I’m home and slowly recovering from the whirlwind of a weekend that was my trip to Houston and the International Quilt Market. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Market is the twice-a-year trade show where manufacturers, vendors and distributors pitch their wares to shop owners. It’s a trade-only event and I was fortunate to be able to attend the event with Sarah (the owner) and Taffy (teacher and quilter extraordinaire) of Intown Quilters, where I teach. (Photo thanks to Sarah: Patty, Melissa, me and Jenn)
The show is spread out over four days but the first day is an event called Schoolhouse, with back-to-back sessions about different products and marketing strategies store owners might find useful. My flight was set to arrive in Houston shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, which got me in town just in time for Schoolhouse. From the time I hit the ground, I was on the go nonstop until about 10 p.m. — a grueling day for someone who’d had only four hours of sleep the night before.
Oh, and did I mention that I had laryngitis?
Of course, it wasn’t all work. Patty was kind enough to add me to the list for the Fabric 2.0 party hosted by J. Caroline Creative and Michael Miller Fabrics, so Sarah, Taffy and I headed over there at the final Schoolhouse session for some food, drinks and lots of chatting. I was really looking forward to going because it was a chance for me to meet some of people I’ve met through blogging — and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest (although I was bummed that my friend Amy was not able to make it — but we’ll catch up at the next one, for sure!). Sheree had some trouble getting there (all those crazy one-way streets in downtown Houston) but once she did, she and I had a blast. She is just as amazing and sweet in person as when we’ve emailed and chatted on the phone. I wish I had even 10 percent of her confidence! I’d share a picture but for some reason, I don’t have one! I swear we took a picture together! (I took Honey’s camera, so I’m blaming that little piece o’ nothing.) Jenn has some great pics up, though, including some with Sheree and what may be some of the better pictures ever taken of me.
Myrinda (far left) is exactly what Lisa told me she’d be like! Funny, sassy and so much personality. She gave me a super cool “Fabric Addict” pin (can’t wait for the T-shirt!) that got lots of comments on the floor over the weekend.
Thanks to Myrinda, I also met Jona G., Jonah, Traci, Jami (eep! Can’t find Jami’s card and site!), Angela and Jenn (plus Jenn’s husband on Saturday night), all of whom were so sweet and friendly, and made me feel just right at home even though I was the new kid.
Tuesday: Part II aka on the floor at Market aka Mary’s namedropping post! LOL!