Months worth of work… and it was over in a flash!
I couldn’t be happier with how Spring Market went for me. Hearing store owners say, “We carry your patterns! We love them!” made all of the hard work worth it. “Incredibly blessed” would wrap it up quite nicely…
Including being blessed to have the handy help of my dad and husband and friend Jacquie to set up my booth:
(those walls are hinged plywood to make them easier to transport… I loved how well they worked!)
And blessed to have my husband [who is handsome, charming, helpful and supportive!] work in my booth with me all weekend:
He travels (a ton!) for work so we joked that this was the longest stretch of time we’d spent together in a while. Like a really long date where you stand for days on end. Ha!
I was lucky to have many of my testers’ samples to loan out for display. Here is Melissa’s Home Sweet Home pillow in the United Notions booth. (Check out my friend Carrie’s adorable pillow in the upper left! It’s from her Giggle & Squeak pattern. Totally making the boy version for my son’s big bed!)
I made an Advent Activity Calendar for the United Notions booth, too, using the alternate font in the pattern:
The Bleachers quilt on the wall in my booth got a lot of attention! (Including the attention of David Butler, who designed the fabric….and happened to come by during the one five minute span when I wasn’t in my booth!) Angela had to pose for a photo with her design:
But, all good things must come to an (exhausting) end. A mere twenty minutes after the show floor closed Sunday, the booth looked like this:
And thirty minutes later, it was over. Those are exhausted and deliriously happy grins you see here. (And we were even more happy that our journey home took a short twenty minutes!) Seeing our two kids was a great way to end the weekend. They’d spent the weekend with my parents and my husbands parents, which puts me in their debt for a long time!
Thank you to all of the store owners who visited my booth. It was a busy, busy whirlwind and I LOVED getting to meet each and every one of you.
A week from today, I will be standing in my very own booth at Quilt Market! And right here in Kansas City, too!
I am so excited for all of the hard work to come together and for the supplies to get out of my garage and basement and onto the trade show floor. My booth is currently standing in our garage… and the neighbors are getting quite curious!
If you will be at Market, you can find me in booth #1033 (standing next to my handsome and helpful husband!). Come grab one of the snazzy catalogs pictured above!
In addition to my booth, I will be presenting a Schoolhouse on Thursday. It’s all about some great class options for quilt shops to offer, using my patterns. Someone I know (who teaches a lot of classes) took a peek at my handouts and was thrilled, so be sure to pass along this session to your local quilt shop! The details:
“Class is in Session with Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio”
Thursday, May 17th 4:55-5:25pm Room 2209
Let Shea show you how easy it is to create classes based on her popular quilt and holiday patterns. Modern sewists and traditionalists alike will delight in her easy-to-kit, eye-catching projects. You’ll enjoy the free class outlines, supply lists, and door prizes.
I’ll also be doing a demo of my Home Sweet Home pillow pattern in the Checker booth on Saturday at 10:30am! There are so many great features about this pattern that make it a great class option and selling tool for shops. I am excited to share with store owners!
So, if you will be at Market, be sure to stop by booth #1033. I’d love to meet you!
Because I am in the midst of Quilt Market prep and all of the booth-building, sample-sewing, paperwork-creating craziness that goes with that, it’s been fairly quiet here on the blog. The stars have aligned and two big deadlines, Market prep and hosting some pre-wedding events for my best friend all seem to have happened simultaneously. Oh, and some extended work travel for my husband. And my daughter’s first dance recital. Yikes! It’s a good thing I am a girl who loves to work my way through a good ‘to do’ list!
I am so, so, so excited about how everything is coming together for my first Market booth. We will be standing in my booth just under two weeks from today!
In the meantime, some trusty pattern testing friends are hosting a couple of giveaways for the patterns they tested for me.
In other new pattern news, Tammy at Marmalade fabrics has created a kit of the fun pink/orange solids version that Mary Anne made!
Now, back to my regularly scheduled kid chasing and booth prepping… Wish me luck!
Wrapping up the week-o-new-patterns, we have the Home Sweet Home pillowcase pattern! In the midst of our many moves last year, I started thinking about how we’d decorate our new home and I couldn’t get this pillow idea out of my mind.
It is a 20″ pillow pattern and features paper pieced letters. What if you don’t know how to paper piece? Fear not! The pattern booklet includes full color photograph, step by step instructions for paper piecing the letters. Like all of my patterns, a full size template sheet is included and the letter templates are already reversed for you!
Easy. I promise you. Melissa, one of my testers (who also tested the Bleachers quilt!), was new to paper piecing and she had great success! Look at her pillow, made from some Moda grunge and Basic Grey fabrics:
Jaime (who also tested the Crosshatch quilt pattern!) used some shot cotton and Anna Maria Horner fabric to make this scrappy looking beauty:
[I think that might be my favorite pattern photo shoot image of all time right there!]
The backing of the pillow is also quilted, which (I think) makes the pillow equally sturdy on both sides. At the binding, a flange is added which gives you another opportunity to pick fun fabrics!
Being able to quilt something up quickly on your own machine is a great way to practice all of the techniques it takes to make a full quilt- cutting, pressing, piecing, quilting, binding. It’s all here in a nice, neat little package! Just check out the different ways we quilted our pillows…
I used straight lines (seen above), which start and stop to go around the letters. Sure it took more time that way, but I really like how the letters ‘pop’ a bit more.
Jaime quilted hers with intersecting diagonal lines. Such great texture from this!
And Melissa used an elongated zigzag stitch to achieve this fun look:
If you are in the market for a quick project to decorate your own home, you can find the pattern in stock online at The Fat Quarter Shop or here in Kansas City at the Bernina store on Metcalf or Bon Bon Atelier in Westport. Look for the pattern to pop up in many other stores in the coming weeks! As mentioned in the previous posts, store owners can contact me at email@example.com or their preferred distributor to place an order.
Your turn! Have you ever paper pieced before? I’m curious how many have tried it and how many haven’t jumped in just yet. Do tell!