Quiltcon – the Vendor Market

I have posted about the beautiful quilts at Quiltcon and am excited to report that I have three sketches in progress for next year’s Quiltcon. Today I am writing about the shopping.

The Manufacturers – it was great to see some of the best in the business highlighting treasures staples and their newest lines. Moda, Robert Kaufman, and Michael Miller for example. Moda had a fun game throwing sacks into a home to win mini charm packs or Moda towels. 

Jen won the mini charm pack and I won a towel. Kaufman had a fun game where you tried to match the colors of their solids with the names. It was much harder than it looked and I bombed. 

While both games were fun, it was a little annoying to have to compete for a little pin or mini-charm pack set. Given the amount of money – millions and millions of dollars – that quilters spend each year, and the fact that it was generally hard-core quilters that traveled to Austin for the event, I think they could have given away some samples. I’m just sayin’.  

The vendor market was terrific. I enjoyed seeing some shops that I frequent online and others that I was introduced to for the first time. It was pretty crowded so I didn’t have a lot of patience to wait for fabric to be cut. That said, I picked up some fun fat quarters and pre-cuts. Here is my bounty:

I loved all of these fat quarter sets and was especially excited to snap up  “Just Type” by Patty Young. I had scoped it out online and finally just did it. 

I got lots of pre-cuts, some for specific purposes like the upper left corner which will be two baby quilts. While I have lots of solids at home, I grabbed the packs in the bottom right for my beach quilt that I have been thinking about since last summer. 

We got some freebies too which I am grateful for and look forward to trying. I wanted to gta some thread, especially for my long-atm machine but I started to realize that my suitcase could only stretch so far. 

And, after a hard day if shopping, we rewarded ourselves with these awesome swirly frozen margarita/sangria drinks at Uncle Julio’s. 

Jen got a bunch of amazing stuff too, but unfortunately I didn’t get pictures. Trust me, we were sitting on both suitcases to get them closed. And now we can’t wait until next year’s show!

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