The (Way After) Market Post

We’ve been home from market for over two weeks now and the time has just flown by.  We have unpacked the car, gotten all the orders shipped out, but I half to admit that I haven’t even unpacked all the bags in the studio yet.  Instead I have been playing a little hooky from work.  While we are gone at market, Minnesota transforms itself from something brown and boring, to lush greenery.  It really makes it hard to focus, so instead I have been attending to my garden and I helped my brother plan out the flower gardens at his house.  I’ve read a book, done some knitting, tried to catch up on some sleep, enjoyed a few Memorial Day get togethers and tried to ignore the work waiting for me. 

That can only last for so long before it’s back to the usual routine, which includes blogging.  Thanks to those of you who have checked up on me to say that you have missed my posts.  I sat down and made a list of things to blog about, so hopefully that will help me get back on track. 

In the meantime, I will share just a few photos from market.  I was really bad about taking photos this year, so I hardly have any to share (though there is no shortage out there on the web if you want to see more).

Here are a few shots of my booth

(I always have such trouble getting accurate colors in these convention centers, so these colors really aren’t that accurate)

Most of the quilts are from the line “Whimsy” that I designed with my Mom. It will be out later this month, so more on that later.  I used one of my favorite prints to make a slip cover for these chairs.

My Mom also helped with these slip covers – as she took all the measurements and drafted a pattern for me.  The next day I quilted the fabric and started the sewing.  I would have never figured it out without Mom marking everything and putting all the snips in the right places 😉

My other favorite thing from the booth was the baby bolts of Whimsy, shown in the lower corner of this photo.  I will try to get a better photo of them shortly.

It was fun to catch up with everyone, including my lake neighbor, Victoria.  She lives in NYC, but has a cabin on our lake. 

I was surprised by how many people commented about how lucky we were to live on a lake.  I guess I didn’t realize it was so rare for other parts of the country.  Minnesota is the known as the land of 10,000 lakes, though there are actually closer to 12,000 lakes.  They are everywhere!  For example, when I got visit my Mom, who lived 20 minutes away, I pass 8 lakes just on the way there.  Lake life is pretty common in this area.  I think Minnesota needs all these beautiful lakes, or no one would live here because of the bad winters!

I’ll get back to my post, but it just goes to show, you never know what you are going to learn at market!

A few of my favorite booths were:

 Barbara Jones from Quilt Soup.  I am continually amazed by her creative designs and beautiful fabrics.

Sandi Henderson:  I love this living room and would try it at home if I could convince the Hubs.

Sue Spargo:  I just love to see what vivid color combinations she will come up with!

Bonnie and Camille:  I would just like to move into this booth and set up house.  They have all you really need, from a bed to a sewing machine.  Really, the only thing it is missing is coffee and knitting (and Bonnie and Camille, but they could just come over and visit me).

There were many more beautiful booths, but I will wrap this up.  Like I said, I really didn’t get nearly as many pictures as I should have.  Maybe next year, but for now, this will have to do.  Until next time, take care.

About Heather Peterson

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26 Responses to The (Way After) Market Post

  1. Denise (Denny) Aleckson says:

    I thought your booth looked wonderful, as I am sure all of them did! What FUN!!! I surely could’nt pick a favorite!!! Yes ! We are fortunate to live in the lake country too, although I don’t live on a lake, but there is many, many close by! And Yes! It was like–INSTANT SUMMER, with how fast everything greened up! I really enjoy your blog! Thanks!

  2. Megan says:

    So glad to see such detailed photos of your booth! You should twist your mom’s arm into selling that slipcover pattern – it’s a great idea!

  3. Your booth looked awesome Heather!
    And great photo of you and Victoria! And yes, I’m another Minnesotan that lives on a lake – I love every minute of it!

  4. mariajhmom says:

    Should we splurge and start a Sue Spargo project? I would love to!!!

  5. Jess says:

    Cute booth!!! I always enjoy your posts, they are almost always filled with beautiful things of cute projects!! This one was no exception! Good luck with getting back into the routine! 😀

  6. Patty says:

    Love your pictures (and yes, I missed your blogging). Your booth looked lovely!

