Spring Quilt Market 2012 – Kansas City

Due to the fact that I have not yet created a sewing/quilting blog (it is on my list), I am posting about my Quilt Market experience here on my personal blog. At first I was worried because I see all the AMAZING sewing/quilting blogs/bloggers out there and felt that my personal blog is totally lame, but I now have the inspiration I need to move creating my blog to the top of my list, and this post will move on over to the new blog! Oh, and I am open to hearing tips, hints and more from all you fellow bloggers!

Let me start out by saying I really wish there were 5 of me, and Quilt Market only validated that thought! My personal creating/designing/blogging was put on hold last year while I took my mom’s business online! YAY! While it has been an amazing experience and great for business (it really took off and we are so happy), it has meant putting my own work aside, but hopefully over the summer I can get back on track with that as well! *fingers crossed* In addition to the online business, we run a storefront as well as do customer sewing and alterations, last month’s big project was sewing dressed for Ballet Fantastique’s Cinderella!

Anyway moving on………… Spring Quilt Market 2012 – my 1st Market! 

I grew up in the business and have been to many trade shows, but never Market, and I was dying to go.

After a long day of travel beginning at 4am, we arrived in Kansas City just in time to make it to the FabShop dinner with moderator Laurie Harsh and panelists from Moda and more! Dinner was great, the panels were amazing and so informational and of course the door prizes and freebies were simply out of this world. I scored a few goodies that really helped get Market started off on a great note.

Like these great fat quarter bundles from Stella, I can’t wait to put them to good use!

I made a few great connections at the dinner, and am really glad to be apart of the FabShop network.

Market: Day 1

SCHOOLHOUSE day!

My mom has been raving about Schoolhouse for years, and I am happy to report she was right. It was a long and intense day (we did all 15), and it reminded me of college all over again, but it was such a great experience! I am not going to blog about every session, but they were all great.

Tula Pink and I after her great Schoolhouse session – I am so happy I got to meet her, she is simply amazing!

Totally crushing over Nightshade!

We all know what QR codes are, and I use them everyday, but a QR code quilt?! This sent chills up my spine – I am so excited to see the social media/tech world blend in with the quilting world!

Pretty much!

Robert Kaufman Kona Solids & We Love Color book session – I cannot wait to start some of the quilts from the book!

Love the colors

This doesn’t even begin to cover my Schoolhouse experience, but my notepad is at work, so I will add in some more re-cap tomorrow!

Food? Did anyone else have time for that? We managed to get a bite in at the Power & Lights district before heading back for……. SAMPLE SPREE! Oh man, as a first time market attendee, sample spree was a must, the only thing I can compare it to is Black Friday for Quilters! Doors opened at 8, and we got in the massive line around 6:30, luckily I had some quilt books to keep me entertained! I had given myself a budget, which was seriously gone in all of 5 minutes at the first stop, but who needs a budget anyways? I got some great steals!

Kona obsessed

Small part of my haul!

AMAZING 1st day!

Market: Day 2

I had an 8am Take & Teach class on appliquéing, which was pretty good and then the show floors opened! Our 1st appointment was with Michael Miller, their lines never disappoint & I cannot wait to get our fabrics in. I am loving;

Sarah Jane: Out to Sea, Ahoy Matey, Prepster Stripes, Contemporary Florals & of course Pierre’s Famous Circus. 

The booth was also simply amazing & the color wall was spot on with the modern trends and colors – to re-iterate what we already knew, coral is here for awhile and along with it comes teal & navy and yellow & gray, and I am loving them all!

Circus elephants all the way from the NY office prop department

Love it!

Color board wall, so inspiring!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I felt like the days went by so fast, I feel like the show floor opened and closed within minutes of each other. We spent the rest of the day visiting different booths and of course BUYING fabric, I am so excited to start getting some it it in!

One of our biggest sellers, both in-store and online is Loralie Harris & it was so great to meet her and see her new work. I also got to chat with Vanessa Christenson, designer of the Simply Color line for Moda and author of Make it Sew Modern. Like me, she grew up around sewing but put it on the back burner during high school and college, got married and picked it up again – it was truly inspiring to chat with her and see that it is not to late just because I am 24 and just getting back into it all. I am also very excited for her new line to come into our store in October!

Fav quilt I want to make next – Vanessa Christenson

Another line for Moda I fell in love with was ZenChic and of course we ordered patterns and fabric galore, also coming in October (all this just in time for my birthday)!

Designer for ZenChic

I am loving all the ZenChic quilts, can it be October?

Another highlight from the floor was Art Gallery Fabric’s what I call Wall of Color, seriously breathtaking. We are planning to adopt a similar idea into our shop this summer!

Seriously, just breathtaking!

& of course no day would be complete without a stop by Riley Blake!

Never disappointing!

I am and have been obsessing over the Riley Blake Chevron and Ombre Dots, we have some in-store and of course ordered more! The vinyl is also on my wishlist!

To-die-for, need I say more?

