If you have never experienced Market, it is hard to describe. Picture almost 600 booths filled with everything you love – staffed by the people who designed the tools, fabrics, books and patterns! I did not have time to “shop” Market – we were just too busy. But, in just ONE hour, look what I saw – and see the people I met! First and foremost, Market provides inspiration. Who could help but be inspired with all of this talent under one roof???
In the upcoming weeks, I will be sharing with you the new products by all of the companies pictured below, but not everything is in our system! Our buyers met with all of the vendors and are frantically entering all of the information on the new products so you can have it in your hot little hands as soon as possible! But, for now, enjoy an hour at Market!
Kathy Brown of Teacher’s Pet is just a doll! Who can resist a woman who brings her own rocking chair to Market???? And, her booth looked great!
Who doesn’t love EVERYTHING by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts? Her booth is always an inspiration!
CrabApple Hill is always one of my favorite stops. I tend to collect their patterns for a rainy day! One of these days, I will actually make one – but the artwork is so beautiful, for now, I will just buy and dream! They also love Cosmos embroidery thread – and use it in their new patterns so the buyers at Checker picked up the line! We aim to please – and make us a one stop shopping experience when possible!
Buggy Barn is always so creative! I love the big baskets – how easy it that. And, this new Santa pattern is absolutely adorable and uses their signature technique that is so forgiving!
Mark Lipinski was everywhere filming Quilt Out Loud! He looks great. Mark has some health issues – and needs a transplant. Instead of just sending him a card, let’s DO something!!! Become an organ donor! I registered on-line. Two weeks later, I swabbed my cheek, sent them back, and I am officially on the donor list! It really is that simple!
Prairie Sky Quilting had a great booth to share their new book. I will tell you all about that later. Their stuff is fun, affordable, and fast!
Nancy Halvorsen of Art to Heart has outdone herself again. She ALWAYS comes out with something to make her stuff stand out from the crowd! I love the three-dimensional holly! And guess what! She is coming to our Open House in August so you will get to see everything up close and personal!
Terry Atkinson and her son were manning the booth and showing off their new zipper assortment designed for quilt shops. You will love it – affordable and compact! Look how it fits on the tabletop. She eliminated all of that packaging that drives us crazy – and even designed some patterns around them!
The Quilt Branch had these stockings on display from their book, Six Halves Make a Whole Christmas. These are the cutest – and fastest – stockings I’ve seen in a long time. What a quick make it/take it!
This is Kitty in the Landauer Booth. They are my publisher so I’m hoping she is writing orders for my books!
Indygo Junction always has a great booth! Amy has a new book coming out that is simply charming. She will be traveling all over the country this summer and fall promoting it so look for it in your area. That includes the Checker Open House!
Debbie Field, my favorite Granola Girl has some new designs out – just in time for Halloween. What a great way to use wool!
The FabShop booth was always busy – but the girls still had time to “pose” for the camera! We were so thrilled to be chosen the Distributor of the year at their dinner. And, Marci Midaugh was chosen Sales Rep of the year.
Big Fork Bay always has phenomenal things. Visiting their booth is like attending an Art Gallery! And, using their techniques, it is easier than you think!
But, there’s no place like home! This was the Checker booth when I returned. It was a happening place! Thanks to all of you that stopped by to shop and visit – we appreciate your business and support. You are what truly makes Market special! Give yourself a pat on the back!
When I went to the airport, I caught one of the Checker reps in the terminal. She had her shoes off and her jeans out – ready to change for the ride home!
What’s next on the agenda??? Our Open House, of course! And with people like Nancy Halvorsen and Eleanor Burns participating, we are going to have a ball! See you in August!