It is pretty pathetic to be writing this post today, a month from the last post. But this is my life right now, CRAZY. I came back from Quilt market on October 30th and after celebrating Halloween with my family I dove right into preparing for our Quilt Retreat which finished last weekend. This week has then been all about tying loose ends from quilt market and retreat so things are finally getting back to normal. There is so much to say though, I will have to break it down into a few posts. First things first:
Quilt Market was very successful for us. We introduced 4 new patterns this market along with a new fabric line. I talked a little bit about our new strip patterns in the last post, Strip Search and Strip Joints. To promote my strip patterns I hosted a Schoolhouse session before market started that I called “Turn your shop into a Strip Joint”. Schoolhouse is an event that gives vendors at the show a chance to introduce our new products to buyers in a 15-30 minute informative lecture. Our room was completely full; people unfortunately had to turn away because they weren’t able to get in. We had so much fun, giving shop owners ideas on classes, events to host at their stores and marketing ideas. We even ended the lecture by conducting a Strip Search!!!
Indian Peaks is a brand new pattern for us and a new pattern format. It is a large queensize quilt done out of my Mementos fabric line. I just loved the fabric line so much that I made the quilt up in two different color ways, this quilt is called Big N’ Rich and uses the greens and the reds in the line, the other quilt is Light N’ Airy,I will post a photo of that one soon but it uses the purples and lighter tones in the line. The pattern is a full color pattern that folds into a pattern bag like a map. The pattern and the new format received great reviews. In the pattern there are also directions for two smaller projects, Wildflower Medallion and Indian Blooms Runner.
The fourth new pattern is a “Quilt As You Go” pattern. It has 2 little runners and a small table topper and we call it Quiltie Trio. The name came up after me saying “Quilt as you go mini” too many times in the designing process. The Quilties are great fun projects that can be done in an hour or two, perfect for gifts. The pattern has the same format as the Indian peaks pattern, full color and folds with a map fold. With the Quiltie pattern I included actual photos of the construction so they are super simple to follow.
I will post about the retreat next so stay tuned.