One of the people I reconnected with was Shea from The Empty Bobbin. She's from the Kansas City MQG, but visited the LAMQG back in January, which is when I first met her. I got a swag bag from the party, filled with all sorts of goodies - one of the standouts being a charm pack of Meet the Gang.
The next day, we got up, got some breakfast, and headed over to the Convention Center. I had been to the Long Beach Quilt Festival before, so the setup was similar, but this was just such a bigger scale! It was huge! I think there were 24 very long aisles - not to mention the exhibits, which I never even got to visit! This pregnant mama's back was definitely hurting after all the walking. But it was great to see all the new fabric lines that are coming out, and meet some of my favorite designers. Some highlights...
Meeting Aneela Hoey (who was at the party the night before, but I was too chicken to go up to)
Seeing my friend's hard work all over the Robert Kaufman section (Ramona pieced 12 quilts for RK, among other things). Here's just a few of the quilts she pieced...
Unexpectedly seeing my friend from Momen+, that Japanese fabric store back in California that I loved going to (and where they knew me by name, as much as that pains my husband to know). Seven Islands Fabric owns Momen+, and they asked her to come help them out. I had no idea she'd be there, so when we saw each other it was like this sweet little reunion! I was never able to say goodbye to her, and she didn't know I had moved to Florida (and was wondering why I hadn't been in the store for so long), so we had a good chance to catch up.
Talking for a really long time with someone (and I can't remember her name) from Amy Butler. We weren't even talking about fabric - we were just chatting. She was so sweet, I wish I remembered her name.
That night, we went to the Modern Quilt Guild Meetup, hosted by the Houston MQG, which was alot of fun! Alot of people (including myself) won door prizes, which made it even better! Here's a pic of the LA people, former and current (Melissa, Latifah, Lauren, Lisa, Alissa, and myself). Sorry my belly's taking up half the picture.
The next day was our last (such a quick trip), so we headed over to the convention center, hit a few of our favorite booths again, and saw some that we didn't see the day before.
I got a picture with Laurie Wisbrun, who I met the night before at the MQG Meetup. She was just so sweet, and her booth was adorable!
Melissa and I did some more chatting, this time with Mark Cesarik and his wife. By the time we were done talking with them, we realized that we just had time for lunch, and then we had to go to the airport! Just like that, it was over!
Overall, my first Market experience was great, and I'd love to go again sometime. But if I don't, I'm glad I experienced it at least once. I met so many people - too many to list here - who were all great and cool and wonderful!