Thursday, October 15, 2009

Quilt Market and a Basketball Coach too

Hi gals! Well, I'm back from market and now shipping out orders - how awesome is that??!!!

But anyway, I had to take a break from counting and shipping so I thought I would catch you all up on my market happenings... So here goes, hope you enjoy this feast for the eyes. Not many words, just photo after photo - think of it as a slide show, you could even add your favorite music if you like.

Here's part of the set up. We were the "late" ones so everyone put their extra stuff in our booth - including a few extra poles and a giant wooden crate. Once that was taken care of, we got down to business. It only took about 3 hours to get it all set up and we even had time to spare before sample spree started.

Here is the finished booth. I think it turned out really nice. I cound not have done it without Valerie and Lindsey.

Here are the 20 Just Beachy bags I made.

And Gina modeling one (where did that one end up??) Hmmmmm

Here is the quilt I did for the LECIEN booth. The quilt is called Solitude and it is made out of the Centenary Collection.

Lindsey (being patient while trying to teach us "old ladies" how to use the computer).

Me and Pam & Elizabeth I was so glad they stopped by to say hi!

Here is the real reason I come to Houston.... SWEET POTATO FRIES!! They are delicious!!

Me and Anne (in her beautiful booth)

Me and Karen (I loved her orange bag)

My quilt "Wuthering Heights" that was in the Northcott booth (it is made out of Leading Ladies and Supporting Cast fabric lines)

Me and Amanda in her cute booth.

Kimberly Jolley from the Fat Quarter Shop & me

And here I am with the Lizzie B's

So as we said goodbye to Houston (and sweet potato fries) for awhile, we packed up boxes and sent them home (another act of faith)... to Utah. It is amazing how it all ends up looking like this in the end.

Now, I know you have all been at the edge of your seats wondering where the basketball coach fits into the title.... So, I'll tell you all the amazing story:

After we hauled my 2 boxes to the Fed X store - we being me and Liz and Beth who were so kind and drove me there, all of us went out to dinner to this mexican restaurant where we ate in the "quiet room" (and can I just tell ya, it really was NOT the quiet room). But the food was good and so was the company :) As we left the restaurant I spotted a guy that looked like the University of Utah Mens Basketball coach (and as many of you know, I am a HUGE U of U fan to say the least) so naturally I just HAD to go talk to him. Well, it really was coach Jim Boylen - wow, talk about a brush with greatness! Long story short, we talked and I got my photo with him too!! Needless to say, my son is just a little envious ha ha ha!

So, that's my story of Quilt Market and a Basketball Coach too!



Tracy said...

I loved all your quilts!!! The pink one in the background of many of your pictures looks so intricate. Darling. Your beach bags, I'm sure were a hit. Just think of how far you have come. You know all these other designers, your booth set up is such old hat that you can set it up in 3 hours. You don't seem as stressed before, but maybe I'm just not seeing you as much--anyway I hope you are having fun too.

Sherri said...

What a fun market post! Love your booth and quilts...and those bags are just so fun! Looks like you had a great time at market!

Sew Bee It said...

Oh, that Solitude quilt is beautiful!! And your bags were so cute sitting there togther.

I love stories about how small the world really is; it would have been cool to run into Coach Boylen in Utah, sorta even cooler to run into him in Texas!

PamKittyMorning said...

Fun market post. Glad to see you again, will see you next market!

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims said...

I love your booth, your pictures show what a fun time you had. Your quilts are all wonderful, you were very busy....thanks for sharing its fun to see!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great market photos Mary. Love the Licien quilt you made! So elegant!

Ann said...

Wow Mary! The photo of you and Boylen is the coolest thing ever! You forgot to share that little tidbit of info with me the other day. And I sure loved your quilt tags! hee hee It was fun to see what your booth looked like ~ beautiful! Luv ya!

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