7 posts categorized "Quilt Market"

11/08/2013

Market & Festival 2013 - A Quick Review

Finally we're home again!  Glad to have everything here after Quilt Market & Quilt Festival.  Now that the last step is over, I thought you'd enjoy just a few photos.

Booth, Market 2013

You can see our three Blocks of the Month and along the back wall our quilt samples for new patterns.  We always take the BOM's because there are always so many people who have never seen us before!  Our new quilts proved popular, especially the Rose Garden quilt with the yoyos!  It's on the left of the back wall.  Then Picnic in the Park, and Summer Day, which you can see in the next photo in the corner.

Booth Market 2013 Wilma & Morganne

Wilma, in the blue, and Morganne, on right, answering questions for interested shop owners.  You can see our Ornaments trimming the Christmas tree.  And our Flowers are now a classic!

Market 2013 booth

And the other end of the booth.  The table holds all our free materials for shop owners to take with them and at the far end our sales sheets and, of course, CANDY!

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Morganne (my granddaughter) & Wilma straightening and resupplying.  They are camera-shy and hard to get a picture of!  But they are experienced and indispensible!

Just a couple pictures of some of the displays.  This one was amazing by Shamrock Fabrics!  A whole barnyard full of animals made from their fabrics, complete with hay bale, campfire and fence!  Notice the chickens back of the sheep and the little mouse to the left edge of the hay bale!

Shamrock Fabrics display

Here you can see the pig and piglets a little better.  So creative!

Pig- Shamrock Fabrics display 2013

Just a LITTLE of Aurifil Threads miniature golf course.  I later saw people actually playing!   Very fun to watch!

Market 2013 Aurifil Threads display

Here are some of the darling samples made from various collections by Riley Blake Designs!

Market 2013 Riley Blake Fabrics

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Look at the yoyo on this darling dress

  

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Now we must make the change to Quilt Festival!  

Because of our time frame, we tear down and set up at the same time!  A double booth at Market becomes a single booth for Festival, so half of certain things in the double booth must be packed and taken back to the studio while other things are moved over to the single booth area for Festival.  Then we must add so many quilts, tables, patterns, embellishment kits, fabric kits, tree ornaments and baskets & baskets to hold everything in.  It's a real job!  In 5 hours, we've done the majority of the change- at least the hard part, which is positioning and hanging quilts.  The flowers were set up in the beginning of Market to be in 2 sections, so we just took down the part hanging in the first half and took it home, leaving the half needed for Festival already in place and ready to go!  We tweaked a little, but not much!

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We're mostly all alone for a while!  You can see the emply space on the left of our set-up where the other half of our Market booth used to be!  Much of our inventory for the tables is underneath them, and tomorrow we'll be bringing in a lot more, so that the entire space is filled with enough to keep us resupplied as we sell things.

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Here's a photo down the aisle.  The big boxes you see are waiting to be picked up by forklifts and shipped away.  The changeover leaves a big mess, but after all night this night and most of the next day tomorrow, work continues to set up for the new configuration for Festival, move out all shipping containers, re-lay the carpet and get ready for people to set up the individual booths again late in the day tomorrow.  Festival preview night begins the next day!

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This is a view across from our booth!  All this trash will be gone when we come back later tomorrow. . . . . really amazing when you consider all there is to do!  It will be beautiful!

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Here's the end result of our efforts!  

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We were really loaded with good things!  And everyone loved our Christmas tree.  The bags hanging to the left of the tree are these great mesh bags, brightly colored, in many different sizes!  They are so handy and there is a size for every need!  We'll have some on the website as soon as possible.  They make great Christmas presents for a sewing or traveling friend.

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We met so many interesting and wonderful people!  And we've seen so many friends!  Thanks to all who came by the booth!  We're looking forward to the success of the year ahead and to sharing new designs with you!

Always Yours,

Pat

 

 

10/07/2013

Fall Quilt Market & Festival 2013

Doesn't it feel like Fall!  And time for Quilt Market & Quilt Festival here in Houston!  We are getting things together for BOTH of these shows; yes, both of them.  For the first time we'll be exhibiting at Festival, too.  

Make a note of our Booth # 147, which stays the same, so we'll be in the same spot for both shows.  

We're so looking forward to seeing you at Market!  We love to see old friends & make new ones, and we have some new things to show you!  And if you haven't tried one of our Blocks of the Month, you can take a very close look at our models - they're amazing up close - and ask any questions you'd like.  We'll be prepared to send you home with a set of patterns, buttons, threads or embellishment kits to get your sample started.

