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Spring Quilt Market Round Up

Shop Owners and Teachers at Color Mastery Schoolhouse Lecture

I attended Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh this year as a vendor for the first time.  It was a wonderful opportunity to talk with quilt shop owners and teachers to find out what they needed from publishers.  Here I’m educating shop owners on Color Mastery and the twelve months of classes they can teach from it.

An amazing transformation happens at Quilt Market:  it starts as an empty convention center and in the span of two days magically becomes the most beautiful city of quilts you can imagine.  Here’s the before and after of the Willow Ridge Press booth:

Willow Ridge Press booth before

The necessities every booth must have, complete with adoring husband ready to help!

Maria Peagler in Willow Ridge Press booth at Spring 2009 Quilt Market

And here’s the booth finished with all the quilts, books, handouts, the author herself, and of course, chocolate!

I met all kinds of wonderful people, like Bev Vollaire Ferro of Tiger Tape, Mark Lipinski, saw my buddy Kay Mackenzie, my photographer Gregory Case, and here’s Beth from Lizzy B Cre8tive in my booth:

Beth of Lizzy B Cre8tive and Maria at Spring Market

Tomorrow I’ll show you my faves from all the new quilts, fabrics, and patterns the best and brightest in the quilt world are offering.

Chatting About Color at the Book Launch Party

I’ve got an entire gallery of photos from the book launch party over at the Color Mastery book blog.  Here are the personal ones:

My younger son announcing the winners of door prizes.  He was all smiles, sneaking sweet treats, picking out fat quarters, and giving me hugs throughout the evening.

My older son would quietly rub my shoulders as I was signing and talking; he was also the photographer for the evening.

My husband David talking to one of my best quilting friends, Pat.  They were both so proud and thrilled for me.

My friend and cheerleader Kay and her granddaughter.  Thank you, Kay, for the wonderful book title!  Kay attended a quilting retreat last year at my home, during which I floated several titles for the book.  Later that week Kay sweetly suggested several other titles, which were terrific, and Color Mastery was the winner!

And finally . . . me.  I’m all smiles after all the two years of loving working that went into Color Mastery.  It was a night to celebrate it all.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support me, Jeanne, and quilting.  Jeanne was thrilled with the shop’s sales that evening.  I was giddy over the book’s sales, and quilters had a blast eating, drinking, and getting tips about color.

I’d be delighted to visit your local quilt shop and do a book signing, lecture, or class.  Tell them about the book, and show them the blog.  I’ve got a page at the book blog just for quilt shops.  I look forward to seeing you at your local shop or quilt guild!