Pittsburgh Quilt Market Wrap-Up

Lazies, Quilt Market was a lot of fun, exhausting and tasty (I had my precious crab cakes for din din). So, let’s dive right in with my trip report, interspersed with the few pics I remembered to take while at the show.

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Claire on display at the Maywood Studio booth.

Claire Makes Her Debut
Claire did a great job. I carried the Spring Fever pink/black/white Claire the first day and the Natural Effects brown/teal/white one the next. I dressed to coordinate with my new baby and declared myself a walking booth display. People would ask where’s your booth? And I’d point to myself! Mannequin on the go! I guess I modeled Claire. Yep, let’s go with that. We met and mingled as we walked the aisles. Claire met lots of new friends.

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Frannie (and all my Lazy friends) from Clover always at the ready to share the next cool thing.

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Made with Clover’s Sweetheart Rose Makers.

Pittsburgh Has Such a Nice Downtown
Intimate and pedestrian. Little parks here and there in the city. A little bit of a hill here and there – something we don’t see much of in most downtown areas. Tall interesting buildings, great sculpture on the sidewalks and store fronts. Even the Court Of Common Pleas was an attraction, made with fort-like construction which reminded me of St. Augustine Florida. Lovely little restaurants and eateries.

We were across the street from the Mellon Center – a sports arena of some sort. There was an event there the night before I arrived and my friends said they heard the crowds cheering from their rooms.

For the record, I had crab cakes for dinner both of my evenings there. That’s what it’s all about in my book, baby. Sixteen of us went to din din the first night – an event in and of itself. That was only part of our group! We walked the 8 blocks to dinner because it was downhill. Took the shuttle home for obvious reasons. Goodness. Dinner the second night was just a tiny group of four. We went back to the same place since it was so good the night before.

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My Lazy bud Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs
shows off her yo-yo bag. Cute! The bag is, too.

Game Time
Lazy Girl Regina reported that the dice game Left Center Right was played at her quilt retreat recently for the bounty of fat quarters and I thought that was brilliant. So, I brought several of the games with me and introduced my friends, using chocolate for game pieces. It’s a game of give, take, whine and winner take all! Got any competitive friends? Look out! Very fast paced and there is no telling who will win until the very end. I knew after introducing them that they would each need a game, so I made sure I had enough for all of them. Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s website: http://www.dicegames.com/0002.php

Well, we played in the hotel bar after dinner one night and they nearly kicked us out for hootin’ and hollerin’ like idiots. Obviously, it was a hit. Other fun times on this trip included the always-expected challenges and antics of travel, odd cab rides in search of food, and a public restroom episode that spanned two establishments on opposite sides of town which will not be discussed again. No one was hurt or arrested, merely embarrassed.

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Fabulous new Painstiks project made with a wholecloth stencil.
All of the color on this design is painted.

Long Time and New Friends
Nancy Clifton, owner of Aiken Quilt shop where Regina’s Lazy sister Susan reigns, found me at lunch the second day, handed me chicken fabric fat quarter and said ‘I hear you’re free-range’ referring to my self-described booth-free or free-range Lazy status! What a hoot. That’s the first time I met Nancy. Sue told me Nancy would be there and I was just thinking it would be memorable to finally meet her, not hilarious because she got my goat. lol.

Cecile from Just Another Button Company introduced stick pins, topped with her exquisite polymer clay buttons. I may need one of every style! Nope, no picture. We’ll have to keep watch at her website for details.

I met four of the designers whose fabrics I used on samples. That was lovely. I think they enjoy seeing how people use their designs as much as I do. I get such a kick out of seeing someone carry one of my little creations. I saw a few at the show, stopped all of them and chatted a bit about their bags.

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Deb Luttrell of Stitchin’ Heaven, Jerry Stube of Quilter’s Quarters
and me in the Art Gallery Fabrics booth.

Well, it was great to be there, see everyone and I’m glad to be home. Always good to come home.

