Nothing like running myself down to the point of having a cold, chills, and no voice before going to Quilt Market, feeling a little better while at Quilt Market, only to come home and find myself (and my husband) sick again. You would think that after so many years of doing this that I would learn the importance of proper rest and nutrition, but < sigh > it hasn't sunk in yet.
Getting ready for and exhibiting at Quilt Market is always a blur for me and this one was no exception. In fact, the night before we left, I was still trying to get my booth planned and ended up packing my clothes by creeping into our bedroom with a flashlight at 1am while Tom slept. (He tends to do most of the driving since the only time I can sleep in the car is, um.... while I'm driving. Seriously!!) Needless to say I ended up with some strange combinations of clothes and shoes. But hey.... they say fashion stops at the knees when attending a show like this, right?!
So, what have I been working so frantically on you may ask? Well, this year marks Red Rooster Fabrics 10th anniversary, so I designed a fabric line for them with..... you guessed it...... Roosters!
I've called it Home to Roost, and am working on a book by the same name that I plan on having ready in January. I filled my booth at Quilt Market with the projects that were completed, but plan on adding a few additional small things that are still swirling around in my head. But for now, here are a few pictures of my booth and the quilts.
Not too shabby when you consider that I didn't really start planning the booth until 4 days before we left, although, I admit that I started collecting the various chickens almost a year ago. The very large rooster was purchased in Arizona and was one of those things that we bought and THEN thought about how to get him home on the airplane! He ended up riding home in my parents car several months later and has proudly sat guard in my dining room until (sadly for me) he went home with someone else as Market..... that is another story all together!
And just to give a little perspective for those who have not been able to attend Quilt Market (or Festival), here are a few pictures taken from the upper floor of the convention center looking down at the exhibit floor.
And that is just a little taste of International Quilt Market in Houston. Hope you enjoyed it!