Confessions of a Quilt Market Virgin – Part 1

November 5, 2013 · 6 comments

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Quilt Market was so very new to me. I went to Houston all starry-eyed with anticipation of fun times and inspiration. I was not disappointed on either count. But… I was whooped by the end. Quilt Market is about working after all.
There is so much good to say…and I will.

But first I have the need to let go of what has weighed heavy on my heart.
The eclectic mix of people with their varied and unique styles of art, passions, life paths and personalities made my heart sing. The generational mix was wonderful. The Modern, Traditional, Primitive and Art quilt styles all in one place was a sight to behold for me…I’m a people watcher. That mix also showed some ugliness at times. I was a bit stunned to witness some very egotistical, selfish and cut-throat behavior. I suppose that happens in every industry. I just don’t get it. The creation of this art form should be a collaboration not a competition. I am not saying self-promotion is wrong but when you do it while trashing and discrediting others it is despicable. I will not name names but I wish I could tell you this– You may be high on top right now but your mean harshness and disrespect to others is going to tear you down.

I don’t say that flippantly. It is not based on gossip. I witnessed it. The end.
Back to the GOOD stuff

I have the privalege of being the Marketing Manager for Maddie of the BadAss Quilters Society and was thrilled to meet other BAQS members and those interested in joining. Many wore their BAQS buttons proudly! Tomorrow’s Later this week… post will be about the unforgettable moments at the BAQS Networking Event. The AmAAAAAzing and motivating speakers at the event were––

Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes Quilt Artist

Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio

Jake Finch and Melissa Thompson Maher of Generation Q Magazine

Jemellia of Je’s Bend

Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy

Ebony of Love Bug Studios

Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness

Amy Marston of C & T Publishing

Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts and Crafts

Bari J. of Bari J. Designs
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The Schoolhouse lectures, new fabrics, coming soon patterns and threads, notions and embellishments all shot my blood and brain FIBER levels sky high.
Meeting friends IRL was the best part. Pam and I have been online friends for years and finally we met. I love her even more IRL!
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It was also great fun having Ebony as our temporary Roomie.
The time at Market is so busy and hectic that I did miss meeting up with many friends.
Later this week I will post a ton of pictures.
I did take a short break and strolled through the calm and quiet area of the quilts on display for Quilt Festival. Sadly I only could view a few. While doing so I came across an exhibit by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and even spent some time talking with her. What a beautiful and inspiring woman.
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avatar 1 pam November 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I loved meeting you too!! i think the people are the best part of market. But it is work! fun work though. I feel so lucky to be a part of it! xo

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avatar 2 sophie November 6, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I arrived Wednesday and attended festival (not Market) and also was taken aback by the attitude of a few quilters/vendors I encountered. It takes a little of the shine off an otherwise lovely trip.
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avatar 3 Gene Black November 7, 2013 at 8:39 am

I suppose there are a few bad apples in every barrel. That doesn’t mean we stop eating apples though.
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avatar 4 Ava Moore November 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

My background is in the apparel biz and if you ever want to see egos, jerks, etc., there are way too many to even think possible. So hopefully the proportion in the quilting world is much smaller and the good vibes and energy win out!!

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avatar 5 Ann November 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

I neeeeeed a BAQS pin so others ( my family) will know just how bass ass quilting, and I , really are. I neeeed one so if you and collide in the street one day we will recognize the badassedness of one another and stop everything to share a brew ( coffee or beer, your choice). How can I acquire said pin? I have checked the site, I am a card carrying member but for some reason “the pin” eludes me. Please help to put me out of my misery. Pin me, baby.

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avatar 6 Heather November 7, 2013 at 9:14 am

Robyn, I am not sure if we met…I know we must have “encountered” each other at the BAQS gala. Anyhow, from one “quilt market virgin” to another…you took the words right outta my mouth, the good, the bad and the ugly truth. Every industry is filled with it’s “celeb’s” (in part thanks to our society’s obsession as a whole?) but in my opinion humility and an earnestness for learning is what gets you through in the end. I’ve been in the textile industry in one form or another for over 15 years and I can honestly say I’ve never seen the ego’s to quite the extreme as at the QM. But I was swept up by all the wonderful people and creative talent humble folks as well and of course, I hope to return!
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