This is just a peek at my cutting table where I unloaded all my goodies, brochures, and fun things from market. More about the loot today and on other posts.
The first day of market is called "Schoolhouse". It is for marketing products and information to primarily to quilt shops. The nice part is that the workshops are all 30 minutes or less so you don't get bored and you stay constantly moving.
My first class was with one of my favorite fabric companies - Lecien. Nireko, Katie and the designers were there with their latest fabrics and pattern designs. This is Tudor Lane with Denise Sheehan.
This is Lynette Anderson's new line.
This is Meg Hawkey's new line.
I loved the whole trunk show.
But my favorite to meet was Bari J. Love her Paris Apartment new fabric. I loved the lettuce leaf type edge and free motion layering technique of the flowers in the border. Bari was so sweet to explain the process to me. She teaches all about it in her patterns.
I got to meet Lizzy House and see her new fabric line from Andover called 1001 Peeps.
I liked this diamond quilt made from her fabric.
One of my favorite designers at Schoolhouse was Sarah Jane from Michael Miller. She has very beautiful and classical designs. Loved her stuff. I can't wait to see it out in the shops.
Amy helped sew samples for Sarah. Everything was just so well done.
You have to look at Sarah's blog to see just how beautiful her line turned out.
I also got to meet Sandi Henderson and see her new designs with Michael Miller. She's a star.
I went to Nancy Zieman's class. Nancy is famous and I really learned how to improve my presentation/trunk show after watching her. She's so good.
I helped Lori Holt in her Riley Blake Sew Cherry Schoolhouse. So we didn't get pictures of her class!!! More on Lori later....but for now go to her blog and see her awesome quilts and aprons.
After Schoolhouse it is time to wait in line for Sample Spree. This is the view from the upper level looking into the trade show area. Breathtakingly vast. There were more than 2900 booths.
This is the line for sample spree. And it went on forever! You can't even gauge how long the line is. Shelbie, my daughter, was with me at market and started waiting in line 4 hours before the doors opened for Sample Spree. The wait was brutal, really (but I had a chair so I can't complain). We were right at the beginning of the line but it didn't really matter that much after the doors opened because...........
Once you got inside it was mayhem. There was a crush of people right behind in seconds it became the craziest shopping type crowd I have ever been involved in. It was like Black Friday x 100! Each table had crowds around it so thick you couldn't really see what was on the tables. This explanation doesn't begin to describe it.
I did come away with some loot from sample spree though. I got 3 lines of fabric from Lecien. Paris Apartment, Flower Sugar 2011 and Monica's Happy Mochi Yum Yum. I also got a jelly roll from Robert Kaufman called Treasures and Tidbits on an impulse. I really wanted Appleville but that isn't out yet. Shelbie and I also got some really interesting ruffle fabric from rufflefabric.com. I can't wait to make a few things for Allison with it.
By the end of sample spree Shelbie and I were completely beat. It was really hard to see what was on the sample spree tables and I didn't want to just be an impulse grabber. I actually saw an argument break out, but really, everyone was so nice. That kind of shopping just isn't for me. I'm so glad we did it though.
More later, I have so many photos to digest!