Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ready for Quilt Market!

Crates of fabric cards?

Boxes upon boxes of fat quarter bundles?

Sample Spree Challenge handouts?

Quilts to hang in the booth?

Our team here at Fabri-Quilt has been busy getting ready for Fall Quilt Market*, and all that's left is to hop on the plane to Houston. 

Are you attending Quilt Market this year? 

  • Please swing by our booth to say hello. 
  • Don't miss Judy Hansen's schoolhouse** on 30 Quick & Easy Ways to Display and Sell Fabric Fast!
  • Standing in line at Sample Spree***? Watch for our sample pack handouts and join the Sample Spree Challenge (more info to follow later this week!). 

Whether you are attending Market or not, check back here on Thursday for a BIG announcement! We've been hard at work setting up another feature just for you. 

But before we leave, we wanted to give you a peek at some of what goes into getting ready for the show. 

When quilt shop owners come to the booth, we show them the new fabric lines on large sample cards so they can choose what to buy. For future lines, the fabric designs are printed directly on the card. Collections that will be going on sale soon have actual fabric samples.
Here, we're adhering fabric squares onto the sample cards.

Another card in the works.

A completed card (and a sneak peek at Tribal Council, which will be available in shops in November)

Fat quarter heaven! We'll have a booth at Sample Spree (please stop by if you're attending), and these boxes are full of bundles just waiting for a good home. 

Each year we decorate our booth to reflect the fabric lines we're selling, including sample quilts and smaller sewing projects made from the various collections. This year we'll be featuring Cook's Helper, Dancing Cranes, Budding Beauties, Marbleheads, and more. We'll also be displaying the Hopi Opportunity Quilt

Ready to be packed: Various small sewing projects for the booth, including a giant poof (sewn from Budding Beauties), an iPad cover, a jacket made of Marblehead fabrics, and a few placemats.

Boxes of sample cards

The grand total? 5 large crates of booth supplies, shipped to Houston

We'll be taking plenty of photos so we can show off the booth (and our new fabric lines) after we return from Market. 

For those unfamiliar with Quilt Market and the events surrounding it:
*Quilt Market is an industry trade show that happens twice a year. It is not open to the general public. Fabric companies show their new lines to quilt shop owners, other new products, tools, and patterns debut, there's an entire gallery of show quilts, and everyone walks around in inspiration overload for three days. It's wonderful!

**Schoolhouses are 30-minute educational sessions the day before Quilt Market, They are geared toward shop owners which introduce new fabrics/products/business strategies.

***Sample Spree: Market vendors bring extra goods for a 2-hour shopping event the night before show begins. Tickets are hot; attendees begin waiting in line a few hours before Sample Spree opens. Once the doors open, everyone rushes in for great deals on fabric, patterns, and more. 

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