Let's start at the beginning!
I have been gone since Wednesday afternoon.
I stayed with my mom, and we went to Gatsby.
This is the first time I have gone on an adventure alone since I had babies!
I got to meet Rachael in person! we overloaded ourselves on quilts and time by hanging out the WHOLE weekend together! The first day was slammed.
I picked Rachael up from the airport, we went straight to the convention center and started doing the school house classes. I helped Nicole from You Sew Girl for the sample spree and then we went to the sweet hot Yamboree where I met the greater Craftsy team and Shelly Figuroa, and so many others. I only wish we'd had more time! (I need to figure out how to be a groupie of the sweet hot yams: a mug rug)
we made yam stamps
From this point on was a blur of marketing and meeting people, trying to sleep and figuring out what I wanted to get out of this market.
and I met a lot of awesome people.
First up on the list of Awesome is Heather Ross:
I adore her whimsical designs and have used them A LOT. here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here
I met almost all of my fav fabric designers (except Etsuko Furuya, but I mean, cant have it all...) There was: Carrie Bloomston, Rashida Coleman Hale, Violet Craft, bari j, leah duncan, and soooo many more. There were meet ups with companies and products I had never even seen before (silk yarn from Sari ends and pieces, coming soon).
I met bloggers, seamstresses, quilters and pattern designers. I got promo options and cards and numbers for future ordering and I even ordered more Japanese fabric! oh yes, coming soon...
I made a few fun things for Pellon
met Diane Gilleland, Karen LePage, and Cassie of Elegantitus
and of course, I saw some amazing quilts:
somehow I still missed a great number of interesting folks, for example : Ric Rac. she even came over to say hello to Nicole and I didn't realize who she was. geeze. that happened a few times. I realized after the fact that I was standing in the shadow of a great designer. Luckily Rachael recognized a lot of them and we didn't appear as big idiots, which I felt a little like.
A few things happened that I was hoping for. I met the rep I need for Alexander Henry laminate. I made contacts that I never would have made in person. I met other seriously crafty folk. And I came away from it all with a little inspiration, a fair amount of fabric and a new appreciation for the work that goes into these events...
I had fun, and am recovering from so much craft and design!