What can I say about market in one word? ABSOLUTELY AWESOME. Okay – that’s two words but….that is the only way I can describe it. From the time I landed in Houston and was impressed with the Hyatt Regency to the end of market – most of what I encountered was fabulous.
Before I start the photos I have to apologise for the poor quality –the camera on the phone that I had wasn’t what I expected it to be.
My entry into Market was working with Gail Pan on her booth. I’m sure you all know Gail Pan – she was so fun to work with – and I’m so glad that we got on well together. Working in her booth was like witnessing a line-up of so many famous designers, all of them Gail’s friends! I was lucky to be there and got to meet many of them.
I had never been to any market/craft show as big as this so it was quite overwhelming at times. I loved coming in early and walking around in an almost empty convention centre having a good look at booths and meeting lots of interesting people.
Look who turned up to meet Gail and me…
On one of my early morning walks through the convention centre I met up with Pepper Cory whom I had been reading for forever….I found her in the Presencia thread booth and (I think) I did the overawed admiring fan thing…..
Also finally got to meet the delightful Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie Quilt. Check out her blog. Look at that beautiful quilt behind us.
Also met Lee Chappell of May Chappell whom I follow on Instagram.
Lots of antique quilt booths around – and one that I particularly gravitated towards was The Quilt Complex and Julie Silber – she’s awesome!!
And of course you never know who you’ll come across – Carol Nicholls of Sewn and Quilted from Melbourne!!
I also attended a few schoolhouse sessions to check out what’s new and what’s happening in the quilting scene.
Mary Koval introduced her new range of fabric and in particular the glorious palampore which is part of the range. Oh….and I may just have bought an antique top from her!!
And some of the booths…
Jen Kingwell’s booth – she introduced her fabulous new range of fabric at schoolhouse
Tim Holtz‘s booth drew me in time and time again – I just couldn’t get enough….
And Dawn Heese was also there with her gorgeous designs. Another booth had Yoko Soto’s quilts.
It wasn’t all work – Randi and I decided to do more than just shop for fabric – a visit to the Galleria….
And of course sample spree – it wasn’t as frenzied as I thought it would be – perhaps this year people were more restrained. Recognise anyone here?
Festival next….. very soon the hotel started filling up and there seemed to be a very festive feeling around the place – and many Aussie voices to be heard.