Can you believe I forgot how much was involved with going to Quilt Market?
Three years. It seems like such a short period of time but it's amazing what you can forget in 156 weeks... 1,095 days. Okay, it might not have been exactly that long but you get the idea.
It was still a long time and so I was a little nervous about going to Market. Not "bad" nervous or really anxious, just the normal kind of "big event" nervousness. Will I know anybody? Has it all changed? Am I going to remember everything I need to get done?
Yes. A bit. No - but I remembered enough.
As always, it was crazy busy hectic exciting interesting exhausting entertaining informative and a whole lot of fun. I saw "old friends" and met lots of new people, some that I've gotten to know through the amazing online quilting community. I got to see all sorts of new and exciting fabrics that I can't wait to play with - linen, chambray, and yarn-dyes to name a few. I've already sewn with all of those but there are more colors coming... it's all just like candy.
Will you forgive me for being so absent if I tell you that I brought 31 new projects to Spring Market in Pittsburgh? Yes, that's right. 31. Thirty-one. Three-one. Okay, so 23 of them were small - Little Bites - but I'd forgotten how much else there was to do. Like where had I put the drapes for the booth? (That's the downside of cleaning out the garage and getting organized... I can't find anything!) How was I going to hang everything?
More importantly - where was everything going to fit... how was it all going to fit?
Booth sort-of-in-a-bag. Or a couple of boxes. I have concrete floors at home so it seemed kind of fitting to have those in my booth. (And the last time I rented a carpet from the convention center folks, it was $100.00 for three days and it. was. not. pretty. Not even close.)
True confessions. I regularly have pangs of "booth-envy" when I see wonderfully decorated, perfectly-thought-out booths with hard walls, lovely seating and clever displays and vignettes. In a perfect world, Pottery Barn would decorate - and furnish - my booth. Even if it's just for three days. But that's always the hang-up for me - it's so short-term. And as you can see, I didn't have much space to spare. Okay. None. And no, I don't want a bigger booth.
Can you see the windows / skylights in the upper right corner? It's one of the reasons why I love going to Pittsburgh for Quilt Market - I love this convention center. (I also love the city of Pittsburgh - it's prettier than I would ever have guessed and the people are very, very nice.)
So what's all that in my little home-away-from-home?
The quilts in the left corner are Sugarboo and Double Dutch. Double Dutch is on the bottom, it's a new Schnibble that will be published in another month. I'll show you that soon - it measures 68" x 68". There's another new Schnibble on the table, it's called Harvey. Big rabbit - big basket. Sugarboo is the one on top, it's a big quilt pattern that will be finished in about two weeks. (Yeah, yeah... I really ran out of time.)
Sugarboo - it was wonderfully, perfectly quilted by Abby - Latimer Lane Quilting. The fabric is mostly Color Me Happy by V & Co.
This is Crop Circles, another big quilt pattern that will be ready soon. It was made with 32 Fat Eighths and a couple of Fat Quarters of April Showers by Bonnie & Camille. (I used several of their collections for quilts this Spring... it's all that gorgeous color.)
This is Seven Letters - the "vintage" version. I liked this so much, I made it twice. It measures 73" x 73" and it's made almost entirely with strip-piecing. There are 2,401 pieces in the quilt and while I do like sewing little squares together... it would take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to make this quilt that way. I really would have run out of time! In addition to strip-piecing, if you follow the pressing instructions - and really, why wouldn't you? - every seam in the quilt will abut. I love it when a plan comes together like that.
See - I told you I was in love with the gorgeous colors in Bonnie and Camille's fabric! This is Seven Letters - the "happy" version.
So why didn't I finish all the patterns for the new quilts yet? Because I got side-tracked with little quilts... more accurately, with the new Little Bites patterns.
There are eight new patterns that encompass 23 different designs. Seven of the patterns have three versions / variations, and one has just two. That one - Sample - is a little sampler quilt with eighteen different blocks. Straight setting. Diagonal setting. And I was running out of time.
I wasn't sure how I would hang these in my booth at Market but it worked out pretty well...
The remaining nine quilts were on the table, finished as pillows and hanging from the wire baskets. (No really, I don't want a bigger booth.)
I'll have more pictures soon - I promise. Now that I'm getting caught up with everything, there are new things coming up. I'm going to be doing some "fun" sewing this summer... I think I've gotten myself committed to three different sew-alongs. And then I've got to get busy with quilts for a book - that's back on the schedule - and for Fall Market.
And lest I forget...
As much as I liked going to Market, this was the face that greeted me when I got home.
Not to worry, she was very well taken-care of while I was in Pittsburgh. My best-brother-ever brother came to Phoenix to keep her company. He likes to tell me how spoiled she is but given how fat and sassy she was when I got home, I think he spoils her too.
So that's it for now.
The Little Bites patterns are available in the shop and because I've been so slow with everything, they're on sale through June 1st. Enter Code - Market20 - for 20% off the new Little Bites.