Quilt Market Perspectives Spring 2015

I’m finally recovered from my Spring Quilt Market “hangover” that I can finally blog about it! This is only my 3rd time attending market (including a brief visit way back in 2008 and then again last fall). My goal for the trip was two-fold: order new precuts for our store and connect with several industry folks to firm up relationships that had already been established and seek out new ones. Jason and I divided and conquered our tasks –  he took care of meeting with the vendors while I was able to put on my “designer” hat and mingle with many of the movers and shakers in the industry.

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I have to tell you – from a business perspective, it’s worth it to attend market whether you are an aspiring designer, shop owner, or other quilting professional. You just can’t beat the one-on-one face-time that’s possible at an event like this. I was able to firm up previous commitments I’ve already agreed to, and several new opportunities were presented to me as a result of attending. So yay for business networking! Here a few fun highlights from the show:

 angela_leah_christaMeeting the amazingly talented Angela Walters and Leah Day was a highlight of my trip!

I was able to meet one-one-one with two of my machine quilting heroes: Angela Walters from Quilting is My Therapy and Leah Day from The Free Motion Quilting Project. These women are incredibly successful and they are very passionate about what they do! They are also generous with their knowledge and it was fun to chat quilting and business with them. I have a feeling you will be seeing more amazing things from these ladies in the future, so be sure to follow them, if you don’t already. 🙂

The day before market opens for business, dozens of 15-30 minute schoolhouse presentations are offered so that shop owners can get an overview of the latest and greatest at market. Schedules are handed out a few hours before the event begins and everyone quickly scrambles to choose which lectures they’d like to attend.

schoolhouse_scheduleQuilt Market is a great place to bump into quilty friends!

 It was fun to see smiling friendly faces from the likes of Becca from Sew Me a Song, Amy Friend of During Quiet Time,  Leanne Chahley from She Can Quilt, and Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts. We spent the day bumping into various online friends and having lots of great impromptu chats between schoolhouse sessions.

melissa_schoolhouse This is what a packed schoolhouse room looks like! Melissa Corry has a great “mom voice” that can be heard above any crowd. She’s just as fun as her quilts!

The hardest part was choosing which school houses to attend. So many of my friends were sharing their new books/fabrics/products at the same time! One of the best presentations was from Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting. She has a new book out and her schoolhouse was packed! She enthusiastically shared quilts from her book along with tips for shop owners on how to market it and make kits from it. I took lots of mental notes so that I’ll be ready to roll with my presentation, come fall!

Here’s a little montage of just some of the booths and people I met. Even after 4 days on their feet, these designers kept on smiling! Below from left to right: Bari J., Kimberbell Designs and Amanda Herring (The Quilted Fish), Atkinson Designs, Brenda from Pink Castle, Deb Strain, Sherri McConnell (new Moda fabrics), Carolyn Friedlander, Eleanor Burns, and Elizabeth Hartman.

market_montageI took more pictures which I will share in a future Craftsy blog post, so stay tuned for that!

By far, my favorite moment was getting to share sneak peeks of my book and a few quilts from Machine Quilting With Style along with a demo. This was a great practice run for me, as I’ll be able to do a schoolhouse and several book signings in the fall at the next quilt market.

book_promoMy publisher, Martingale, had a huge booth with a demo area for their authors, plus plenty of quilts on display to showcase their current catalog of books. It was a great setup!

If you were able to participate, either in person, or virtually through social media, what were some of your favorite quilt market moments?

9 thoughts on “Quilt Market Perspectives Spring 2015

  1. 2bleubirdzsssing4u says:

    Oooo…that big circle quilt on the table is lovely. Did I miss a blog post on that one? Good luck with your book. I think I might need that Irish Chain book, too. Inspiring. You look like you’re having fun.

  2. ZAnyMouse says:

    How exciting for you! In my wildest dreams, I hope to attend Quilt Market someday. I don’t know how, but I am going to make that happen! We quilters are always positive thinkers, aren’t we? Best of luck with your book launch and future endeavors!

  3. Denise says:

    What a great time you had at the show! Sadly, I didn’t go this time and after reading all of the blog posts about it, I kind a wish I went. Congratulations on your new book, how exciting! Can’t wait to take a look at it!

  4. Angela says:

    Thanks for an “insider” look! I think it would be so fun to see all those great fabrics, quilts, notions, designs, and creative people in one place!

  5. adaisygarden says:

    What a great post! Thank you for “taking us on a tour” and with all your tips and experience. I’m hoping to go next year with my daughter! I love your quilts. Congrats on all your success!! 🙂

  6. treadlemusic says:

    I am so thrilled for your success!!!! Reports of Market are now hitting the blog-waves and it looks like a resounding “happy time” for all. I know that I have read that Spring Mkt doesn’t have quite the “hugeness” standing that Fall Mkt does, but there are so many newcomers on the quilt scene that made their debut in Mpls that I think this year was very different!! Anxiously awaiting your future photos and posts!!!! Hugs……………

  7. Patrice says:

    Christa and Leah in the same room – my two favorite quilting personalities – I would probably faint!

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