I made it back from Quilt Market to a clean house and children that barely missed me. That's me and my fellow True Up correspondent, Kristen Lejnieks, looking all kinds of crazy. This was at the end of our third day. Here's a better photo of Kristen holding her new book next to Shelly, Daniella, and Karen.
I had a great time.
Besides obsessing over this molten bread pudding thing that we ordered (twice) from the hotel restaurant, it was so great meeting with folks that are crazy about what they do. I was there under the banner of Bolt, which (to Gina's credit) lots of people know about, and to write for Kim and True Up-- who, of course, lots of people also recognize. Happily, Gina is just as stoked on Japanese fabric as I am, so I got to look over her shoulder as we were shown stacks and stacks of beautiful prints, some of which are going to be making their way to the store shortly.
With some fumbling, I also got to talk to some folks under the guise of this space, which was Totally Rad and precipitated a meeting and photo op with one of my heroes, Nancy Zieman. At which point, I apologized for the way I might be smelling. There were 100 things I might have said ("you have taught me everything I know about garment sewing from where 9th grade Home Ec left off" or, "I have happily spent many Saturday afternoons feeding a small baby/ignoring my children trying to remember every word of what you say"), but true to form, I kept it just this side of awkward. You're welcome.
Oh, there were so many good people. As expected, it was a little overwhelming and I feel like I've had my bottom kicked in the "Do Better Work" category. Obviously the "Empty the Dishwasher in a Timely Manner" may take a hit going forward.