Sunday, August 10, 2014

What I REALLY Learned at Market!!

So I know I have been quiet over the summer. It consisted of taking a trip home to OH where I sustained a HARD Sprain on my right ankle (sewing and driving foot). 





Then I had a procedure done to relieve trigger finger in my right hand (dominant hand). It was done with a needle inserted in my hand instead of surgically opening it up. Dr had to tear more than he had anticipated and it left more swollen and bruised and in more pain than anticipated.




I was in Ohio at the start of July which is when the Row by Row challenge started. I was able to hit up some quilt shops there and the rest when I got back to Indy and was able to turn it in fully quilted, with at least 8 rows, and with a label on July 11 at my favorite QS- Crimson Tate. My prize was 25 FQs from the fabulous Cotton & Steel line!!





And I finished the Michael Miller challenge piece to hang up. It was quilted with my fav Aurifil threads in blue and white!



There were a few other quilts I finished. One I can't show yet and another that I will write about soon.

I did finish one project that I had been slowly working on regarding Market. I got to meet and talk to and listen to discussions with a lot of influential people. There was one this that I learned from them.




Book publishers and fabric labels are more concerned with what they think "the people" want. Some people are so into having their name connected with big names that they give in to their demands and their voice and passion is lost in the process. 


Just because what you like or do doesn't fit the "norm" or what your grandma's friends like...
Just because you see things differently than others...
Just because you prefer to think outside the box...
Just because you have a passion for something that no one else can understand......
doesn't mean you are wrong!!!!


Stand up for what you believe in!! The world would be a boring place if we all thought and looked and did the exact things. This bring tears to my eyes as I write it. Do what you do no matter what others say. Shame on them for bringing you down! It is ok no not like what someone does, but don't make them feel horrible for it!!


 I was able to spend lots of time with Thomas Knauer and Lisa Sipes. Words can't express how inspirational they are to me. I learned to "Stay True to Myself!!" while I was with them. I might have things I "have" to do but that doesn't mean that you can't put your own personal spin on it and do things "your" way! This doesn't just apply to sewing but to all aspects of life. 

Try to live your life by staying true to yourself today and everyday!!

Take care and school starts Wed so I hope to be on here more!!

~Kim

PS- the sign was made using Gail Kessler's Dimples line!! She is wonderful and so is her son! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

My First Market.....Part 3......With A Giveaway!!

Saturday I awoke refreshed after the best night sleep I had had all week. I go to the Convention center early in order to knock a couple things off my list. The first was to stop by the Pickle Pie Designs booth to admire them and pick up a button....


This is what everyone needs in their sewing room for motivation!!

On Friday I was walking along and not really paying attention when this beast of a man walked by......as he turned the corner I realized it was the Quilt Dad himself....John Q Adams. Bummed that I missed him I posted my near-meeting with him and he said he would be looking for me!!! Sigh. So Sat morning he was definitely on my list and I was able to check him off!!

I was bummed to realize that I had missed getting his book signed. Looks amazing and I have one coming to me now so be looking for my review soon! 

I had also met Amy Butler during set-up but no picture was taken due to our sloppish state! I made sure I rectified that situation! 



Her new fabric line is gorgeous! Unfortunately her hubby David Butler aka Parson Grey wasn't able to be there but his side of the booth was beautiful too! 
 Do you see that cute shirt turned into a dress? Below is info on the pattern! Love it!! And that's Amy's hand hoding it for me!! lol

I also got the chance to hang out with Alison Glass at her booth. Beautiful fabrics and patterns. This one is triangles and paper-pieced triangles. So pretty and the possibilities are endless!!



Angela Walters had a booth and new book out. I got my old book and my new book signed while I was there too!




And a couple other good pics from being out and about...

Thomas and Lisa




Thomas and I

In front of the blooming wall

Not sure of the booth but love these 3-D quilts!
At the end of the day we had a special mission. Kim from my go-go-life had put out a top secret request for people to meet in the lobby to make a welcome home sign from her son returning from the Middle East in the Army.
We were given poster board and markets and a letter and we went to town







People were coming by and taking pictures and asking us what we were doing. It was an event on its own. We were able to take a video where we welcomes him home. Lots of tears were shared!


After we were done we hiked down to the local Vietnamese restaurant- Pho. I had never been to one before so I decided to be brave and try it out. Many people in our group had special food needs so this place catered to them all. Our waiter Travis awazing.

L to R: Lisa, Gail Kessler, Bob Kessler, Thomas, Kim, Sara Lawson, Waiter Travis, Teresa Coates, me, Ebony Love

While we were waiting for our meal, Ebony and I ran next door to the candy shop. Grandpa Joe was a great help and he had an amazing collection. 



Ebony and I have made some plans for meeting up in Indy and creating some chaos and I can't wait!

Well this about sums up my trip to Market. It was sooo much fun and I encourage everyone that can to go and experience it once in their life....fall is always in Houston and next Spring is in Minneapolis...I'm sure it won't be cold there!

The last giveaway is for another set of the Aurifil thread in all the weights and 2 more FQs from Tula Pink's new line coming out in the fall. 


Comment with someone in the industry that you would give anything to meet!! Wednesday at noon is the deadline!!

Have a great weekend!!

~Kim 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My First Market...Part 2....With A Giveaway!

With Friday here, it mean the Convention Center would be nice and cool and that it would rain all day!! Since set-up was finished, a majority of my job was done, except for checking in for the occasional potty break. 

Someone that I KNEW that I had to meet Tula Pink. She was featuring her new fabric line. She loved my purse- actually both of them as I had a different one each day!! She was super sweet and her brother was super nice!



As I was walking around I glimpsed a convo between two amazing ladies in the industry. Kay Whitt and Amy Butler. I couldn't help but take a non-selfie selfie as I walked by.


As I strolled along, I took some pics of my favorite booths. Hopefully I can remember where each one is from....

These first ones are from Thomas' booth. He covered the walls in come lovely frabrics. 




These were from the Michael Miller booth.









I am absolutely in love with Violet Craft (above) and her paper-pieced wall hanging with the animals! Can't wait for these patterns to be released and her new fabric line is beautiful!!

One of my fabric booths was from my gal pal Sara Lawson. She is know for her bag patterns and she has a line of fabric coming out next month focused around her home city of Chicago. It was all so pretty!!







The Robert Kaufman Booth also had some very pretty things!


 NEED to make this pattern




Yet another pattern I love!



Moda


Ghastlies



I don't remember where I saw the following quilt but it was at a machine dealer's booth and it was beauteous!!



After a long day of walking and meeting people and walking some more Friday ended on a wonderful note. 

Today's giveaway is from the wonderful people at Swatch Buddies who teamed up with the BadAss Quilters Society to make customized Swatch Buddies. These are great to use when you are needing to keep track of the fabrics you are using or just know what you have where. 
I got to pose for a picture with them too!!


So today you can win this package of Swatch Buddies. All you have to do is leave a comment with your go-to thread brand!! This give-a-way will end Sunday at noon EST.


Have a great day and sew on!!

~Kim