So first a little FYI, Quilt Market is a wholesale show. It is for those in the quilt business. If you are in the "biz" and want more information, the website is http://www.quilts.com/. After Market is Festival. Festival is larger than Market, and anyone can attend Festival. Information on both can be found at that website.
One of my favorite parts of Market is Schoolhouse. Schoolhouse is the day before Market. All day there are 15 - 30 minute "classes" where companies show their latest and greatest. I just had a little camera so my pictures are not great. Here's a snippet of what Schoolhouse is like.
First we have Patty Young of modkid introducing her new fabric with Michael Miller. She has some great pictures posted of Market at her blog here: http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com/
What quilt show can be complete without this pair? Ricky and Alex were introducing the new GO Baby. Here's a link to their website: http://www.thequiltshow.com/ They are fun.
One of my favorite classes was one about Quilts of Valor. I have been involved in this organization for many years. Here is their website: http://www.qovf.org/. Marianne Fons of Fons and Porter (http://www.fonsandporter.com/aspx/fonsandporter/default.aspx) was introducing a new program called "Under Our Wings." Nine fabric companies are printing special Americana fabric for Quilts of Valor and introduced a program with quilt shops to bring non-quilters into shops to sew quilts for wounded soldiers.
Gudrun Erla (http://www.gudrun.typepad.com/) was also there. I got a kick out of her husband helping her.
Stash Books (http://www.stashbooksblog.com/) was also there and brought along some of the projects from their new books.
Another highlight of the trip was attending the Moda dinner. I haven't ever been to one before. This one was at Minute Maid baseball stadium. Yummy food, fun music, getting to see a professional baseball field, it was a nice evening.
I've got one more post from Market to go.