Gundren Erla's new fabric line Flair and her pattern Flair Fiesta...what a fun lady she is!
And then it was time for the actual Market on Saturday and Sunday with 24 aisles of quilting goodness. You have no idea how much is out there in the quilting world until you attend Market.
And having never been to one of these events before, it was just all very surreal...like realizing how tall Eleanor Burns and Amy Butler are...or seeing Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably having lunch a couple of tables away or Ricky Tim's in his quilted chaps on Halloween...or seeing how stunningly pretty Alex Anderson is...or Ty Pennington in the flesh...or how about Laurie Simpson browsing antique quilts at a booth (even famous quilt designers like to buy other's quilts)!
All the designers I have been reading about and buying book and patterns from were there. These people are celebrities of the quilting world...and [insert big sigh] I had a groupie moment. Before I left for Market I told myself I would not have a groupie moment because quilt celebrities are just normal people like the rest of us.
Then I met Carrie Nelson!
Carrie is the most fantastic person I think I've ever met! She is so warm and friendly and just the sweetest person on the planet. (Darlene...I am so envious that y'all are friends *wink*). I could go on forever gushing about Carrie. While she didn't introduce anything new at market, I had a fantastic time chatting with her anyway. She says that she'll be unveiling some new in January. In the meantime check out Carrie's new book A Touch of Rosie.
I have more pictures to share but I'll do that in another post as this one is long enough...so stay tuned!