Quilt Market Schoolhouse and Sample Spree

I thought I would give a little insight into what happens at Quilt Market for any other newbies out there like me. The first day (Thursday) is a series of  classes geared toward shop owners to introduce new books, fabric collections, designers, products or to give thoughts and ideas for improving business. Here’s a little peek at some of the sessions I attended.  I have to say I totally enjoyed this – esp because it was day 1 (I wasn’t totally overwhelmed yet) and it was so fun to see real life people that I’d heard of many times in quilt-cyberspace.

The first session of the day that I attended was the Lecien company’s introduction of some of their designers and newest fabric collections. The quilt in the top left (above) is from Meg Hawkey’s new collection Whitewash. I think it was one of my favorite quilts of the day. Love the subtle neutrals with the random pops of color.  You can find free patterns for this quilt here along with other new quilts and designs for Lecien. The red and white quilt is from one of the Flower Sugar collections.

Other pictures are of Lissa Alexander’s quilt string quilt for the new Moda Bake Shop book, Fresh Fabric Treats. Also there were Vanessa, Natalia and Kim showing their projects from the book as well. (You can see more about this class at Kim’s blog.)  Bottom left is Amy McClellan giving her presentation, “Baa Baa Quilt Store Have You Any Wool?” about selling wool in quilt shops. I am one of Amy’s employees and she is an amazing designer.  You can see her patterns here.

Top left (above) is the super nice Scott from Blue Nickel Studios showing off Katy’s quilt at the Jennifer Paganelli school house class. The rest of the above pictures are of Michael Miller designers, Sandi Henderson, Sarah Jane Wright and Patty Young, with her stylish model Julie wearing Patty’s Kyoko dress. (I think I need to make one of these for my girls.)

Above left: Amy Ellis at her trunk show for Martingale hi-lighting her new book Modern Basics.  (I got to be her official photographer. She did great! That is one of my favorite quilts from the book.) Bottom left, Heather Bailey! (I’m a fan. Sorry not a great picture.) On the right is the trunk show with Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks for their new book Block Party about Modern Quilting Bees. Wow – I have been a follower for a while and it was so fun to watch these girls in action and see those quilts in real life! But best yet at the end I won a copy of the book in a giveaway! I was SO excited. It’s a gorgeous book! Also there was Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie of whom I am also a fan. She was awesome. People are so fun in real life! And everyone is just really nice.

That night it was on to the infamous Sample Spree. It was totally an experience to behold and to make my Sample Spree initiation even more exciting, I got to do it from behind the Robert Kaufman table!  RK needed some local help and contacted Vanessa about pitching in. Vanessa then asked me if I wanted to join in. Um, heck yeah! Also there was Julie. Julie and I were in a bee together for a year and it was really cool to meet her for the first time in real life. And it wasn’t until the end that I realized one of the other sweet ladies at the table was no other than Darlene Zimmerman! I felt kind of stupid for not realizing it sooner. Darlene was kind of surprised that I knew who she was but being a vintage-print-junkie I love a lot of Darlene’s designs. She was very sweet.

So what is this infamous Sample Spree? It’s basically a chance for shop owners (and other folks who find a way to finagle a way inside) to buy samples of upcoming fabric collections, patterns or other products. I think the line outside started hours before and the crowd bursting through the doors was like Black Friday at Walmart the day after Thanksgiving.  People were dropping mounds of cash that night. It was incredible.  Because I need more fabric like I need a hole in my head, I used great restraint. Until I saw the Moda bag with Utah on it and I HAD to have one, because I’m a Utah girl. The bag cost $10 or was free with a purchase so I decided I might as well get something in order to get the free bag and I got this Fat 1/8 pack of Moda’s new collection Northcote Range by Cabbages and Roses.  I was also sorely tempted  by the bundles of 20 1/2yard cuts of Echino prints. But the fact that they were still 100 bucks kept me from doing anything rash.

