Tuesday, October 25, 2011

To market, to market

To Market, To Market
          To Market, to market, to buy a fat pig, 
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig. 
To market, to market to buy a fat hog, 
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

Yes, I've run away from home to go to the Market!   Quilt Market to be more accurate.  And run-away-from-home certainly fits.  YOU try convincing the Stanley that I need to go to Market! He really just doesn't understand quilters. Odd, isn't it? 43 years together and I still have to explain it to him!  I'm quite sure that "old Key saying" about Birds of a Feather originated with quilters!  We're like family!  It doesn't matter if a body makes scrap quilts or art quilts or traditional or...whatever!  Besides, if my friend can come from Sweden to market, surely I can come from Oklahoma! 
Show up at any quilt-related event-- a quilt show, a festival, a quilt shop (or shoppe) or Market! It's amazing that there's never a stranger. Somehow we all "belong" and it's a great place to be.  Even standing in sort-of-a-line at the Sample Spree-- hundreds of women! -- before you know it everybody around is like old-time friends. .... that is, until the doors open for Sample Spree!  Look out, here we come!  
That's what a "regular" quilting class looks like.  I wish we (at Key Grocery & Quilts) had room for a classroom! I'd keep it hopping all the time!  Anyway, on Friday, there's a School House series that is reminiscent of classes.  For 20 or 30 minutes each all through the day, vendors show & demonstrate their new products.  At least a couple-hundred of us mill through the George R. Brown Convention Center to get to the classes that seem to interest us most.  Fun, fun! 

Saturday the actual "market" starts- there'll be pattern people & fabric people & notions people & batting people & sewing/quilting machine people plus books & laces & buttons & threads!  Lions and tigers and bears OH MY!  

I'll be looking for  the 2 quilts I had a hand in finishing. Hope I see them! 
Here are a couple of glimpses. The 1st one reminded me of wheels - see the green backing fabric?  So the prints were quilted with "tire tracks" & hubcap in the center, and the white sashing is the Dallas mixmaster at every corner!  I know- I have a vivid imagination...

The 2nd one is a quilt full of baskets! Lots of fun quilting on it.  Hope I don't offend anyone for posting just a peek! 


lissa said...


Thank you thank you thank you. The quilting is wonderful and the girls love their quilts. We appreciate all your hard work!


Sarah Beth said...

We got to see your beautiful work during the market preview at United Notions yesterday! Absolutely stunning work Alicia! You are truly blessed with such talent. :)

Alicia said...

thanks bunches, Lissa & Sarah Beth! The pleasure was all mine in getting to quilt them!

Outlaw said...

Love, love, love the quilting. Now if I could figure out a way for 'The Wheels on the Bus' to be playing while the quilt is on display......

Karen said...

The quilting is absolutely beautiful!!!. Have a ball at market.