May 15-17, 2015
Classes begin May 14
Minneapolis Convention Center
I’ve heard rumors that this is the year of the “pins”, or do you call them buttons? Yes, many will be giving away pins (or buttons) that I’m sure will become collector items. I can visualize a special exhibit at a future Quilt Festival filled with collectible quilting pins!
Of course, I’m sure hoping friends will think of me and send me some of these pins as I’d like to build on my little collection. And I think any store that brings back some of these collectable pins could have fun using them as door prizes, or other prizes to draw customers into their quilt shops. Or create your own exhibit, or swap. Speaking of which, do you have a day planned to share insights on Market with your customers? And Quilters – if your store doesn’t share insights on Market at an in shop event, let them know you’d like them too do so and encourage them to bring back and share some collectible pins and other SWAG too!
While I don’t have a complete list of who will be giving out buttons, here are a few that have caught my attention:
Rumor has it Melissa Corry will be signing copies of her new book, published by Martingale. And, she’ll be giving out pins that say “Kiss Me I’m an Irish Chain”. This event is scheduled in the Martingale booth #325 Saturday at 11:30am. Do be sure to sign up via Martingale Wholesale online registration, for any book signing, to ensure a copy is available for you.
Aurifil – Booth #1133 has pins that you’ll LOVE to wear.
Christa Watson will be signing her new book “Machine Quilting With Style”, in Martingale’s booth #325, Friday, May 14th, 4:30-5:30pm. Rumor has it she has some collector pins to giveaway too! Again, stores attending should be sure to sign up in advance, on Martingale’s wholesale website, to ensure they get a signed copy.
Quilter’s Dream Batting, booth #1613, shared on Facebook that they have plenty of pins to share. Although, I think everyone wants to be one of the #battgirls, so be sure to visit their booth early.
Helen Stubbings (Hugs & Kisses) has a tutorial to make a cute name badge holder that also holds your pins. Make it, wear it and visit her booth #940 at Market to get a limited edition pin.
QuiltShopGal is an advocate for those in the business and always looking for ways to help those in the business be successful. As such, I want to encourage all attendees to attend classes at Market. Classes for new designs, tips and techniques can help you come up with new classes to teach. And, you can also share insights at a post-Market event in your shop to draw in customers. (Quilter’s, if your local shop doesn’t hold such events, let them know you’d like them to do so).
There are also excellent classes that help those in the business build on their business skills. And who doesn’t want to learn more ways to be more effective, and ideally increase your income? I’ve often heard from many talented designers that want to pursue writing a book, but may not know the first steps. There are classes at Market that can help you learn and while all the classes look great, here are a few business oriented classes that caught my attention and I wanted to encourage those in the business to attend:
Wed., May 13th
Marketing Like A Pro Boot Camp, #105
Thur., May 14th
Boomer Power, #200
Fri., May 15th
Strategies for a Changing Business World, #301
Consumers: How they think and what will win their trust, #315
If you plan it, they will come, #316
Sat., May 16th
Maximizing your add-on sales, #400
Teacher to Author, #401
Classes, demos and display that sell more than fabric, #415
Profits are an option, but cash is fact, #416
Sun., May 17th
Social Media – It’s not what you say, but how you say it, #500
Get Productive, #501
For a complete description of these classes, as well as a complete list of classes and events download the class catalog.
I also want to heighten awareness for those attending Market to use #QuiltMarket when sharing insights on any Social Media Tool. This also helps non-Market attendees to gleam insights on Market!
The wonderful Quilt Market team has also created an APP that attendees can download and use. It has a complete list of Vendors and their booth number, a map of the show floor, classes and events including Schoolhouse Series, as well as a list of Presentors
You can find more Quilt Market info at: