I've had a little time to reflect on Quilt Market. I feel like there is a glow of inspiration and motivation surrounding me that I didn't have before I left for Kansas City. It's great to see all the new fabrics, patterns and notions, but the very best part of market for me was the people. It's wonderful to connect with friends, put names to faces of internet friends and get to know them a bit and also meet new people.
People don't know that I'm a pretty shy person and meeting unfamiliar people isn't what I'm best at, but let me tell you, people at market make it easy for you. Maybe it's because we all have so much in common and it's easy to talk fabric and quilts with folks who love them as much as you do.
My book signing was probably one of the best quilting related experiences I had at market. Don't get me wrong, it's fun to sign a book, but the people who came were simply wonderful. Most were shop owners who were willing to share their thoughts on the book and how they sell books and what makes a book that will work for their customers and their shops. I'm sure I got more out of the experience than they did.
the team from Marmalade fabrics was a stellar example of quilt market folks. Tammy is my friend, but I had never met Arlene or Lisa before and they became my posse at quilt market. They were busy buying fabric for the shop and every time they saw me, they offered me water, to get me lunch, to empty my weighty bag or simply flashed a smile which goes a long way after a very long day. These are some very special ladies! I know that they stocked Marmalade with some amazing fabrics.
Thanks for coming by for the giveaway. The winner of the book is Little Island Quilting and Jenny who like me thinks RK should put out an insert with all the new colors to add to our color cards wins the pins and some other goodies! Congratulations! You should have received an email from me.
For more quilt market news, check out Kathy Mack's great market review on the Pink Chalk Studio blog.