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While Quilt Market is in various locations every spring, it always takes place in Houston, TX in the fall.  Hordes of shop owners, vendors and quilt industry-related folks descend upon the downtown for 3-5 days.  It is a bustling and crazy time.  I have been going for a few years off and on while I was working out exactly what kind of business I was going to start.  I honestly don't know which is more exhausting...walking the entire floor to see what is new or manning your own booth. 

Lucky for me, my two sidekicks, Kirsten and Christy were there to help out.  Kirsten is my right hand and works me in this venture.  Christy jumps in and helps out whenever necessary, including making some samples for our booth.  I couldn't have done this without them.

Many of the shops that currently carry our books came by to see the new books.  We had folks from Moda, Quilter's Newsletter, American Patchwork & Quilting, Primitive Quilts & Projects and more pop by to see the latest books as well. 

While I didn't have much time to walk around this year (much to my disappointment), I was able to catch up with a number of friends I have made in the industry.  Aren't quilters the most lovely people ever? 

At the most basic level we take

  • cotton that is woven into a tight fabric
  • fabric dyes in a myriad of colors
  • designs that combine the colors into amazing fabric collections
  • folks with an eye to quilt patterns, designs and color

We then cut all of the fabric up, sew it all back together and voila!

It never ceases to amaze me what can be done to create the most beautiful and useful things.  I often have non-quilters (usually men, in this case) who ask what I do with all of these quilts that I make.  "Do??" I ask?  Do we have to "do" something with them?  Did people ask Monet what he did with his paintings?  Did people ask Da Vinci why he was sculpting?  OK, so maybe I'm not in their class of art, but I see no reason why we have to "do" something with our quilts.  It is the joy in the process of creating...knowing that quilts are endlessly unique and the future of quilting knows no bounds. 

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