In the world of pattern designers. . . oh wait, let me rephrase that . . . in the CraftApple pattern-designing world, a big goal is to not just sell to individuals, but to wholesale patterns to quilt shops. After that, a goal is to sell patterns (deeply discounted) to distributors who purchase large quantities to make it worth the deep discounting. Then, the distributors will turn around and market and sell your patterns to quilt shops. Getting in with a distributor is something I started pursuing in January. Because I don’t have a ton of time, I only wanted to be picked up by one distributor so I picked the only one I could think of: Moda/United Notions. In July (yes, 7 months later . . . these things take time) Moda called back! They are going to carry 4 of my patterns (yippee!!!). And would I be interested in making samples for Quilt Market? YES, OH YES! So they sent me some fabric and I got to sewing. This is what I’ve got so far: a Patchfolio, Mini Patch, and a Little Artist Drawing Case.
Another cool goal in the CraftApple part of the world would be to actually have a booth at Quilt Market. Not just a booth, but a really cool, expensive booth – which is why it won’t be happening anytime in the near future. Ha! I’ve been asked what the difference is between Quilt Market and Quilt Festival. Both are hosted by Quilts, Inc., but Market is only open to the trade meaning you must have a Tax ID number and proof of a business bank account (but don’t quote me on that). That’s the show where the booths are filled with the faaaaamous people of the sewing world showing you what’s new, trying to get shop owners interested in carrying their products in their shops. At Festival, anyone can attend for the cost of a ticket and you get to see award-winning quilts from around the world and the booths are filled with shops who have brought their wares to sell to the Festival attendees. In a nutshell, Amy Butler will have a booth at Quilt Market, but may just be walking around at Festival, or not there at all.
Do you like my dots? They are the result of a little too much playing around in Photoshop.