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Portland Sight-Seeing Adventure

Portland Sight-Seeing Adventure

on Jun 15, 2013 in Blog, Portland Quitl Market 2013 | 0 comments

Portland Sight Seeing I had one appointment on the last day we were in Portland. I have to say, I think the appointment went pretty well- more on that later. For now, I have just a few more Around Portland pictures to share with you. We saw some popular things and some must-see-trendy things. We went to the museum and, from the train, saw the super-crowded outdoor market on Saturday morning. We ate at food trucks and had a pact to not eat at the same cart as one another – as a result, we had all sorts of food. Vietnamese, Thai, Greek and Korean. The Indian food place was closed. 🙁 Maybe next time, Portland. Frank’s Noodle House was not only amazing, but it was actually a restaurant IN a house serving home-made noodles. We rolled by Voodoo Doughnut only to find the line long and out the door.   Not a problem. We were on our way to Ground Kontrol anyways. This place was GREAT. It is a classic arcade with a whole upstairs of pinball tables. Did I mention it’s also a bar? Um, yeah- that will help you drop a few quarters into the games.   I don’t know those people in the photo. ” Hi people in the photo who now live on my blog!” Anywho- the best part about the Ground Kontrol was the bathrooms. Yes. I realize that sounds weird. But seriously- check out these floors !!!!!   We went to Kells Irish pub and had some incredibly good, traditional Irish food and drinks. Hum, it kinda sounds like all we did was eat. That might be a bit true. Eat and ride the rails. Yarn bomb bike rack. Yes. That’s right. It looks so great and colorful. Way better than those NOT yarn-bombed bike racks for sure! We also rolled right by the entrance to China Town. We opted not to go into China Town as… it didn’t look very big at all and we’re kinda familiar with the China experience already.   And for those of you who know me…. you know I cannot seem to resist this store. I mean, we were walking right by it- how could I...

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Portland Art Museum Quilt Inspiration

Portland Art Museum Quilt Inspiration

on Jun 15, 2013 in Blog, Portland Quitl Market 2013 | 0 comments

Portland Art Museum While at Quilt Market 2013, I found some time to see the city with my best friend. We took in the sights at the Portland Art Museum. I have to say, that place was a?labyrinth. I suppose that was mostly because the basement links two separate buildings and we didn’t realize that until we were “stuck” on the cool side. HA! I snapped a few pictures (without the flash) to show you some serious modern quilt inspiration. There really was tons to see there, old & new, painted & sculpted, artful and archaeological. I just wanted to share a few photos for my own reference and maybe for you to enjoy as well. I’m heading to the Smithsonian this summer, so I cannot wait to see and photo even more....

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Quilt Market Portland Favorite Booths

Quilt Market Portland Favorite Booths

on May 28, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, Portland Quitl Market 2013 | 0 comments

Favorite Booths I’m certain this will be one of the two most photographed booths at market. Of course, I wasn’t the only one who thought larger-than-life yarn embroidery and REAL grass sod were amazing. ?Heather Bailey won a couple booth awards for her display. I can totally see why. The other most photographed booth, I predict, will be Tula Pink‘s booth. I’ll have pictures of that on Thursday, on my Quilt Market Quilt Love blog post. Here’s a few of my other favorite booths from market. All for different reasons –   This is Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s new fabric line by Newcastle Fabrics. This display absolutely appeals to the apparel side of me. Love the sketch look!   How great is this? Northcott actually printed (vinyl, I think) to be 8′ tall and at least… probably 20′ wide, based on the booth size. It is a GIANT book. What a great idea! Nice booth. I loved Stitchin Post Publications booth and its use of rustic outdoor elements to showcase some great modern quilts. My favorite is that zigzag on the back wall. Excellent. I suppose it makes sense, though when you consider this is the brains behind the Annual Sister’s Oregon Quilt Show – an all outdoor quilt display.   I’ll tell ya why I grabbed a picture of the Oliver + S booth: the display and the floor. Yep. Look on the right. See those boxes/white shelves. They really are boxes, suspended by fishing line (maybe??) and brilliantly showcasing the smaller item patterns for Oliver + S. They appear to float. I mean, that is just grey fabric behind them, not a hard fixed wall. The floor is equally fun, indeed. Lots of great floors at this market.   And last up- Kathy Mack’s booth, for Pink Chalk Studio. It has all her patterns. It is simple and understated. It is clean and allows plenty of spots for the eye to rest. Sometimes, Quilt Market booths are either tooooooo sparse or have so much going on, you don’t know what to look at. When I had a booth for ReannaLily Designs, I was certainly guilty of the latter. This one, I really like. And hello- what a great...

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Book Signings

Book Signings

on May 24, 2013 in Blog, blogging others, book, Portland Quitl Market 2013, wichita kansas | 1 comment

  Book signings are the best!!! The guests (quilt shop owners and quilt industry peeps) get a ticket or a special pre-printed invite to receive a free signed book. They get to market, find the booth and time and start a small queue for the free prize. Lots of shops take the signed books – from all publishers and authors – back to their shops and usually raffle them off at some big shop event. It is a great promotional way to get the books into the hands of shop owners. I was lucky enough to do two signings, one at the publisher’s booth- Martingale Pub and one at United Notions Distributors‘ booth.   Hi Jan and Jo from Material Girls Quilt Shop in Wichita!!! Great to see you again. I was so happy to hear you like Hexagons Made Easy. For these signings, I actually demo of the technique featured in the book. I made the same type “steps” that a teacher would use in explaining the process in a quilt class. I made two sets and two lucky shop owners from the United Notions Book Signing will be receiving the “steps” in the mail when they return home from Quilt Market Portland. Hopefully this will help them easily have classes back at their shops. Thanks again for coming by and checking out the...

