Home from Spring Quilt Market

What an experience! Absolutely mind boggling! My senses are over saturated by all the things I saw and the people I met and the ideas tossed around. That, along with complete exhaustion from doing market – setup/take down/talking to people and learning things – from traveling, from visiting, we are just pooped! We got home Tuesday, here it is Thursday and I’m just getting to my blog. I thought, with my extensive background in doing craft fairs, I knew how to set up a booth. Well, that was amateur hour, and this was the professional era. Ours was the saddest little booth in the whole place. But not to worry, next market, we’ll be in the competition!

This is our booth – (please be kind)


And Mike and I –


Here are a couple shots taken from the second floor, overlooking the entire floor. These pictures only show a minuscule amount of what was there –



This is the entrance –


We heard two things from people. “I’ve been hearing such great things about Cotton Spice, I had to come and find you!”
and “I’ve never heard of you!” But once we took them through a mini-tour and gave them a copy of the magazine, they just loved us. We had other magazine people – the major magazine people – come and look us over. They looked at our magazine and really liked it. It didn’t seem to be just a ‘oh you’re doing a great job’ kind of comment that was just flung out there to be polite, they said with all sincerity that we were doing a wonderful job. I take that as high praise from a Big magazine person to us newbies.

Quilt shops were thrilled to hear that we were only available by subscription and quilt shops. Quilt shops are tired of carrying magazines, only to hear “Oh I just bought that issue at Joanns with my 40% coupon!” (or walmart or any big name bookstore)

All in all, it was a wonderful experience and even though exhausting, we can’t wait to do it again!



One Response to “Home from Spring Quilt Market”

  1. Cheryl Sahagun Says:

    Well, you know, if you got that many compliments and big magazine people who sincerely thought that you were doing a great job, than it really didn’t matter that your booth didn’t look like everyone else’s, IMHO.

    Wow! What fun to see it all. Makes the little local quilt show I went to last week look pretty small. LOL! I am sure for this beginner, I would have been overwhelmed. But it would have been fun to be there with an experienced quilter like yourself. Maybe someday! That would be fun!

    Cheryl S

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