Tune in for the latest about quilt events, Sweet Treasures, and other fun stuff. I truly hope this will be an interactive blog where we can share many thoughts and ideas. Have a blessed day ~ Terri

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Final Market Post

One final post about market.  There's so much to Quilt Market it's hard to decide what to show and talk about.  The following pictures are just to give you a feel for things.  I took these early before all the people crowded the booths and isles so we'd have better photos to look at.

I listed their blog here because their latest post features the new quilts that were in the booth.  I ADORED the quilt on the right wall!  There's a good picture of it on their blog.  I think I'm going to have to make this one.  By the way ~ Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe bought all their patterns so they will be available through them. 

Minick and Simpson are the designers of the Bar Harbor line by Moda that we used on the Quilt Sampler quilt.  Love those red, white, and blues!

Another designer that used the Bar Hargbor line.  So pretty.  I'm sorry I don't have the link to their wesite.

Adorable little girls clothing!

So the booth above was my favorite booth at market.  It is the booth of Bonnie (mom) and Camille (daughter).  They each have their own pattern company but always show together at market and design fabric together.  Their booth featured their new line by Moda called "Bliss".  I think the reason I liked the booth so much was the fabric.  I love this new line!  The colors are so clean and fresh.  Love the quilt on the left!  May need to make that one too!  They also have a small line of brushed cottons (flannel like) that go with the line.  Yummy for backs.

This is Marsha McCloskey and quilts from her newest book "Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II".  Loretta Orsborn, of Orsborn Precision Quilting in Woodburn Oregon quilted her beautiful star quilt on the back wall.  It was fabulous!  Sorry you can't see the quilting any better.  Marsha's website shows it better.  Loretta did the quilting on all the quilts in my booth this year and she did such a fabulous job!  If you have a quilt that deserves some very special quilting Loretta's the one for you.  Shoot me an email and I'll give you her contact info.

Another feature at Market is a "Quilt Show".  The quilts in these shows are always incredible masterpieces.  Take a peek below at a few of them.

So at the close of market an incredible amount of work begins.  The carpets are rolled up and the huge crates and boxxes are brought back in for packing up.  Everyone is packing and hauling there stuff out while large machinery driven by men who think they own the road (whoops did I just say that?  They were not being careful enough for my comfort)!  One good thing about pack up, it goes alot faster then set up!!

The wonderful Busby's had room in their trailer and hauled all my "stuff" back to Oregon for me.  Take a look at this ~

This picture doesn't really show the magnitude of "stuff" sitting outside the trailer that needed to go inside.  We all looked at it and said "NO WAY"!

But as you'll see below, "YES WAY"!  Jeff's the man!  It's all in with not an inch to spare!

So we're all packed up.

My sister Brenda and I stayed a few extra days to see some sites around Minneapolis. 
What did we do?

Shopping ~ um
and more Shopping.

Does it count that we did different types of shopping in different settings?
Fun vintage stuff at the wonderful "Hunt & Gather".
Jewelry, clothing and shoes at the incredible "Mall of America". 
Antique and yarn in the quaint little town of Stillwater.

We girls did not let any dust settle under our shoes!

We even took in a baseball game.  Twins versus the Yankees in the brand new Target Field.  Home of the Minnesota Twins.  (Boy I almost sounded like I knew something about baseball).   My first major league baseball game.  Brenda is a big baseball fan.  She would like to visit every stadium in the US in her lifetime.  We checked one off the list for her.

Oh, did I mention after 5 innings and no score the game was rain delayed.  A big thunderstorm came over the field.  After an hour and a half they called the game.  Yes we waited, but we came prepared.  Guess what we did while we waited?  Hint above......we whipped out our knitting and started our wool felted bags we were going to make!

So that's it.  Our market experience.  Thanks for coming along, hope you enjoyed the ride. 
Remember to comment.  The drawing will be on Monday for the market goodies.

Blessings ~ Terri

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Quilt Market ~ Continued

For the shop owners and employees that attend quilt market there are so many options.  They have so many new fabrics, patterns, notions, and gadgets to choose from it's overwhelming.  The fabric companies set up very impressive sections with new quilts and projects using their latest fabrics.  Alot of these quilts and projects come from the designers.  Maywood Studios had some of my quilts and projects.  Lets see if you can spot them.

The fabric companies also have an area set up to "show their wares".  Tables for the shoppers to sit down with a rep and look at all the wonderful new fabrics.

During the convention the booths are judged and some awards are given.  Ann from Bunny Hill Designs won "Best Booth"!  She has a new line with Moda Fabrics called Lily and Will and she did her whole booth from the fabrics in the line.  Her booth was great.

