My brother called me last night to ask why I hadn't blogged about Market yet. Others had. Others had even shared my news. But I was still lagging behind... apparently, I hadn't had anything else to do since getting home on Tuesday.
So the next time you want me to blog, tell Mark. He'll be happy to call and pester me about it.
This will make him happy too - this is Casey Jones, Mark's newly adopted rescue-stray. Casey is about three years old and a Border Collie mix. He's a sweetheart and yes, dog-napping has been considered. Except that Casey would be heartbroken, he's pretty much Velcro'd himself to Mark.
So yes, I was in Houston for Fall Quilt Market. I had a full-size booth this time...
Yes, they do things much bigger there.
This was the Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating 40 Years exhibit. It was inspired by the Infinite Variety exhibit in New York City three years ago. It was beautiful and very reminiscent of that show. I'm sad to say that this was the only exhibit I managed to see, nor did I get to take too many pictures of the rest of Market. It's like this - like most Exhibitors, I get to walk around before Market opens and since I don't like taking pictures without asking first, I don't get to take many pictures. But I did manage to get a few...
This is Ladies on the Lake by Lisa Bongean - Primitive Gatherings. It's so much better in person. The yellow is gorgeous and it sets off the blues and grays perfectly... and there's all this gloriously wonderful quilting by Linda Hrcka of The Quilted Pineapple. The fabrics are a mix of prints and woven plaids, all part of Lisa's upcoming Lakeside Gatherings, it's going to ship in December. Or January. Soon.
I don't know if this quilt has an official name to it other than "that awesome Gardenvale quilt that we all want a kit for". It was made by ModaLissa using the new Jen Kingwell collection, Gardenvale. But this is what makes Lissa such a genius - the background fabrics are the woven plaids from Lakeside Gatherings! And the Dresden plate wedges aren't pieced - it's the result of fussy-cutting a couple of the fabrics in the collection. Now you want a kit too, don't you?
That's me - on Friday after I'd finished setting up. The main carpet in the aisles hadn't been laid yet so that's why you can see my booth number in chalk on the floor. While I moved a few things around, my booth was very much like it was in Pittsburgh. I was in the back there too.
About 75 hours later, it looked like this...
I took this picture, rolled this out the back of the convention center and that was it for Fall Quilt Market. Except that my moving adventures are just beginning. Yes, I'm moving and yes, I'm moving to Texas. But being closer to my brother is the bonus, not the reason. If I was moving to be closer to him, I'd probably move to Houston instead of almost 4 hours north on I-75. I'm moving to Dallas.
(Oops... I-45. Golden Child - aka my brother Mark - corrected me. I could tell you that I did that on purpose just to make him happy but really, I thought that's what it read on Google Maps. But I might not have been wearing my readers...)
It's like this... I got a job - a "traditional" one.
Instead of getting to work in my pajamas or stretchy-sewing-pants - seriously, how many of us actually do yoga in our "yoga pants"? - I'm going to have to take a shower, get dressed in real clothes, put on make-up, fill my travel cup with coffee and drive to work. And I'm actually going to have to talk to other people when I get there!
But I think it will be worth it because...
I know what you're thinking and yes, I had to sign an affidavit that I wouldn't barricade myself in the room where they keep the new sample fabrics. (Fortunately I know which building houses the stacks of boxes of pre-cuts that are "coming soon"... can we say "loophole"!)
So first the kind of sad news - this was my last Quilt Market as Miss Rosie's Quilt Co., a small, stubbornly independent pattern company. The patterns aren't going away, though some probably will, but how it all works will change. The good news is that I'm still going to be doing what I'm doing now, I'll just be doing it a little differently. Quilts? Patterns? Check - I'll still be doing that. And since I won't have to worry about printing, packing and shipping patterns, I will get to do more of some things. Like maybe blogging? Yep! One of the things I'll be doing is blogging for Moda at The Cutting Table. And more Instagram! (I know... I'll take lots of pictures.)
What this all means is that you're not getting rid of me.
It also means that when I refer to Mark, I mean my brother. The other one will always be Mr. Dunn. (Or "The Boss.")
Both can probably be counted on to make sure I blog a bit more frequently.
I'll tell you how it all came about soon - for now, let it suffice to say it started with an e-mail "applying for a job that didn't exist."