Thursday, May 23, 2013

Market Recap - Part 2

Okay, so Friday was my day to go to Market.  After our flight from Vegas, Clint and I drove from Seaside, Oregon to Portland.  It took about an hour and a half to get there and the whole time I was so nervous.  I don't know why I do this to myself, but I get so worked up about thinking that I shouldn't go, or that I don't belong at Market.  I guess I just feel more comfortable at home, blogging is so safe to me because I don't have to put myself out there. I feel like a wallflower at a school dance.  Anyway - nerves aside we made it to the convention center, got our name tags and a Market catalog.  I sat on the floor as Clint made a business call and I opened the catalog to see the following page. 

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My heart skipped a beat and I got so excited.  My book is being advertised in the Market catalog.  Wow - it was just the motivation I needed to get inside and feel like maybe, just maybe I should be there. 

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First person I got to see was Jenny - love her!  We definitely did not have enough time to chat.  She was so great to teach me how to pose - it was so funny. Her baby is adorable and she looks so great for just having a baby.  She is my idol!

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Then I ran into Melissa, we have emailed a lot - but this is the first time we have met.  Crazy because we only live 45 minutes away from each other.  She is so nice and we had a fun chat.

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Angela's booth was awesome, (loved her quilt) she is a doll of course and she really is the nicest person you will ever talk to. First time I met her she said "us longarmers need to stick together."  I will never forget that and I am so impressed with the success she has had as an amazing longarm quilter. 

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Next stop AQS - the best stop.  I was happy to meet Elaine, the new Executive Book Editor, for the first time.  Oh my goodness, she is amazing!  We had the best conversation.  I feel so lucky to be working with AQS and the amazing people there.  I am sad that I didn't get a picture with her, I guess I could blame that on Clint because he could have moved the camera over just a bit.  ;-) But, as you can see in the background that my book had it's turn on the TV monitor.  It's getting so close, the reality that my book is actually coming out is so fun for me.  

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Oh Vanessa! She is adorable!  We met at Spring Market in Salt Lake a couple years ago, but I wasn't able to get a picture with her then.  I made sure to this time.  Her fabric and patterns are so adorable.  She is so talented and so humble too - I appreciate that about her so much!

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I ran into Sherri and Amy - it is always fun to see these girls. Sherri has a book out, A Quilting Life, I have it and I will post about it soon.  I was lucky enough to have quilted one of her projects in the book.  More on that later.

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Me and Camille in her booth. I feel really lucky to be able to talk to so many talented people, and I guess that is why I want to go to Market.  Truth be known, there was so much to see and I felt completely overwhelmed.  Clint would ask me questions that I couldn't respond to, I think my brain was just trying to take everything in and I forgot how to function.  We were there for about 4 hours and we didn't see everything.  I do have some regrets about not staying just a little bit longer, but I think we all know what it is like to bring your husband to a quilt store - it's the same as bringing them to Market. He was a good sport though, and I am glad he came with me.


17 comments:

Lesley said...

Thank you for the tour. So nice to meet everyone through your eyes!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love quilts with white backgrounds and there sure are plenty there to see it looks like - I just won a copy of Sherri's book, looking forward to getting it and looking through it! Looks like you had a good time.

Marj said...

Wow! You certainly were able to meet a great bunch of exciting new rising stars at Market. Can hardly wait to get a copy of your book.

louise said...

You belong there with all the others. You work is so beautiful and seeing your book being advertise d there should have answered that. Can't wait to get mine signed by you:)

Linda said...

THANKS JUDI!

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quiltmania said...

4 hours is not nearly enough time! Glad you did go and have a good time. Hope to see your new book at fall market.

♥Duff said...

So glad to see everything coming together for you! You deserve as many blessings you bestow on others!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great photos with lots of talent - you included Judi. I went to Market once and I called it sensory overload!

Joan said...

Oh, Judi, you absolutely belong at Market! I read a lot of quilt blogs and there is no one who is better than you at longarm quilting. You have an amazing talent!!

Marjorie said...

LOL! You could not have picked a better top to wear! Not only did it compliment all the quilt backgrounds but it made it easy to pick you out in each pic as you told your story. I went to Spring Market a few years ago and love re-living the experience through your posts!

Angela Walters said...

It was so fun to get to see you again and to chat for a little bit. I am so excited for you and your book!!! Maybe at the next market we can hang out for lunch :)

Linda R said...

Thanks for the tour. You totally belong there. It must have been so thrilling seeing your book advertised and promoted like that. Glad you had such a good time.

Jan said...

Thank you!!! That is so funny. You sound exactly like me. I like kind of a secluded life, and when I have an event, I get myself worked up and stressed about it. Once I get there, I always have a fabulous time. Ok, WHERE did you get your gorgeous top?

gailss said...

It does look like you really enjoyed Market and thanks for all the great pics. Nice to meet these gals and put quilts to their names.
Gail

Always In Stitches said...

Wow! You are so lucky. I'm sure you have heard this before from me but you are one of my "Rock Stars" and Angela is the other.You are so lucky to be able to attend this fantastic show. Someday....

Denise in PA said...

You definitely belong there, Judi! Thanks to all of your hard and beautiful work, you can take your place proudly at Market! Thanks for sharing all of those great photos - I love seeing everyone's take on Market!

Debi R said...

Thank you for sharing your time at Market with us! I can't wait to get my mitts on it, can we pre-order your book?