For Festival we have some very special kits you can buy, all packaged up in the most wonderful ways!  Not to mention patterns & patterns of ours for you to see - and probably many you've never seen, since no quilt shop carries everything we have.  And some great bags for you to buy for projects & notions, and our Christmas tree will be full of ornaments from one of our favorite manufacturers, and on, and on.....  So come see and say Hi!

We're just about to add some more kits to the website, so keep tuned!  Good to talk to you!

Back soon because I'm Always Yours,

Pat


11/05/2012

He always wants to go!

I want to introduce you to Jake, our Springer Spaniel.  He is a sweetheart and a character at the same time!  Every Market, we find him inside various vehicles as we load.  He never gets into anything, he just wants to go, too!  Here's the story this year . . . . . .

Market 2012 - Is it time yet?
Is it time yet?

How does he always know what's going to happen?


Market 2012 - Jake
If I don't look at her, she'll think I didn't hear

Have called him to get down, but you can see what good that does!


Market 2012, Jake in car looking at me
Is she there again?!

Multiple tries do no good.


Market 2012 - Jake in SUV
Looking aloof

Jake, we'll need every inch of space for the booth!


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You mean down there?

You're making it SO hard - just look at that - maybe Quilts, Inc. will allow dogs NEXT year . . .


Market 2012 - Jake in SUV ears down
Doggone! Okaaaay.

This is a heartbreaker!  Can't we smuggle him in SOMEwhere?


Jake laying down in SUV - Market 2012
Okay, but I'm holding out for a treat!

Deal!  And it's all you can eat.  Just look at that face!

More later!

Pat

 

11/04/2012

Afterward

Quilt Market is so amazing!  But now I'm glad to be on this side of it!  It's like going on vacation . . . . . excited to go, glad to get home.

Daisy & Dell generally exhibits only at the Houston market because we're located in Cypress, TX, at the far (far!), NW edge of Houston. This has great & obvious advantages - we can set up a booth with much less cost than shipping a crate from somewhere - we could use things (props) that we might not otherwse want to ship, BUT there are disadvantages, too - we have to drive about 35 miles on Monday morning through rush hour traffic (Ugh!) to get there (about 1 1/2 hrs) - in fact, every evening & morning it takes us about 45 min. each way (that's Sat & Sun) as opposed to staying in a nearby hotel ('course it costs less, too - I can her the violins now! :).

So now we have shipped all the orders we can for the time being (some are delayed for the convenience of the Shop), and my One & Only and i left 2 days later for a little R&R.  YAY!!!

But I haven't forgotten YOU!  Thought you might like to see a couple photos of our booth at Market.

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Market 2012 - Ladders everywhere

 

We are fairly well along on this second day of set-up.  Once the basics (drapes, carpet, quilts) are in place, it's much more obvious what needs to be done.

Market 2012 - A little camera shy
Market 2012 - A little camera shy

 

Here is my daughter, Christy (left) and my 14 yr old granddaughter, Morganne.  They are a little camera shy, but at least they're laughing on this second setup day!  It's a LOT OF WORK!

Market 2012 - working away
Market 2012 - working away

 

My Mom came with my sister, Debbie, to help set up and stayed every day at Market, too!  She's 86 and I'm really proud of her for such an effort.  She is a trooper!

 

Market 2012 - having fun along the way
Quilt Market 2012 - having fun along the way

 


Had to add this one!  My booth is truly a family affair and we have a great time because of each other!  Morganne was showing off a little (OK, quite a bit) to test my new camera while she leaped acrpss the frame.  You can see Christy behind her, I always schedule the flowers & vine for her to put up every year.  It takes some experience and she always makes it look great!!

More later!  As always, I'm

Yours,

Pat


10/12/2012

Ribbons, Trims and Embellishments

Have been working on the last 2 ornaments before market (only 2 weeks now!).  By Monday should have the first finished sample for each one; then will take a photo, then to the graphic designer for a cover, then off to the printer - they can probably ship to me just in time!  Oh, yes, and show YOU!  Whew!  Now to finish these last 2 patterns - that's part of my weekend.  Will give you a peek at the samples on Monday or Tuesday!

These little ornaments can be done exactly as you see them on the cover - or you can leave out details - or add your own to ours.  We've done three or four of each one, choosing different combinations of fabrics & threads & embellishments.  Depending on what you choose, they can really look different!  

I've had a great time going through my ribbons, trims and embellishments!  In fact, I even went to my local craft store and picked up some decorations for miniature trees - Oh, so cute!  So you'll soon see some of these on our little ornaments!

