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Fall Quilt Market 2014.

I’ve now been back from Quilt Market for almost a week, and I’m still catching up. It was a great trip, but it’s also nice to be on the “after” side of the Quilt Market equation.

 

Everything came together as far as the booth went. Here’s a shot of that.

 

Carolyn Friedlander Fall Quilt Market Booth 2014

 

There is a lot of stuff represented in the booth, and so I’ve decided that all month-long, I’ll break it down and share more about all of it. Doe projects abound–in quilt, couch, accessory, and clothes form–as well as some Kona stuff, too.

Otherwise, my recap of the show is a bit random, which isn’t super atypical. I took some pictures, but they were pretty spotty, which is mostly the result of my not being able to get away from my own booth too much. But I did get to walk the show floor early on two of the mornings, and I even got a chance to peek at a few of the quilts in the exhibition hall next door.

So, here we go.

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The chaos of set-up always amazes me. Fork lift drivers push for maximum speed without really looking at where they are going, huge crates emerge and block more and more of the aisles with each passing hour, and then everyone else is carrying loads, unpacking boxes, and making trips to and from Ikea. The transformation seems so dramatic, and I love watching it go from the crazy, rawness of set up, to the pristine and polished finish during the actual show.

 

Market Set up

 

Here’s getting to the end of Day 1 in my booth. The goal was to get the big stuff up and in place. Day 2 (not pictured) was for refinement.

 

Booth Building_Carolyn Friedlander

 

My immediate surroundings–the Robert Kaufman booths (sadly, not pictured…)–were bright and beautiful. And once the show started, it was fun having the entertainment of the Kona IQ challenge going on across the way.

 

Kona IQ challenge

 

I even got sucked into the challenge by the Kona Queen herself …

 

LS vs CF in the Kona IQ Challenge

 

It was a fun and fitting surprise to see one of Latifah’s quilts make it onto the promotional water bottles at the show.

Almost too pretty to drink …

but then my booth fern got thirsty.

 

Latifah's Kona Water

 

My buddy and booth neighbor, Valori Wells, won a first place booth award! That was super exciting and really fun to watch her reaction.

 

Valori Wells wins a booth award

 

Valori Wells and her booth award

 

Then, there were two of my good friends exhibiting for the first time. I’m super proud of them and just loved their booths.

Here’s Madeleine. (And she’s even wearing a Widescreen skirt!)

 

Domestic Strata at Quilt Market

 

And then here’s Lee, who you might already be familiar with because she hosts the All Shirts Swap!

Not sure why I don’t have a booth picture with her in it …

 

May Chappell at Quilt Market

 

Then there were some of my other favorites which I’m sure you’ve been seeing on IG and in other spots.

Leah Duncan …

 

Leah Duncan at Quilt Market

 

Green Bee …

 

Green Bee Patterns at Quilt Market

 

Cotton + Steel

 

Cotton + Steel double gauze

 

Cotton + Steel at Quilt Market

 

My publisher, Lucky Spool, did a beautiful job on their first booth …

 

Lucky Spool at Quilt Market

 

You could easily spend days exploring the exhibits next door. I had about 15 minutes. So I focused on the Ruby Jubilee and the Modern Quilt Guild showcase.

 

Ruby Jubilee Exhibit at Quilt Market

 

Ruby Jubilee

 

This quilt in Botanics by Jenna Brand was fun to see!

 

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Folded Flock by Jenna Brand

 

 

The rest of the time was basically spent hanging out in my booth, which was great. I really enjoyed catching up with everyone who stopped by!

 

Lauren Hunt tried to teach me her skillz …

 

Lauren Hunt in action

 

 

My fellow Robert Kaufman designers, Jennifer and Valori …

 

Robert Kaufman Designers

 

Alison Glass and Susanne Woods

 

Lucky Spool Ladies

Lucky Spool Ladies

 

And then one last hang out before the end of the show …

 

Booth Gathering

 

Thanks to everyone for all the help during the show, as well as for all love for the booth and for the new stuff! I am truly grateful for your support.

 

Stay tuned for new projects to come …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring Quilt Market 2014.

Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh was a little over a month ago now (kinda hard to believe!)…which I guess means that it’s time to share some photos from it. Better late than never, right?

 

I’ve never been to Pittsburgh before, and I was surprised by how lovely the city is. The convention center was also surprising in ways, the best of which was the natural light. This was how it looked when I walked through the loading dock to unload on the first day of set-up. It’s always crazy to me how much of a blank canvas it starts out as.

 

natural light at the pittsburgh convention center

 

Another highlight (that I didn’t get a picture of) was the scenery from the front of the convention center of the river and all their wonderful bridges and buildings. This was a city and convention center with plenty of character and charm.

 

Set up is always a whirlwind and a little stressful. There are those details that you hope will work out in reality how they work out in your head…or at least that’s how it is for me.

 

Set up quickly started out with plenty of ironing…

 

Carolyn Friedlander booth under construction at Spring 14 Market

 

…as well as a body-esque bag o’ quilts that we kept having to shuffle out of the way and try not to destroy.

(also, not super glamorous…)

 

the body bag of quilts_Carolyn Friedlander

 

These old grove ladders (that I still need to do a deeper clean on) were a recent procurement and where I wanted to display most of the 23 quilts from the book. Here I was just starting to figure out their placement.

