International Quilt Market 2013: Portland, Oregon

Jo’s buddies from Maywood, Gail & Larry

What a whirlwind!  We’ve been back from Quilt Market for a couple of weeks, and I think we’ve finally recovered from covering that show!  We spent Thursday, May 16th, traveling to Portland, Oregon.  It was such a long flight from NH, but luckily there were no delays or issues.  We met at 3am at the office to head to the airport together and arrived in Portland at noon (Pacific time).  We spent the next few days looking at all the new patterns, fabrics and notions!  Jo stops by every single booth at the show to find out what’s new and to ask questions about things that catch her eye.  Rosemary, Karen and I have appointments set up all day with various fabric companies showing us their newest lines.  It always nice being able to see old friends that we only get to see at Quilt Market.  As you may expect, the shows are a tremendous amount of work for us, but we always try to squeeze in some fun too!  Like Jake’s Famous Crawfish Restaurant. Which we liked so much we went twice!  They specialize in delicious fresh fish from the other side of the country.  We’re used to our lobster and mussels here on the East Coast, but what a treat it was to have fresh pacific salmon, sole and rockfish from Oregon.  Simply delicious!

Quilt Market Booths - Hoffman Fabrics

This trip was a little different for us this time, because Rosemary and her husband, Dan, left for Seattle the week before to visit with their son and his girlfriend.  They then traveled down to Portland and met us on Thursday.  Usually, it’s just us “girls” that divide and conquer, but having Dan along for the trip really was fantastic! He was our very own chauffeur taking us to and from the convention center every day—a real treat!  He would scout out the best places for dinner and track down the infamous Portland Voo-Doo donut shops, which everyone was raving about.  I also learned on this trip that Dan is one of those men who is never in a bad mood!  It was a real pleasure having him along.  We’ve joked that he should come with us every time, but I think he might have other thoughts about that.

We left Portland on Monday, May 20th and arrived back in NH very—very early on Tuesday morning.  We took Tuesday to regroup and refresh and were back in the office on Wednesday sorting through all the samples we brought back with us.  We are now busy working on our Fall Catalog that will mail in July.  We are so excited to show you the new beautiful quilts we found at the show and all the fantastic fabrics that will be featured in the catalog.

Stay tuned!
Happy Quilting!

Cheryl

PS. Hungry for more photos from Quilt Market? Check out the Best Booth Winners-2013 Spring Quilt Market photo album on the International Quilt Market Facebook page!

Here’s a slideshow of the rest of our photos!

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