The first day pretty much is spent at Schoolhouse. Basically it's a plethora of mini pitch-your-product vignettes from designers, fabric companies, and other quilt-related businesses. These sessions last from 15 to 30 minutes and then you're literally running to the next one. It's a wonderful opportunity to get a sneak peak at what's coming out, hear from the designers, and get a bunch of freebies.
When Schoolhouse is over, we get a 2 hour break and then its time for Sample Spree. This can be best be described as CRAZY MAYHEM! Everyone lines up, some for hours, and when the door opens everybody runs in, with most heading straight to the Moda corner. Sample Spree is just that: a 2-hour spree with about 100 vendors and the opportunity to actually pre-purchase product not yet released. I opted to stay away from the Moda corner this year, but did grab some wonderful new fabrics that will be coming out next spring.
We were able to capture a few snapshots of up and coming quilt patterns from a few of our favorites. There will be many more to come over the next few days.
This is a close up of the new "Jardin de Roses" block-of-the-month from Verna Mosquera of The Vintage Spool. It features fabrics from her brand new line "Savon Bouquet."
COMMENT: We are planning on offering this as a block-of-the-month program. If you would like to see this available at The Quilt Shoppe, leave us a comment!
Although a little blurry, this is a quilt from Robyn Pandolph's new collection, Sumptious Living. This new collection is beyond description -- it is breathtakingly gorgeous.
We had a wonderful time at Renee Nanneman's schoolhouse featuring her new fabric line, French Farmhouse, already available at The Quilt Shoppe.
We'll be back tomorrow with more pictures from the Market floor - quilts, quilts, quilts, booth pictures and pictures with our favorite designers.
Leave us a comment and let us know what you'd like for us to look for while we're here.
Until tomorrow .....