Thursday, May 24, 2012

Quilt Market Snapshots

Quilt Market was great! I have lots to share... but I'm still unpacking, shipping orders, & trying to catch up on sleep. In the meantime here are snapshots via Instagram of the 2 weeks leading up to Quilt Market & Quilt Market itself. I love how fast & easy Instagram is. For this market I didn't even bring my laptop... my iPhone and Instagram kept me connected to everything!

A few quick thank you notes.
1. A big shout out to Rachel for blogging my booth while I was gone.
2. Thank you to Candi for helping me in my booth again! I couldn't do it without you!
3. A big giant hug & lots of chocolate to my amazing quilter Angela. My booth would be empty without you.
4. My mom. Without her I'd still be binding quilts & bagging orders.
5. My family for help with photographing the covers, bagging patterns and supporting me through everything. You are amazing.

1. Quilt Market = new samples of quilts! (yes I follow my own patterns when sewing to not make mistakes!) 

2. Just finished a baby size Radio Way quilt top in under 2 hours. That includes planning, cutting, sewing & pressing. I love how fast this pattern is!

3. A peek into today's photo shoot. By popular demand I'll be releasing Three in a Box as a pattern. Here is the original with the new bigger one made from Flea Market Fancy. The pattern will include directions for multiple size blocks! 

4. Teamwork!! Mom & I did 254" of binding while riding in the backseat of the car earlier today.

5. New patterns are here! ...busy packing lots of orders of Yummy & Varsity to ship out Monday morning!

6. My quilts are on the cover of the Martingale catalog!!!

7. Chop... Chop... Time for more sample sewing. I seriously could use an elf to do my pressing! Where is Dobby when you need him!!

8. Baby size Yummy done! Fabric is Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille.

9. Heaven just arrived in the form of new Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona colors!

10. Evidence of a productive day. Fabric = Cocoon by Valori Wells

11. Any guesses on what quilt I'm making?...

12. Sneak peek at my next pattern... Miss Aliyah made the cover. :-) I just counted and realized I've made 15 quilt tops in the last 3 weeks, no wonder I'm tired!!

13. Behind the scenes...

14. I can't sleep... So I decided to be productive & finish some binding. Fabric is Summerlove by Pat Bravo... 3:26 isn't too late for bed right?...

15. Happy Birthday to Aliyah! She's 2 today! Where does the time go? She's rocking her new dress featuring Ann Kelle knits for Robert Kaufman Fabrics as made by my sister-in-law Karin. Love it!!!

16. Quilt Market Prep = Haircut

17. 12 quilts bound & ready to go to quilt market. 8 more to bind... And then I'm calling it!!

18. The cure to a long week.

19. Basting a quilt. It's been a long time since I did this. I've been spoiled by Angela Walters.

20. Ombré version of my new Ditto pattern featuring Vanessa of V&Co's new fabric, Simply Color.

21. I cut into my Full Moon Forest stash to bind my new Ballerina quilt. If that isn't true Tula Pink love, I don't know what is! 

22. A peek inside my book, Skip the Borders. This quilt is called White Stars & features Prince Charming by Tula Pink.

23. My new stickers for Quilt Market just arrived!

24. Seven more quilts to bind before Tuesday. Starting to panic a bit!

25. Happy Birthday Aliyah! Aliyah is rocking another dress my SIL Karin made her. This one features Dr. Seuss prints!

26. My new patterns are here!! {Since this photo they have all shipped to stores and are available now!!}

27. Four quilts bound... Three more to go. I couldn't have done it without help from my amazing mom.

28. First Mother's Day in 15 years that my mom has both her kids together! :-)

29. Busy making Biscuit pincushion samples with my mom... for Quilt Market Sample Spree!

30. Purple won the vote!

31. Mom is busy binding the last quilt! I'd be lost without her. 

32. Last quilt done!! Time for some sleep before I head to the airport. Fabric = Cocoon by Valori Wells

33. At the airport. Quilt Market here I come!

34. In Kansas City with Angela Walters. :-)

35. My booth in boxes. Tomorrow this will all magically turn itself into a booth. (or so I can hope!)

36. Hanging out with my book quilts for the first time in a very very very long time!

37. My dinner. It's a good thing that Angela Walters took me to five guys for lunch.

38. Lunch at Angela Walters's subway with Candi.

39. Thank you Liz!!!!

40. Day one of booth setup is done.

41. End of one long day... Time to rest up before tomorrow.

42. I'm an author!!!
43. Rocking my good luck charm.

44. Schoolhouse was great!! I was talking about my new book, Skip the Borders. Thank you to everyone who came & packed the room!

45. More from schoolhouse. Quilt shown is White Stars.

46. One of my book quilts! It features Stitch by Betz White for Robert Kaufman.

47. My quilts in the Dear Stella booth! They had Dance Floor & Chopsticks both featuring their new Petal Pusher fabric line!

48. Tula Pink is popular. It was pretty much impossible to get a shot of this during her schoolhouse without other phones/cameras in the shot!!

