Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Spring Market Part 1 - Collecting

So market was amazing and I have been sitting here going through loads and loads and loads of pictures and trying to put them into a cohesive post and coming to the conclusion that it would be the worlds longest post that would be jumping all over the place because there was just so much that happened at Market this year!!!    Which left me with option of breaking things up a bit and spreading the Market love out over the next little bit.

You can be expecting to see some of the projects I made for Market that I have been keeping super secret, and then I will move onto my Irish Chain Quilts schoolhouse and book signings, and then finish with some of the new collections.  (See, I told you, way to much for one post ;)

So for today, I thought I would just share a few of the fun "collections" that I gathered while at market.  The first were pins!!!   I was so excited to trade pins because each time I traded I got to meet someone new or chat with a wonderful friend that I only get to see every 6 months.   And my, oh my, did I do a lot of trading and chatting!!!

If you wonder if 3 lanyards worth of pins hanging around your neck is heavy, the answer is yes.  But oh so fun, so I decided totally worth it!!!

The next thing I collected at Market was signatures.   I decided to turn my Irish Chain Quilts Advanced Copy into a sort of "yearbook".  I can't tell you the funny looks I got when I asked friends to sign my book, they kept telling me I had it a little backwards ;)   But oh my goodness, this will be such a treasure for me.   It is an amazing collection of everyone who helped me get to where I am today in this wonderful industry.  So special!!!

And finally, you can't go to Market without collecting a little fabric ;)   I have to say, I was pretty proud of myself as I left the credit card at the hotel and only took my allotted amount of cash.  And I came home with some wonderful treasures.  Can't wait to get cutting into these!!!

And that wraps up with my collections.  Before I sign off, I have to write a quick bit about Irish Chain Quilts, because I just can't wait for later in the week to  share.   I just want to say Thank You so much for the wonderful reception Irish Chain Quilts has received!!!  Thank you for your sweet emails of how much you love it, thank you to everyone at Market who pulled me aside and told me how much they loved it, Thank you for all of your fabulous comments on it.  I truly honored and so very appreciative.   This is such an amazing industry to be a part of!!!!

And one last note on Irish Chain Quilts . . . Martingale had me do a super fun guest post at their blog Stitch This!  so if you want to read lots more about Irish Chain Quilts you can pop over here to check it out ;)

Alright, that's it for today ;)   Be back tomorrow with some Secret Market Sewing ;)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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  1. I think collecting signatures for your book sounds like a great idea. Funny that of your pins, I instantly recognized a few from their recent collections and patterns--must be good branding!!

  2. Those pins look like so much fun!! Good on you for taking only your allotted cash. Its so easy to keep swiping that card and not realise how much you've spent! Did that one year at a craft show...whoops ha ha

  3. Those pins look like so much fun!! Good on you for taking only your allotted cash. Its so easy to keep swiping that card and not realise how much you've spent! Did that one year at a craft show...whoops ha ha

  4. I loved looking at the quilts on the Martingale page. So looking forward to receiving mine and making at least 2 of them. The houses and the arrow one are my favourites on first look. That may well change once I see the book. Looking forward to your other Market posts.

  5. I love collecting Signatures! I have yours from last year at Midway, UR! Sew Happy to have met you and all the other "famous" Quilters there. Wish I could have swapped Buttons at Market.

  6. Oh my, you have to be one of the most talented and fun people I have yet to meet in person! I love your lanyards full of buttons AND getting signatures in your book! Brilliant! You embody one of the most wonderful things I enjoy about quilting/piecing... the piecers/quilters! :)))) Thank you!!! ~ Christina

  7. The signatures in your book was a brilliant idea! What a treasure for you to enjoy for many years to come! :-) And I can't wait to see your secret Market sewing!! Glad you are home and had a great time!! Hugs, H

  8. Melissa you had an awesome time at Quilt Market; that is so great! Love what you have done with your advance copy of Irish Chain Quilts! What a wonderful way to make it even more meaningful. I've been waiting for you to get back so I could tell you how excited I was to get your book and how beautiful and inspiring it is! Totally Awesome!
    I'm afraid I would turn into a squealing fan if I ever went to a Quilt Market... but then that must be half the fun.

  9. I love your idea of a yearbook. The first year at QuiltCon, I would have loved to have something like that to remember the great people I met. I'm so glad you are doing so well with your quilting!


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