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Saturday, May 19, 2012

International Quilt Market Day 2

We continue with our visit to Kansas City for the Spring Quilt Market--
We met Sandy (of Totes by Sandy) and bought some of her patterns.  She is from Colorado.

This was my favorite, I think it was called the Shirley Purse.

Castilleja Cotton came to our attention when Emily made a little wallhanging last spring called Bunny Flip Flop.  We stopped in their booth and found a couple more things that we will be bringing back to the store.  Thinking of Sue for the bargello tablerunner.

New patterns from Sandy Gervais for Door Decor-- watch for them as a monthly series in the future.


Sandy was busy totaling up Debbies's tally!  Sandy is the creative genius behind Pieces From My Heart and designs many fun fabrics for Moda.  Plus, she's a grad of the famous Jackson High School class of '72 with my husband!

This stop at Starry Pines might have been the highlight of my day!  I talked with designer Connie Huddleston about the wool applique crazy quilt in the background of this picture, and I decided to take it on as a block-of-the-month club for the store!  My fingers are itchin' for some wool stitchin'!

Here's another find for all of you embroiderers!  Pictured above is Pretty Princess of Pretty P and Mama B.  What a cute gal!  And cute designs!

Jon and Jerry of CleoAndMe were minding the store while the womenfolk were away--and managed to sell us a few patterns!  More hand embroidery, of course!

That's only a partial recap of our Saturday, it was a productive and fun time for us and so many nice people in the convention center.  Can't wait to get home and unpack all of our goodies.  A lot of the time, especially when we have the convenience of driving, we are able to purchase and take home the patterns that we want.  A few have to be sent to us in the next few weeks.  A lot of the fabric that we order is due for delivery anytime from now to Christmas.  It is a challenge to stay focused on what we can imagine that our customers will like and what we can reasonably expect to use for store samples and classes.  It is so easy to imagine that every fun quilt or design is something that we can either make ourselves or involve other teachers/employees to make for the store.  Kind of like that old saying "the eyes are bigger than the stomach" and we all know how that ends!  In this case, the eyes might be bigger than the time available to do it all!

2 comments:

prettypmamabdesigns said...

It was so nice to meet you! What a fun Market. Hope to see you next Market!
~Pretty P

Barbie Jo said...

I missed meeting you but see my boys were being good helpers while I snuck out for a minute :)
Barbie Jo