Who knew? Now that we have done the International Quilt Show and lived to tell about it, we feel pretty darn cool! But don't worry, we remain your favorite ditzy blond shop owners. We did have a couple of personal famous moments, though. Katie was sitting next to her new quilt with the pattern with her name on it pinned to it, when she overheard some ladies say they had heard of her. Never one to bask in the glow of fame, she just had to set them straight and tell them, "No, you haven't heard of her - you are looking at her." We spent the rest of the show proclaiming to all that would listen that we were the booth that had the "Famous Katie Reed."
My own moment came when some unsuspecting customer asked me to sign one of my patterns for her. I was so flustered, I didn't know what to write, so I wrote the first thing that came to my mind, "Good Luck." Now, how dorky is that? I could be famous in the future, though. When the famous Black & White lady, Kay Capps-Cross (or is it the other way around), stopped by to say hi, and look for some Civil War Blacks (you know I don't have white), I embarked on a mission to bring her to the dark side. Now you know, if I succeed in getting Kay to make a dark quilt (as in Black & Tan, instead of white - or bright pink or green), I will have truly made progress against the bright people of the world. Kay promised to put a dark quilt in her next book and name it after me - something like Carrie's Calamity. I will believe it when I see it, but who knows - the dark side is hard to resist!
Speaking of famous people, Kathy Tracy had her book signing at the booth. She is always so nice, and has sworn an oath to never become a Diva. Her new book, Remembering Adelia, was all over the show. I am guessing that this one will be her biggest seller yet! I am really looking forward to hearing her talk about it next week. Don't forget to come - May 9th, 1:00, here - FREE. Bring your books to be signed. We still have plenty of copies of Adelia in stock, and quite a few kits left, too. Hopefully we will get one more done before then, but there are a few other things we need to catch up on!
The show itself was much more traditional than it has been in the past few years, and needless to say, I think that is good news for us. I didn't see as many bright vendors as I have seen in the past, either, so maybe my "Dark Side" crusade has moved beyond the boundaries of Fox River Grove! You can say you knew me when.....
All in all, we had a great experience at Rosemont, and now we can't wait to do the Madison Show in the Fall. We learned a lot, and got some great ideas for better ways to set up our booth. We definitely need a bigger booth at Rosemont next year. The single booth is too small to even turn around in. I hope that we won't lose our great location, though. We were really lucky to get a booth right at the end, not too far from the food. We saw lots of old friends and met lots of new friends. It was great exposure for the shop, and now we can't wait to have some of our new friends come and visit us!
Oh - and Katie and I are always available to sign our patterns for you. If you want, we will even wish you "Good Luck!"