Lori Ann Corelis, Kelsey A. Smith, and Rebekah Smith adventured together to Houston for International Quilt Market.
We had the opportunity this year to experience the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. My publisher C&T Publishing always has a booth at Market, and their authors are welcome to join them for a book signing session. I felt this was a great time to see what Market is all about, and have the opportunity to meet some of the shop owners who carry my book. My daughter Kelsey, and our friend & fellow folk artist Lori Ann Corelis skipped out of Ohio for a few days and headed south.
Houston is a beautiful city and we stayed down town. The Convention Center was enormous, and filled with a fabulous quilt exhibit and plenty of booths to visit. We found old friends, met firends we had only ever emailed with, and made new ones. As this is the wholesale event, there was not a lot of items to be purchased. We did find a few great buys, however.
We had a great time, ate some wonderful food, and did a ton of walking and talking! We took lots of pictures so you can walk around with us virtually. Here's our tour of International Quilt Market!
Rebekah, Kelsey catching up with friend Debbie Maddy, a amazing fabric designer and shibori dying expert. Check out her work at http://www.calicocarriage.com
Kelsey was especially excited to meet the ladies from Lunares Patchwork who distribute the Rustic Moire Thread, one of her favorites.
Coming to Quilt Market mean we finally got to meet people who we've only ever emailed! Here we met Pati Violick from Marcus Fabrics. We love their fabrics and their wool! marcusfabrics.com
We caught up with Mary Jean Murphy from Stella Lighting. Rebekah can't stitch without hers! www.stellalighting.com
We also met up with Shawn York from the Rusty Crow. www.rustycrow.com
The morning view from our hotel window. Beautiful city!