I really wish each and every one of you could have the opportunity to walk the floor of the
International Quilt Market. I love to stroll the convention floor when it’s quiet, long before the
doors open for customers, so I can check out new products and study the various displays and
evaluate the marketing approaches.
As you probably know, the Quilt Market gives out awards for the booths they determine to be
“Best” in various areas, but I don’t always agree with those results, so this year we’re going to
start a new tradition and present to you our “Top TEN Quilt Market Booths” for Fall 2013.
(listed in no particular order)
One trend I noticed at this Market was an increase in the number of clothing pattern
vendors (for both women AND children). This was the 1st Market for Sew Liberated
was showing FIVE new patterns for women and what’s REALLY remarkable is that this little
pattern company actually scored the official award for the “Best Single Booth” from the Quilt market. This is a pretty bold and creative display for a newbie, don’t you think?
Starry Night Hollow
I don’t know if this is a first Market for these girls or not, but it’s the 1st time I have noticed
them at any rate. They displayed some cool looking quilts but I have to admit that what
I enjoyed most were they’re funny Halloween gags AND their Starry Night Hollow “Calendar Men”
, one of which they brought with them as you can see!
is a perennial favorite for me, displaying both quilt designs AND clothing patterns.
Her booth is completely different EVERY season and all of her samples are color-coordinated.
And all I can say about that is WOW!
This neat little display was set up within the Michael Miller booth area.
Patty was debuting her new fabric line, Les Amis. Looks inviting, doesn’t it?
Laura Gunn also set up her booth within the confines of the Michael Miller area and
I love the color palette of this particular collections. I also loved walking on this
lovely white carpet. Gosh it felt good on my feet!
Here’s yet another clothing designer (primarily clothing for little girls), and yet another vendor
who changes her display dramatically with each Market. I like this color palette for girls.
It’s refreshing to see a bold color with those pastels!
Yet another designer of clothing, but notice that there are some patterns for boy’s clothing
in this collection which is refreshing and fun to see.
Specializing in all types of clothing patterns and even a few bag patterns. I loved the look
of the booth. It kinda reminded me of some sort of oasis but I wonder how effective it was at
getting customers to come within the confines of the inner area?
Of course the big companies have the resources and personnel to really put together extraordinary displays and Moda went ALL OUT this year using a “painting” theme. It was colorful AND creative.
Please note the paint cans on top of the structures!
Dianne Springer is one of the most creative individuals I know. She has several interesting patterns on her site but what Dianne is most interested in right now is her fabric line which she is trying to market independently (which is really hard). I’ve seen samples of this line and I love, love, LOVE it, so I’m pulling for her to pull this off and succeed!
So… there you have it….
my top ten displays from the Fall 2012 Quilt Market and what I’d love to know now is,
which of these ten booths would be most likely to lure you in?
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