Saturday, May 29, 2010

Market Celebs

You meet all kinds of interesting people at Quilt Market! Last weekend, I snapped a few photos reflecting some of the connections I made in Minneapolis.

I arrived in the host city a day ahead of the show. So I wandered down the Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian mall in the heart of the city. Since Minneapolis is the setting for the classic television sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," there's a statue of the famous opening scene where Mary tosses her hat into the air. It's located on the Mall in front of the main entrance to Macy's. 

Next it was on to Quilt Market, several authors of recently published books had scheduled book signings. Here's Debra Henninger at the F&W Media booth signing her new book, Hobo Quilts. As a shop owner, she designed blocks based on the symbols depression era hobos used to communicate to each other, almost like a secret language amongst hobos. Fascinating subject!

Laura Hurd was in the Brewer Booth signing her book from F&W Media, The Farmers Wife Quilt Sampler. The book is filled with letters written in the 1920s which inspired some 100+ quilt blocks in the book.

Amy Butler also has a new book, In Stitches which incorporates a full range of projects including garments to home dec, bags and totes.

And this cute little critter with the fancy attire was found keeping watch over the Tina Givens booth. Love her shoes and hat!

The Quilt Market experience can generate all kinds of great contacts, ideas, and inspiration. But it's a long weekend with lots of walking and hard work on the trade show floor. I found these two booth workers, taking a pizza break at the very end of the show while they waited for their packing materials to be delivered. They managed to maintain the spirit of fun while they seemed to channel communications through the thread spools floating above their heads!

Show's over for now!

On to Houston in the fall!

See you there!

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