Friday, October 26, 2012

Quilt market day zero

We arrived in Houston last night after a very nice trip. We took advantage of 12 hours in the car to plan for 2013 projects. The weather was a balmy 88 degrees when we arrived, but the cold front that followed us arrived today leaving everyone shivering.

Today was School House. I remember our first market when we heard about this school house event. A fellow shop owner explained it this way "You choose what you want to take from dozens of classes, show up, listen for 15-30 minutes, and move to the next class." We wondered what happened if everyone wants to take the same class at the same time. Fortunately, that doesn't happen and everything goes smoothly.

Will this really be ready tomorrow?!

Many of the large companies ship their market goods in large wooden crates. The crates have doors that swing open to allow the workers access to the goods.

Tonight was also Sample Spree. Think of the biggest after Thanksgiving sale you can and then multiply by 100. It is total chaos as hundreds of people scurry to buy fat quarter bundles and patterns. It's become a tradition with us - we want to bring home fabric so you can see some of what we see.

Day 1 starts at 9:30 tomorrow. Be back tomorrow evening with photos!



  1. Hope you are having a wonderful time. I sent Darlene a email about a Jo Morton quilt that I saw posted on another blog I follow. I was hoping Sew Graceful would consider doing it as a block of the month or a kit. THANKS

  2. Thanks for the suggestion. We will do some research. Yes, we are having a nice time. Tiring but nice. I'm staying through festival so trying to reserve a little gumption for that!

  3. I am sure any and all things that Sew Graceful chooses will be on my next wish list. I will be going to Festival -- heading down on Thursday for the weekend ! YEAH ! Hope to see ya there.