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Portland & Beyond

PORTLAND, OR: International Quilt Market

Well, it’s about time I got around to sharing a little about market (or just blogging in general).  LOL

I was able to spend two busy, fun, exciting, challenging days at market.  My main “responsibilities” were 3 different book signings for Twice as Nice; Quilts with Scrap -Saving Bonus Projects.

Spending time at the E.E. Schenck booth and Petersen-Arne’s for book signings was fun.  I was just so thankful people showed up!  I also love my time with the Martingale gals.  Mary & Karen are just two of my favorites!

Checker Distributor’s also had the quilts from my pattern, Modern Meringue, on display in their booth.  Quilt shop owners….are you familiar with their Cut Loose Press patterns??

I mentioned “fun” above….here is just one of those moments!

Why would Gudrun (GE Designs) be teaching all of us how to shop, cut, sew, press, quilt, finish and show & tell about quilts??  Well, you will just have to stay tuned to what Quiltmaker magazine has in store.  Everyone involved in this little event are designers who had a block in the 100 Block issue of the magazine.  For now let’s just say we should probably keep our day jobs!

Other than the fabulous fabric that was everywhere, I seemed to be drawn to rulers or tools this time around.

My favorite and the one I am most excited to play with was developed by my author friend, Donna Lynn Thomas for Omnigrid.  It’s called the “On-Point Ruler” and it is one of those things that has me asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?!”  It is uniquely calibrated for cutting pieces for patchwork that will be placed on point.   I rather think it’s brilliant!

I have enjoyed using Reverse-A-Rulers since fall market so I stopped by the Quint booth to visit with this energetic couple.  After a nice  chat I was sent home with two products to try out.  The “Wedge-It” is a protractor that allows you to make wedges with any number of fabrics AND there is NO MATH involved!  The second one is the “Adjustable Fussy Cut Template”.  I always appreciate one tool that can be used on multiple projects and sizes.  Ask for them at your local quilt shop or check out their site: Quint Measuring Systems.


The morning of the last day of market I enjoyed a beautiful drive up to Shelton, WA with Annie from Annie’s Quilt Shoppe.

Annie had invited me to take part in a couple events her store sponsored.  Sunday afternoon she hosted an open house/trunk show at this fabulous little retreat house, Jolyn’s Quilt Away“. Besides having everything needed for a relaxing quilting retreat, this house was spotless!  And the setting, beautiful.  It is located right on a golf course.

I think it was a marketing hit for these two ladies because not only did it bring business to the shop, but people had the chance to see the retreat house.  We placed my quilts around the house so the guests could see them in each room.

The guests were treated to food and wine.  I so enjoyed just getting to visit with people on a casual basis. Thank you JoLyn for letting me stay the night.

The next morning about 30 energetic women showed up for the Our Town mystery class!  It is so obvious they love Annie and her authentic passion for her shop and customers.

We didn’t get the quits put together, but the ladies put up some of the blocks they did complete.  I have to say there was something rather gratifying when they stepped back and there were oohs and ahs.  Their personalities really showed up in the fabric they selected.  Tiny Annie jumped up on a table to take pictures of the wall.  I’m tellin’ ya…she is so much fun!!  You need to stop in if you are in the area!

From Shelton I had the opportunity to head up to Seattle to see some of my favorite relatives.  It was fun to be able to catch-up in person!

I discovered something about myself on this trip.  The more fun I was having the fewer pictures I took!  What’s up with that??  I traveled out to Portland with my good friend Karen.  We were treated like royalty as we were picked up at the airport and chauffeured around to local quilt shops in the Portland area.  I tried taking pictures with my phone, but they didn’t turn out very well.  Thank you Anne, Anna and Sandy for your hospitality.

I had a blast at the Creative Crafts Group party Saturday night.  It was fun to catch up with my designer and magazine friends along with shop owners.  Sorry, again no pictures, which is a shame because they would have been evidence of all the laughing.

One of my new goals need to be to carry my camera with me at all times!

Until next time,




2 Responses to Portland & Beyond

  1. Annie says:

    We had a fabulous time with you Kari, we r still talking about it . Ladies have finished their quilts and love them !

  2. SewCalGal says:

    What a great post. Love your new blog too!


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