By Edie McGinnis
October has rolled around, and we are getting ready to head off to Houston for International Quilt Market.
It’s a busy time for everyone who vends at the wholesale market. Here at Kansas City Star Quilts, we have been planning and making arrangements for months. Long before the truck is loaded and pulls out of the parking lot, we have made many decisions. We have decided how big our booth will be, how many books to take and who is doing what. We also have a pretty good idea of how our booth will end up looking.
Jack Beasley, inventory and order manager, has been working hard to gather up all the forms and new fixtures we are using this year. Our standard black curtains that “look good with any quilt” have been replaced with some silvery gray drapes. We think this will make our booth look lighter and more cheery.
We have some new quilt ladder fixtures that Gary Younger painted for us. Gary works in the carpenter shop at The Kansas City Star and was kind enough to help us out.
Jo Ann Groves, design lead and photo editor, and I spent some time making sure the quilts were counted and in boxes. All the quilts and projects are packed carefully so nothing gets lost or dirty.
On Monday, Doug Weaver, our publisher, will pack up our truck and head for Houston. Author and editor Donna di Natale, marketing coordinator Deborah Bauer and I will head off to the airport early Thursday morning and arrive in Houston by 10:30 a.m. From there, we will head for the convention center and get to work setting up the booth.
Market is always a lot of hard work, but it’s fun, too. It’s a chance to meet up with old friends we’ve made through the years, as well as an opportunity to make new ones. We watch a large, empty room with concrete floors become a beautiful, quilty place with enough eye candy to make any quilter drool with delight.
Everything a quilter could possibly want will be on display. New tools, scissors, colors of thread, patterns and fabric will tempt everyone passing by.
As for me, I’ve decided I will be immune to temptation this year.
Except for scissors. I will probably feel obligated to buy a pair of scissors.
Edie McGinnis is an author and editor for Kansas City Star Quilts. She writes every Friday.