As a closet nerd, I was ecstatic to see some nerdiness at Market – I am currently waiting on our Star Wars fabrics!

I also grew up with a love of Peanuts, and it is a fabric line that has and is doing well in our shop and online. I love the Project Linus campaign and am happy to see Quilting Treasures promoting it like they are, we cannot wait to get the line in stock.

Market: Days 3 & 4

Yes, it took us two more days to finish our shopping – every booth was just so amazing I could have spent a day at each one!

Got to meet Amy Butler, I love her and all her work! I am so excited for her new line!

& of course Tula Pink’s booth was out of this world (partial booth photo as my phone was out of memory).

Awesome make-and-take project at The Quilted Fish booth using Riley’s Blake’s Apple of my Eye line. I am pretty sure we will be offering project workshops for this awesome flower necklace!

The Checker booth demonstrations were great, and I won this awesome pattern and bought the new circle rulers from Creative Grids, cannot wait to get to work!

Other highlights 

In our rare free time, we took some time to explore the area and be tourists!

For a book junkie like myself, the Kansas City Library is a must-see!

We took some time to drive to Independence where we visited the Truman House and a couple museums including the beginning of the Oregon Trail exhibit.

Country Club Plaza – mini Rodeo Drive and my fav. area

but with Cinderella carriage rides!

My iPhone 4s’s version of the solar eclipse – country club plaza

& of course the trip wouldn’t be complete without some Kansas City BBQ, especially for us West Coasters who have never had “real” BBQ!

It took me quite a few days to get over the famous Market hangover/fog, but I think I am finally processing everything. I am truly happy I got to experience this wonderful event, and I look forward to many more in the future. While overwhelming at first, I am finally organizing my thoughts and ideas, and have many changes/updates to come this summer both for me personally and for the business! 

Like I said, a professional blog is coming where I will probably go into greater detail about some of the highlights as well as add more about the Schoolhouse sessions! But for now, we will see everyone in Houston!

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Peace in the middle of chaos

I really don’t mean to go a month without a post, but I am just so busy living life. These past few months and the months to come will be some of the busiest months of my life, but in a great way! I am sooooooooo happy with all the opportunities I have right now with the business and while I have made a decision to start giving up some play time for added work time, I know in the end it will be worth it! Anyway, don’t worry, we will still always find time for our getaways!

A couple weekends ago, we got the chance to go stay at my husband’s aunt and uncle’s AMAZING cabin up the Mckenzie. It is seriously one of the most amazing and tranquil places I have stayed at. It is right on the river and we spent all weekend with the sound of the roaring rapids and chirping birds! It was a much-needed mini getaway from everything. To often we get caught up and bogged down with work and other life stress, and sometimes it is just crucial to getaway. We spent a lot of time hiking and exploring the area, cooking meals together and reading on the back porch over the river. It was absolute bliss. It gave us time to re-connect and most importantly we got to spend hours discussing where we are now and what we want to accomplish in the near future. We also talked a lot about the future of my business.

Here are some pics of our weekend –

View off the screened in back porch

I want to live here!

Seriously, if you are feeling stressed or worn out from the everyday chaos, go out and enjoy nature for a day!

If you live around here, you have most likely heard of Cougar hot springs, a beautiful but very very uh hippie environment. I have always wanted to go, and all my friends go and love it, but I have never been brave enough to try it, I am a slight germ-a-phobe but I decided to take the plunge. We were told if we came out about 8am that we would not be surrounded with the mass crowds that come in the afternoons. There were a few people there at 8am, but it was a very relaxing and clean experience.

Hot springs

For lunch we ate a Takoda’s (we have been hearing amazing reviews for years) and it was just that… amazing! The weather was perfect and we sat outside in their tranquil garden area and enjoyed local cuisine and drinks soaking up the sun.

I am so lucky to have a guy who is my best friend and more, who enjoys these trips as much as I do and sees the value of taking time to disconnect from the world and everyone and just enjoy each other! ❤ 

Oregon Discoveries #1

In my last post I mentioned that this year in addition to visiting our favorite local spots, we are going to explore the many wonderful new places around us. I am going to blog about each place so that everyone else can go a discover it too!

We finally got a break from the sun a few weekends ago and the hubby and I decided to just go for a drive. We started by going south on I5, and wound up in Coos Bay (we have never been south of Florence together as far as the Oregon Coast in concerned). It is like a mini SF, in fact, they call themselves the Bay Area of Oregon. Thanks to Pinterest, I had discovered this amazing beach –

Cape Arago, Coos Bay OR

We continued on down and stumbled across an amazing Wildlife Park that we had never heard of before where you could play with baby lions, leopards, bears and more. It was so fun, I was in heaven, Shaun loved it too!

Oh ya, I also got a ride a camel!

We also stopped in Bandon for lunch and a stroll though Old Town, neither of us had been there either.

Such great artwork in Bandon, we loved Old Town!

It was such a great way to spend the day with the guy I love most!