Hi my friend! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have seen some pictures from the Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival in Houston. I was fortunate enough to be there this year (a short trip from my home in Austin).
Quilt Market is a bi-annual event for professionals in the quilting industry. It’s the place quilt shops go to see which new fabrics will be released in the Spring of the following year, and what new product lines they can order for their shops. There are also helpful “Schoolhouse” events, where industry professionals give talks about all sorts of interesting topics.
I was fortunate to be invited to speak at a Schoolhouse presentation with two of my quilting idols and friends, Leah Day and Christa Watson. The talk was geared toward people who are considering writing and publishing a book, and we shared our experiences as authors in the Traditional Publishing world, and the Indie-Publishing world. We gave so many helpful hints, and shared openly and honestly about our paths… and I realized from sharing and listening to my friends, that there is no “right” way to go in the publishing world. It depends on your goals, your personality, and your project.
After the conclusion at Quilt Market, I zipped home for a couple of days, celebrated Halloween with my family, and then loaded up a big truck to set up my first booth at Quilt Festival. I was fortunate that my friend Yvonne, from Quilting Jetgirl, joined me. She is also one of my partners in our new Quilt Theory pattern company. If you want to read about Yvonne’s reflection on the Quilt Festival experience, check out her post HERE.
Thank goodness my Dad had a good dolly I could borrow. We hung all the quilts featured in the 2017 Quilter’s Planner (shipping now!). And we carried in hundreds of planners. The trip from the loading dock to the booth felt like about 1/2 mile trip each way! We definitely got our exercise.
I learned that having a booth is an immense amount of work, and my hat is off to all the vendors who do this regularly. You are rock stars.
I met so many lovely people! I wish I had more pictures of them all to share. I am so grateful to all the support the readers of my blog have shown me. So much love and happiness!