49. I'm at Tula Pink's schoolhouse

50. Quilt from Quilts from the House of  Tula Pink book... Love it!

51. The booth is ready for show day #1 :-)

52. Is it nap time yet?

53. Quilt Market at night.

54. Hanging out with Valori Wells in my booth in front of my new Radio Way made out of her Cocoon fabrics.

55. My view from the floor. I need a nap.

56. Lots of fun at my demo earlier!!

57. Hanging out with Vanessa of V&Co.

58. Hanging out with Katy & superbuzzy at the Modern Quilt Guild Meetup! :-)

59. Modern quilt guild event at Quilt Market.

60. Jessica Levitt's Timber... Emily Herrick won it... And I'm trying to bargain with her!!!

61. Hanging out with the mom of Tula Pink.

62. Hanging out with Marmalade Fabrics! Love these gals!!

63. Just spent 20 minutes looking through Patty Young's book, Sewing Modkid Style, & I love it!!! Super excited to make some new things for Aliyah when I get home.

64. Hanging out with Candi in my booth. (#730) 

65. Emily Herrick... Aka the Crazy Old Lady!!

66. We were spotted by the Dear Stella team! We won a bundle of Gilt Trip that Candi will be giving away on her blog soon.

67. And just like that it's a memory!! 

68. Ever wonder what it looks like to have 31 quilts on one bed?

69. Congrats to Quilt Asylum Quilt Shop for winning my shop sample! They are now the proud owners of Radio Way in Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater.

70. The glasses girls. (Anna Maria Horner) ... Getting ready to go home. 

71. Booth on a cart! Happy to be taking less home than I brought with me. 

72. Home sweet home. Loved Quilt Market, but love this guy more.

73. I finally got to bring my book quilts home! This is Framed Coins from my upcoming book Skip the Borders. It features 4 Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Green Solids with an assortment of black and white fabrics.  


I'll be back soon to announce the winners of my 3 year anniversary giveaway & show you photos I took on my actual camera!!

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Cindy Sharp said...

You should be very tired.

Thanks for sharing the journey.

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your impressions with us. I look forward to the book, but the first sewing Yummy and Come What May. I love your pattern.
Hilde from Norway

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Whew! Now *I* need a nap! That was exhausting! What fun pictures and wonderful memories for you!


Barbara said...

great photos - #72 is priceless =]

Carla said...

It all sounds so exciting and exhausting! But so worth the effort and I really appreciate you sharing with us!

natalie. beyond the reef said...

...and on top of it all, stopping by the booth to check on me every day! T

Melissa P said...

What a ride! So glad that you had a great time and that everything went smoothly. Take it easy for a bit, now that you're home.

Angela Nash said...! That is one busy lead-up and weekend.

Love the picture of your mom and you binding away in the back seat. We need to hear the final total of binding you did for the weekend. Is it a mile+?

I had fun being Amanda Jean's iron elf, I'll pop over to help you out, too :)

tpott said...

Thanks for bringing us along. I don't know how you did it, you might need to sleep for a few days to catch up. WOW! I can not imagine how you made so many quilts in such a short time. It looks like you had fun. ;-> Toni Anne

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Awesome post! Is your book spiral bound? If so, brilliant! I hate having to break the spines to get them to stay open. Fun to see Sarah and Susan from TQA. That was one of my two fav shops when we lived in TX.

Anne D said...

Wow what a week(s). Love your work. I am planning to buy a few patterns next time I order fabric( I live in Australia so I wait and buy a lot at once) and I will be buying the book too. I love batiks and can't wait to make your designs in batiks.

Stephanie Zito said...

Wow! You must be exhausted! Thank you for sharing all your pic's with us! Can't wait to see the ones you took on your camera! Hope you enjoy a very well deserved rest now!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Love, Love, Love the photos...booth was beautiful and I can't wait to see the book.

Fun to see a pix of a guy you love even more....that is always fun :)


VickiT said...

GREAT recap of your very busy, but super fun trip to Market this year as AN AUTHOR (CONGRATS AGAIN!). Thank you for taking the time to show all the pics and your quilts and more Julie. I really am going to need to find money to buy many of those patterns and your book. Gosh, you sure have been a busy girl.

You and your sweetie are super cute.

Jill said...

Love the recap of your journey, after all that I would be ready for a nap. Can't wait to try out some of your patterns Julie!

rachel griffith said...

you're a rockstar :)

and you're welcome.

Sandy said...

What a post! I loved seeing everything...what a whirlwind time! Congrats to you, love the haircut and now take some time to relax!

Emily Herrick said...

Great post! Amazing quilts! Awesome girl! Love ya'! :o)

dolores said...

OMG! You have become a California girl! Looks great! Have I told yo how excited I am that we are getting your trunk show? It will be almost like a hug!:)

LisaG said...

A lovely post, thoroughly enjoyed reading it. You & your patterns rock.

Mishka said...

So proud of all that you've accomplished Julie. You rock!

Pieced Brain Quilt Designs said...

Congratulations! It looks like you had an awesome time, and that all the sleepless nights were worth it. Your patterns are gorgeous! :-)