  7. Kaye M. says:

    I, too, have missed your posts! I look forward to your beautiful photography and great quilting ideas. I love the photo of the floral arrangement, what are the flowers and what are the stems with the little green berries? Your booth looked very pretty, so cheerful and inviting! The quilted slip covers for your chairs was a great idea and a fun way to showcase your fabric! Thanks for sharing

  8. Dana Hines says:

    Your booth looked great and I am so glad that you posted today! I was afraid you were sick or something 🙂 In any case, I enjoyed the pictures of the flowers and the booths at market. I look forward to your next post.

  9. Nancy Augustine says:

    Heather, The booths looked fantastic!! Such colors! I am interested in finding out more about the table and chair. Where did you find them? And how to make the slipcover? Can’t wait to hear more about your new line.

  10. Pat says:

    So glad you are back and posting again. I missed reading your blog.

  11. 4dreamsr says:

    Had seen pics of your booth on other blogs. It was a great booth. Your quilts & colors were so pretty.

    Thanks for the other pics too. Will visit these other sites. Already go to V’s site pretty regular.

  12. Melody says:

    What gorgeous pictures. Your booth looks fabulous.

  13. Jan says:

    Been wondering where you’ve been~I’ve truly missed your blogging! Such beautiful photos and beautiful booths. I bet you came away from there so inspired and abounding with creative ideas! Can’t wait to see your new knitting!

  14. Kristine says:

    Love, Love, Love your booth. My second favorite is Bonnie and Camille’s! Having never seen your blog until recently, I have to say your bathroom is gorgeous! Love the stenciling, the colors, the small details!

  15. Sherri says:

    Your booth was wonderful! It was great to see everything and everyone in “real life!”

  16. leslie says:

    Glad to see you back! I got a bit burnt out after Christmas, but am back in the saddle now!

  17. marsha nelson says:

    The photo of your flowers is amazing. Thanks for the photos of market. They show such beautiful fabrics and really fun quilt designs. Glad you’re back.

  18. Rhonda says:

    love love LOVE those chairs!!

  19. Nicole says:

    The wait was well worth it! Your booth looks so fabulous! And I’m in love with those slip covers…the pattern on the fabric looks awfully familiar…talking about the walls in your bathroom of course 🙂 I really love your designs. They are so inventive and exciting. I can’t wait to get Living Large 2 so I can try some of those amazing patterns! So glad you’re back!!!!

  20. Megan Z. says:

    Hi Heather! I was so glad to see a post from you, I’ve missed your posts! The pictures you posted are absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend 🙂

  21. Linda P. says:

    I sure missed you posting!! Love how you covered the chair – I covered some for my daughter, but it was more like a “fit & sew” session without a pattern (very similar, just a longer skirt). Your booth looked great!!

  22. Mary Ann says:

    Am glad you are back from market. I have missed your blogs and was checking all the time. Your booth looked great and can’t wait to purchase some of your new fabric line and a pattern or two or your new book when I go on the MN shop hop in August!!

  23. Heather J says:

    Love your quilts and your booth is gorgeous! I have your book “Let the Good Times Roll” and plan to make Cafe Au ‘ Laite for my mother-in-laws wedding in August. She lives in Minnesota (my husband and I are both from Minnesota) so we’ll be passing many lakes on the way to her wedding. I guess I better get busy sewing, August is only 2 months away!

  24. Ceil says:

    Hi Heather. I love your quilts! I’ve ordered Living Large 2, which from what I’ve read, gives the instructions for these quilts and the chair cover. But I’m confused by your mention of the fabric Whimsy. When I google it, it’s nothing as cute as yours and I can’t seem to find your fabric. Please send me in the right direction. I’ve been quilting for a year now and feel I’m just getting started!!

  25. Love seeing the pics of the booths. It’s fun to see how the different designers style their booths and present their products! I’d be happy to volunteer to go to Market with you, strictly to take pictures so you won’t have to worry about it! lol

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