Spring is right around the corner and I am getting ready for Blueprint which takes place in NYC.
I know I’ve done Quilt Market twice but this is a very different kind of tradeshow. I’m super excited and I’ve been busy making new art, getting organized, and conjuring up new booth ideas.
I created my marketing postcard and of course I needed tradeshow stationary to match!
On to designing my vinyl background! This is so nerve wracking to me. With Quilt Market, you basically have a room to style and let people know who you are. With this show, you have an 8′ background to let clients know who you are and what you do. No pressure.Luckily, I have a couple of things in mind😉.
Oh My Goodness! I did it! I had my first booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston. Crazy. I packed up my gear and my two little girls and off we went. Well… it wasn’t quite that easy but pretty close.
My bestie and I have romped the aisles of Quilt Market for half a dozen years and now it’s time to cross it off the bucket list! It was surreal to be behind the scenes and actually doing it. I am beyond blessed to have such an encouraging husband and a friend willing to help me lasso a dream.
So here’s my booth:
A few things: I had the smallest available, 6×10, and it was just right. One of the best pieces of advice was to drive my display if possible. It is so much more less expensive than shipping it to the convention center. Hence, the display created from industrial pipe and wood(soon to be reconstructed into a new cutting table for the studio).
I was so ridden with anxiety before the show! As an artist and crafter, I spend much of my creative time alone and it felt so good to put myself out there and feel all the LOVE. Ziggy was a hit! I had 3 intentions for this show. 1) Exposure for my sewing patterns to quilt shops 2)Exposure to sewing pattern distributors 3)Exposure as a surface designer for collaboration opportunities. I put myself out there and now it’s time to “pound the pavement” with everything that I learned and reach out to people that I’ve met on this wild ride!
So glad that I showed up for myself in this way! I don’t know what I would, or could, have done differently. I put my heart+soul into the preparation and had so much fun being there. I am so giddy with excitement about the possibilities that this show has opened up to me. EEEK! I still can’t believe that I did it!!
It flew by and I don’t want to forget a moment.
1st project of the summer.
Boy that felt good.