I made it my goal, once I heard that the International Quilt Market was coming to Salt Lake City, that I would attend. The fact that it is a trade show not open to the public was just a minor stumbling block and in no way deterred me.
Long story shortened, I emailed the people who run the Quilt Market to see if they used volunteers for any menial tasks. They emailed back that, while they do use people, all the slots had been filled and better luck next time. The show set up on Thursday, May 12th. That afternoon I got an email asking me if I was still interested. Hah! I'm in!
I wandered over to the Salt Palace Thursday afternoon to check in and get my credentials. I ran into Kaari Marie from the French General in the hallway. I had met her before in St Louis, so I went on up to her and told her I was excited to maybe be able to see her new line of fabric. We chatted for a bit and went on about our business. I also met Patty Young and her handsome husband, Jon, from Mod Kid Boutique. She designs groovy fabric and cool clothing patterns. And I think her daughters are just too cute!
Saturday at the meet and greet I met Jennifer Paganelli who has some terrific fabric designs as well as a book out full of projects to make for young girls. As I now have a granddaughter, I can use a book like that. She made me promise that I would go to Market early on Sunday and find her booth and buy the book. So I did just that!
I also met Paula Prass and her lovely daughter. We chatted about our grandsons and their ability to name the birds on her latest fabric design.
I got a little fresh with Vanessa when I thought she was going to fall off the chair she was standing on and grabbed her by the waistband around her backside. Oh well. She might like me one of these days! LOL
I also met Amy and Erin who are putting together a terrific sewing summit this fall.
I had a terrific time working at the Quilt Market today. I saw some really great quilts and met a lot of lovely people. I'm sure I'll link more of them as I sort through the business cards and notes I took.
And never, ever let a little thing like "You're not allowed in" to stop you from going to something if you really want to go. But always try to follow the rules.