International Quilt Festival – Houston 2010

Market and Festival are over for another year, and they were both good for QBB.  At Market, we received fabric donations from Andover Fabrics, Makeover UK (UK branch of Andover),  Robert Kaufman, RJR Fabrics, Classic Cottons, P&B Textiles, Timeless Treasures, Hoffman Fabrics, Maywood Studio, and Windham Fabrics.  We received batting donation from Quilters Dream BattingClothworks is mailing a package of fabric.  Loaner Janome 1860 sewing machines were provided by Sewing and Vacuum Warehouse.

The wonderful volunteers helping in the booth made this show a success for us.  We couldn’t have done it without them, and I thank them very much for all they did.  They handled the fundraising sales, deconstructing the table toppers, chair covers and booth drapes that the fabric manufacturers donated from Market, ironing fabric, assembling backs, assisting less experienced sewers, and cutting fabric.

We had all kinds of visitors to the booth which included ladies from the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Russia and many states in the US.  We received tops from a 79 year old woman whose daughter and granddaughter brought the tops in.  We had Girl Scouts, Brownies and even Daisies sit and sew, iron and sort fabric.  An 11 year old girl sat and sewed her very first top.  One lady and her friends took 3 kits, went back to their hotel that night and sewed the tops, brought them back the next day, and one of the ladies sat and sewed 2 more tops.  Another lady brought in 2 tops that she finished during the previous year which had been fraught with all kinds of medical problems for her.  Several ladies took tops and backs home to quilt.

We started with about 350 kits and they were gone by Friday afternoon.  We had 3 big boxes of salesman samples from Andover which we gave out to make tops when we ran out of kits.  A lady took the last handful of samples home to make tops when the show ended.  We do have some fabric left from the donations which we will shortly start making into kits for next year, but we will have to find some more to have enough kits.

I’m posting some pictures from the booth and maybe it will give you some idea of how wild and crazy things were in the booth most of the show, and to show how much fun we had, and how hard we worked.

Carolyn

Added 11/11/10 – See under ‘Pages’ at the top right of this page to get information about making tops from the salesman sample packs, and where to ship donations.

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