Monday, 5 September 2016

Our First Quilt Show

The beautiful North Yorkshire town of Harrogate was the venue for last weekend's Great Northern Quilt Show. Even though I have done a few of these shows now, I’ve always worked for Doughty’s, so could rely on someone else to think about the stand structure, layout and how to catch buyers' eye. This time, it was all me, and boy was I nervous, but also really excited. 


Starting with an empty shell, I moved quilts and tables around and around until I was happy, then started playing with the FQ bundles and strip sets. I’m so pleased I made the to effort to fold the bundles like this, they were certainly a talking point over the weekend. 


I met some lovely people over the three days, many from up in the North East, begging me to open a bricks and mortar shop in Middlesbrough, Haha! One step at a time….


Thankfully, I had Justin on hand to help over the weekend, and he soon learnt the ropes, sounding like he’d been quilting for years by the time Sunday came! Having his help and support meant I could also have a quick zip around the quilt display, some of which are below – note, these ARE NOT my quilt - apologies for not catching the makers’ details, I was rushing.

I would like to say thank you to everyone who came along and said hello, it really is wonderful to meet quilters who share my passion for modern fabrics and quilt kits, and to just have a good old chat. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who subscribed to my Newsletter, which will include a free pattern every month based on pre-cuts, the first one of which will be out this week! If you haven’t signed up yet, click below.

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If you would like to browse through some more quilty goodness, with not pop along to these linky parties and say Hi.
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Handmade Monday at Lucy Blossom Crafts
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation 
 

18 comments:

  1. Your booth would certainly have caught my attention - very inviting

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    1. Thank you Maggie, it's always nice to hear the hard work was worth it :)

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  2. I thought your husband, Justin did a great job, out of curiosity did you make his shirt also?

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  3. Your quilts look lovely. Not surprised that the one at the bottom seems to have won a prize.

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    1. These aren't my quilts, just some that caught my eye in the display - the ice cream cone one was definitely my favourite in the show, and quite rightly won a prize! :)

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  4. Your booth looks fabulous and the care you put in setting it up shows. I would most definitely have stopped in! I hope you had a great time at the show. :)

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    1. Thank you Beth, it's so great to know it worked! :)

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  5. yes...it's all in the "fold"! Funny how that "marketing"-ploy works, eh? -- I have crochet washcloth sets of 3 that I just do a simple crossover with and tie up with a little bow, and people just graviate to them!
    But, hey, whatever grabs their "attention"! ;-}

    Anyhoo, the booth looks FAB! Sounds like you did well. BTW, love the other pics too. Especially that ice cream cone one. Was it HAND stitched or machine?
    :-D

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    1. Yes, I guess it's just like anything else, eye catching appeal really does works! The ice cream cone quilt (not mine I hasten to add) is all fussy cut, so I guess it was hand-pieced, and then beautifully machine quilted on a longarm. Definitely my favourite of the show!

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  6. Your stand looks fabulous and love the way you have packaged the FQ's. Good job you are not near me or would have spent £sssss

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    1. Haha! Thank you very much, though don't forget I'm also online!! :)

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  7. Congratulations! Your booth looked terrific and I'm so glad to hear it was a successful weekend. The quilts in the show were gorgeous, too. Thanks so much for sharing some pics with us!

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  8. Sounds like your booth was very successful. It sure looks nice. :) Great job!

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  9. Your booth looks fabulous, I'd also have made a beeline for the fat quarters, they look really appealing. Welcome to Handmade Monday (apologies if I've missed you before)

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    1. Thank you Lucy, I'm enjoying looking through your linkies! x

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  10. What a great set up! And a great time! I love your 'signs' on the front of the table! Such a great touch!

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