international quilt market 2011: the nerves edition


I’ve been quilting up a storm over here, getting ready for my first appearance this spring at International Quilt Market. Lucky for me, it is being held nearly in my backyard—Salt Lake City–only 40 minutes from my home. I’m so excited and so nervous as I’m making my preparations. Since I’ve never been to market before, there’s the fear of the unknown, of course, along with the “What did I get myself into?” feelings, too.

I’m really excited to meet with the shop owners and show them my patterns–but at heart I’m a pretty quiet, introverted person. It’s going to be a stretch for me to socialize for several days straight. Hopefully, I’ll get caught up in the incredible energy there has to be when that many people passionate about something are in the same room, and just fly right past the nerves. That’s what I’m crossing my fingers for.

I’m really interested in your opinions, though. If you have ever attended market, what booths did you love and why? What display styles were effective for you as a shop owner, to really show you if a pattern would work for your shop? Are there incentives that would motivate you to order right there on the spot? If you’re not a shop owner, but went to a show expecting to buy a quilt pattern or two, what would help you choose which to purchase? What would you expect to see, hear, experience?

Thanks for helping a girl out.

Mwa!

 



thanks, groundhog.

I love the snow, I really do.

That is to say, I love fresh, falling, white snow.

By February, there is nothing fresh or white about the snow around here.

I’ll spare you pictures, you’ll just have to believe me.

That old groundhog, though, seems to think we’re moving on to warmer things.

I tend to agree.

And it may or may not have to do with the three bouquets of fresh flowers that are currently gracing my home.

Here’s to you, Puxatawney Phil.



tragedy & love

For her birthday last year.

I found out this weekend that a dear friend of our family’s had a terrible tragedy last week. Her house burned down. To the ground. They have nothing left. Not only did she lose her home, she lost her beloved pets, and her business. She is a midwife and herbalist. All her product, all her specialized equipment, gone. Even the phone numbers to contact her clients.

My heart is heavy for this incredible woman and her sweet mother. And though I ache to make it all better, of course I can’t. There is nothing I can do to replace what’s lost, to mend their broken hearts, to heal their injuries, to rebuild their lives. Even though I want to, desperately.

I’m a fixer. I like to see a problem and do something about it. And now when there’s nothing to do, I feel a little unanchored.

They are currently staying in a long term hotel, and trying to take stock of everything they don’t have anymore. Their conversations keep reminding them of something else they don’t have. Just yesterday while talking to my mom, our sweet friend realized all her personal pictures were gone. The mourning process began again.

I know I’m being a little bit of a downer on a holiday, but what better way to show love than by helping someone in need? I plan on sending care packages and other comforts, but I’m still feeling like it’s not enough.

What can I do for this family? How can I help? What would comfort you in this situation? Your thoughts are much appreciated.

xoxo



Coming soon and a giveaway!

Hello friends! It’s been too long since we’ve chatted, and it’s completely my fault. Thing is, production is in full swing over here for my Spring 2011 patterns so things are busy, busy, busy! I’m officially signed up to exhibit at International Quilt Market this spring (and I couldn’t be more nervous, or excited!) so I’ve got a deadline looming.

All this excitement of course doesn’t keep me entirely focused on work. See that picture above? That wall was just screaming for some Valentine’s Day love, and I had to oblige. So, I took a little page out of Quilt Dad’s book, and made myself a little wonky block wall hanging out of some fabulous scraps. Of course, he uses a square to start off with, but since I was working with a heart, and it was more rectangular, I opted to try out the wonkiness (is that a word?) with a triangle instead. I am happy to say it worked out just lovely. A little Bleached White Moda Bella Solid, and some raw edge applique, and voila! I just threw it in a frame I had laying around, and things are just a little more festive around here.

Now, on to the giveaway! My cute little mom over at Gracious Rain is trying out her hand at quilting for the first time (with a little bit of threatening encouragement from her quilty daughter) and I’ve decided to celebrate by sponsoring a giveaway on her blog! So head on over, because 2 kits for my All Boxed Up table runner are up for grabs–perfect for spring in Kate Spain’s first line, Verna.

I’ll be back soon with some other fun stuff, promise!



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