I can finally see the light of day after playing "catch up" on everything that needed to be done after attending Market and Festival in Houston so I thought you may like to see a little of what goes on at these two wonderful shows! Market is for shop owners and others "in the business" to find the latest and greatest among fabric designs, notions, patterns, sewing machines and anything else you can think of, to make your little heart go "pitter-pat"! Since I am a pattern designer, it is the place to be, to show my newest patterns. I introduced two new patterns called, "Kiss My Stash" and "Merry Mouse Mischief" which were both hits!
A typical booth at Market starts out looking a little desolate, but within a few hours looks pretty amazing!
Within 24 hours the show floor is transformed into something magical, which lasts only three days. Once Market is over, there is a two day break to allow some vendors to move out and others to move in for Festival, which is open to the public. It is a quilter's/sewist's heaven! This year there were about 1100 booths, walking shoes are a must!
When customers aren't shopping, they can view the hundreds of award winning quilts in the quilt show. This is just a sampling of the amazing talent displayed by quilters from around the world.
Shower Trees by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan
Brilliant Rose by Junko Fujiwara of Narashino, Chiba Pref, Japan
Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold of Chevy Chase, MD
Audrey II Plus 3 by Marianne Mulheren of Ukiah, CA
Fly Me to the Moon by Jerry Granata of Palm Springs, CA
Shall We Dance? by Jan Reed of Grass Valley, CA
Eager to Learn - Afghanistan by Gillian Shearer of Tweed Heads West, NSW, Australia
And the Grand Prize Winner, Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS
We did manage to have a little extra fun since Halloween fell during Festival this year.
Hope to see you at a future show!