Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Quilt Market Daze
I got to chat face-to-face with old friends, people we've been really lucky to work with for several books. People like my favorite, the quilt designing machine Pat Sloan. She's high energy and people love her. And then there was Carrie Nelson, who we love, love, love. I was really hoping to meet the true star of the show, Miss Rosie, but she had previous engagements. It's not easy being a star, I guess. Both Carrie and Pat had book signings. We ran out of books at both. That's a good sign, I think!
(Pat's book signing was on Halloween. The pigtails (or fuzzy antlers?) headband wasn't really part of her normal outfit but just for the occasion. I'm pretty sure.)
I met with so many of our other designers:
I met with Dolores Storm from Lakadaisies, home of the redwork books we just produced. We talked dogs. It was good.
Gudrun Erla came by the booth. We're working on a book with her too. It's far, far away as things go but it's great to meet people in person, isn't it?
We also got to meet so many new designers, people exhibiting at Market for the first time. Maybe they'll be books, maybe they won't, but it's always great to talk to quilters.
This morning, in the hazy glow of being back at home, I have to say how great it is to represent Leisure Arts at these events. We have a product that I'm really proud of, put together by a team of talented writers, artists, and photographers. From these quilt designers and stars, I heard squeals of delight, gasps of surprise, heartfelt words of happiness, and I did see a happy dance. That's the kind of reaction we want. That's what we work for. That's what makes it easy to look into the slightly worried face of a potential new designer and say, "Trust me." We've done it over and over. We're going to do it with hers too. I know it and that makes it easy to go out and meet people at Quilt Market.
Even if I do walk with a distinct hobble today.
Posted by Cheryl at 11/02/2010