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Angela Walters Booth

Angela Walters Booth

on May 23, 2013 in art gallery fabrics, Blog, blogging others, Portland Quitl Market 2013, quilting | 1 comment

Oh man- I met Angela Walters. As it turns out, we had met before in Fall 2011 when I had my own booth at Market. In my defense, I think I met about 2,000 people in 3 days that market. I’m sure she’s having the same feeling right about now. Either way, this time we got to meet, say “Hi!” and I totally got to go all FAN GIRL on her amazing quilt hanging in her booth- which features her new line from Art Gallery Fabrics. I already have my favorite prints picked out. And I totally took pictures of the quilt for you – I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots of this around the blogosphere in the next couple days/weeks. Just seriously amazing work. Very...

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Schoolhouse Series Quilt Market Portland

Schoolhouse Series Quilt Market Portland

on May 21, 2013 in Blog, Portland Quitl Market 2013 | 1 comment

  First up for Quilt Market is the School House Series. If you don’t know what this is, it is 30min or 15 minute blocks of time where you get to choose from one of 10 lectures to see… all day long. I think there’s a total of 8 or 10 time slots on all things from all vendors at market. It is a really cool set up. AND the lectures generally always have FREE STUFF. So what did I see? Schoolhouse I’ll be honest, I only took in about 5 lectures…. and I might not have photos from all 5, but I’ll share what I do have. First up- Heather Bailey’s lecture on her new embroidery patterns. More on her when I write my “Booth Love” blog post. Next, Bill Kerr of Ringle and Kerr. They have a new fabric line, Passports, with Andover Fabrics. It was great to see his quilts and hear him talk about his travel inspiration for this bold, colorful line. I say bold, but they way the prints are designed, they are very blendable in all sorts of designs.   I have to be honest, travel, passort ports and “international” seemed to be the underlying them of this market. Everything seemed to be about “worldly” to me. Maybe it’s just the booths I saw. I’ll be interested to hear what everyone else’s Trend Take Away was. Where did I go next- Ah, to the Martingale Schoolhouses. I am a contributing author in the Modern Baby Book, which had a time slot. We each got to talk about what inspired our modern quilt and how it was made. Check out the other authors!! What an amazing bunch and that isn’t everyone. Pictured, are just the gals that happened to be at market and didn’t have any other commitments at that time. Side story- I’m the one on the far left. The one with the crocheted shirt from Kohls. See how my badge (And I guess all our badges) are in the middle of our shirts. Yeh- well, mine is covering up a big Korean Spicey Pork stain from lunch. :/ This school house was right after lunch and thank goodness for the badge, helping...

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Portland Tourist Quilt Market 2013

Portland Tourist Quilt Market 2013

on May 17, 2013 in Blog, Portland Quitl Market 2013 | 3 comments

Unlike every other Quilt Market I’ve attended, I am combining Portland Spring Market with an actual real sight-seeing vacation. So far, Portland has been great! I have city pics to share with you. I, of course, have schoolhouse and market pictures to share too- but today is tourist day on the sewing blog. My husband and I were able to see the city after the schoolhouse series let out on Friday.   Portland has a great light rail and public transport system which makes seeing all sorts of things very accessible in the city. First up- mid-day trip out for LUNCH. We were able pop into a couple of the many many many food truck parks in Portland. I decided to partake of a Gyro- but here’s the thing I didn’t anticipate- this thing was the size of my head. Seriously. The biggest Gyro I’ve ever seen. The chef handed me my plate with about 10 napkins… which I thought was a bit much…. until I was using napkin #9, thinking – this guy knows his stuff! Delicious! Complete to all Portland stereotypes I’ve ever read- It Rains Here. Often. This is the view of the gorgeous hillside and banks along the river, as seen from the train. I was surprised how many private boats are along the river, too. Wonderful to take in- well, the boats, not the rain. Thankfully, I did pack an umbrella. Hey, that’s me. ^^^ Humid + rainy + curly = More Hair than I’ve ever seen on my own head. I’m talking HUGE unnatural-fro up there. Thank you Portland. Thank you so very much…. Trip to Portland wouldn’t be complete without visiting the craft brew area called the Pearl District. Rogue Public House was on our list and thankfully not too hard to get to, though not on the rail line. Mmmm….. Rogue Hazelnut Brown….. mmmmmmm…….. More pictures of Portland, more Quilt Market, more Quilts, more book signing info coming...

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Quilt Market in 7 DAYS

Quilt Market in 7 DAYS

on May 8, 2013 in Blog, book, Portland Quitl Market 2013 | 0 comments

7 Days Until PORTLAND!!! I fly out on the 15th. I’ll be promoting Hexagons Made Easy with Martingale Press. If you are in Portland at the show, you can find me here: Schoolhouse Series! Modern Baby: Easy, Fresh, and Fun Quilt Designs 2:35-3:05pm on Thursday 5/16 in Room B110-111 Hexagons Made Easy 3:45pm–4:15pm in Room #B110/111 on Thursday 5/16 Book Signings and Hexagon Demo’s Friday 5/17, 10:30am at Martingale booth #1536 Demo/Booksigning Friday 5/17, 1:00pm at United Notions booth #917...

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