Enjoy!
Joan

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16 Responses to “Pittsburgh Quilt Market Wrap-Up”

  1. Laura Casey — May 18, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    Love the pictures and your monolog…..just returned from Paducah myself (well and 40 other women on a guiild sponsored bus trip) and I should have done the same thing…now where did you get the 2 color fabrics…..oh can I see Claire in one of those….I know one is in your booth…but I’m talk’n about one on my arm! I can see me now!…..Happy Sewing!

  2. Laura Casey — May 18, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    Well how dumb can I get….those fabrics are from Maywood Studio….duh….think I’ll go get another coffee………………!

  3. Tia — May 18, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    OH, drat, I wish I had been paying more Attention. I would have loved to attend this & meet you. I live just North of Pittsburgh!

  4. Lois — May 18, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    Hi Joan,
    I enjoy receiving your emails — and was proud to hear how you described Pittsburgh, because it is my home town. I’m trying to figure out where you got such great crabcakes. Was it a small place on Forbes Avenue?
    The hootin’ and hollarin’ that you heard from your hotel room was fans at a playoff hockey game. A huge screen was set up outside of the arena to accommodate those who weren’t lucky enough to get tickets inside.
    Cheers!
    LF from Pittsburgh

  5. Joan Hawley — May 18, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    Hi Lois, The yummy crab cakes were at the 1902 Tavern. Normally served with some sort of lobster sauce, I had mine with the Cajun spiced mayo sauce normally served during lunch hours. Divine. The garlic mashed ‘taters were pretty nice, too.

  6. Patti — May 18, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    Hi
    Do you guys ever come to the state of New York?

  7. Susan — May 18, 2009 @ 11:21 am

    scrumptious fabrics, wonderful fotos of real people. And a lovely description of Pittsburgh.
    I miss urban life, and the wonderful revitalized downtowns of Us cities.
    I have got to find a quilt market in Dallas around Christmas or NYC between Oct11-15.
    tight schedule, maybe there will be one.
    I miss these, like I would miss my right arm.
    sometimes the beach is not enough.
    Great story Joan. I am looking for that dice game.
    thanks again, can’t wait to make Claire.
    Susan
    La Paz

  8. margaret — May 18, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

    Well Joan, I can see you had a wonderful time – is anybody ever coming to Las Vegas to do a show?? Can hardly wait for Claire’s “release” into the wild – those fabrics are so mouth watering!!! Thanks for your great designs and all the “freebies” you do for us lazies.

  9. Sherri/Missouri — May 18, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    I love seeing Claire in the Maywood Booth. what fantastic colors. Up against the fantastic colors of that quilt also. those colors are all calling me….I can hear them now..

    Shhhhheeeeeeerrrrrriiiiiiiii

    tee hee

  10. Arlene — May 18, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    What about Primanti Brothers? You can’t go to PGH without having a Primanti Bros. sandwich!

  11. charlotte — May 19, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

    So glad to hear you had a good time in Pittsburgh. I love that town, born and raised there!! GO STEELERS!!! I was also wondering if you went to Pramani’s on the strip for a one of kind sandwich extraordinaire? The Claire bag is a steller show stopper!!

  12. Nancy — May 24, 2009 @ 10:31 am

    Brand-new to your website; love it! Is the pattern for the quilts in the photo available? Perfect for picnic blankets!

  13. Karen — May 26, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    I grew up in Pittsburgh and I can’t believe nobody took you to Pramani’s for a little sandwich..hehehe. I’ve done so many conventions and they are fun but a lot of work. I worked in the aviation field for 12 years. Those conventions weren’t nearly as exciting as I’m sure yours was.

  14. michelle — May 26, 2009 @ 8:51 pm

    So glad you enjoyed Pittsburgh! I live about 1 hr. from there, and enjoy going to all the different places Pittsburgh is so noted for! The convention looks like it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Michelle

  15. Nouveau Stitch — June 7, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    Can you PLEASE share with me your source for that GIGANTIC black ric-rac???? I musr know ……Thanks!

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