We went. We saw. And we’re back from Fall 2014 Quilt Market to share what we experienced with you!
(For those of you who aren’t familiar, Quilt Market is a twice-yearly event where people who make quilt stuff—like us—and people who sell quilt stuff—like your local quilt shop—get together and find ways to get the latest quilt stuff into your hands.)
Day one: booth setup done. Time for dinner and some shut eye!
An astounding display of red-and-white quilts in the exhibit hall. “Ruby Jubilee” celebrates 35 years of Quilt Market and 40 years of Quilt Festival.
Our favorite part of Market? We get to meet, reunite, and celebrate with our authors! And they were everywhere.
Our authors at Schoolhouse—debuting their books and quilts to quilt-shop owners from around the world.
Not one, but TWO groups of talented designers also debuted their work at Schoolhouse, sharing the spotlight to celebrate the release of two compilation books. Fun-Size Quilts:
And A Flair for Fabric.
Our leader and high-energy Schoolhouse emcee, Jennifer Keltner, revealed our new pattern line for sale exclusively at your local quilt shop in January—Sweet & Simple!
Look for them at your local quilt shop after the holidays.
That night everyone lined up to be a part of Sample Spree, a popular event that provides an opportunity to purchase samples of upcoming fabric lines.
Acquisitions editor Karen Burns and marketing coordinator Mary Burns—aka the Burns girls—are starting Sample Spree with smiles. As you can see from the crowd, it can get a little crazy!
After Schoolhouse day came the three-day event known as Quilt Market, where people came to see our happy faces and our newly built booth:
And our authors’ happy faces—signing books, offering demos, and having fun!
Of course, there were plenty of wonderful, whimsical things to see too:
Wonderful—after touring as part of the Quilted In Honor exhibit, a quilt makes its way back to the injured soldier it was made for. Here the soldier’s mother is presented with the quilt in the Island Batik booth.
Whimsical—how about our own booth, where we featured a full-size baby crib, plus fabric bugs, horses, and pancakes with butter?
So much to see; so little time. But one thing we always see is the energy, enthusiasm, and talent of our authors. They never cease to amaze us! Click though to learn more about their new books, at or on the way to a quilt shop near you.
Until spring in Minneapolis—thanks for the memories, Quilt Market!
Does your local quilt shop attend Quilt Market? Tell us in the comments—and please let them know we’d love to see them next time!