What happened to our time at Market??? It just flew by….We were so busy in the booth that I didn’t have time to leave – and that is a VERY good thing for our industry! It could be our biggest market ever!
Rita Fishel and I got to go teach schoolhouses on my book and Creative Grids rulers. We make a great tag team – and if nothing else, we laugh a lot and had the luxury of sending everyone back to the booth for a more in-depth presentation! We designed some patterns using the specialty Creative Grids rulers.
Checker also sponsored a School House for Meg Cox who wrote the Quilter’s Catalog. It is a 600 page manual of everything you need to know, didn’t know you needed to know, and ever wanted to know about our industry. It truly is an encyclopedia of our industry!
She is quickly becoming the Johnny Appleseed of quilting. Meg was a journalist with the Wall Street Journal for 17 years and wrote this book as an “outsider”. Therefore, she brings a fresh new approach to the industry. She hosts quilting parties at local bookstores, libraries, coffee shops, etc. to expose more people to quilting who may be too intimidated to walk into a quilt shop. Meg invites the owner of the local quilt shop to these events as well as members of the local guilds. In most cases, people learn that they are located in an area rich in quilting!
Meg has agreed to write a guest article for our newsletter explaining how she hosts one of these parties – watch for it!
Item #13881 Retail $18.95
We had authors demonstrate and sign books every hour and a half. Rita demonstrated the Creative Grids rulers on the other side of the booth – and we were packed! Fourteen authors shared their time and talents with all of us. We love our jobs! Where else can you work where they bring a quilt show to your booth – literally every hour of the day! You gotta love it! These book signings have become so popular that at one point we had problems with “crowd control”. 50 books divided into 150 quilters just doesn’t work so we are taking steps to eliminate that problem next year – promise!
We have learned that our customers can’t sell a product until they know how to use it – and the demonstrations are always popular! Education has become an important part of our business.
I didn’t get to see the whole show because we were so busy, but I CAN tell you about some of my favorites so far. Some of these items are so new that we haven’t added everything into the system, but I wanted to give you a heads up so you know it is coming.
Remember, after Market we have literally thousands of new products to add to our system so it takes a couple of weeks to complete the paperwork.
Kona has come out with a QUALITY muslin in 45″; 90″ and 118″ widths. This is the best thread count I have seen – bar none – and it is affordably priced! Your customers will love it.
Taylor Made Designs
Cindy has a new book out that is a great companion to her pajama bottom pants! It is a bathrobe – just like those luxerious ones that they have at the hotels and spas. She used the most gorgeous fabrics on the outside and added piping, ruffles, pockets, etc. to give them a personal touch.
Sometimes she lined them with terry cloth. Now you would think that would be easy – but guess what! We only found one company that carries it any more! I took the swatches over to Cindy and she chose a 13 ounce velour that we picked up so you can have it for your shops! Lynn, the notions buyer, found the piping that Cindy recommends – so you can get everything you need from us! As soon as these items are entered into our system – and available for purchase, I will let you know the item numbers, etc.!
These “one size fits all” robes are the perfect introduction into clothing for your shop – and a great way to sell those large prints! I want to make one for all of the girls in my family. Wouldn’t that be fun Christmas morning!
Item #TMB168 Retail $16.00
These credit card sized magnifiers have a light built in! They come with a little plastic case so you can take them anywhere. They are perfect for those of us who are beginning to need a little help reading the menu or pattern instructions – or threading a machine needle….. and, at around $6.00 retail, they are a great stocking stuffer!
Sold in assortments of 36:
Item #OPTI-RETRO (a variety like the sample shown)
Item #OPTI-SAFARI (a variety of animal prints)
I love her patterns – Terry has two new quilts out and one purse. And, I love them all. The purse is the perfect size for the essentials and is made of quilted fabric so it has some body to it. I loved the outside slanted pocket for my cell phone. It would be a great class to demonstrate free motion quilting – and then sew the quilt into this purse. Don’t you love two for ones?
The quilts are beautiful too – just what you have come to expect from one of our greatest designers!
Item #ATK143 Retail $8.00 Item #ATK142 Retail $8.00
Item #ATK144 Retail $8.00
Turning Twenty Simply Sashed
I am at Quilt Festival and sat with a vendor yesterday that sold out of this book the second day – and she had over 100! She had kits too, so she was grinning from ear to ear! It looks like this one will be as popular as the original so order now! My favorite is the batik quilt with the black sashing – a stained glass quilt without all of the work!
Item #FF121 Retail $14.95
Amy has added a few clothing patterns to her line that are simply adorable. For those of you who loved her Cabo Halter top, she has added the Sun and Surf Halter. And the apron pattern has an altered hem that just gives this project that “ahhh” factor!
Item #AB0385H Retail $15.95 Item #AB037DG Retail $15.95
Presencia Metallic ThreadsPresencia has increased their metallic thread line to include even more colors. I had a wonderful conversation with them. They told me that most metallics have a core of rice paper so they are not strong enough to withstand the stress of sewing on a machine. This metallic has a core of silver – yes, real silver – so it does not fray, break, or create all of the other problems that have haunted metallics in the past. They gave several cones of this thread to some long arm dealers at the show and they loved it – it quilted with absolutely no problems. They even gave me a spool to try so I will let you know when I get home to play with it. This could be a VERY good thing…..
Bird Brain Designs
I have always loved these designs, and was thrilled to learn that they have now joined the Checker family! The patterns will be added to the system shortly. They specialize in embroidery, wool applique, and felting. Here is just a sampling of what you have to look forward to…
Marti has become the new spokesperson for Aurifil threads and has chosen her favorites for one of their beautiful display cases. Aurifil is known for beautiful cotton threads in a dazzling array of colors that are perfect for all of your sewing needs.
We had a brain storming session one afternoon – and I can tell you that they are working on a new idea for Spring Market that you will love!!!! When Marti is behind a product, you know it is great!
Today is the last day of Quilt Festival and I go home tomorrow. The wealth of knowledge and talent is unbelievable. Put this on your bucket list – it absolutely is a must see! With 50,000 quilters in one place, you are sure to have a good time!
This is the third national show this month so life has been pretty crazy for everyone in our industry! But, you have to love our jobs! I have spent 18 out of the last 30 days in venues with literally thousands of quilters and shop owners – and vendors – and quilts!
I took lots of pictures but unfortunately, Rob hired me for my enthusiasm – and not my computer skills! I lost my camera and replaced it before market. It turns out that the same camera has been “upgraded” so I can’t transfer the pictures for you all to see until I install another program! I will do that when I get home and share the photographs next week. As for now, I am off to take pictures of THIS show. I’ll let you know what I discover next week…..