2011 Quilt Market
The two big trade shows of the year are Fall Quilt Market, held every year in Houston, and Spring Quilt Market, which rotates through different cities around the country. I usually don't go unless I have a new book to promote. With Patchwork Among Friends hot off the press, Steve and I loaded the car and drove the 17 hours to Houston.
There's the big fella himself. He cleans up rather nicely. The two quilts to his left (your right) are both featured in Patchwork Among Friends.
Here you can see the other half of our booth and the other half of the Crosley-Griffith Publishing team.
This is Barbara Jones of bj designs and patterns. Steve had lunch in the food court and happened to sit down with Barbara's husband, Steve. Imagine his surprise when he discovered they were both from central Iowa. In fact, Barbara works at one of my favorite quilt shops, Creekside Quilting in Clive, Iowa. I love her whimsical designs.
This is my dear friend, Marti Michell, in her booth. Look at that simply stunning quilt behind her!
Later that day, Marti came by my booth to say hello.
It was a dark and stormy night... Actually, it was early in the day, before Market had opened. I stopped by and they were all out, probably walking the show, just as I was doing at that moment. I did get to hook up with Penny, Dean, and the gang later in the day. That's always a pleasure. Electric Quilt's latest enterprise is My EQ Boutique, downloadable software and collections of blocks, including several from me.
This is the effervescent Nancy Rink standing in front of a BOM quilt she designed. The fabrics are part of her new line from Marcus Brothers.
My booth was right next to Alicia Werner, the Zipper Lady. I never got a chance to get a picture of her or her booth. Every time I thought about it, she was tied up. Still, if you are in the market for zippers, check out her web site. You'll be glad you did.
Another person I didn't get a photo of was my good friend, Sham Lohani of M&S Textiles Australia. He has the most beautiful and exotic Aboriginal fabric. He kindly gave me the loveliest scarf and a copy of his new book, Australian Spirit. You really must take a look at his web site.