Getting Ready For Market

My “market brain” is in full force and getting worse by the day! My friend Anne Bryson came over yesterday to help me with my quilt I’m calling “All Things Christmas”. Anne’s helped me from the very start of Bunny Hill. The stories she could tell! She calls me Oprah and I call her Gail…that’s how our relationship works. It’s really hysterical to watch. When she arrived I had the table all set for her! If truth be known, she’s really the boss.

Lunch is served

I’m working with a combination of fabrics for this quilt. When I opened the Roman Holiday package this piece of fabric jumped out at me. Let’s see if you can figure out how I’ve used it. If you were making a Christmas quilt what would you use this for? Come on, use your imagination! It’s a major part of an applique block.


At the same time I’m working on patterns, I’m thinking about the booth for Spring Market. It’s a huge undertaking and many designers go “all out”. The drapes have to be made, then fireproofed with this horrid spray. Decorations, floor coverings, quilt layouts and a theme are just a few of the considerations. Everyone tells us not to worry about our booths, that the customers are coming to see the quilts. When you walk into market and see the booths going up you know that can’t be true! It’s always amazing!
I was going through my photos from last year and I thought you might enjoy seeing a bit of the process of setting up. We arrive at market as early as we can, dressed in work clothes and comfortable shoes. Then we get busy to turn the steel poles into a booth.

We grab a rented ladder, put the tallest person on it and try to figure out what we’re doing. I stand in the background, take photos and give directions (just kidding!)


If you get there early enough you can usually grab a few tables to lay things out on. They don’t provide “work” tables so you use what you can find. Water bottles are critical at this point because you start to get really tired and dehydrated.

And finally after 2 days of work it’s all ready to go!

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  • gloria g. - And great job! That is what drew me in at the Houston Market last year. Your booth just (glowed) as we rounded the corner and it was beautiful! Of course there were the quilts!!!!, the bunnies, the patterns and the chatting! Can’t wait to see it all again! I won’t get to go to spring market, but hope you’ll be here in Houston again this year! Thanks so much for sharing the process! I know it’s fun too…. :>)

    fondly, gloria g. Richards, TXReplyCancel

  • from little acorns - oh my, oh my! . . hold on . . just a second. . .

    . . . sorry – I had to go and get a paper bag to breathe in. . . hyperventillating! Can we really get ready in time. . . please tell me it’s true!!!

    :-). . . we’ll get there. . . & celebrate when our boothes get all finished this spring!

    (Isn’t it amazing that it takes 2 days to unpack & set up – but it only takes about an hour or so to get it all down & packed?!!!)

    . . . ahhh, Market. . . (now where’s that bag. . . )

    xo,
    – BrenReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - thanks for sharing the photos! this will be my first market and I already have a sick stomach when I think of all there is to do. I was really glad to see that yes, steel poles can really become a beautiful booth! here’s hoping we all get everything done!
    mary
    mary’s cottage quiltsReplyCancel

  • Alison - Have been reading about your setup for Houston.I am getting ready for a local quilt show and still feel sick till its all up and running. Just as well I live in Australia and won’t have to think about setting up at Houston although another trip there would be great.
    Your stand looks great and hope it all went well.ReplyCancel

  • gina - Ok Anne,

    What do you use to fireproof your curtains? I am a newbie and need to know. And yes, your booth was worth the extra effort…It looked fabulous.
    Gina QuiltersBuzz.com

    PS We made a sample using your fabric and are kitting it up for a show in Arizona–this weekend. Too cute! Hope you are selling tons.ReplyCancel

  • Vintage Wine - It looks amazing!
    Good luck with the market. I’m sure you’ll have a good time :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - What a lot of hard work, but my goodness, your booth is fabulous! Everyone who passes by must be drawn in to check out all your pretty things in detail. How I wish I could be there in person to see it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tami C. - so excited to see the fabric hint for a new cheristmas pattern from my favorite pattern designer – if asked who my favorite (fill in the blank)is, i would surely not be able to answer – but if asked who my favorite pattern designer is – you’ve got it hands down. Can’t wait to see what pattern coems out with taht beautifyl fabric – I guess i better start saving mt $$ now for my next bunny hill design! Keep up teh great designs, esp. teh applique – a bunny or two does not hurt – i am officially a bunny addict! Thanks

    TamiReplyCancel

  • Rosemary - It seriously takes you gals two days to set up? LOL! You really gotta pick up the pace :) I get mine set up in a few hours :) I gotta come by and see you this year at market. RosemaryReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Love love love your blog!!! Just got my 3rd BOM of Baltimore Bunnies. What a wonderful quilt.

    Thanks so much for designing such wonderful patterns.

    LisaReplyCancel