I think it's fair to say that for many mere mortals (Ms Rowling excepted) writing books isn't going to pay you enough to get you a new boat, house, or diamond studded collar for the chihuahua. Nope, my book is out there and Beans is happily making do with his plain leather collar.
I wrote my book because I was invited to and well, it's not like you get that sort of invitation every day. I also wrote the book in the hope that I would get to meet people and (to be honest) I wanted to see if it could enable me to occasionally slip out of my PJs, out of my house and allow me to wear nice make up and clothes and go to glam places! Well blow me down, it worked! My flipping book got me on a plane headed for the states. Haha!
It did really happen, didn't it? It must've done, I have pictorial evidence. Or maybe there is a strange 5"1 Chinese lady out there (who is the spitting image of me) that has drugged me, implanted me with wonderful USA trip memories and has gone to the trouble of filling my memory card with all these cool QM holiday snaps.... Hmmm?
So, from the moment I touched down to the moment I drank my first cup of tea (when I got back home) that was the most incredible trip!
The first cup of tea when you get home is AMAZING isn't it? The badge is now stuck on my wall as a souvenir and those cookies were baked by David Butler - man he bakes porno cookies! Double vanilla + double choc chips = double tasty!
On this USA trip:
- I was blown away by Quilt Market
- I did some filming with my publisher for 2 x 60min films
- Did a double book signing with Amy Butler
- Then stayed at the Butler household for the weekend before flying home.
Of course before I left I was super excited, but at the same I was a bit nervous. Ever since I knew of an online crafting community I have always wanted to fly across the pond to meet some USA crafting cousins. I wanted so bad to make meet and make USA friends, to be inspired, be able to swap experiences and advice, and importantly be welcomed into their fold. Well, was I ever, and did I ever get all of those things and more. The folks I met were literally all lovely and huggable. You lot are so friendly and encouraging!!! You couldn't have made me for more welcome if you tried. Thank you so much. I can't wait until next year when I get a chance to come back. Yayyy!
Thanks to everyone who said Hi whilst I was abroad, it was great having you keep me company during my surreal and exciting trip. Also thanks for keeping an eye on things whilst I was away. Beanie seems fine, Al tidied our house and appears to be well fed, and none of my plants have died. :)
So I'll share all my pics over the next few days. I'll go and fix us some popcorn, dya want salty or sweet?
Here's Amy swapping into her comfy Converse before packing up the booth on the final day of Quiltmarket. So cute! PS: Hot News Flash: Amy has some ta-hasty fabric contraband coming up for us: we're talking cord, rayon, and voile. I've fondled it all... Oooo boy!
One of the first booths I saw was Tula Pink's. Her Prince Charming fabric is lush. She just gets better and better at this! Her mom was there and you could tell Mom was bursting with pride! :)
Sandi Henderson (Portabello Pixie) lushness.
Bari J (Bari Ackermans) cute bag patterns.
Bari's booth swiftly became the (even more) sassy booth when filled with these mouthy ladies. Left to right: moi, Bari, Valori Wells, and Jona. If only you knew what we were all saying when the camera went click, clue: it wasn't "cheese"!
Ahh so cute I can't take it! Goodies from Oliver & S's new book.
The lovely Betz White and Dave White. They both taught me how to make a bird nest brooch. They are ace teachers! I dig your bag and shoes Betz!
From the Alexander Henry booth...so lush!
The girls from F&W Media. My publisher (David & Charles based in Devon, UK) is an imprint of F&W Media (a USA company). This means that D&C & F&W constantly work closely with each other. It was such a treat to meet and work with some of the American team - who were really friendly and consummate pros! Left to right: Christine from Cinci, moi, and Barbara from NY. Thanks for taking good care of me guys!
This is a bag made by my friend Cheryl of Paradiso Designs. I had to take a pic because I couldn't believe that this was a handmade bag. Very talented and kind woman. She'll go far!
Kay Whitt (author of Sew Serendipity, and we both write for the same publisher) is cute as a button. She's a talented sewing live wire and as gorgeous as she looks.
I hope you enjoyed the show. Thanks fer lookin'! Who are your designer faves and what fabric ranges are you looking forward to most?
There are loads more QM action pics in my Face Slap. I simply have too many to post on the blog :)
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More pics coming next: 'Craft Video shenanigans'