International Quilt Market

May 17, 2011

What’s the International Quilt Market? It’s a trade show where the quilt industry can showcase and demo their products to potential clients. I was lucky enough to be able to ride some coattails and get into the party. It was an all out weekend party starting on Thursday night.

I got in this huge line on Thursday night with my good gal pals – Leigh & Kati for Sample Spree. We were trying to get in to buy current samples of fabrics. I had my eye out for Little Apples by Aneela and whatever else I could get my hands on. Didn’t get Little Apples. . . but did get a bunch of Art Gallery and Nancy Mim’s new organic line with Robert Kaufman.

Sample Spree shopping


The next night I went to the Modern Quilt Guild meetup with Rachel and Kati. We mostly hung out with Tallgrass (my nickname for her) aka Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studios. We just talked and talked. . and laughed. . . it was great!

Mrs. Tallgrass

Another person I wanted to meet was Heather from House of a la Mode. I sent her a message before she got to SL, UT. . kind of involved:

“If you see a short asian girl running towards you. . . squealing. . that’s me. . don’t be alarmed!”

Yeah so when I saw her. . . kind of a goofball. . but I think she knows I heart her.

Me and Heather

Shortly after meeting Heather. . . I was able to giggle it up with Amy Ellis from Amy’s Creative Side. I was kind of bummed that I didn’t get any picture of her. . . but I think someone got one of us.

In line for Amy Ellis!

Saturday morning was Market Day! I met up with a bunch of girls from the guild to walk the floor.


Here are some of my favorite quilts:

Worlds colliding!

Modern Quilt @ Spring Market

Solids + Modern quilt = awesome sauce

My favorite booths had to be Alexander Henry and Zen Chic.

Alexander Henry Booth @ Spring

So Chic!

I met one of my favorite fabric designers of all time! Aneela from Comfortstitching. She’s so tiny against my fatty-fat self. . lol



After walking market. . . it was on to Blogger’s Quiltmarket Meetup hosted by Mrs Nanette Merrill of Freda’s Hive. Mrs. Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, and Mrs. Calli Taylor of Make it Do It at the Blue Lemon. It was a blast! We sat, ate, and chatted about market. . while prizes were being given away. Yeah, Rachel and I took home a pretty big prize – the Slice machine! wo0t!



After it was all said n’ done, I got a ton from market – not just swag. . .but the swag was awesome!!

Swag from Spring Market

I got to meet my heroes. . . and you know that saying, “never meet your heroes.” Well it was completely wrong! I meet some of my heros/inspirations last weekend and they’re justified why I love them so much. Down to earth and actually people – not just an online persona.

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  • Reply Rachel May 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Oh good memories. Now we need to recover so we can make more.

  • Reply Leigh May 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Nice recap. I wish quilt market were here every year instead of Houston – but we’ll just have to go to Houston all together next time!

  • Reply jacquie May 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    dang girl, what a haul!! so great to hang out!!

  • Reply Sue May 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    It was great fun. I’m over whelmed with everything I saw and everything I didn’t see. I agree Houston would be worth the trip.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy May 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    So awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing your photos and stories, I totally wish I could’ve been there! So glad I can live vicariously through your amazing photos. What an amazing table full of goodies you wound up with! Lucky you! 🙂

  • Reply Amanda May 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Market was so dang fun! And I had a blast meeting you! <3 you!

  • Reply Bellgirl May 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Man! Quilt MArket loks like so much fun!

  • Reply Toya Charles June 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I think I joined before, but here I am again!!!!! I want to go to Market….

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