Saturday, October 29, 2011

market blog

Ahhhhh - happiness is being at Quilt Market.  I am having so much fun!  Arrived Thursday and the vendors were not even close to being set up.  Had a delicious dinner with Carol Doak and Katie Pasquini-Masopust - a good end to a travel day.

Friday afternoon, it was my turn to give a Schoolhouse for shop owners about my new book.  Quilts and lots of before-and-after blocks that were so much fun!  Here I am with my book and the quilt I made in 2003 for Usha's booth (Handloom Batik) -- a very early free-form quilt.  Little did I guess I'd be writing about this one day.
By evening, I caught up with Iris Karp of MistyFuse and kept her company while she set up her booth. By then, the hall looked like this: all set up and absolutely empty and peaceful.  It wouldn't look like this again.

I started today with a book signing.  It was so great to meet people from all over, and to chat with them as I signed copies of my book.  There were only a few dozen books available so everybody had to take a number.  They won't be available till sometime in November -- in a couple of weeks.  They will be in the fabric stores but Amazon will not have them for quite a while, yet.  

 Later, I walked the floor today, overwhelemed with everything - but got a few pix.  There were still quite a few brown traditional quilts, but I also saw lots of bright colors. 

Ran into Susan Brubaker Knapp this afternoon and it was fun to catch up. Her book, Point Click Quilt has been out since April. This is not the most wonderful picture  but my iPhone was tired. 

Tonight was another treat --dinner with two friends from Australia - Annie and her friend Annette. I have to say that the food in the Hilton restaurant is excellent and we had a leisurely, laugh-filled evening.
Are you tired yet of seeing my face in all these pictures? I'm not as cute as Miss Emma, but oh well. 

 Time to turn in -- I have to see the rest of the market and the rest of the quilt show.  No pictures allowed of the best quilts, so that was that.  But as far as Market - tomorrow I'll talk about what trends I am seeing and will try to get more pictures of the madhouse. I'm leaving tomorrow night -- to go home to 4-6" of SNOW in New Jersey.  Good grief!


Jamie Fingal said...

Looks like you are having a fabulous time at Market. I love seeing all of the different booths. Congratulations on your book! So exciting!

Hilary Metcalf said...

Glad to see you are enjoying yourself. How exciting it must be to hold a copy of your own book!

Jeannie said...

I love seeing your smiling face and you having fun. I am waiting, as patiently as I can, for your book to arrive. I pre-ordered it as soon as I got the notice. Can't wait! Have fun!!!

Del said...

You look lovely and happy. Good!
When I saw the weather report I thought, "Good, Rayna is in Texas." But I was thinking you would be there longer. Be safe. Keep well. Del

queenopearls said...

Rayna, what fun you are having! I can only imagine the size of Quilt Market. I adore the photo of you holding your new book and can't wait to receive my copy. Clearly, you are having a great time.
Thank you for the great photo (must get an iPhone :)
Wishing you safe travels home and hope you took a cab to the airport.
~Christina in Cleveland

tiedyejudy said...

Great pix! I love the free-form quilt behind you in the first picture, and I'm so impatient to get your book! I really love free-form more than traditional, so the book is right up my alley! Be safe going home... crazy weather!

Karoda said...

Miss Emma is cute but you're just as cute when you're in your element of happiness :) Continue to party on in quilty style :)

Gerrie said...

Are we going to overlap at all? Would love to see you. I am coming in Thursday. Have you seen the Twelve exhibit? Can't wait for my first Houston adventure.

Debra Spincic said...

Oh, what a tease! Counting the days until the show!

Diane Wright said...

I'm, but you look like you are having a ball! I wish I could have made it this year...but then I might have missed last night's snow storm (record for any Oct OR Nov in history). Some parts of CT got 17"!!

It's a great day to be in my studio (thankfully with power) and be inspired by your post and pics. Thank you!

Lisa Kerpoe said...

Rayna, it looks like great fun! Enjoy the weather before you have to go home to snow. Isn't it too early for snow, anyway?!

Eva said...

What a wonderful feast! I wish I could have been there. -- I never get tired of seeing your face.

Anita M said...

Looks like you had a great time. Is there a possibility of ordering a book from you - that might have your autograph? Hope so!

Lisa Marie said...

Hi Rayna. I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I enjoyed your schoolhouse (and thank you for letting me plug my phone in!). It was definitely one of my favorites and I'm wishing I had won a copy of the book! But that's okay. I don't mind buying it, either.
I did a writeup of some of the schoolhouses, including yours. If you're interested, you can read it here:

You are truly inspiring. I'm sure you already know that, but it doesn't hurt to hear it again, does it?