Monday, May 21, 2012

home again

After back to back weekends of traveling, I'm ready to 'settle down', as my husband put it. So ready.

Quilt market was amazing.
I'm exhausted.
Cheryl and I did a schoolhouse. It was a hit. I'm so thankful. Then we worked hard for two days making connections and following up with others. We also did a book signing. Market is a lot of work. Good work, though.

It was so great to meet so many people that I have 'worked' and blogged with over the years. It felt successful and very well worth it. Again, I'm so thankful!

I also got to see and hang out with Tara and Angela. (YAY!!!) We didn't get to hang out nearly enough, but it was super fun when we had the chance. We managed to fit in plenty of laughter when we did.

I got to meet Denyse! That was pretty awesome. (heh. that's a big understatement.) Her friend/assistant, Leslie stood in line for OUR book. So, Cheryl and I signed OUR book FOR Denyse. For Denyse!! Which we ended up hand delivering later. Oh. mylanta.
And you know Liberty fabric? They are coming out with quilting cotton. I managed to swap my book for a few sample swatch packs. There is a whole back story to this that I know I can't do justice to in a blog post...but we will just say that I am so very excited. It was the cherry on top.

It's a wonder I haven't exploded.

There were 100 other great things that happened. Way too many to list.

Now I can't wait to sew!

Happy Monday to you!

41 comments:

Clair said...

Yes, there was so much to see! It is hard to describe to someone who has never been there.

Sew Lovins said...

Sounds like a lotta quilty goodness! Congratulations on the book:)

charlotte said...

I'm glad you had such a great time. The Liberty looks mighty nice.

Laura C said...

I am enjoying following all the coverage, but you're the first one I've seen who's mentioned the Liberty quilting cottons! Can't wait to hear more about them.

Katrina said...

How fun! I saw some photos of you and Cheryl on Instagram during quilt market at your schoolhouse. So awesome! Congrats!

Cherie said...

Wow how awesome she wanted a copy of your book!
What a great swap! =D


I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

Jan said...

Sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to the new Liberty fabric.

jlk said...

It was so lovely to meet you IRL :) You are just as delightful in person as you are online.

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

Congrats on being a famous book signer! I love it! That Liberty fabric is gorgeous!

seaschell said...

Congratulations! I'm so glad you had a good time. And I know how nice it feels to return home and get back to normal. :)

Terriaw said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip! I'm so happy to hear it was a success for you. What a thrill to get to see your long-distance friends. And what a privilege to get to meet Denyse. I hope to be lucky enough to go to Market someday.

Carla said...

Cannot wait to see Market pics!!

Rene' said...

Congrats on a successful Market trip! I followed along on yours and Cheryl's adventures via Twitter ;-) Also love seeing all your small projects posts.

bethanndodd said...

Sounds like a big success!! Hope you get to relax a little this week and enjoy some time with the fam! Smiles~Beth

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said...

Liberty quilting cotton. Oh my goodness, this is very bad news for my quilting budget! :P

Sarah Craig said...

It's so nice to know that people I get starstruck over get starstruck themselves! Congratulations on a successful Market!

Lee said...

It was so great meeting you in person, Amanda! I am not one bit surprised that Denyse wanted your book. : ) It's amazing! Now you can enjoy being home with your family.

The Sewing Chick said...

Liberty quilting cotton!! That's fantastic, I've been a fan for years so I can't wait for that. Congrats on the book...the success is most deserved.

Suzanne said...

Welcome home. I'm dying to know more. Slowly those 100 things will unfold. Can't wait hear more. Now on to sewing.

Beth said...

So great to see you at Market. The back of my head is in that picture on the post!!! Great quilts in the book and they are even more awesome in person.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You sound so excited and happy about everything! Love to hear it.

**nicke... said...

i bet she was as excited to meet you as you were to meet her! i would be! xo

Jules said...

I discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and I am totally addicted to it, I can't wait to log on to find out what you've done next and the beauty of it is I still have a lot to catch up on. I've done a couple of the projects already and this morning discovered the patchwork dress for little girls... I can't wait to get home and get cracking on that one... brilliant, keep up the great work.


Jules - England

Maja said...

I think we all are a bit starstruck.
I know how glad I was when YOU answered my e-mail!!!
Hope you have time to sew a lot now!

Lisa M said...

Liberty quilting cotton - heaven is real.

Linda said...

Glad you had a good time. This must be such an amazing time for you. :)

Jessica Christensen said...

It sounds like your head is still spinning. I know mine would be. Denyse Schmidt. Very. Cool. Congratulations on such a successful weekend at Market.

Lynn said...

It was great to meet you at market. I wish I had something I could have traded for the Liberty sample box. The look SO good.
It was my first quilt market. So much to see it was rather overwhelming. And your school house event was great.

Live a Colorful Life said...

You and Cheryl did a great job at schoolhouse. I'm sure Denyse has TONS of scraps. She knows a good thing when she sees it--she will definitely be using your book! And it was fun to hang out even for just a little bit, and to meet Tara. Hi, Tara, if you are reading this...

underthreefeet said...

I also stayed up till midnight last night reading your book and I have to say it might be the only quilt book I have read cover to cover. You and Cheryl are not only amazing in person, but you have written a wonderful book. I can't wait to see pictures of the back.
xoxo,
Leslie

Someday said...

Best line in that post: "It's a wonder I haven't exploded." So happy for you!!

Mama Pea said...

I had such a great time at Market. I really enjoyed seeing you and thank you again for the scraps! So glad you had an exciting time, too!

amy smart said...

I love that Denyse Schmidt wanted YOUR book! Now that is awesome. It was so so lovely to meet you in person. You and Cheryl did such a fabulous job at schoolhouse and your book is SO beautiful. So happy for both of you! Enjoy being home! :)

Also, I somehow finagled those Liberty charm squares. I can't wait to see what you do with them!

house on hill road said...

jealous!
someday. i swear i'll be there someday.

Esch House Quilts said...

Your schoolhouse was fantastic - you and Cheryl did a wonderful job! I think I can spot the back of my head in the photo :)

It was so great to meet you in person !

Rachel said...

Sounds AMAZING! I am so happy for you!!

sewfrench.com said...

OMGosh, I LOVE Liberty!! I can not wait!

sewfrench.com said...

OMGosh, I LOVE Liberty!! I can not wait!

Claire Jain said...

So Awesome :-) I'm glad you had a great time at market. Folks were talking about you and your great book here in Austin at a guild meeting the other day. Rock on with your happening self!

Cheerful Homemaker said...

Hooray for quilt market!!!

craftytammie said...

I loved going to your schoolhouse, I have been a reader for years! I am super excited for your book!