Tuesday, October 31, 2006
To Market and Home Again
Here's the welcome my kids put out for me upon my return home from Quilt Market in Houston. I'm not really sure I know what it is or what it was suppose to be, but that is so not the point. It was there waiting for me. It was worth it to someone to tape popsicle sticks together in honor of mommy's return. And after some serious lack of sleep it was good to have a material clue I was at the right house.
And speaking of lack of sleep. What an amazingly wonderful time I had rooming with Heather. It was so good to meet her in the flesh just to be sure we were actually two different people. Through many emails, blogmails, and voicemeails we have racked up more similarities and parallels that I can count on two hands. We spent hours and hours finding more and sharing many belly laughs. I can't say how nice it is to find a friend in the industry with such a similar set of priorities both in work and life. She's worth a million more posts but here's just two funny things: We stayed up so late/early talking one night that I said "Heather look, I think its getting light outside" to which she slammed her head on the pillow yelling "Quick go to sleep!". We laughed so hard, that we earned our fifth wind and kept talking. Also, we both thought the other would bring toothpaste when each of us forgot so we brushed our teeth with Orbitz gum and kept forgetting to buy toothpaste when we had the chance. I'm hoping no one noticed, if so, we are both genuinely sorry.
Our new friendship would have been more than enough to carry that trip but in addition I was able to meet more wonderful talents. As always it was good to see and hang with Debbie, Meridith and Donna from Free Spirit. They do such an amazing job of interpreting our dreams into fabric. Heather Ross is every bit as adorable and bright as her fabrics. Denyse Schmidt is just as unique, beautiful, and warm as her quilts. I truly enjoyed a chance to get to know her. Jane Sassaman is even more vibrant and lovely in person...just like seeing her quilts up close. Robyn Pandolph is elegant and sweet, embodying the beauty of her fabrics completely. Kirsten and Kath of Prints Charming are just exactly that, charming! And of course with their adorable Aussie accents and bright beautiful faces, I never wanted them to stop talking. What a wonderful group of gals. Such diverse and inspired talent, I am so humbled to be a part of it!
There were also several encounters with the wonderful Gina, she will be featuring some new goodies of mine within the next few months, and possibly earning some mag spots too. She is a sweetie! Oh also, I was constantly stopped and asked about this.
I wish I could have stayed longer. I wish I could have talked more. I wish I could have seen and heard more. But I had a very special boy's birthday cake to make and some of his wishes to grant. And just like his premature arrival 7 years ago, Joseph's birthday didn't coveniently work into my business plans. But nothing worth it is ever convenient.
Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo,AM