Twice a year, hundreds of people from the quilting industry descend upon various convention centers around the country and live in a world of quilting 24/7. It’s a world where hundreds of booths are filled with new fabric, quilting products, designers, patterns, quilt books, long arm machines and everything else that coincides with quilting! It’s Quilt Market!
The Spring show (though it happens in the Fall) is always in Houston. From Thursday until Monday we were stationed at the convention center meeting with authors, exploring new quilting trends and ooh-ing and aww-ing at all the gorgeous quilts in all of the booths. This Market was more eventful than usual due to the weather-it poured and poured the entire time we were there. So much for having a good hair day!
Consumers are welcome to attend Quilt Festival, which happens after Quilt Market. But Market has a special vibe to it. Everyone is there to do business! Designers, fabric companies, book companies-we all want to see what the newest thing is going to be in quilting. I would like to think Market is the equivalent of Paris Fashion Week. And people such as Tula Pink, Marianne Fons and Eleanor Burns are the “models” everyone is dying to see.
Since consumers don’t get to see the industry show, let’s get an “inside” look at Quilt Market from Landauer’s perspective!
Our finished booth! I would like to say our booth magically appeared and no sweat, blood or tears were shed during the set-up process, but that would make me a liar. I think only sweat was shed during the humid Houston heat! The wonderful quilts hanging up are the cover quilts from our new and upcoming books.
Wendy Sheppard, author of Creative New Quilts & Project from precuts or stash, was a busy lady at Market. She had various book signings and introduced her new thread box from Aurifil.
The gals from Sew Kind of Wonderful, Jenny, Helen and Sherilyn, had their own booth, and it was always filled with people! Everyone was very excited about their new book, One Wonderful Curve.
Angela Lawrence will have a new book out next year focusing on wool appliqué. You may remember her from Needleturn Appliqué The basics & beyond.
Our newest author, Mary Hogan, presented her upcoming book to shop owners in a Schoolhouse Session. Isn’t this string quilt lovely?
Joanie and Melanie from TailorMade by Design also presented their quilts in a Schoolhouse Session. These quilts come from their new book, Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living.
And there you have it! We had a great time at Market and can’t wait to introduce you to the new books we have planned for 2016!