May started off with a trip to Paducah, for the annual American's Quilter's Society Quilt Show and Contest. It was beautiful once again with the dogwoods blooming and summer surely on its way. See my "Dogwood" kits that were inspired by the amazing beauty of Kentucky's state flower (tree).
We,myself,Marge and Mary as always had loads of fun in the booth. Marge and Mary working the sales floor and my demos inspiring new Crooked Nickel fans.
We introduced two new patterns in Paducah, "A Simple Point" an adorable dresser scarf that only takes one hour to complete and "Points of Interest", a bed scarf and pillows that is perfect for warm climates where a full bed quilt isn't necessary.
The kits we put together for "A Simple Point" were a smash, we had 17 different kits available!
All those who visited the booth could enter a drawing for three different kits. I am pleased to announce the winners from Paducah are:
"A Simple Point" dresser scarf: Janet Burns
"A Few Pointers" octagon table topper: Rowena Hillock
"Point Setta" table runner: Sandy Moutray
We will contact you through the email address you signed in the drawing with.
Then it was off to Pittsburgh for International Quilt Market. It was a beautiful week and fun to show off my things to the East Coast shop owners. The food was outstanding on the Strip District and Teresa and I had lots of fun. I picked out some great fabrics from Benartex, Blank Quilting and Michael Miller for upcoming kits. Pellon® had a booth at Market introducing their new brand name Legacy® which will be on the #821 label as well as new products in the batting division. I am excited for all the new changes and look that you will now see with the Pellon® and Legacy® brand.
Now across the country to Reno, NV for the Creative Girlfriends Expo at the Grand Sierra Resort.
We tried something new in the booth at this show. We had a "Make It and Take It" right in the booth. Two students at a time for a hour finished their dresser scarf kits. The only cost was to buy the kit, $15.95. We had 27 successful students and it was so much fun to see their excitement and take my place at the demo table. They were asked lots of questions and it wasn't long and they all could have worked in the booth. The experience will certainly make me look into continuing this at the other shows when possible. Inter action with the customer was a hit to say the least.
Sue Hausmann was the guest speaker, sponsored by Sierra Sewing Center. We went to her presentation on Friday night and if you have the opportunity to attend one of her talks you will be entertained and feel as though she is speaking directly to you. She energized the room with her spirit and smile.
She is very supportive of Crooked Nickel Quilt Designs and sees the need for innovated and creative ideas that will make quilting more accessible to new generations. To have someone of her status and creditability is a feather in our hats.
For all of you that signed up for our E- Newsletter you were put in the drawing for 3 Quilt Kits and these are the winners.
A Simple Point –Dresser Scarf Kit—Carol Spoelstra
A Few Pointers- Tabletopper Kit- Tamara Knight
Point Setta- Table Runner Kit- Sandy Weber
We will contact the winners through their email address.
Thank you all for signing up for the newsletter.
Watch the website info for the next show we will be attending and stop and say hi.
Have a great summer and safe travels.