Quilt Market Spring 2010

So many things happen in the three days of quilt market it’s impossible to capture it all.   After hundreds of pictures, hugs, handshakes, laughs, late nights, hard work and just pure fun it all becomes a bit of a blur combined into pure joy and so many blessings.

Minneapolis you were charming!  You greeted us with open arms and it was delightful to visit your beautiful city.   The skyline at night was breathtaking.  I never had my camera with me at night so I’ll have to see if I can find a photo from someone else.  Looking up at the night sky, surrounded by the most beautiful tall buildings was incredible!

Here’s the view from my hotel room window.  Downtown USA during the day, but at night Minneapolis puts on a show like no other!  The restaurants were wonderful!  We NEVER had a bad meal.  Thank you all who live there and make it such a pleasure to visit!

I always have something in the booth that I call my ” lucky charm”.  It’s usually a special trinket or something that I love and bring along. This time it was a beautiful set of vintage children’s dishes.  Katie, one of my blog readers sent these to me just before market!  They sat quietly in the background on top of the dresser, listening to stories, adding their charm and bonding with Bunny Hill.  Katie thank you for this special treasure.  These were truly my lucky charms!

On the second day of market, in the early afternoon, the show officials walk up and handed us a blue ribbon and plaque!  We won first place for best double booth! Here I am with a show official being photographed for the award.

Nancy Ritter and Anne Bryson ( of Cottons ‘n Wool fame) worked so hard to pull my booth together, the ribbon may have to travel between houses!  Go on over and leave a comment for Anne.  She hasn’t blogged in months.  Tell her you want to see HER photos of market.  I could hardly keep her out of the Primitive Gatherings booth and she was all over market taking pictures!   I saw her leaving  with a BAG full of wool and a bit of cotton too!  Ask her to post the picture of the STACK of wool!

For those of you who asked me to find out about the Clover Craft Irons, I caught the Clover executives in my booth.  Here are the men from Clover (I call the one on the left smiley because he is USUALLY smiling) along with Nireko from Lecien.  NO IRON YET!!!!  I think this is why he might not be smiling.  LOL!  I told him by they HAVE to have a new craft iron by the next market or else I would give all of you his email address.  Every person who appliques can then email him directly!   We need those irons! PLEASE CLOVER!!!!!  Yours are the best!  They are working on it, so keep your fingers crossed.  I forgot to tell him to make them in pink!

I’ll be back with more Lucky Charms from Market and my wonderful welcome into the Moda Family!  Speaking of Moda, do you know who these famous shoes belong to?

Hugs to each and everyone of you and if you’re from Minneapolis you get a double hug!


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  • Vickie E - So glad you made it home safe. I had a wonderful time at market. I treasure the chats we had. I hope your baby doggies stay healthy!
    Love your new fabric…I am already working up a simple design in it.
    As for the shoes…looks like Mark Dunn to me…I always look at his feet!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - A huge Congratulations!!! on your blue ribbon win (although I don’t think anyone is surprised – everything you do is magical!!!)

    Dumb question of the day: Is Quilt Market open to the public?

    And please, please tell us all about your new fabric line for Moda. Lots of details – please!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - I can’t believe you left us with a cliff hanger! I must know who those shoes belong to! :) I’m in love with your new fabric line. I hope my LQS gets some. Maybe I should drop some hints…ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Thanks for the double hug Anne! Great to see photos of the Blue Ribbon you so much deserved!!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, congrats on the well deserved blue ribbon, I’m not a bit surprised, your booth was beyond precious! I’m so glad you loved our beautiful city, and of course you know I was just itching to go there and meet you, but in response to Barb, no, it’s not open to the public :-( I’ll just have to get a job at a quilt shop so if Minneapolis hosts it again, I’ll be able to join in the fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sunny - I’m enjoying reading everyone’s stories about Market. My sister-in-law was there, but I won’t hear any stories from her. I’ll be passing through the Minneapolis airport this week, but it won’t be quite the same. Congrats on your blue ribbon!ReplyCancel

  • BJ - Congratulations on your wonderful booth display! How fun to win a blue ribbon. I love the children’s dish set too — what fun.
    So…. Ricky and Alex stopped by?ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - congrats Anne I know you all worked so hard putting it all together your deserve the blue ribbon and a pink one too!!! I cant wait to start my new project with your new fabric line. I think I will need some of that oh so fine ruffle too. Glad you are back home. I know its fun to go off but when you get back home is great too!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Loved meeting you at Market! (Vickie E’s “old” friend). Your booth was gorgeous and you are such a beautiful person. And thank you for the precious kitty!ReplyCancel

  • Beth Friend - Congrats on the blue ribbon! Your booth looked fantastic.
    Did your feet hold up? Glad you are home safe and can rest for a minute.ReplyCancel

  • Diana - Thanks for all the wonderful photos from the Market. I bought a mini iron last year from a different manufacturer in Taiwan when Clover discontinued its mini iron. It works just as great as Clover’s. Though I don’t know if this company exports to U.S. You can check out the product at http://www.sewmate.com.tw/categories/quilting/mini_iron.htm

    Congrats on the blue ribbon!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - Anne,
    congrats again on your oh so well deserved blue ribbon – your booth was awesome! I love your lucky charm tradition, so very sweet.
    And speaking of sweet – your new fabric collection is going to be awesome!
    I wondered if there will be any kits for your adorably cute owl pattern – it would be the perfect gift for my mom’s birthday (it’s in October, so if not, there’s still plenty of time to hunt down all the materials ;o) ).
    Regarding Clover irons: my boyfriend were so sweet and gave the clover mini iron II (European) as a present on Easter! How lucky am I? I really didn’t expect a gift and then such a thoughtful one…I think it’s just perfect to use for appliqué and in-between-ironing small parts of blocks. And yes, you’re right – they should have thought of making it in pink, too!
    Hugs, JuliaReplyCancel

  • rachelgriffith - oh miss anne.
    i am absolutely bummed that i had to miss market & seeing your amazing booth in person.
    (& of course chatting with you!!!)

    congrats on your booth award!!!
    (& those kitty softies are adorable!!!)ReplyCancel

  • KatieQ - Congratulations! There was no doubt in my mind that your booth would be a winner. Thank you for taking a picture of the dishes at Market. They look like they had a good time.
    I was so excited by the picture, I blogged about it today.


    Love to Mooch and the gang!ReplyCancel

  • lisa - man I wish I was more than a drooler of quilting (ok and slightly past the novice level myself) so I could go to market (to market to buy a fat pig…) too!

    I am guessing those are Ricky Tims bootsReplyCancel

  • Nora - I am so glad you won 1st prize for your booth. It was beautiful. It caught my eye long before my body made it’s way there. Good luck with your new line. I knew it was going to be wonderful because everything you design becomes my new favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon S - Hip,hip hooray on the blue ribbon. I was a quilt market wanna be & I loved your booth!ReplyCancel

  • Terrie Hatcher - Hehe am I literally the first reply to this great read.ReplyCancel

  • denise edwards - Hi and Congrats! Always love reading your blog. Not Rickey’s by any chance? Lucku you to have met him if it was!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Love reading your blog! And can’t wait to see the new line :)ReplyCancel