So we closed the shop in February. It was a short month anyway. I know, it’s not so short if you feel that you have to access fabric and your favorite shop is not open.
Above is Nancy Wszalek, good friend and helper, loading the trailer with fun modern fabric.
We rented a 6 x 12 foot trailer and stuffed it full of fabric and goodies. It was so funny to see how the front of that trailer practically dragged on the ground. But, it never hit or scraped! The only thing that I was worried about was that the bumper was going to get pulled off of the back of the car! Oh well, it would have all been in the name of bringing fabric to quilt con. The people at U-Haul assured me that my car was big enough to pull the trailer.
All was well until I reached literally the last 2 miles of the trip. Bridge. Big bridge. I don’t think I have ever seen such a big bridge. It goes over the Savannah River. Huge ships come in from the sea with their immense cargo, so the bridge has to be really high. I have a bridge phobia. I traversed the bridge with a 10 ton trailer full of fabric–no, not really 10 tons but it felt like it. I made it safely to the other side and here we are!
Now, there are many bloggers that have tons of photos of Quilt Con. Not true for the worker bees. From the very first minute that Quilt Con opened, we were swarmed. Our booth was so unbelievably busy. We didn’t sit down for a second and we certainly didn’t eat or go to the bathroom. That’s fine for me, as I am an ICU nurse, and urinating is a luxury. But, for Barb and Laura, I felt bad. They soldiered on.
Our lampshades were a smash hit. So were the umbrellas. We sold out of umbrellas by day 2. I took the usual number that I took to other shows, and they were just gone. By day 3, today, the lampshades are almost gone, and many of our fabrics are sold out.
We received so many compliments about the fabrics that we had. Many people told us that we had the best selection there. Imagine that…from a little shop in Ripon Wisconsin!
The quilts in the show were lovely, but honestly, I didn’t get to see more than a few. We were so busy every second.
I did sneak away to run over to the Andover booth and take a picture with my buddies Daryl and Giuseppe under the lampshade that I made for their booth.
Here’s a close-up of the lamp in their booth.
Okay. Enough for now. Gotta get to working!