I’m so glad to back home from my trip to Pittsburgh and Spring Quilt Market. It was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.
I wasn’t sure I’d fit in, not being a quilter or famous fabric designer and all. I don’t own a quilt shop either, which I soon felt the need to disclose to booths as they offered me paperwork. But I quickly felt right at home. It was so inspiring to see all the quilts, clothing, and creative displays of all the booths. I loved chatting with so many talented and creative people.
Almost as soon as I got there, I walked the floor during set-up time and met up with many who helped and worked with me through the process of getting my book to print. It’s great to have faces to place with names.
Then it was Sample Spree. I had no idea what that was going to be like. I didn’t get there hours early and was not in a rush to get in first (I heard many ran in as the doors opened and a booth sold out in 10 minutes). I had no idea. I was just happy being ignorant of all that and see all the fabric deals.
I bought some patterns for simple quilts for me and some for my 4-H co-leader. I bought an adorable fabric bundle for my daughter–it has cats on it and she’s excited to use it to make a sweet quilt project for her next year’s 4-H quilt project for fair. I can’t wait to see it 🙂
It was very crowded, but fun. There were booths that were too crowded to get close enough to see what they had. I picked up some fabric bundles and this cool gadget called a Pin Pal (1 for me and 1 for my daughter).
The next day the market opened. Here are just some of the amazing booths.
Some new fabric designers:This booth was one of my favorites–I was drawn to it. And I just loved this:
So many clever ways to display fabric and get noticed.
So many quilts
Some knit fabrics ♥
and lots of quilts! Some looked like paintings, until I got close-up.
Some booths had cool 3-D effects!
Or history lessons about fashion and trends…
Owls were all over the place.
Even in suiting fabrics…
There was a toy shop
and a gift shop.
Great people to meet
Fun things to do
I didn’t have my nails painted, but I did buy some nail polish for my girls. My older daughter is so excited that they match fabric lines, and already requested a skirt using a coordinating Sandi Henderson floral print.
Of course, my book was there in the C&T booth…
I was pretty overwhelmed with the whole experience, but really glad I went.