What’s so great about Quilt Market? People, Fabric, Quilts and…Santa! I’m just back from Quilt Market after spending a fantastic day on the show floor meeting with old friends, connecting with new ones, drooling over gorgeous fabric displays, ogling breathtaking quilts and taking a moment to pose with Santa. I never pass up a hug from Santa! Even at the ripe old age of 25, oops maybe my dyslexia is kicking in on that number. I even talked my old friend and colleague, Designs ad rep Sandy Griggs, into a quick Santa snapshot! Doesn’t Sandy look terrific? There’s a girl who never seems to age.
Check out two of my favorite, non-related stitching sisters, HoopSisters Lynda Remmers and Annie Moody. I waited in their booth for what seemed like an eternity to snap a photo of the sisters with their hot new quilt – Star Feather. Never one to interrupt a sale, I waited and waited until shop owners vacated the booth for a brief moment. The HoopSisters are on a roll! Kudos to Lynda and Annie!
Designs pages are full of talented embroidery design companies and I had the chance to visit with some of them. Rhea and Lisa from Pickle Pie Designs were so pretty in pink! Lots of gorgeous samples in their booth and I loved their dishtowel designs.
Speaking of pretty booths, Lunchbox Quilts, made quite a splash at Market. Again, the booth was mobbed, but I was finally able to grab a quick shot of Lunchbox Quilts founder, Angela Stevenson, in front of her popular quilt, Love Letters.
As I made my way down to the quilt gallery, I stopped to say hello to Sealed with A Stitch and wound up having my laugh for the day. David and Susan O’Very are a very capable husband-wife team with popular design collections, quilt blocks, in-the-hoop projects and more. I chatted with David while I waited for Susan to free herself from interested shop owners. David explained the chain of command at their company. Proudly, he boasted of his envious CEO title, and then explained exactly what CEO meant. Carry Everything Out. Oh I howled! What a great sense of humor – laced with quite a bit of truth, I imagine!
Tomorrow I’m heading back to Houston for Quilt Festival. I haven’t attended Festival in many years and yikes, I even enrolled in a software class. I am going to try to be on my absolute best behavior in this class. After all, I usually teach. And I know when I teach, some of my hmmm, most challenging students are teachers! So I’m going to keep my mouth shut, keep up with the class, turn my cell phone off, disconnect from the internet and CONCENTRATE! So if you see me wandering the hall on Wednesday during the 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM class time, you’ll know I couldn’t do it!
I hope to see some of you at Festival. I’ll be in Discount Embroidery’s booth (#1053) on Thursday between 11:00 and 12:00. Stop by and hello! After that fun event, it’s time for me to pack for the Stitching Sisters’ seminar next weekend in Sherman Oaks, CA. It’s our last event of the year and guess who is hosting this fun event? Great Scott! That’s right, Scott Goodman, Designs Great Scott columnist. He tells me there are still a few seats left so come on out and join us! Learn more by clicking here.
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