Let's start from the beginning... (I'll skip over the part where my plane was delayed) I landed in Minneapolis and found my way to the (not-so-) Super Shuttle. A bunch of other ladies got on the shuttle and it only took me about two minutes to realize that EVERY lady on the shuttle had come to Minneapolis for Market - we had quite a nice time on our little ride chatting and wondering what the weekend would bring us.
I was greeted at the hotel by the sight of Jennifer and Doe waiting for me; I jumped out of the shuttle and was immediately embraced by the two of them - let me tell you, it felt great! It was so cute, they wouldn't even let me carry my bags and I'm pretty sure the garment luggage (which has no wheels) was bigger than Doe! When I got up to the room I found presents from the two of them - Jennifer made me the pillow case which can be seen in this post, and a cute little kawaii bag (the tutorial for which can be found on her blog), and Doe gave me three new outfits for Alice Kate... there was a also a whole bunch of chocolate!
After a bit we headed out for lunch to The News Room with Stef and ended up running into Monica and Pam - the six of us all headed to giant Target together for my first experience; it was great! At about 4pm we went over the convention centre and got into line to wait for Sample Spree to open - I was the first person in line in the third line and it was awesome! Lots of people stopped by and visited with us including John and Jennifer so the four hour wait went pretty fast! I didn't get everything I wanted at Sample Spree, but it was so fun and I had a great time looking at all of the wonderful goodies that were up for sale.
That night we headed to Fabric 2.0 where I got to meet and hang out with some very cool peeps including Angela and her super-awesome mum Karen. Alright, I'm going to "re-share" a picture, but only because it's the only one I have from that night. Here, once again, are John and I, yay!
The next day (Friday) was the first official day of Market. Jennifer, Doe and I walked the entire convention centre and were very tired by the end of it, but we did meet some pretty awesome people, including Anna Maria Horner, that day. Anna Maria complimented me on my dress and I was able to tell her that Kensie (a company which Juliana apparently loves) is Canadian.
The two photos above were taken by the lovely Doe, and I'm so glad she was there being all "camera happy" because she got some great shots! I love that second picture of us both laughing/smiling at each other, but I can't for the life of me remember what we were talking about - it's all such a blur!
Oh look! A better picture of me in the Amy Butler booth (again taken by Doe) and I don't think I mentioned in the post where I was originally talking about her booth that the little purse I'm holding is from Amy's new book, Style Stitches, which will be available in October.
After a long first day at Quilt Market I'll admit I was feeling a little homesick and a little down. I left Jennifer and Doe at the convention centre and headed back to our hotel for a little alone time and so I could call Alex. Alex (of course) made me feel a bit better and so I got dressed to go to the Moda party. Jennifer and Doe decided not to accompany me, but John saved me a seat and we ended up at a table with the awesome ladies from Fat Quarter Shop and Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts. The dinner was pretty good - we had chicken (there was a vegetarian option too), grilled zucchini, and mushroom risotto and for dessert we had sort of a deconstructed apple crumble. There was also an open bar and I'll admit that, on the recommendation of John, I did enjoy my share of sangria.
I met so many wonderful people at the Moda party and got to meet some peeps that I've talked to over the Internet but hadn't met in real life including Kate Spain and Vanessa Christenson.
(photo courtesy of Vanessa Christenson)
After some dancing with my girls Vanessa and Angela, I headed back to the hotel where Jennifer, Doe and I had a bit of a slumber party; we ordered pasta (which we ate on Jennifer's bed) and watched the first Sex & the City movie - pretty great way to end the night if I do say so myself!
The next two days were spent in a whirlwind of Market walking, picture taking, and cake eating at Lizzy House's cake party (I think Lizzy might have been the only person there younger than me)!
On Saturday night Jennifer, John, and I decided that a trip to the Mall of America was in order but first we needed to find the infamous burger joint we had heard so much about, Ike's (which John mistakingly thought was called Art's when we had tried to find it earlier) and boy was it worth the wait! I think I had quite possibly the best burger of my life there; it was amazing (and just in case you ever find yourself with a layover in Minneapolis, there are actually two Ike's in the airport). I can't remember whether it was John or Jennifer who came up with the nickname, but eventually Jennifer and I became John's Fly Girls... so here's a picture of the Fly Girls at Ike's for you...
(photo by John Adams)
At the Mall, Jennifer and I found a shark cage and John kindly indulged us by taking pictures with each of our phones.
Gosh, I can't even remember what Jennifer and I did on the Saturday night, but I can tell you what we did on Sunday! After stopping by and saying hi to Melissa and getting in some last minute pictures of some booths I'd missed when I forgot my camera on Saturday, we headed to Crafty Planet! Crafty Planet is a wonderful little shop located in NE Minneapolis that is owned by one of the ladies behind One Yard Wonders. It is such a lovely place and I had a great time helping two girls who were picking out quilt fabric for the twins that one of them was having. Back at out hotel Jennifer and I packed, ordered pizza, and watched Miss Marple on PBS - it was such a fun relaxing night! I was up early the next morning to head to the airport and I'll admit that I teared up a little when I saw Toronto out the window of the plane; I had a great time in Minneapolis but it was so wonderful to be home! Alex was waiting for me at the airport and it was so wonderful that he could be there considering the fact that on Saturday while I was gone he ended up having to have emergency dental surgery (root canal, boo!).
Okay, so I've talked about all of the good times that me and my awesome peeps had but what I haven't mentioned yet are some of the bad/kind of heart breaking things. I'll name no names since I don't think that's cool, but there were a few people who were quite nasty to some of us younger people. I heard a few times that we "didn't belong there", that "younger people think they can just come in here and take whatever they want", etc. It was pretty disheartening to hear those things since I've always found such a nice community among other quilters, but I guess that happens everywhere. There were even personal attacks made on people because of their Internet presence (blogs, twitter, etc) and some quite slanderous gossip was circulated by some of the more ill-intentioned women. More often than not, it became evident, that you were just ignored if the person didn't think you should be there.
Lucky for me I met quite a few lovely ladies who thought that it was wonderful that "younger people" were there, including Connie who is just an amazing lady and paid me a great compliment when she told me that my handshake reminded her of Eunice Kennedy's. What strikes me as odd about the way that those women who didn't think we should be there acted is that we are the next generation of quilters (and as such are the customers of some of these women) and at one time or another they themselves were probably us. Oh well, even with the negativity that we received from some people, there were some really great people who made up for it and all in all I had a great time!
Here's one last picture I want to share with you and I think it really speaks volumes about the end of Quilt Market. To me this statue of Mary Tyler Moore seems to be saying so long, good luck, I had a great time!