Fall Quilt Market 2011 (I’m home!)

pat_bravo [Photo of Pat Bravo's booth at Fall Quilt Market 2011]

Hi there!  I’m back from Quilt Market and wanted to pop in and say hi.  Thank you for all of the positive thoughts, prayers, and good luck messages you sent my way.  I truly appreciated each and every one.

I had a wonderful time with my new fabric family at Andover.  I’m really excited to be with such a talented, funny group of people who truly care about each other and their customers.  It has been such a long road to get to this place that I really tried to soak up every minute of it.

On Saturday, as I walked the show floor I got to meet lots of new faces and hear about other people’s dreams of designing fabric or patterns or books (even jewelry!).  I know firsthand how tough it can be to put yourself out there, so I consider it a personal responsibility to encourage other people and share what I know.  Many other designers did that with me, and I am so happy to pass it on.  Why else are we here?

It feels so good to be able to say from my own experience:  You really can do it if you’re willing to put in the work and keep at it no matter what.  Do not give up.

I had a bit of an adventure getting home.  I had three connecting flights to get from Houston to LA courtesy of our frequent flyer miles.  Everything was going so well until I reached Phoenix where the last flight to LA was cancelled.  Apparently, the flight attendant was injured, and they were unable to find a replacement.  I counted myself lucky that I was not the one being carried off on a stretcher and settled in for an unexpected stay at the Sheraton in Phoenix.

I am so happy to be home but still pretty tired.  Doing the airport thing two days in a row with really over-stuffed bags is not that great.  All told, what should have been a 3.5 hour trip home took nearly 24 hours.  So glad I finally made it!

Annamaria_new2 [Photo of Anna Maria Horner's booth at Fall Quilt Market 2011]

I was able to get a ton of great feedback on my new sewing patterns, so I’m going back to the drawing board and making some more improvements.  I really want to put something out there that is truly ready and will give people great, consistent results.  I know it will be worth the wait.  It sounds like the early preview of my fabrics went pretty well — so look for me next Spring.  It’s going to be a party around here, and I can promise a few sneak peaks in the meantime.

And – yes, I did take some photos! The mini-interviews I did with other fabric designers and interesting peeps at the show were amazing.  Beyond inspirational. I’m sorting through everything this week and contacting a few other folks via e-mail who were busy or wanted time to think about their answers.  However, please check back in for lots of great advice from everyone from Rachel Ashwell to Pat Bravo.  They said such encouraging things.

So what did I miss?  Anything good?  I’ll be catching up on all of your blogs and e-mail messages this week.  (And P.S. – if you’re new here, I’d love for you to say hi and introduce yourself.  There’s even a newsletter sign-up at the top so we can keep it touch.)

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  1. Oh how exciting! I’m glad you had a wonderful time and finally made it back safely. Can’t wait to see your new line and patterns!!!

  2. So happy it went well, can’t wait to see your fabrics!! Sorry your final flights were such an insane pain.

  3. I was so excited to see a new post, especially about Quilt Market on your blog today. Inspiring words you shared my friend! Hope the coming week is a great & relaxing one!

  4. oooh, so exciting!!! So glad it went well! Bummer about that flight, but good that you were able to stay in a hotel and not sleep in the airport. Still, I know it’s good to be home after such an intense trip!

    Cannot wait to see what you post next!! =)

  5. Oh! Kelly, I am sad we didn’t get to talk more! I know what you mean about overstuffing your suitcase! Ugh! I am expecting such exciting things from you!

  6. Kelly sounds like you had an amazing time. These are words that I needed to read today as I struggle so much with putting myself out there and I know I need to bite the bullet and just do it – it’s just such a scary thought.