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198: QM final installment, Saturday afternoon and night

Saturday afternoon:

Over the past few months, Sandi Henderson and I have emailed and chatted on the telephone a bit, so I was really looking forward to meeting her in person. She is a great girl.


Her booth, built by her sweet husband Dustin, was beautiful, as were her fabrics for Michael Miller.


Love this bench:



Sandi won second place for Most Creative double booth!  

Wow, huh?

And now some random bits that I am too tired to string together into a cohesive storyline. You like me for my honesty, right? 

...In the lobby, Gina from Quilter's Buzz and I recognized each other immediately! Did you guys see that post on Sugar Snap a couple of weeks ago? (ok, we actually saw each other for the first time on Thursday but I'm putting it in the Saturday post. Ok?)

...Back in the Westminster booth, check out  this quilt featuring Buddha Party fabric by Terrie Mangat.


...Denyse Schmidt and her assistant  Lilli were at market for just the first couple of days .  I just love her new home decor weight "cheater cloth", seen here on the left:


A few DS products (including a Steve): 


I was hanging out at one of the sales tables with Jeff P., when quilt artist Susan Brubaker Knapp stopped by. That link takes you to a  picture of me that I actually like (you have to scroll a bit to get to it.) Susan had just found out that one of her quilts will be in the Quilting Arts Magazine Calendar! Woo hoo!

ooh, that was a perfect segue and I didn't even have to try:
Pokey Bolton- the editor of Quilting Arts Magazine and Cloth Paper Scissors - and I were equally excited to meet each other! What a cute bundle of energy she is! I look forward to working with her on some future projects.

Saturday late afternoon, market winding down...My last night in Portland. 6 am shuttle to the airport.
I look at Jeff P. and say, "Take me out to dinner."
Jeff P. looks at me and says, "Come with me to a vendor appreciation party at Fabric Depot." 

Leaving the convention center, Jeff P. and I walked and talked with Heather Bailey , her friend Beth from epbdolls, and Maureen (Mo), Heather's sister-in-law, who I just fell in love with immediately.

At the party, I got a chance to connect some more with Patty Young, Paula Prass and Caroline Devoy, all of whom I first met at the Fabric 2.0 gathering I mentioned a few posts ago.
Mark Lipinski was there, but I didn't get a chance to talk with him. Next time.

Jeff P. and I headed out, trying to figure out where to go for dinner when Heather  called and invited us to meet her, Mo, Anna Maria , Jeff H. and others for dinner at that place we got lost trying to find. Only this time they were there already and could give us the exact name and location. NostraNa, not NostraDa - as it turns out. 

Yummy dinner and conversation. Seated next to Mo, I was so happy to get a chance to hang out with her some more! Gorgeous , funny, down-to-earth , very sweet. Love that girl. 

To end the evening ,  a trip to Pix for dessert. Cool, cool dessert place with a garage door fully open allowing in the unseasonably warm night air.
Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you're watching yourself in a movie? Sitting there... eating dessert...looking at  red lanterns stirring with the wind...overhearing the conversations taking place at our cluster of little tables pushed together ,  I felt like that.
It was a  really good movie. 


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Reader Comments (13)

Oh I feel so special. :) It was so wonderful to finally meet you in person! I'm so excited for you Melissa-you are just going to be an amazing success! And I'll get to say "I called it." ;)

May 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSandi Henderson
Wonderful report!!!I truly enjoyed reading and watching it!!!!Thanks so much for that and hope you are feeling better now!!!
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKatarina

Thank you so much for such a comprehensive Market Report. I have loved reading and seeing all the wonderful things and happenings at market. Nearly makes up for not being there :)
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
thank you for sharing this experience with all of us.
it made me envious to be there too,
but I'm so excited for your successes!
it was really fun to learn more about market through your wonderful blog!
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterterriaw
ps - that is a good picture of you!
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterterriaw
Melissa, I have to agree with others, your report of the Market is great!!! Helped me to see all that I missed, and revisit that which I got to see....
I also agree with you that bench is GREAT!
Can you send me a couple of your business "card"s I would love to make an ATC for you and me. email me?
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterscott
Oh my, that is some eye candy!
May 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentergillie
I met Mo too and totally agree, she was one of the best people at Market. Super Sweet! I am so happy to read about Portland thru the eyes of visitors. Makes it seem more fresh and exciting.Reminds me how much I love living here.
Everybody's posts share some other aspect of Market, did I see that Buddha quilt? Idk. ;P Great report!
May 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Wow! I just found you & saw your new line and it is gorgeous!! I love all the color combos. I'm a new loyal reader :)
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May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Delp
I just wanted to say I saw you walking by me (very quickly!) at Market and before I realized it was you ,and I wanted to introduce myself, you were gone. Hope to meet you at the next one!
May 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Hey there lady,

So crazy to get mentioned. All I did was introduce you to good food and conversation. :-) Is there anything better. I love your blog. Hope you're well. I had such a great weekend getting together with such a creative group. Lots of fun. I'm back to the grindstone, kids, work, really good cupcakes.

Hope you're well.

June 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMoe
Those are some wonderful patterns and I think that they would go really well with some type of commercial umbrellas or something along those lines.
January 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hutchins

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