I’ve now been back from Quilt Market for almost a week, and I’m still catching up. It was a great trip, but it’s also nice to be on the “after” side of the Quilt Market equation.
Everything came together as far as the booth went. Here’s a shot of that.
There is a lot of stuff represented in the booth, and so I’ve decided that all month-long, I’ll break it down and share more about all of it. Doe projects abound–in quilt, couch, accessory, and clothes form–as well as some Kona stuff, too.
Otherwise, my recap of the show is a bit random, which isn’t super atypical. I took some pictures, but they were pretty spotty, which is mostly the result of my not being able to get away from my own booth too much. But I did get to walk the show floor early on two of the mornings, and I even got a chance to peek at a few of the quilts in the exhibition hall next door.
So, here we go.
The chaos of set-up always amazes me. Fork lift drivers push for maximum speed without really looking at where they are going, huge crates emerge and block more and more of the aisles with each passing hour, and then everyone else is carrying loads, unpacking boxes, and making trips to and from Ikea. The transformation seems so dramatic, and I love watching it go from the crazy, rawness of set up, to the pristine and polished finish during the actual show.
Here’s getting to the end of Day 1 in my booth. The goal was to get the big stuff up and in place. Day 2 (not pictured) was for refinement.
My immediate surroundings–the Robert Kaufman booths (sadly, not pictured…)–were bright and beautiful. And once the show started, it was fun having the entertainment of the Kona IQ challenge going on across the way.
I even got sucked into the challenge by the Kona Queen herself …
It was a fun and fitting surprise to see one of Latifah’s quilts make it onto the promotional water bottles at the show.
Almost too pretty to drink …
but then my booth fern got thirsty.
My buddy and booth neighbor, Valori Wells, won a first place booth award! That was super exciting and really fun to watch her reaction.
Then, there were two of my good friends exhibiting for the first time. I’m super proud of them and just loved their booths.
Here’s Madeleine. (And she’s even wearing a Widescreen skirt!)
And then here’s Lee, who you might already be familiar with because she hosts the All Shirts Swap!
Not sure why I don’t have a booth picture with her in it …
Then there were some of my other favorites which I’m sure you’ve been seeing on IG and in other spots.
My publisher, Lucky Spool, did a beautiful job on their first booth …
You could easily spend days exploring the exhibits next door. I had about 15 minutes. So I focused on the Ruby Jubilee and the Modern Quilt Guild showcase.
This quilt in Botanics by Jenna Brand was fun to see!
The rest of the time was basically spent hanging out in my booth, which was great. I really enjoyed catching up with everyone who stopped by!
Lauren Hunt tried to teach me her skillz …
My fellow Robert Kaufman designers, Jennifer and Valori …
Alison Glass and Susanne Woods …
And then one last hang out before the end of the show …
Thanks to everyone for all the help during the show, as well as for all love for the booth and for the new stuff! I am truly grateful for your support.
Stay tuned for new projects to come …
Cheryl Arkison says
Looks like you had quite the booth to hang out In.
The couch was the perfect way to lure folks in and entice them to stay and hang, Cheryl!
I’ll be excited to read more about all your booth samples, but that couch is just incredible! I can hardly imagine how long it took to make those cushions. Amazing job!
Kirstyn Cogan says
So great to see the recap Carolyn… It’s all FABULOUS 🙂
your booth looks fabulous! wish i could have seen it in person.
Thanks so much, Erin!
Your booth looks beautiful! Could you tell me what pattern was used for the folded quilt hanging on the left of your booth in the top picture? It looks like small rectangular strips in a rainbow of colors. Thanks!