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V and Co: at fall quilt market


the pre-version of my book that is due out january 2012

first off HELLO NOVEMBER! you are my favorite month. with thanksgiving (fav holiday) and my birthday, what’s not to love? so happy october is over. eh. 😉

soooooo. quilt market. yes.

it went well. schoolhouse was good. i said “foots” when i meant to say “feet” and then i said “fut” when i meant to say “foot” i blanked out on the word “projects” couldn’t for the life of me think of that word…and i think i said “um” a lot…

all in all: i would do it again. i think with a little bit (a ton of) practice, i could do that kind of thing and over time it would become a little easier.

 i also got to do a demo where i demonstrated a project from the book, and i realized something… i LOVE talking and demonstrating techniques i use. yeah, i really felt in my element (and really felt relaxed) when i got to talk a group of people how to actually create the projects featured.

mental note: see if i can find places that want me to teach such techniques. 🙂

 i got to talk about ruffles, gathers, pleats and twists. have i mentioned lately how much i really like to add that little bit of “personality” to projects with some kind of texture. yeah, i do. and as much as i try to focus on other things…i always come back in some way or other in the following project with “texture”. yup i like it. 🙂

okay so a little about the OTHER things happening at market.

before schoolhouse i was wound up like a top ready to go. pretty sure i wanted to just put my head between my legs and go to my happy place. but see that’s how i am i work myself up and then when the event happens, “swoosh”. all is good

after schoolhouse, i was all kinds of more relaxed throwing jokes all around walking with my swagger (aka my feet are freaking killing me) and winking pointing and saying “how you doin?'” (in my best joey impression) to anyone that said hi to me. well okay maybe not that suave…but really i had a wonderful time meeting so many of you!

 also a few years ago i got to go to my first quilt market. and i got to room with this lady. yeah dana and i got to meet up again this time for dinner and we talked about kids, and projects, and family life. it’s so nice to know that outside of blogging/sewing/projects, she and i would probably still be friends and do other things together as well.

 and we also were able to go to the 2.0 party where i got to talk a little to (and snap a pic with) the uber talented kate spain. this picture was suppose to be just of kate with a sign saying “hi chadley” for my sis in law who LOVES kate, and kate loves my sis in law too. but because i didn’t plan it and didn’t get the sign made up, i got in the pic with kate and we were thinking “hi chadley!” 🙂

 on the floor i got to joke around with aneela hoey that one of my highlights of the day was when sandy klop excitedly said to me “OH HI ANEELA! oops wait you aren’t her. haha!” apparently i look like the pale version of aneela, and honestly that is fine by me.

i also got to joke around with joanna of figtree and co, malka durawsky, kate spain, lu summers (who made me take a few pictures just to make sure she looked awesome in it 😛 plus she kept saying the funnest things in her british accent like “dont make me look like a cabbage.” good times.), the long thread’s ellen baker, and aneela. all so nice, and kind of funny. just how i like em. 🙂

 and of course i am always in love with sweetwater and their approach to quilting, i love them. they know this. and they are always kind to me and are always willing to chat and shoot the breeze whenever i come and say “hey can i take a picture of your awesomeness?”

 now i don’t know if you had heard the buzz that mr amy butler was going to debut his line this fall market parson gray but i had heard about it a few weeks prior and checked it out, and i have to say i was impressed. i like the look he has going, i think they are great looking and ahem he wasn’t so hard on the eyes either when i snapped the picture. he actually tried to get out of the way when i asked if i could take the picture and i all but said “oh you silly, silly, kind of cute man, stay in the picture pretty sure the v and co female readers would like for me to keep you in the picture!” but really all i said was “oh no, you can stay in it as well.”

right next to him was amy butler’s new line “lark“. and no no accosting amy this year…i’ve grown up and all i do is act all official and snap pictures.

 i just loved this elephant. i didn’t even pay attention to who’s booth it was or if it was a designer…i was swooned and taken by the elephant. if anyone knows who this is…let me know and i’ll link it back but till then. isn’t that like the coolest elephant? that took some time and talent.  and if i could figure a way to stuff it in my shirt i would of walked away with it…but it was kind of large and i think people would of caught on.

 now this next couple of pictures i just had to share. with my love of texture, you know at some point i’m going to have to embark on a yo-yo quilt. they are kind of cool and i’ve seen them before. but nothing like this one.

 this was at the retro clean booth, they had a display of vintage quilts this on being one of them…but seriously have you ever seen a yo- yo- quilt with yo-yo’s that small. i was in awe. and even more in awe when the man told me that his two aunts made it in the 30’s yeah pretty cool in my book.

speaking of books:

looky which book i got (and signed!) i’m so excited. many of you remember my quest to find the perfect gray dress, well here’s my chance to make a pretty cute one.

one of my favorite thing in this book aside from that dress on the left, is the step by step picture instructions and the beautiful pictures in this book.

yeah i think i may just embark on a sewing journey. 🙂

well as always i didn’t take a lot of pictures. i always think i do, and then the lighting sucks and a lot of them turn out blurry and well my forget-to-take-a-picture-of-that-fulness happens as well.

but i know there are a bunch of others writing about it…so my lack of pictures isn’t such an end of the world thing.

okay my mom is coming in two days. off to prepare…and i promise to show you my new fall wreath and how i made it like soon. 🙂 yeah we’ve heard that before.

we’ll talk soon.