I thought I'd share a bit about what the Quilting trade show is like for a designer. We are there to share our newest products and designs with shop owners, teachers, and to meet with the industry people we do business with. Unlike a shop who is there to buy for their store, we are there to talk about our own work.
There are 2 days of booth set up, as some booths are very large. Mine.. not so much.. ha!
On the 2nd day of set up there are a lot of presentations, called Schoolhouses. I was booked for THREE and that means.. my space looked like this until they were all done.
Each presentation was about 25 min or so, and then I had about 40 min to wait until the next one.
First I talked about my fabric line Hometown Girl, the 3 new patterns and my Aurifil Thread collection. I collected names and 2 shops won layer cakes of my new fabric!
Next was my talk about my new book! I gave tips on how to use my book to teach classes, I talked about the photos inside showing the step by step directions and the super cool Triangle reference sheet!
It was quite late when we finished the show. So the Shipping Department and I had to set up my whole booth, then head to our hotel to check in! I decided to opt out of the evening events this year as I'd twisted my foot and needed to put some ice on it.. we had not even started day one yet!
One more shot for this article.. here I am at the Aurifil booth. The did a whole new setup which is fantastic! They even brought a RED Vespa for me.. do you like it?
Time to catch up on my shows or listen to ones you missed! Today I'm featuring a favorite show where we talked about quilt bees, quilt communities, learned how an artist finds friends in the land of quilters... This show is super fun!
-- Lindsay Conner is a writer, designer and the author of the book "Modern Bee". You will see her writing at many of your favorite sites on the internet and at her own site LindsaySews.com. I was on her book tour and totally feel in love with her writings on being in a Quilt bee and her thoughts on building community. So happy to have her on the show today to chat about quilting communities!
-- Lee Heinrich - I love hearing how people approach their quilt making, Lee is one of the three authors of then book "Vintage Quilt Revival". I've been chatting with each author and it's very interesting to hear how each approached the same topic that went into one book!
--Dan DiPaolo creates delightfully fun fabrics for clothworks and wanted to learn more about this artist! Dan lives on a 40 acre farm which he told me inspires a lot of his art work. I'm looking forward to chatting with him about how he develops his ideas!
-- Ashley Smith grew up in the quilting business. Her mother co-owend Possibilities and the Great American Quilt Factory in Colorado, so you might have run into Ashley if you had visited! She now works at the online workshop site, Craftsy, as the Acquisition Editor. In that job she sees a lot of different aspects of the quilt world. I asked her to join me to talk about trends and learning online!
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