It is hard to believe I’ve been back from Fall Quilt Market almost two weeks! I enjoyed the trip to Houston with Pat (be sure to check out her blog for more Market updates) and Kathy. The 1200 mile drive doesn’t seem nearly as long when you’re sharing it with laughter and fun among good friends! The bad news about this market is that I got deathly ill on Friday night and spent most of the next two days holed up in the hotel – some sort of stomach virus, I guess. I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say it has been a long, long time since I’ve been that sick! Unfortunately, that means that I didn’t get to do nearly what I needed to do at Market, but I did manage to get a few photos to share with you during what little time I spent on the market floor.
Setting up for Quilt Market is a HUGE undertaking! Consider that the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston is as big as probably three football fields, and just about every inch is covered with either vendor booths or the quilt exhibits. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few behind the scenes photos of the setup – it is fascinating to watch! Some of these companies have this process down to a science, and others, not so much!
This is the view from Pat’s booth looking down the aisle toward the back of the convention center Friday morning as booth setup was beginning. Imagine 24 aisles that look this way!
Friday afternoon and progress has been made – there’s still a long way to go, though! (Sorry, I should have cropped out that arm – wonder who that belongs to?)
Pat and her “slave” Kathy working hard to get the Silver Thimble Quilt Co. booth setup. In addition to setup, Friday is also Schoolhouse day where many of the vendors do 15 to 30 minute presentations to introduce their new products. So while Pat and Kathy were slaving away at the booth, I was fighting the hordes to get into my chosen schoolhouse sessions. The schoolhouse sessions are invaluable for gleaning new ideas and inspiration, but it is exhausting, too. Beginning at 10AM, there are sessions every 15 minutes up until 5PM. I made it to 24 sessions before my eyes glazed over and my brain shut down!
Pretty obvious they’ve been working hard. Notice Pat has a Diet Coke in one hand and water in the other – must keep the strength up! I wasn’t much help because I was trying to document the process for posterity with my trusty new camera!
Silver Thimble Quilt Co. ready for business!
Here’s an overall view of the market floor. This photo was taken from the second floor through a porthole window and shows maybe one fourth of the market floor!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this behind the scenes view of Quilt Market. It is fun and exciting, but such hard work, too. Just imagine having all these choices to make and a limited budget to spend! Makes the old brain hurt, trust me!
I’ll share pictures of some of my favorite vendor booths in the next post, so stay tuned!