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!