We leave tomorrow for Paducah, KY. We have an 8′ x 20′ booth. I usually reserve more; I like 10′ x 30′. But this is all we can get in Paducah. So we are getting ready for the booth squeeze! The pictures below are from Lancaster, PA. We had a 10′ x 20′ booth which is a little easier but 8′ x 20′ is all we can get! So get ready to squeeze.
Yum Yum. I love this Interlocking Hexagon quilt that Anna made. It measures 41″ x 50″. We had a great time picking batiks for it.
We have a kit that includes the pattern.
The pattern is also available by itself.
You will want Marti Michelle’s great Hexagon ruler too.
Think how great this would be for an I Spy quilt. It really shows off the fabric, too.
Anna made the quilt for our monthly Marti and Me Club. This is a mail order club that features one of Marti’s rulers and a great new pattern each month.
Marti’s patterns are so complete with multiple projects and lots of pictures. They are free with your membership.
Or you can buy the patterns, kits, and rulers by themselves without being in the club.
The Interlocking Hexagons quilt pattern also shows a great way to finish the edge of a quilt without binding. That’s worth the price of the pattern!
Check it out!
Snibbles uses up binding leftovers, strip leftovers, and pieces too good to throw out!
The diamonds are the foundation for the sew and flip strips. Grand fun!
I’ve used several red batiks for the diamonds and half diamonds.
The “organizing” fabric is a red and white batik by Hoffman.
I just love the thought that red is the organizer and calming influence in a quilt!
EGADS! HELP! At the Asheville show we had problems with a new credit card reader. I spent the first hour or so on my cell phone with tech support trying to get it to work. My calm husband Marty stayed at my side. I had to find an analog line and thankfully the NC Arboretum’s fax line was analog. They kindly let me use it.
Then mid afternoon it stopped working. We broke out the old knuckle buster and ran old time tickets. I knew I schlepped that around all these years for a reason. The box would only take 100 sales and this was a good show! Each day we broke out the knuckle buster. My 20 something helper, Kendall was appalled at the old technology. Thankfully Marty had used one before long ago.
Then at the hotel I couldn’t do the deposit. I spent 2 plus HOURS on three separate calls trying to get things right. The people were WONDERFUL. The last two calls were the SAME person. What are the chances?
Everytime we did a step the machine would spit out more paper. Finally all was corrected and life turned to normal. I think I’ll travel with my old box in the future!
We meant to count samples because there were so many. The shot above shows Carol demoing Bali Bowls and Baskets. So much fun. This technique has no raw edges showing. Carol is making Christmas presents while she demos at the shows. Smart!
The A+ Team above are Anna Jones, Carol Britt, Kendall Price, and Laura Post. Anna writes the Why Not Wednesday emails and is our website development person. Carol is the owner. Kendall is leaving us for Graduate School at Virginia Tech soon and will be sorely missed. Laura recently moved to Wytheville area from Pennsylvania and is our gal Friday at the shop (and Tuesday, and Wednesday….). The patterns in front are from Carol’s quilt pattern company, Cotton Dreams Patterns.
We love when Marty can come to the show and help us pack up. He makes it so easy for us and does all the jobs we don’t like. That would be disconnecting and packing electrical and disassembling the fixtures. He also gets into the trailer and loads stuff in the right place. Yea Marty. Marty will be with us in Asheville, NC and Jacksonville, FL.
We are glad to be home filling orders and welcoming people to our shop!
Lots of people ask us how we get so much in our little black Batiks Etc trailer. The quick answer is experience and experimenting. Everything has to be in assigned seats. The right size box must intersect with another size box. My dh Marty takes a picture of each row as he packs so we can get everything in the right place on the way home. Too many times, we have had to repack late at night when things don’t fit! Marty prints the photo and puts it in a holder on the back door so we can refer to it.
What we carry can change but the fixtures and boxes must maintain their relationships for all to fit!
Here is a step by step of our last trip.
We also put lots of stuff in the van. That’s where the bolts go. And 3 – 4 great workers! Notice the photo sleeve on the door. Our favorite trip is when Marty goes along. We don’t have to think so hard on pack up when he is with us!