Another Nelson. No relation.
Willie sang about being “on the road again… like a band of gypsies…” We’re certainly packing enough stuff.
We’re not packing any of the DoubleShot, though maybe we should. From the upper left – boxes in my office with Frivols stuff for Schoolhouse, pillows for I don’t recall what, Moda tote bags. Second row: Market stuff for the sales reps – one bin for each rep, market materials for the sales reps. Third row: folded/rolled cap-sets being shipped to distributors , boxes of Fall Market playbooks ready to go to Minneapolis.
Seeing everything does make me feel good though. One, I didn’t move this much stuff from Phoenix to Dallas. Close. But still less. And second, I’m happy I’m not in charge of figuring out what to ship as my track record for this kind of thing isn’t good. I always take way too many things nobody needs and I forget some of the important things. Business cards? Right. Make a note.
Am I getting excited? Mostly. Am I a bit nervous? Definitely.
I’ve heard the expression “this isn’t my first rodeo” a few times in the past couple of weeks and while I have been to Market before, this is different. Some parts are easier – I don’t have to do it all – and some parts are definitely more of a challenge… simply put, the bar is higher. Or maybe lower as a limbo-bar suddenly popped into mind.
The Moda buttons. If you’re going to be at Market, come by the booth. If you won’t be there, I’ll see if I can stash a few in my office before we leave.
For the first time in three or four years, I’m doing a Schoolhouse. I’m pretty sure it was never discussed during my job interview and I’m equally sure that Lissa is using the “you knew you’d be wearing many hats” loophole exception. While the prospect of getting up to speak in front of a big room packed-full of people doesn’t worry me – been there, done that, thank you… – I think there will be a few attendees that I’ve not seen before. That’s a little daunting, even for a chatty girl like me.
There’s still sewing to do – mostly bindings at this point. But there are still quilts being finished and quilted. I expect that will continue until the very last minute. When I wrote a few weeks ago that everybody pitched in, I wasn’t exaggerating. The following ladies have all made quilts for Quilt Market, in most cases, they’ve made a couple of them: Tammy. Holly. Janet. Erin. Erin. Sarah. Sarah. (Yes, there are two of each.) Melissa. Mariza. Chelair. Yours truly. Lissa. Judy. Thelma. Alison.
And the quilters – Maggi. Alicia. Maggi. Diane. Maggi. Angela. Maggi. Natalia. Maggi. Janet. Maggi.
It’s the same Maggi, she just quilted so many quilts so quickly that we all think she’s got a clone or twin stashed away somewhere.
Susan is on the list – while she didn’t make a quilt this time, she did the binding on enough of them that it adds up to a completed quilt, a big one.
Each of the quilts made have been hung in the Sample Room before going off to be quilted – even if for just a few minutes. It’s tradition. And it’s a good luck ritual, it bestows good karma on the quilt.
Since I can’t share any of those quilts yet, this Good Karma will have to do.
Good Karma by Stephanie Ryan.
One last thing before the weekend – next week. Are you ready to go to Market? Yes, you’re coming with us. While I’m hoping to do a little blogging from Minneapolis, we’ll definitely be posting to Facebook and Instagram. We’re Moda Fabrics on both – @modafabrics on Instagram – and we’ll be using the hashtags – #ModaGoesToMarket and @ShowMeTheModa.
If you’re on Facebook, look for the little tab at the top that says Instagram Feed. Even if you’re not on Instagram, you can still see all the pictures we post.
And there will be more the week after Market. I promise.
Have a good weekend – get some rest because we’re hitting the road to Minneapolis in just a few days.
It’s going to be a busy week.