Quilt Market Trip

Monday, November 4, 2013

I've been back from Quilt Market for nearly a week, so I thought it was finally time to start talking about it! This is a very brief recap, and I'll share nice photos of my booth and more on the projects and fabric in other posts.  For now, a simple telling of my trip!

Bella Cat
Bella Cat, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I flew in a day early this year, so I could spend some time with my friend Jacey! It was really great to be able to relax for a bit after I landed before getting into the throes of booth set up and the show itself.  Jacey and her husband Elliot very graciously had me stay the first night, and I had a great time! I ate real tex mex, and met their fabulous kitties, Bella (testing a quilt for me, above) and Olias!

Orla Kiely at Target
Orla Kiely at Target, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Jacey was my lifesaver! She helped me out so much, from Ikea and Target runs, making sure I always had treats to eat and lots of moral support. Thank you Jacey, I couldn't have done it without you! She was totally understanding when we needed to make an emergency stop at Target to check out the new Orla Kiely stuff!

PS - It's awesome, obviously! I may have bought four pieces, oops. Sorry, not sorry!

Thursday and Friday were dedicated to setting up the booth! I took a chance and went with lime green walls! They're actually fabric!  Pure Elements Lemonade to be exact.  The very best pure element color in my personal opinion.  Seriously, it's awesome.  I managed to fit everything for the booth in two suitcases and a carry-on again, with little weight and room to spare!

I'm really happy with how the booth came together. Between the twenty prints in Dreamin' Vintage, I had about 8 yards of fabric, so it was a real challenge to stretch them into enough projects to fill the booth.  It was great to share this collection, because it's truly my dream collection. I can't wait to tell you all about it.  Very soon, I swear!

Jacey & I
Jacey & I, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Jacey and I finally managed to get a photo together!

Soak Manicures by Jeni Baker
Soak Manicures, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
On Monday we managed to see a little bit of the show, and we made a bee-line for the Soak booth! They debuted two new products at Quilt Market: designer nail polish sets, and Flatter smoothing spray! They had a lovely manicurist, Nail Mogul, so we all had our nails done! It was wonderful to feel pampered after long days on our feet.  I picked up another bottle of Soakwash (I use it for all my hand knits, it's awesome!), and a bottle of Flatter to try out! Will report back once I use it, it smells amazing!

Color Me Retro Washi Tunic
Color Me Retro Washi Tunic, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
On Monday I also wore my Color Me Retro Washi Tunic, which I now realize I never modeled for the blog! I blended right into the blue section in the colorful Art Gallery Fabrics booth! I used the Florette print in Sapphire from Color Me Retro, and Rae Hoekstra's Washi Dress Pattern.

We managed to get a few quick photos of some of the Art Gallery Fabrics designer's before the show closed.  From left to right: Me, Leah Duncan, Pat Bravo, Angela Walters, and Frances Newcombe.  It was such a pleasure to spend time with these talented ladies!

Before I knew it, the show was over and it was time to pack up! Jacey and I tore down the booth as quick as we could and loaded up her car! It's amazing just how much you can stuff into a suitcase.  I do wonder what the TSA agents were thinking about my bag though, haha!

Ninfa's, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Quilt Market was an adventure as usual, and I didn't freak out quite as badly this time around.  I suppose that comes with experience, but I also made sure to take care of myself leading up to it and during the show.  I think all but one night we were in bed before 10pm! We ate very well too, there was lots of good food (Chili Con Queso!) and good company.  Until next time, Houston!


  1. Can't wait for your new fabrics, very sweet and 70's (is that the correct years)

  2. Love the picture of the torso in the suitcase! I'm looking forward to your new line becoming available!

  3. I'm intrigued about the furniture you buy for your booth; what do you do with it after the show, since it obviously won't fit in your suitcase? ;) I do look forward to seeing more of your fabric, the colours in your new line look right up my alley!!


    1. Unfortunately it gets left behind! Jacey took a few things home!

  4. the booth looks fantastic! So envious you spent time with Jacey - love that girl!

  5. Love the tunic! Is there an option for sleeves?

    1. She has a tutorial for long sleeves, and will have a full expansion pack with other sleeve options out soon!

  6. Glad you had a good time in Texas! Love your blog, Jacey is how I found you! You are lucky, Bella posing for you!

  7. I love the quilt fabric used in the quilt that the cat is sitting on - what is it called?

    1. It's my new line, Dreamin' Vintage! It will be available in April!

  8. It was so nice to meet you in person at Market.Your booth was just wonderful and I cannot wait for Dreamin Vintage to come out.

  9. Cute Jeni! I loved your booth. Great job! I always wonder what they think of all the bags they see. It would be funny to see the dress form in there ;)

  10. Your booth was most beautiful! that lime colour is perfect background for your happy coloured products! x Teje

  11. Ninfa's is one of my favorite places to eat in TX too!

    Can't wait to see your new line in person!

  12. Oh man, my family and I used to go to Ninfas all the time in San Antonio years ago. Seeing that last picture brought back a flood of great memories (as well as gave me a huge craving for chili con queso). Thanks for that :)


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