Quilt Market re-cap & recovery

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Quilt Market is the quilt industry trade show that happens twice a year, fall always in Houston Texas followed immediately by the Quilt Festival, and each spring in a changing location. This was the first time I had my own company booth at Fall Market and it’s pretty daunting when you are a one-woman company! Fortunately, I have lots of support from friends, professionals, and my go-to guy, my husband πŸ™‚

So much effort, energy, business, and at the end of the day, fun. It takes a bit to get back to normal! Here’s what you start with…20191028_1626472313150095825871148.jpg

Not very inspiring, is it?! Everything else has to be hauled, shipped, rented, or bought on site. To make something wonderful, where people want to be and ultimately buy. This is a business after all and if you don’t make money, you can’t make more patterns, quilts, fabric, books, or whatever you have to offer.

Some shots of my booth after setup…20191026_0905011191069875788962882.jpg

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img_20191026_130421_9632900443156523833334.jpgOne of the downsides of having your own booth is that you actually have to be in it – all the time! Which makes it hard to get out and around to see other booths and all of the other sights. It’s kind of a trade off in many ways. So I did run around the show in the mornings before the floor opened. At the end of the day, I’m just too tired to even enjoy. Here was the view from my booth – business was hopping!img_20191026_130421_9467458333198870884729.jpg

Besides the opportunity to meet lots of new industry faces and catch up with friends and business partners from before, I introduced three new patternsΒ and the second installment of the Lab Manual Series, String Theory 2.0, which are now available to shops and directly on my site as well. More on those soon but they are all now available!

And before you know it, it’s over and everything comes down in a flash! Just like it never happened…

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After the wheels touched back down on the runway in Washington State, I hit the road for my last two travel teaching/speaking trips of the year – and now, THANKSGIVING! How can that even be possible?!

Happy quilting,

Tonya

Drumroll please…

O.k. o.k. o.k.! So excited (and mildly stressed out – in a good way!) The countdown is on. This time next week I’ll be opening my booth at the Houston International Quilt Market 2019 and introducing my newest patterns and offerings to quilt shops, distributors, and retailers alike including…..String Theory 2.0!!!Lab Manual Series 2 coverv2

Quilt market runs October 26-28 before the International Quilt Festival in the Houston Convention Center (everything really is bigger in Texas – this thing is gigantic!). It’s the industry trade show for everything quilty – fabric companies, pattern designers, notions, distributors, retailers, publishers, and every auxiliary industry you can imagine.

Like most things, I’m working towards this with my hair on fire! I sure can’t do this alone – HUGE thanks to the consummate professionals and friends that make my designs come to life: long-arm quilter and thread whisperer, Tracey Fisher, graphic designer extraordinaire, Lindsie Bergevin, and keeping me honest, my much-needed technical editor,Β  the awesome Elizabeth Beese. With their efforts, here’s a peek at some of the things I’ll be introducing there!

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If you are a retailer attending Market, please stop by my booth #2208 and say hi! I would love to meet you. My booth is in the LAST row of the show floor (or maybe, the first, depending on where you start!) Let’s just call it the end row – and the easiest to find!

You can also pick up your passport for the Pattern Designer Booth Hop – a fun way to discover some great independent designers and a chance to win PRIZES! Who doesn’t love that?

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If your not a shop owner but your favorite local quilt shop peeps will be attending – send them my way and let them know what you’d like to see in their shops. You can be there in spirit and have them bring something home for you πŸ™‚ Your support is soooo important and they appreciate your business!

I promise more feature posts on the individual new patterns and the new Lab Manual – String Theory 2.0 after market. (I heard some of you may still have a few scraps laying around so it was necessary!)

To be sure to get the latest updates from Market – follow me on Instagram @stashlabquilts and also follow the tag #quiltmarket2019 for great posts from everyone on the show floor.

Next stop, HOUSTON!

Tonya