Friday, May 13, 2011

First official Quilt Market

OK, the thing is that I went to sleep at 3:00 am this morning and got up at 7:00 am. And then walked around in these awesome, totally cute, totally impractical high heals from 9:00 am until 7:00pm. I am beat and bruised, so very, very tired but very happy. I can't promise this post will be as amazing as the day was, but I wanted to document as much as this tired brain could.

Actually, no. I can't even begin. There is too much detail and I don't want it left out. I will say that Paintbrush studio offered me a contract! They were the second company I showed my portfolio to. The first company was also very interested, and wants to see a copy of my portfolio.

Paintbrush studio is a very small manufacturing company (Actually I found this to be untrue! Can we say, embarrassing?!!??!! Go to  May 18, the post entitled "Lessons" where I set it all straight.) That being said, they work with many of the Quilting magazines and often have a quilt in there. They have already talked to me about being responsible for the quilt for my designs that would go in the magazine!

I met with SO many companies today and feel very grateful that I was well received. I only had one company, Timeless Treasures, that said that they were going in a different direction than my designs. Such a blessing to get all this great feedback.

I'm sorry if this is coming across as really flat and emotionless. I am just so tired. I will tell you there have been tears of joy throughout most of the day (in corners and bathroom stales of course). I think I have just used up all my emotional reserve.

Also, it is just so surreal to be fulfilling part of this BIG dream. I can hardly wrap my brain around it.

Alright. I am too tired for any more details or analyzing....haven't I already said that? And yet I keep going.

There are details of the director of ALL of Quilt Market stopping me so she could compliment my outfit. Details of how warm and genuine Amy Butler's hugs are. Details of how real and next-door-neighbory Anna Maria Horner is. But I want to get all those details just right.

I have been trying to post pictures, but Blogger is doing system updates and having trauma....which is why they didn't post the post I published yesterday either. I'm hoping they haven't totally lost it, but we'll see.

I'm try and post some pictures to Facebook


Chrissy said...

I saw the pictures you put up on facebook. You look amazing! I was going to apologize for not getting your other dress fixed in time, but I think the outfit you had on wins hands down. (Not that the other dress isn't cute, but those bold colors really stand out against all the flowery prints and pastels...) Long story short, it looks like it was an amazing day and I am super happy for you! Love you. :)

April Weeks said...

This is your mother speaking: I'm glad you went to bed at a decent hour, even though you were excited out of your mind. It was so wonderful to be here and hear all that happened first hand, and see your fabulous portfolio. Thank you for that.

Ellis said...

Yea! Yea! Yea! I have been thinking about you CONSTANTLY yesterday and today!!! I am so excited to hear things have gone not only good but AMAZING!! A CONTRACT!! HUGS from your idols!! I can't wait to hear all the little details next week! Hope today went as well as yesterday! LOL Nicki

Kade and Katie said...

totally amazing em! dreams DO come true!!