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Great Flakes! Singing Christmas Ornament

I really think you'll enjoy putting these together!  And anyone you want to give them to will be glad you enjoyed it.  I just loved this wonderful sequin-y, ruffled trim!  Have been thinking about stocking some trims and ribbons, unique & traditional, and selling them by the yard.  Would you be interested?

We've used the Embellishment Kit, which includes all the buttons you see, plus the sparkly fiber.  Very handy!  Wish you could hear the music it plays from the Sound Card in the back!  I promise to figure that out and let you listen soon.

Back in a bit!  Always Yours!

Pat


 

 


09/21/2012

Improving the Studio

My oldest granddaughter, Mekenzie (17), came to spend about 3 weeks with us and I sure enjoyed it!  We ate out and went shopping, sat on the patio and she showed me all her apps - wow, I learned a lot & found some cool new stuff to add!

On the other side of things, we put up a basketball goal by ourselves - OK, Dana (my One & Only) helped here & there (and we needed it) - and we worked in the Studio putting together 2 big shelving units and moving furniture around.  

Since she left I've added some furniture and removed some and rearranged and put away and . . . . .  I know you know how that goes!  Things are functioning a lot better but it may be a little while until I can 'feather' the Studio enough to give you some pictures.

Still, I thought I'd show you just a couple things that have improved.

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I so love the light that comes into my Studio!  The back side faces the south and has these upper windows that 'shed' & 'drop' light into the room.  It's just wonderful!  Kind of like having a skylight, but more.

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We have so many patterns that include embellishment that we keep adding to this area.  Lots of things that belong here are in project boxes or bags waiting for new items to be finished!  

See those empty shelves below?  Well, that's not because we don't have things to put there!  Our SWEET Jake, the Springer Spaniel, just loves ribbon and embellishments!  And he has the best taste (literally)!  

If we leave him alone in the Studio, he'll eventually find a favorite from this shelf.  I'm not sure what we're going to do as we add.  He knows our stock really well, though, and can always suggest ribbon for a new design!

 

 

 

 

Here's another place he loves to get into - and I completely understand why!  We are collecting all our wool into these great baskets - so we can actually see it - and then they go on an upper shelf!

Wool in basket on floor

Isn't this beautiful?!?  It makes my mouth water!  We'll use some of these for our little Singing Christmas Ornaments.  We are making 3 or 4 of each one to show Market attendees how versatile they are and how cute & pretty they can be with different fabrics.  So as soon as it's over, I'll post pictures of our tree covered with them!  And maybe you can listen to some of the little songs, too.

Back tomorrow to give you an idea of some upcoming ornaments!  Just little bits.

Always Yours,

Pat


10/30/2010

Fall Market Update

I wanted to update you about our Fall Market attendance.  With the construction of our new space coming to a close (I'll catch you up with that in next post), we were looking forward to attending Fall Market with 2 new blocks of the month and more.  However, about mid-week last week I received news about my Mom's health, and I needed to visit her.  So Daisy & Dell cancelled their booth space at Fall International Quilt Market.  Thanks to Quilts, Inc. for their understanding!  With relief, as I write this, my Mom is OK and I will get to enjoy her a while longer!  Her children, grandchildren and greatgrands are very grateful!

If you'll keep an eye on the website, we'll have our new things up starting about mid-November (had to delay our print order, too, because no one would be there to receive it!), and start to move some basics into the new quarters.  

Something great to come from this is that Daisy & Dell will be attending Spring Market in Salt Lake City in May, and with many new things for you to see!  We are in a suburb of Houston, so it's easy for us to attend Fall Market, but this will be the first Spring Market we've been to!  We're really excited at the prospect, and I'll do some planning as soon as I get home!

That's about it for now.  If there's anything you need, please don't hesitate to call and leave a message, or order from the website (wholesale orders will need a wholesale login, which we can email to you).  I can often have orders filled even when I'm not there myself (the studio is closed right now), and I should be back within a few days, anyway.  Thanks for your patience, because we've sure had a year or so of this!  And remember, I'm

Always Yours, Pat

 

 

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Glad you've stopped by to see what's happening at Daisy & Dell! Make yourself at home! As often as we can, we'll show and tell you about the studio, fabric lines, blocks of the month, kits, free projects, plans for future designs, projects in progress, booth photos, everyday happenings… just anything we think will strike your fancy! We love hearing from you, so feel free to comment, ask a question, send us your photos, or tell me, Pat Bruce, what's going on with YOU! .

— Pat