Quilt Market Comes To You…

Just a few special members of the Quilty/Fons & Porter team -- we got our faces painted on rocks! Really, like actual rocks.
Just a few special members of the Quilty/Fons & Porter team — we got our faces painted on rocks! Really, like actual rocks.

Greetings from Houston Quilt Market!

You know, I was putting a picture up on Facebook and something hit me: are people who don’t go to Quilt Market super annoyed when everyone who goes to Quilt Market talks incessantly about it?


In the weeks before the show, it’s all we industry peeps talk about. The week of the show, you’d think we were on Mars for all the availability we have for things like…well, anything else. After the show is done, we have to “dig out,” as we call it, which takes at least as much time as it does to prepare to go. Some people out there (I’m thinking spouses, non-quilting friends, fellow guild members, our cats) might not love Quilt Market as much as everyone who goes seems to, more or less.

On top of that, it you’re like me, you might get a  bit blue if you’re not going — like everyone else, I like to be where the party is. Mind you, I don’t want to stay terribly long, but I do want to be there for at least a little while.

So in the interest of this little revelation I’ve had, I thought I’d list three important things about Quilt Market:

1. Whatever we see at Market, non-attending quilters will also see. Soon. Promise. That’s the whole point.
2. There’s always a first time attendee who is having the best 4 days of her entire life thus far. And there’s someone who is having the “worst Market ever.” Most people are in between.

3. Around every corner there is extraordinary inspiration. But that’s no different from any other place on earth.


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Mary Fons

About Mary Fons

Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on QNNtv.com. In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

12 thoughts on “Quilt Market Comes To You…

  1. I think….you should run some AWESOME contest next year and take one lucky person to Quilt Market with you. Not only would they get to experience Quilt Market, but experience it with the Fons and Porter peeps………….

  2. I always love hearing and seeing all about it. This Market I had the extreme pleasure of going for the very first time and LOVED every bit of it. Stopped by the Fons and Porter booth a couple of times but unfortunately never got the chance to meet you Mary.

  3. I would have loved to gave been there, even though I am just a consumer! Being a retired educator, I went to the International Reading Association Annual meeting for many years, and NEVER tired of not only the inspiration, but the synergy that always existed. When a group of like minded people get together with things they love, nothing bad can come of it!!

  4. I love to hear about quilt market–on this site and other blogs. However, I feel a twinge of jealousy. Mountains of fabric. Making new quilting friends. Seeing new patterns and getting new ideas. It sounds exciting and I hope to go one day. Thanks for sharing with us, Mary.

  5. I wanted to thank you so much for sharing all the excitement from Quilt Market! I love hearing and seeing all of the new fabrics, ideas, etc. I also wanted to send you a huge thank you for Quilty! So fun and refreshing to watch! Keep up the great work! ~Happy Quilting!

  6. I love hearing about market, got to go 2 yrs ago and it was so much fun. Spent way too much money at Sample Spree, but worth it, if you ever get the chance to go, jump on it!