I just thought I would let you know how thing are going over in the States. We had a great trip over landing in Los Angeles and then on to Denver and finally Houston (about 26 fun filled hours of travel). We left on Tuesday and arrived on Tuesday. We had the 1st day off so we went to the Galleria which is a great shopping centre full of unique clothing and other fun shops. Peter had a great time.
Thursday and Friday we set up our stall, other aussies exhibiting were the girls from Melly and Me and Lynette Anderson, always full of fun. And on Friday night we started getting down to the serious stuff with what is called Sample Spree. This is where you have a table (200 exhibitors in total) and you sell samples and showcase new designs in fabric and patterns. It is a lot of fun but absolute complete mayhem.
From all the questions I am getting I should explain how the show works. There are actually 2. The 1st show is the International Quilt Market which is only open to shops and is a wholesale trade show. Then straight after Market is Quilt Festival which is open to the General Public. These shows are huge, at Market (which is the one I am doing) there are roughly 500 exhibitors with over 1250 booths. We are in Row 1 and it takes AGES to walk right over to the other side for lunch. The food hall is amazing (not like Australian shows) about the size of 1 Darling Harbour Hall alone. There are individual food stalls serving fresh fruit smoothies, roasted nuts, pizzas, mexican, italian and abnormally large stuffed potatoes.
Pete and I have now finished our 1st day at Market (only 2 to go). We have been blown away with the amount of people here, so we are thinking the Patchwork world will be living on even through this economic crisis (you can't keep a good quilters down!)
I am a huge fan of Barb and Alma from Blackbird Designs and Terri from Whimsicals and Renee from Liberty Star, & it has been great catching up and chatting with them. They have all put out new books also, so I am in heaven....!
Anyway thats it for today, I apoligise for not replying to all the feedback but I will do that as soon as I get back to Australia, just a touch busy.