ever seen.
I am always amazed at the booths the fabric companies set up. They go all out and basically set up big stores for us to shop in. They bring in furniture, display pieces, antiques and just about anything you can imagine. It would be great if Market could be open just 1 day for the retail customer to come in and check it out. Here’s a display of a new fabric collection (Memories of Love) from Maywood Studios that I just fell in love with – it’s so soft and pink – yummy!!!
The organizers present awards for best booth in a a number of different categories, but this year there was also a Viewer’s Choice Award and this is the booth that won -Lazy Daisy Cottage. It was a great booth and I just loved Dana’s new fabric collection (She-Da) and immediately bought 2 layer cakes!!
I’m not sure which company did this display, but I just loved it (sorry the photo’s a little blurry). It’s all Christmas and I wish I could decorate my house like this.
Market ended at 4 PM and by 5:30 we were all packed up and ready to head out. Gloria and Vicky were really the only ones that had to pack up because Paula and I and Phyllis and Bob are staying for Festival. We actually moved some stuff in while everyone else was moving out, so we’ll have a little bit of a head start on set up tomorrow. We are each expanding our booths, so we moved in the extra furniture that we will need in the new, bigger booth. Tomorrow we will set this in place, hang more quilts and then unload all of the kits, patterns and fabric. Once we were all loaded and unloaded, we headed to Lupe Tortilla , one of the best Mexican restaurants in the Houston area. Here’s Vicky “wearing” one of the sombrero lights!!!! Needless to say, we had a great time – lots of laughing!!!!
And on a personal note: Last night was Halloween, so here’s a picture of my adorable granddaughters in their costumes. Sydney was the pink pig and Julianne was the cow. We got to see Paula’s granddaughter Sophie in person and she was the sweetest Berry Fairy!!! I didn’t get a picture, but maybe Paula has one I can share next time.
Until next time, happy quilting,