I recently spent a week in Kansas City attending Quilt Market, a quilting industry convention that’s held in the spring and fall.
On Day Two (Friday), the Market floor officially opened to visitors. I spent most of that day with business contacts.
First, I met up with my fellow Island Batik Designers for a quick photo. Aren’t we wonderful? <grin>
Once I was up on the Market floor, I went right to the Island Batik booth. There I took photos of every quilt so I could share them with my fellow Ambassadors who were not attending Market. The Island Batik Ambassadors make the quilts that decorate the booth and I knew that everyone would want to see their quilts hanging at Market so I made sure to get a good photo of every one. In fact, I went back several times over the course of the week to make sure I got good photos.
I’m not immune to the thrill of seeing my own work at Market, so I made sure I got photos of my quilts hanging in the Island Batik booth.
After taking photos, I stopped to say hello to the people I work with every day—the employees of Island Batik (including Kim, who couldn’t resist photo-bombing me).
The Island Batik fabric designers have booths that surround the Island Batik booth. I loved meeting each of them.
Some Island Batik pattern designers like me also had booths nearby so I stopped by to say “Hi!.” Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts had her first booth at Market and she did so well I’m thinking seriously about having one myself sometime soon. Laura’s sneak peek (a small display in a glass case downstairs at the entrance to Market) won an award! Her sneak peek was a miniature of her real booth. Very clever.
After visiting Island Batik, I stopped by the booths of other companies I work with as an Ambassador such as Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt Go!, Aurifil, and Funky Friends. At Hobbs, I got a lot of info about batting types and their possible uses. I’ll be getting this info soon in a format I can share so I’ll be doing that soon.
I love making Funky Friends as you know so I had a lot of fun at their booth falling in love with the endless array of stuffed animal patterns.
I ran into Eleanor Burns at the AccuQuilt Go! booth (she wrote the companion book that’s included in the Go! Cube packs of dies). She couldn’t be sweeter and her book was a ton of help in getting me up and running with my Go! cutter fast.
I met up with friends for lunch and made some important contacts that I hope will bear fruit. Then I wondered the floor for a bit, trying to take it all in. There’s so much to see at Market that I like to roam the floor over the course of a few days so I can really see everything.
Here’s a taste of some of the eye candy.
After Market, I headed back to the Air BnB we had rented. The Quilting Collective hosted a party of industry professionals and that made for a great way to end the day. (Yes, that’s Eleanor in my kitchen!)
Some of my Island Batik Ambassador buddies stopped by and that just put the icing on the cake!
The party ended but not so late that I couldn’t rest up for the next day. One thing you absolutely need at Market (besides a large bag with wheels <grin>) is plenty of sleep!
My next installment will cover Day Three (Saturday) at Market. On Day Three I visited my quilt in the Timeless Treasures booth, shopped at some of the pop-up shops, and walked the floor looking for inspiration and industry trends.
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