Monthly Archives: October 2013

What a difference a year makes!

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As I write this, Quilt Market (the industry’s semi-annual trade show) has just completed and International Quilt Market is ready to start.

This marks my one-year anniversary of attending Quilt Market. My readers may recall that my trip was cut short by Hurricane Sandy. I had a harrowing trip home, which included renting a car and driving from the Baltimore airport to Long Island, all the time trying to stay ahead of the storm. Sadly, some residents of Long Island have not yet recovered from this storm, although everyone I know personally is now fine.

One of the highlights of the show was seeing Libby Lehman checking in at the judge’s table. She has always been one of my favorite teachers, due to both her skills and her sense of humor. I felt like I’d seen a rock star! This Spring, Libby suffered a brain aneurysm and has had a difficult and rocky few months. Her quilts were part of a special exhibit at this year’s show.

I had attended Quilt Market with the intention of building my longarm business. Six weeks later, I recognized that this was impossible, due to a neck injury, and closed down my business. My readers know that this was a tough, heart-wrenching decision. Almost a year later, I’m doing well with my new venture, a ghostwriting business, called Blog Buddy.

On a personal note, my family has changed too.  I’ve ended my homeschooling journey. My 16-year-old earned her GED in June and is taking classes at our local community college. My son is in his second year at a state university about 300 miles away.  I have also been taking better care of my own health, which has resulted in a weight loss of 120 pounds and feeling a whole lot better physically.

Yup. It’s been quite a year.

NYC Garment District Tour with Mark Lipinski

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Last weekend was Quilters Take Manhattan, which started with a tour of three quilt fabric companies in New York City. Our tour guide was the amazing Mark Lipinski, who I have long admired as a quilter, TV host, and editor of the now-defunct Quilter’s Home magazine. I have followed Mark’s work for many years, and he was exactly as I expected — warm, friendly, and opinionated! Mark has amazingly diverse experience as a quilter, fabric designer, media host and publisher, so he had some amazing comments and insights.

Our tour stops were Red Rooster, Quilting Treasures, and Michael Miller. All three companies were impressive with their offerings, enthusiasm, and willingness to answer our questions. We saw their 2014 fabrics, some of which had not yet been seen by their salespeople. Enjoy the tour!

Red Rooster

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Boardroom presentation at Red Rooster Fabrics. (Note Mark Lipinski in the yellow sweater)

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Red Rooster’s boardroom table runner. Fabric will be released in 2014.

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Our gift from Red Rooster! Thank you!

Quilting Treasures

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Presentation of artist sketches at Quilting Treasures.

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More artwork! So interesting to see how this was developed into fabric.

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Office space at Quilting Treasures. Even the professionals don’t have enough storage for fabric.

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A gift from Quilting Treasures. A beautiful cosmetic bag with my favorite — black and white fabric! Thanks!

Michael Miller

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The presentation at Michael Miller. Amazing, contemporary fabrics!

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Michael Miller open concept offices.

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Michael Miller’s awards for “Best Booth” at Quilt Market.

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We got to choose a fat quarter pack from Michael Miller. Love their fabrics! Thank you Michael Miller!