Would you like a tour? This is actually a "half booth", measuring 10 feet wide by 6 feet deep (a single booth is 10'x10').
Wildlife with Love™ collection. The Polar Babies quilt got a lot of attention as did the hooped appliqués and stuffed felt animals. I was thrilled that people reacted so well. I felt like it was something very new and different and I wasn't sure how it would go over. Now I am amped up to do another series of animals for next market.
The back wall of the booth has faux beadboard (wall paper!) with hooks mounted on wood molding (click pic to see bigger!). I double hung each bag style for lots of variety. I spent a lot of time rigging the straps, since they varied between styles. I wanted them all to hang at the same height. We had a shelf mounted across the back for more bags, pillows, hats and my books. We used bins under the shelf to hold patterns and supplies. The right wall displayed my full range of patterns by the covers, which were mounted on foam core. My husband is responsible all of the photography, too!
All in all, we felt the show was a success. We met a ton of shop owners and collected many business cards from interested buyers. I loved hearing from people that already carry my patterns as well as meeting people that said, "How come I never heard of you?" :) It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends and industry favorites, although it was a little harder to connect being tied to a booth instead of making the rounds myself! I'm pretty sure the crowd was thinned a bit by the threat of Sandy, but Sunday held steady. Monday was slow, but that did give us a chance to venture out of the booth which was nice. I also had the opportunity to speak with the folks from Creative Bug, who put together this beautiful "field report". I was thrilled and honored to be included in it!
Creativebug Field Report: Quilt Market 2012 from Creativebug on Vimeo.
Now I'd like to say a special thank you to my sweet husband who basically sacrificed his entire fall for me and this crazy adventure. Between pattern layouts, photography, graphics, booth building, hours of driving and a million other details, this would not have happened without him. Thank you, Honey! Although it wasn't without stress and exhaustion, I'm proud of our teamwork and ability to pull this off. WE DID IT. We rocked it. You are my hero.
And I cannot wrap up this post without one more thank you to some behind-the-scenes heroes, my parents. Grandma and Grandpa held down the fort for us back in Maryland, making sure our boys got to school, soccer games, were fed, safe and happy. We were worried but so fortunate that Hurricane Sandy took it easy on them. Our family stayed safe and warm. School was cancelled but G&G kept everyone entertained. Thank you Mom and Dad! You are the best.