Although I was in Houston for a fairly extended period of time for Quilt Festival last week (Wednesday evening through early hours on Sunday), I spent most of my time in The Quilter’s Planner / Quilt Theory booth with Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, so my recap today is going to be about the booth experience and a few of the quilts I was able to dash to visit in the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase on display.
Because putting all the thoughts into a logical paragraph kind of format seems really hard, I’ll distill out my thoughts in bullets. 🙂
- In general, I had way more energy and enthusiasm than I had expected.
- Quilt people are generally very friendly, happy, fun people to interact with.
- Finding dinner each night was a challenge after a long day (9-7). It was easy to interact and be with the attendees, but after they left and we “closed” for the night, there was no mental power left to choose a place to eat!
- The soft squishy floor tile (that looks like wood) was awesome and a life saver. Being on our feet most of the time (5-10 Wed, 10-7 Th, Fr, Sa, and then 10-4 Su for Stephanie) it was so nice to have padding. Stephanie found it on Amazon and I think I might order some to stand on when I am quilting on my longarm.
- The booth was lovely, light, inviting, open, and modern. We received many very positive comments and compliments about the aesthetic of the booth. People who were NOT planner people would go out of their way to be nice about the setup.
On the topic of lovely people, these three ladies are from Louisiana and made fast friends with my partner in Quilt Theory, Daisy @Ants to Sugar, when they heard Daisy was moving to their state. They went out of their way to welcome her to Louisiana, they came to see us and her pattern in the booth, and one of them is even headed to Sewtopia with Daisy this week. It made me so happy to hear of their kindness and generosity.
On Thursday, I had on maybe 2 inch heels and Stephanie was wearing much more sensible flats in this photo, so don’t let that height difference fool you. My feet survived, mostly due to that awesome flooring in the booth. And back on the topic of lovely people, a quilter offered to photograph us together on the day we were all matchy-matchy and then came back to get us in some “action” shots the next day.
We slowly made improvements to the booth over the days. We clipped the pattern cards to the displayed Quilt Theory quilts, opened up planners to the pages where each of the quilts is featured within the planner (my quilt is on the September tab which is my birthday month!), and got a video loop playing of the new awesome features in the 2017 planner.
It was great to see and touch the Quilt Theory pattern cards, and watch how people would interact and stop in their tracks when they saw the patterns. I don’t know what it means, but they put the cards back in the correct slots if they placed them back, too.
Saturday morning before Festival opened, Stephanie and I dashed over to see the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase on display, and I got a quick photo with my quilt Sunburst. They had a very odd method for keeping distance from quilts; that elastic wrap was really distracting when viewing longer hanging quilts.
Saturday was also notably the day that I was in the feistiest mood. I boldy touched my quilt and was caught on camera making a crazy face in the booth.
All in all it was a wonderful experience for me. I learned a lot about myself and got to spend time with fantastic people. I think I might need to catch up on sleep this week, though.