Janice and Marcea, our nieghbors to the left won "Best Merchandising".

I'll wrap up all the pictures from quilt market tomorrow night.  A few more booths, some of my favorites and wrapping it all up.

Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~ Terri


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Home From Market ~ Catch Up Blogging!

It's always good to be home!  But as promised, I'll digress a bit to catch you all up on Quilt Market.  I'm sorry the blogging didn't go better.  Thank you so much to those of you who were faithfully watching for more.....  We'll get caught up these next few days and have the drawing for the market goodies on Monday.  All comments before Monday will be entered in the drawing.

Here are a couple more shots from the Sweet Treasures booth.

We enjoyed our nieghbors at Market.  Behind us was Stacy West, owner/designer of Buttermilk Basin.  Her specialty is wool designs and her whole booth for this market was Halloween.  She's a hoot!  We laughed and had alot of fun.  She is from Minnesota only 20 minutes or so down the road from the convention center.  Here are some of her designs.

Another wool artist is our own Debbie Busby from here in Oregon.  She teaches and has a large display of wool and patterns at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe.  Her company is Wooden Spool Designs.  I popped by her booth a couple times.  First she was busy and second she was out shopping so.... here are pictures of her booth with her husband Jeff who helps her at shows.

Look who's shopping!  It's Sharon and Gail from Sew Many Quilts in Bend!

May I tell you a little about these two?  I could not have done market without them.  They were incredible!  They told me they were going to come help me with my booth.  They flew in a day earlier than they otherwise would have for market.  They shopped for props with me, helped set up the booth when I didn't feel I had another creative thought left in my head, helped me in the evenings finish up the odds and ends of market and then after shopping for their store for days (and giving Brenda and I a break) they helped tear it all down and pack it up!  We loved hanging out with then and had a great time.  They worked their tails off to help me and I appreciate it so much!  They're so kind and giving.  I was truly blessed to have them with me at market.

When in Central Oregon be sure to stop by and visit them at their shop, Sew Many Quilts.

I had the pleasure of meeting Tiffany, a new vendor at Market.  She's so sweet and designs wonderful bags.  I think we'll be seeing alot more of her in the future!

Tiffany has a blog and etsy shop check it out.

It's good to be home (I think I said that already) and at a computer that will actually allow me to do what I want in a reasonable length of time!  Yipee!

Thanks for reading ~ more tomorrow!
Blessings ~ Terri

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Day two of Quilt Market~

It was a great day at quilt market!  There were lots of fun people to visit with today.  I had a fun visit with Joanna from Fig Tree Quilts and meet Kate Spain who's just started designing for Moda.  I love  Her first line "Verna".  One of my quilts from the "Five Fabulous Accent quilts book features "Verna".

Ok~this blogging hasn't gone as smoothly as I've hoped it would.  My new little netbook that I thought would be "just the thing" for traveling and blogging ISN'T!  It's slower than molasses-when I've got lots to do, let alone my sister would like to go to bed :-) .   Sooo  I'm only going to show a couple pictures for the next few days and will do a big post the end of next week when I get home.  The drawing for the market goodies will be Monday, May 31st.

My sister Brenda and I in our booth.

Amy Butler's Booth.


This is Cindy Taylor Oates of the Taylor Made brand.  She always has the cutest booth.  You've probably made one of her bags, pajama bottoms, skirts, aprons.... awesome designs.

When I do my big post after market I'll give you links to the company's and peope I've mentioned in my posts.  I'm afraid if I try and do it with this little netbook we might both blow up!

Thanks for reading.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Minneapolis ~ Quilt Market

We made it to Market!  It's been a lot of work!  This being the first market I've shipped to - I decided to get my props from local businesses to avoid so much shipping cost.  It's been a job.  Sharon and Gail the owners of Sew Many Quilts is Bend came in to Minneapolis early to help me set up my booth.  They've been incredible!  Would have never made it without them.

Following is a little glimpse of arrival, set up, and the start of market today~   Hope you enjoy!

Headed into the city through the car window.

There are many beautiful old churches in Minneapolis.  We came around a corner and the reflection of this one was pretty cool!

The waiting beginnings.  Semi's, suv's, and trailers, oh my! 

The before picture.
Boxxes and a few props piled in my booth.

I'm so glad I didn't have to unpack all of these!  The boxxes and wooden crates FULL of product that comes is is amazing!

Set up is a lot of work.  Drapes, chandelier, and quilts to hang (in a beautiful and creative way) props to set, roll out the rug and......

My sister Brenda finishing up last minute projects.



Booth set and ready for market!
More pics tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting.
Blessings ~ Terri