Market tip #1 - If you are going to take your camera, ensure the lens is clean and free of your childs finger prints before you begin snapping away. There is nothing quite like a built in fuzz lens you don't know about until you get home.
Seriously though the pictures I have are not wonderful, the finger prints on the camera lens has effected the color & quality of the images.
Some images have been taken with my iphone & others with my fingerprint filled camera so I will try and mix them up for you. AQM is in about 3 weeks time so I will get a chance to take the photos again, this time with my good SLR camera (fingerprint free).
So here we go, this is Quilt Market through my eyes & blury camera....
Friday morning Helen and I made our way down to Market with a suitcase full of samples to get the Cinderberry Stitches "Woodland" display ready at the Lecien booth. Initially it was just a temporary (rough) set up as the samples had to be removed again for schoolhouse later in the day - we snapped some pictures of the display so the set up second time would take less than half the time.
Samples were taken down and packed up for the Lecien schoolhouse session & off we set to room......
It was pretty much standing room only left in the Lecien schoolhouse as we each introduced our fabric lines, about that time I changed my name to Natalie Nervous. After introductions and a few deep breaths I was sharing my story about the Woodland collection and showing some of my newest designs and samples.
Below is the first quilt I completed with my fabric, it's called Woodland Utopia and I love how the collection is so crisp and clean against the white borders and sashings. You can find the design over at the Lecien USA website as a free pattern - it's fun, quick and very easy to make.
I wish I had close up shots from schoolhouse of my Lecien Sista's Brenda, Lynette, Rosalie and Sarah's new lines but I am afraid I didn't get the chance to snap away while up the front - this one is courtesy of Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey. (thanks Katy)
Once schoolhouse was finished it was time to head back to the show floor and set up the Woodland display & balance on a chair for the second time - it all want back together like a puzzle. Love it when that happens, like it was meant to be.
Here is the floor plan, can you see the little red circle? - that was me.
My entire display (excluding the book shelf) came out of a suitcase and was held together with T-pins and fishing line, nothing exotic just a little Woodland magic.
So here I am below on the eve of quilt market - hours before Sample Spree with the booth display complete, wondering what everyone would think in the morning when market doors opened.
So here is the tour of my Woodland display - from pretty much every angle.
(Refer to my Market tip #1 - colors are not true to life)
I stitched up a gorgeous 'Uptown Girl' reversible hooded jacket - designed by Toni Coward from Make it Perfect. These jackets are a must have in Isabelle's wardrobe, in fact I can imagine it stitched in each colorway of the Woodland collection.
More mushroom houses lined the book shelves.
There are also a few new things you will not have seen before and I will talk more about them in future blog posts - I wonder if you can find them.
Look out for Sew Deer, Hedgehog Happy Hour and Hedgehog Happy-ness.
This quilt above was probably the most photographed and talked about quilt in my little Woodland display. It's called Hedgehog Happy-ness and I can't wait to show off some better images over the next few weeks, yes it's new.
If you are wondering, they are indeed dozens & dozens (40) of hedgehog balloons being held by little elfin girls = Happy-ness
These 'Slumber Party Jammies' are again designed by Toni Coward from Make It Perfect. Indeed my daughter was happy to see these come home from Market and can't wait to sleep in her favorite pink pair of jammies. They were hung on a make shift clothesline with Australian made pegs.
The lovely Pam Kitty Morning made a gorgeous quilt for the booth called Sugar Shop using a combination of Lecien basics (red & white spots) and Woodland which I adore, thank you PKM, it was just perfect!
Here I am with Nireko and Brenda toward the end of Market - I miss these two already, they are the sweetest ladies.
So that's all for now (let's call it part one).
Fingers crossed there will be more images of the booth popping up here and there on 'Market re-cap' posts in blogville. With better, clearer and true to life photographs......please, if you have any shots feel free to email them to me!
In the mean time I am going to clean my camera lens and make sure this does not happen a second time, more market fun to show you next time.