We were so excited to be a vendor at the first Modern Quilt Guild show called QuiltCon in Austin TX on Feb 21-24, 2013. A lot of work goes into the preparation for such a large event and even though we were a small part, we too had lots to do to get ready.
1. Secure a space
This was much harder than expected! The excitement surrounding this show made demand for space quite high so when we submitted our initial request, there were no vendor spaces available. But through the magic and creative spirit of Heather Grant, the coordinator, she was able to find more vendor spaces and we got one.
2. Fill the space
Given the expected attendance at this event, we decided to go with a larger size booth of 10′x20′, which is double our normal show booth size. We decided to show our APQS Millennium and Lucey Longarm machines but decided that we would include APQS’ sit down machine, George, too.
3. Decorate the space
Although we had created a quilt especially for entry into the QuiltCon competition (it didn’t make it), we knew we would not have enough appropriate quilts for the walls. So, every time we ran across a wonderful quilt from our client, we would beg to borrow it for the show. Thank you Georgia for letting us show off two of your babies.
4. Work the booth
We had an absolutely amazing, enervating and exhausting four days! So many people from so many different places. Our APQS machines were items of fascination, admiration and lust. Chris and I never stopped demoing the machines throughout the full 8 hours of the show almost every day.
QuiltCon was so different from any other quilt show we’ve attended. As blogger Meg Cox has written, many of the attendees sported strollers and tatoos. But there were also a large proportion of the more traditional show goers. When the younger set saw and tried our APQS machines, we heard things like ‘Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this. So that’s how some of the award winning quilting is done’. From the older set, we heard again and again about the flawless reputation and quality of the APQS brand of machine. Both sets of comments made all the work and fatigue worth it! We look forward to doing it again.