Market Parties - Bloggers Meet-Up and Riley Blake

One of the highlights of Quilt Market was going to several parties where we got to mix with bloggers and friends in a great atmosphere. At Quilt Market you are like ships passing in the night because there is so much to do and see. But with the parties, we had an opportunity to mix and talk and put faces to blogs and have a great time.
This is the fabulous Amy of Diary of a Quilter on the left. Without Amy there would have been no blogger party. She's amazing and I'm glad to call her my friend. She lives sort of close to me. We are going for lunch next week to talk about all the fun we had at market. On the right of Amy is Vanessa of V and Company. I was so glad to meet Vanessa.
This is Callie of Make It Do. Callie lives very close to me, too. She and Amy really organized and did all the work to make the party happen. Callie has an amazing blog. You can see the prize table in the photo and behind the prize table is the swag bag table. We had some fabulous sponsors that really made the party possible. Visit the Bloggers Meet-Up blog to see the sponsors and view more photos.
The weather cooperated somewhat for the party so we were able to spill out onto the patio at the Blue Lemon. I loved meeting and talking to the people but I didn't get around to everyone.
Jacquie of Tallgrass Studio is on the far left in the white jacket. I really was so happy to meet her.
It was a great mix of people at the blogger's party and it made me glad to see everyone and put faces to blogs.
Here I am talking to some girls. What a weird face!
The wind started to pick up towards the end of the party. This table is full of my friends. You can see Lori and Rae Ann the DIY Dish Twins. Sorry this is so dark. In the dark is Sherri, Susann, Vanessa and Kim. But wow, isn't this picture so amazing with the temple behind the girls.
This is Kathy of Pink Chalk Fabric.
Left to right is Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey, Jennifer of Sis Boom and John of Quilt Dad. These are some of my favorite people.
We had a fantastic turn out. I'm sure you can pick out people you know. Everyone was very sweet and nice. It was a great idea (thanks again Amy and Callie). We had some fantastic prizes. There were 2 Slice machines given away, FQS gift certificates and a cruiser bike among many other wonderful prizes. Some of my photos didn't turn out. Ronnie from Road Home Quilting won the bike from Sugar Town Quilts, and you can go to her blog for great photos. Don't forget to check out other photos and our sponsors at the Blogger's Quilt Market Meet-Up blog.
I had the thought during the party that I might not meet these people again, or most of them again. I hate goodbyes. So I slipped out at the end and went to the Riley Blake Party. I'm such a party animal (usually NOT).
Riley Blake Party was in the Depot at Gateway downtown. They had drinks and dinner and the best 80's cover band ever. The whole party was an 80's theme. And when we arrived the party was in full swing. Thanks so much Riley Blake for inviting me and allowing me to bring some friends.
Almost every one was dressed in 80's costumes and everyone was dancing and having so much fun. I wasn't able to get good photos of the party. So go to Candice's blog Handmade with Love to get good photos of the Riley Blake Party. I'm sure there are other places to get photos, too. It was an amazing party. Riley Blake seems to do everything right.

Next post is about our post-Market retreat. The fun continues...I'm not done yet.

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Nedra said...

I was so sad to miss both parties! I think I was looking forward to those even more than Market:) Putting names and personalities to faces is such a great way to connect. Wonderful contribution by Callie and Amy.

julieQ said...

So glad you got to have a fab time with some cool bloggers!!

Sugar Town Quilt Co. said...

You are amazing and I am so happy that of all the people I met at market and the meet up you were one of them. Keep up the great blogging

Sherri said...

So fun...I was there but didn't see everyone. We'll definitely have to do this again!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh boohoo...I can't believe I missed the bloggers party. We were soooo tired from market (as is evidenced by the freakish Devo picture that a certain someone has). At any rate, I was really happy for the 2.8 seconds I managed to see you in the Depot elevator LOL!

Unknown said...

...and you were one of our favourite people to meet too. I have had the little ring you made on my finger since you gave it to me. I love it so much!
Isn't Jen the BEST? I could bottle that woman and sell her and make millions of dollars. She's so genuinely wonderful and kind.

Til next time, right? We'll get to hang out again - I can't bear to think I would only meet you once in a lifetime, that would be too sad!

Unknown said...

That looks like so much fun Nanette! I often am reminded of how much the internet has changed our lives, blogging and Facebook have made such a huge impact. When I 1st went to Market in 2001 there was no such avenue to share the experience as with.
Hope you make it to Market on my turf next year.. KC!

Julia said...

What fun Nanette...always nice to meet up with friends old and new..
Julia ♥

Anonymous said...

Looks and sounds as though you had a blast meeting everyone in the flesh. Can't wait to catch up with all the goings on here on your blog. Rae

AnnieO said...

Eating, talking, meetin, greetin, dancing and prizes. What's not to like! Glad it was fun for all.

ayumills said...

Nanette, I wanted to let you know that I have been reading your posts about the quilt market and enjoying them so much! I so wish I had been there to hang out with all of you! Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures!

Rae Ann said...

This was such a fun party and I wish we were doing it again right away. Loved meeting everyone and putting a face with the blogger names.
Thanks for making this such a fun event!

Cheryl said...

Looks like so much fun!!

Lynn said...

thanks again for the market posts, it's been fun going along to market with you virtually.

Carolyn said...

Looks like so much fun!

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Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Well, Nanette, when you go to Market, you REALLY go to Market!

Looks like you had a wonderful time. I'm so glad you got to go and that you had so much fun.

amy smart said...

You're not the only one with a weird face! Lol! Nanette, we couldn't have done it without you! You are the greatest. Still looking forward to lunch someday!! Love you lots.

pratima said...

So much fun! Glad you had a fantastic time and got to meet so many old and new friends and chat with them. It sure is bittersweet for having to say 'goodbyes'!