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Houston Quilt Market 2012

I’ve been home a week now – HOME SWEET HOME – after the marathon 2 week trip to Houston for the Quilt Market and Festival.  Quilt Market is the wholesale part – where fabric companies, distributors, pattern companies, etc. go to set up booths for the shop owners to come ‘shop’ for stuff for their stores.   Here are a few photos to give you the idea of what it is like at the George R. Brown in downtown Houston – and the NINE football fields of displays that this event produces!

Londa's Creative Threads Booth

Londa’s Creative Threads Booth

My booth focuses on showing off stylish jackets that FIT even though they are created on a comfortable knit that starts out as … a sweatshirt!  On the left is my super A#1 assistant – Carol C., and on my right is Carol T – who was a great help AND kind enough to offer her lovely home for us while in Houston!  She was a student in my all-day class last year at Festival – and goes to prove that one of the BEST things about this ‘career’ of mine is meeting new wonderful FRIENDS all over the country!

Interstate over parking lot at the back of the George R. Brown!

Uhhhh – yes, that is a truck – on the interstate that goes right behind the George R. Brown, and OVER the parking lot.  Talk about noise!!!!  And to this midwestern gal – kinda scarey.  I’ll never forget my first year – back in 2007 – loading my rented van – it seemed WAY at the opposite end of this lot – at the end of the show – in the dark – and it was VERY lonely!  I prayed – and God kept me safe though!  That year, I’d had an accident in downtown Houston before it ever began, had a significant theft of stock during set-up for retail Festival, had a jacket stolen from my booth, and my helper had a significant fall.  BUT – she also WON a huge wonderful Bernina machine! It’s amazing to me I ever decided to return to Houston, but I did – and always look forward to – at least the retail Festival – at the end of each years’ travels.