Monday, October 31, 2011

Quilt Market

Some of you know that the week before Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston an event occurs called "Fall Quilt Market". For those of you who don't know, "Market"  is a great educational and business building opportunity for quilt shop owners, quilt teachers, and designers.
Above: Valori Wells, Tula Pink and Amy Butler are discussing the benefits of selling Cotton Voile, Corduroy and Velveteen in Quilt ShopsOn Friday there is a whole day of mini classes and seminars called "Schoolhouse".  You move from room to room throughout the day every 15 or 30 minutes learning about a multitude of subjects.  Some were educating their audience about new products on the market and how to use them, some were about sparking your customers interest through creative displays, classes or demos at your shop.

Kelly McCants talks about the uses of oilcloth and cotton Laminate
It is a rigorous day and you leave feeling tired but all inspired to try some of the new ideas you have gleaned from the instructors.
The next day "Market" officially begins.
BJ Designs' Booth
It is where all the major fabric vendors, designs, publishers and Quilt tool makers have booths up for Quilt shop owners to go around and order things for their store.
There are lots of famous quilters and designers milling around and the booths are really beautiful and fun. There is even a friendly contest for the best booths amongst the vendors.
Here are some of the cooler things we saw and hope to bring to our customers in the near future:

A vendor was making these beautiful tiles with Shiva Paintsticks and stamps.
She even mixed the Starbuilder stamps into some of her pieces.
Very beautiful.

There is a new Zentangle quilting book out! Look at the adorable owls!

This pattern uses the Hometown fabric line we carry from Moda

Come Fly with Me (black and white and solids!) So cute!
Creative Grids has some new patterns to go with their unique rulers. This pattern is called Maddy Bees and it uses a ruler called Sweet and Sassy!

Preview night is on Wednesday. We still have tickets available at the shop until then so stop in and avoid the lines at the show!
At Market we also drew names for our region for the winners of the Texas Wide Shop Hop. Though none of our regular customers won the grand prize we did have
two lucky winners from our store ( one winner of a $100 gift card for Quilters Crossing and one who won a $100 quilt kit!) which made it all the more exciting for us!
Hopefully the winners will give us permission to post pictures of them once they are notified!

1 comment:

  1. Love the owls
    Sounds like you had a full day of Market