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
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!
I had some wonderful wine, laughs and conversations with my Roomie Maddie, Pam and Holly
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.
Be sure and check back tomorrow!