Every time I go to Quilt Market, I’m reminded of the little nursery rhyme I used on my girls all the time when they were little:
Whenever we would return home from being out, I’d say to them as we pulled in the driveway: “Home again, home again, jiggety jog.” I have no idea if they were ever amused by it, but still I used it every time. (I’m surprised they haven’t put me in a home yet.)
While I didn’t buy a pig, a hog, or even a plum bun while I was in Portland, or even a VooDoo Doughnut, Market is indeed done, and I had a blast. So much fun, in fact, that it’s taken me until today to recover and get back at it!
I arrived in Portland on Thursday afternoon, and met up immediately with Victoria. We decided we’d go downtown for a while, so we hopped on the train and did that very thing. Portland’s MAX Light Rail makes it so easy to get all over the place in Portland.
We both wanted to go to Powell’s Book Store. What a wonderful and dangerous place for book lovers! Room after room after room of books, new and used, and things to go with the books. Knitting books? Yes, we have those, and look! — we even have yarn, so you can get started right away on that new project! Cake pans, socks, stickers, and did I mention books? Powell’s is a wonderful place.
Being way out of both of our time zones, we were hungry early, so we had an early dinner at the Red Star Tavern. Here’s how hungry I was: I ate vegetables!
It didn’t matter because . . .
The next two days were filled with Market, Market, Market. Seeing friends, making new friends, seeing all the new stuff that’s coming out, walking, eating, walking, walking, eating, and talking quilts and fabric.
I’ll take you on a little tour . . .
I stopped by Dear Stella’s booth to visit Jessica and see the projects I sewed for them this time. The Baby Domiciles quilt from their new line Va Bene!, barely peeking out from behind the Marbles quilt made from Honeycrisp:
I stopped by to visit Pat Sloan and see her booth:
I had a wonderful visit with Renee Nanneman of Need’l Love. Her booth was all decorated for Halloween, and you can see Becky Cogan’s “Twister Jack” quilts on the wall. Renee showed us her new line, The Linen Closet:
And my friend, Brigitte Heitland, from Germany, has her newest line out with Moda, called Barcelona. I didn’t get any pictures, but I’ll be making a small project with it soon, so I’ll show you then.
We had Saganaki, which is fried cheese that arrives at your table flaming, and is then doused in lemon juice to put out the fire. You know that was right up my alley — cheese anything is fine by me, flaming or otherwise!
At one point during dinner, Michele said to the waitress: “I’ve lost my napkin. I got so excited by the flaming cheese, it slid right off my lap!”
We attended the Modern Quilt Guild Meetup on Saturday night, which topped off a busy two days of seeing things, visiting with friends, and making new friends. As usual, I’ll leave you with some quotes from some of those friends. Yes, these are the people I hang out with when I travel . . . makes ya wonder, don’t it?
“I’ve been whippin’ this out all night for everyone else; why not you, too?” — Bill Volckening
To which Tracy Mooney replies, “It’s bigger than I thought!”
“I live in New York, and I’ve never seen anything like that!” — Victoria
“Wait, let me get my pants down.” — Megan Frock
“I didn’t pack any pants!” — Ebony Love
“It’s all about the attitude.” — Maddie Kertay, THE BadAss Quilter
Yes, it is . . .