Today I'm delighted to share insights for attendees and non-attendees to Fall 2014 Quilt Market, for ways to learn about new products and have fun.
Quilt Market is a Trade Show that is held twice a year, for those in the businesses. It is a great opportunity for buyers to come learn about new products and place their orders for items that will appear in quilt shops in 2015. There are also many opportunities for those in the business to learn how to grow their business by attending various panel discussions, which SewCalGal highly recommends for everyone in the business.
Schoolhouse at Quilt Market is always a great way to learn, but this year there is a special opportunity that SewCalGal encourages all attendees at Market to attend. F + W President Sara Domville will announce the results of the 2014 Quilting in America Survey, 10am, Schoolhouse opening. Don't miss this session and be sure you get a copy of the 2014 Quilting in America Survey. This is an excellent resource for those in the business to understand trends in the quilting industry as well as use to establish metrics for how well they are doing in the business. Well worth the nominal expense for this publication and SewCalGal highly recommends it.
Has many wonderful new books that they are introducing at Quilt Market. SewCalGal is anticipating "Recreating Antique Quilts", by Wendy Sheppard, to be a best seller.
Pop by to meet Alex and the Aurifil team, for fun, games, yummy threads, as well as learn about their new thread colors and amazing bundles. Aurifil has partnered with many talented designers to create spectacular new collections from Edyta Sitar, Sara Lawson, Camelia Roskelly, Bunny Hill, Bari J., Jill Finley, Michelle Scott, Sheena Norquay, Marti Mitchell, Brigitte Heitland, Sue Daley, Shari Butler, Chelsea Andersen, Melanie McNiece, Katy Jones, Judy and Judel Niemeyer, Tasha Noel, Stacey Mitchell, Lynn Krawczyk, and Debra Gabel.
Twitter users may also want to follow Elena Destro (Elly at Aurfil), to learn current insights on Market. And, of course, be sure to visit Aurifil at Sample Spree in booth #216, 217.
Pop by the Martingale Booth #tbd to see all of their new books. There are still some slots open to meet authors and get a signed copy of a new book, from amazing authors. But be sure if you didn't pre-register you check in advance, to confirm space for any book signing. Still, you may want to pop over to attend their Meet the Designer sessions for great fun and inspiration.
SewCalGal anticipates "Nap and Nod" to become a best seller. Absolutely delightful book!
C&T has many new books that they will be introducing at Market. SewCalGal is confident that Shape and
Hoffman California International Fabrics has many amazing new fabrics that they will showcase at Market, as well as designers using their fabrics. This is definitely a booth to visit at Market, as well as at Shopping Spree.
Kaleidoscope Kreator will be introducing a new machine embroidery design collection at Market, Booth #200. And for those attending Festival, you can also see their new collection. Absolutely stunning!
Island Batik has released many new fabrics, including blenders. And they'll be showcasing a variety of designers that have created spectacular quilts using their fabrics. Another booth you will want to visit at market.
Quilt Market has a large list of events going on. Here are a few that caught my attention and I wanted to share and encourage others to join the learning opportunities and fun:
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Yazzi has wonderful organizational products and they are introducing some new storage organizers at market. All are high quality, handmade organizers. SewCalGal wants to encourage everyone to pop by the Yazzi booth #919 to see these great bags. Be sure to ask about embellishment ideas for these bags, as it is amazing how much fun you can have to make them uniquely yours.
Attendees to Quilt Market shouldn't overlook the benefits of the APP that is available. You can download at:quiltmarketapp.com
Quilt Market is also encouraging everyone to stop by the Meet the Teachers area in Hall E (at the back of Aisle F) for a full slate of free demonstrations from Festival teachers and other special presenters. Subjects include everything from threadpainting to traditional blocks and studios to "space blankets." Additional info can be found at:
See the complete Meet the Teachers schedule for presenter and demo information, as well as dates and times.
See the schedule of Open Studios artists and demonstrations now, and stop by the Open Studios area near the front of the Food Court in Hall A) during the show!
Not attending Quilt Market?
Don't worry. There are ways to learn about all the new products introduced at Market and have fun remotely.
Fat Quarter Shop is the best "reporter" on Market. Twitter users can uers can follow The Fat Quarter Shop, And, Kimberly will be providing daily recaps of Quilt Market with swag giveaways on their Jolly Jabber Blog.
Twitter users may also want to follow Mary Andra (MahSistersQT), and Quilt Market to hear insights on Quilt Market. And don't forget if you are attending market, to use the hashtag #quiltmarket in your tweets.
Instagram is also an excellent tool to follow what is happening at Quilt Market. The Fat Quarter Shop and Mary Andra (MahSistersQT) are two who will be be actively sharing via this tool, but I'm sure they'll be many more.
Non-attendees may also want to participate in the Blogger's Quilt Festival this weekend. While you won't learn about new products introduced at Market, you will have fun seeing many inspirational quilts through this virtual quilt show, as well as have the opportunity to win prizes. Just click this button for more info.