May 24 - 27 brought Quilts Inc to Portland OR for their spring Market. It is a trade show for all kinds of businesses involved in the quilting industry. The cross section of booths cover every kind of business, from Moda fabrics to American Patchwork and Quilting (Meredith Publications) to independent pattern designers to brand name fabric designers.
I attended as a longarm quilter and budding pattern designer. Since Portland was close to home, (driving distance), I wanted to attend and get a peek into 'the other side' of the business.
First up was this amazing antique quilt that welcomed all the first time attendee's at a coffee meet and greet.
This piece glowed, it drew you in, and captured my attention for a few minutes.
Are you following Maria Shell? Have you got her book? Her work is pretty amazing.
new book here.
She has a great post with photos from market as well.
I loved Northcott's backdrop! This sums up what I took away from market. Imagine what you can do, then give it a try. The only things you will fail at are the ones you don't try. It's just fabric, and we all know where we can get more. Try something new each month, it doesn't have to be king size, it can be a mini.
EE Schenck Co is a large wholesale warehouse in Portland, OR. They through a big party for market goers on Saturday night. It was really great, very busy and long lines. Thank goodness I preordered, and since I was going to market, and driving, I did a bit of stocking up. Three rolls of batting, and a box of odds and ends. Longarm quilting supplies and maybe a bit of fabric for a new quilt or two.
After walking the aisles of market for a few days, it was time to pack up my car and head home. Portland is a city full bridges, and I couldn't resist this last shot.
I arrived at market with a mental check list and was excited to leave with everything crossed off. Some were "to do" items, and others were ideas floating around in my brain. I cleaned out some clutter in my head, and came home recharged and energized. Now to carve out the time to put some ideas into action.
What new things are you going to try in June?