 

Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch quilts at Spring 14 Market

 

This other wall was more of my new pattern area, and I wanted it to have a flame/tangerine theme. While I was getting the big stuff up there, I noticed that the two Circle Lattice quilts from the book (lower left) worked well with the them, so they went up too.

 

Carolyn Friedlander_Spring 14 booth under construction

 

The ladder wall was my Savor Each Stitch wall, and the plan was to make use of a ton of the photos we had from shooting the book. (Note to self: I need to devote an entire blog post to these photos–I have no one but our local girl, Alexis Wharem of Green Photography, to thank. She is amazing!)

 

Photo wall assembly_Carolyn Friedlander

 

More photos.

 

Carolyn Friedlander_Savor Each Stitch photo wall

 

Here’s how it all turned out.

New patterns–Totem and Post on the left, Savor Each Stitch stuff on the right.

 

carolyn friedlander_spring 2014 quilt market booth

 

Savor Each Stitch_quilts on ladders_Carolyn Friedlander

 

And I was really surprised and totally flattered to win an award.

 

carolyn friedlander_booth award

 

Carolyn Friedlander_booth award_Spring 14 Market

 

Alright, now we’ll move into my random pics from the show. When you’re holding down a booth, I can’t say that you get out too much to walk the floor (hence the not-so-comprehensive Quilt Market photos of anything else but my booth and what was right around me), but you do get some great visitors.

Starting with my awesome neighbors–I totally lucked out!

Vintage quilts and fabric across the way…

 

Vintage quilt neighbor

 

Jen Kingwell was one of my immediate neighbors–such a dream! Her quilts are beautiful to stare at, and she’s a great person too.

 

Jen Kingwell at Quilt 14 Market

 

I paid closer attention to her Green Tea and Sweet Beans again, since I’m taking a stab at making my own.

 

Jen Kingwell at Quilt Market 14

 

And then to the other side was Valori Wells! She’s so much fun and super creative. Here she is adding some final details during set-up. Such a pro.

 

Valori Wells booth painting

 

She and I made sure to show off some Kaufman love.

 

Valori Wells and Carolyn Friedlander_kaufman

 

It was great having the entire Kaufman team nearby…they are so supportive…and just nice!

Below are Elisabeth and Nichole from their super team.

 

Elisabeth, Nichole and Carolyn at Quilt Market

 

The Kaufman booths were amazing, and I especially enjoyed this quilt that was within eye-sight. So stunning. It looks like the free pattern is coming soon. It’ll be hard not to want to try this in some of my favorite fabrics…

 

amazing quilt at Robert Kaufman booth

 

I also really liked this group of solids from Elizabeth Hartman

 

elizabeth hartman_kona solids

 

…so much so that I went home with some and have already cut them up and worked them into a project.

 

elizabeth hartman_kona solids sliced

 

Other Market snippets include…

book signings (a weird–but flattering–experience)

 

savor each stitch book stack

 

This awesome picture of the wonderful Jacqueline from Soak

 

Jacqueline from Soak

 

The Soak team also set me up with a sweet manicure courtesy of their Denyse Schmidt Soakbox.

 

Soakbox nails_Quilt Market 14

 

And my little Market take away was this awesome succulent from one of the Kaufman booths..isn’t it lovely?

 

my new plant from quilt market

 

 

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booth pics and new stuff.

Finally, some pics from Market.

But first, I’ve got some new stuff.

+ Two new patterns, Focal (a new paper piecing project, on left) and Botanics (new to my Slow Sewing Studio, on right and in the chairs).

 

carolyn friedlander new patterns botanics and focal

 

+ New fabric, Botanics, Botanics Kona coordinates, and Widecreen (more pics to come soon).

 

+ Also in my booth was a new way of seeing all of my stuff. In every other booth that I’ve had, I’ve displayed my pattern line in basically the same way. I’ll hang each pattern on the wall somehow, usually in a row and usually with clothespins. The system is easy, simple and effective, but personally, I was getting a little bored with it. Plus each new pattern ends up taking more and more space. So I got the idea to do one block from each of my patterns using Botanics and their coordinating Kona solids. (An excuse for more sewing…) And then I also got the bright idea to create a color gradient to unite what could otherwise potentially become visual vomit.

 

carolyn friedlander pattern remix in botanics and kona

 

No big deal, right?

Well, easy was maybe not the best word to describe the process. It was fun for sure, but also a bit of a challenge to get all of the fabrics, blocks, colors and placement to work out. I started with a colored pencil drawing to map out generally what needed to happen. Then over the course of at least a week, I laid out each block and used scraps to carefully mark how each block should shape up. And now that it’s done, I’ve got grand plans to make a big quilt with it. Ah. I can enjoy it forever.

 

color matching_carolyn friedlander

 

wall sketch_carolyn friedlander

 

botanics spectrum scrap pile_carolyn friedlander

 

block planning_carolyn friedlander

And last, I thought it’d be fun to throw up some pics of the booth coming together. Set-up is always a bit chaotic with all the boxes everywhere, freight filling up the aisles and then the wild fork-lift drivers…I’m surprised no one gets hurt. Then there are sometimes surprises, too. This year I was right next to a wall, which made building a wall next to it an impetus for creative thinking. But we managed and nothing fell down before the end of the show.

Good times.

First load.

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 1

Walls are up. (Let’s hope they stay that way.)

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 2

Botanics and Focal starting to find their places.

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 3

Quilts everywhere.

carolyn friedlander houston 2013 booth set up 4

All done.

carolyn friedlander fall quilt market booth 2013

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