As promised, a bit more about Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City.
International Quilt Market is held at the convention center, downtown.
This is a neat convention center, because you can drive right under it. You enter on level 2, so the main convention center is on level 3… it was a bit confusing in the beginning.
I vended my very first market here in 2005. What’s really amazing is how much more I know now than I knew then. Getting early to the dock to unload. Asking the dock parking team the best (and cheapest) place to park once the show starts…Where the nearest Starbuck’s is for some people… The nearest Subway sandwich shop for others…
My friends and neighbors:
Robin in her Nestlings by Robin booth,
The Quilt Branch ladies, Mary Jane & Susan
Celine & her daughter, Molly from Perkins Dry Goods,
& lastly my daughter, Chloe & me in our booth.
Lots of standing and handing! It makes for a very long day when you stand in basically the same place from 9:30a.m. until 6p.m. for three solid days (4p.m. on Sunday).
Then when it was all over we had to kick it into high gear and pack it all up and haul it all out to make it to Mass at the Cathedral, luckily just a block away.
What a beautiful cathedral, and the music was wonderful. The organist must have been a professional, no kidding, it sounded on the level of Phantom of the Opera, wow. The soloist too seemed like a professional. Chloe and I were very glad it was air conditioned and not too crowded. It was very hot that afternoon and we were sweaty by the time we made multiple trips to the van with all of our booth “stuff!”
Our hotel was across hwy. 70 from the KC Royal stadium. Nope, we didn’t go see a game, but one night we had the pleasure of watching fireworks from our window.
Not sure what they were celebrating, they lost…but the fireworks were nice!
The real cool thing about staying near the stadiums was this car,
pretty cool, huh?
All in all a very good market. It’s a whole lot of work, preempted by a whole lot of work, then it seems like a flash and we’re on our way home!
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Until next time,