with Calli, Aneela and Erin
After Sample Spree a few of us made our way over to a little soiree hosted by the Sweet Hot Yams at a nearby hotel. In probably one of my dorkiest moments of the day (it certainly wasn’t the first) we get in the elevator, chatting with some local girls when I notice the name tag on a lovely, unassuming girl and see that it says Aneela Hoey.  Of Sherbert Pips fame. I think I scared her when I said, “Oh my gosh, you’re Aneela!” She was totally lovely and so nice.  
Do you see a recurring theme here? As I was recounting stories to my husband he started laughing at me and said, “You keep saying that: ‘They were just so nice.'” Well, that’s because they were.  Quilters are just nice. (Not to say that there is an absence of drama as there probably is drama in any world of creativity.)  But for the most part, people were just . . . nice! More nice people to come. (I’ll try to have more visuals and fewer words next time.)

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    May 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    It sounds like you had a blast! Oh, I hope I get to do that some day! It sounds like so much fun!(and hard work, too!) Thank you for sharing your experience with us!!

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    May 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Love your re-cap!! Sounds like a lot of fun.

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    Betty Lou
    May 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Wonderful post Amy, have seen lot of pictures of Market but it was nice to hear about what really goes on behind the scenes.

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    May 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Terrific recap!!! And yes, I feel like I keep saying the same thing…because everyone was nice. And wonderful. And amazing! Loved market!

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    Funky Kim
    May 20, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    As someone who finagled her way into sample spree, it was a blast and I spent too much money! LOL

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    The Cottage Mama
    May 20, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Great post, Amy!! I love seeing the pictures from the school house series since I wasn&#39;t able to attend. So glad to get to meet you in person :-).<br /><br />Hope you have a great weekend,<br />Lindsay

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    May 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    loved reading all the goings on …sounds like you had a real blast<br /> Hugs Dawn x

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    notes of sincerity
    May 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Oh Amy. What a wonderful time you must have had!! I hope that I can attend the Quilt Market one day. :o) Until then, I love all the photos that you all are sharing with us. Thank you so much for doing so!! I think I would have gasped a million times, seeing all you sweet ladies who create the prettiest quilts and blog!! :o)<br />Thanks for sharing what a sample spree is. Oh my goodness!

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    Layne Bushell
    May 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Loved your stories…now maybe I don&#39;t feel as much of a dork for doing the same to you :). Looks awesome…one day I&#39;ll get in to that show! Sounds wonderful!

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    May 20, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    I love Lissa&#39;s quilt! It&#39;s such a beautiful pattern with beautiful colors.

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    May 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Great blog, Amy! Enjoyed reading about the Schoolhouse and Sample Spree. I&#39;ve yet to make either of those. I have to agree with you, the quilt in Whitewash was one of my favorites as well. It was great meeting you!

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    May 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Loved your post, Amy. I totally didn&#39;t get Schoolhouse, but I did get a present from Sample Spree, even though I was doing more important things – watching my sweet granddaughter. <br /><br />It was great to meet you in person, and I don&#39;t remember if I ever thanked you for the great party Saturday night. It was so much fun! I&#39;m so glad you thought of it.

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    May 21, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Um, I LOVE that Utah bag! It is so so cute! I might have to do some ebay searching and see if I can find one. It&#39;s practically perfect in like 7 kinds of awesome. Love it.

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    May 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I am soooooo sooo jealous! And to top it all off you got to meet my online bud Julie! <br /><br />My boss got a picture of her in her booth and bought some of her patterns. I&#39;ll have to tell her you are a bud too!:)<br /><br />Coming east anytime soon?

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    May 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Wow! You had a blast! Thanks for sharing your adventous, it&#39;s lovely to hear about all the nice people out there! Annela Hooyey! WOW! I&#39;d have gushed too! lol

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    May 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

    This and your next post are, I think, the nicest round-ups of quilt market that I have seen.

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