The Business End of Quilt Market

The rest of Quilt Market and Festival was about the same as the first parts: crazy busy! A few of the goings on:

More book signings and demos at the AQS booth and also at Petersen-Arne (a large quilting supplies distributor). Again, lots of excited quilt shop owners and managers took home free copies of Inchie Quilts, and placed orders for the book and the InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set, so don’t be surprised if you see Inchie Quilts at a local quilt shop near you very soon!

I chatted with Doug Kreinik of Kreinik Manufacturing Co. about creating some custom sampler packages of beautiful metallic textured threads for embellishment purposes. I use Kreinik threads and cords when I embellish Inchies (search for Kreinik at InchieQuilts.com to see Inchies embellished with Kreinik threads). It would be great to have some packages with a variety of different weights or textures in coordinating colors on hand for Inchies. I’ll be working with Kreinik on these sampler packages this winter, so watch for these coming soon to the DWQ Studio.

I also met with Betty Blais of Embellishment Village and we’ll be working together this winter as well preparing some mini Inchie Quilt kits. Each kit will include fabric, stiffener, fleece, and most especially a variety of coordinating embellishments—including beads, fibers, special charms and themed embellishments—everything you need to create a mini Inchie Quilt, ready to go in a kit! I’ll probably have those available after Christmas.

I visited a few of the other big quilting supply distributors and shared samples of the InchieSee & InchieDo tool set. I received some great feedback on the tool set, and I expect it to be carried by a number of the larger distributors within a month or so, which means it will be easier for your local quilt shop to order and stock the InchieSee & InchieDo right alongside the Inchie Quilts book! United Notions will be the first to have the InchieSee & InchieDo in stock in just a week or two, so if you’re looking for it at your LQS, tell the shop owner where to order it!

And there were a couple of other interesting encounters and conversations on the show floor which may yield some exciting surprises in the next few months, though I have to keep those under wraps for a bit longer. I don’t want to, because I’m so excited about it all, but there it is. Stay tuned for more as soon as I can share!

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