Another big part of Quilt Market is the extensive class schedule. The finest quilt teachers from all over the world apply to teach hands-on classes to the 20,000+ attendees.
Thursday is considered the opening day of Quilt Market -- but the vendor floor is not yet open. This day is ALL ABOUT THE SCHOOLHOUSE SESSIONS. Marti Michell, one of the most famous teachers in the quilt world -- created a format that is fast-paced and informative. Thousands of attendees move around 20 different classrooms throughout the convention center, choosing from a schedule of 15 minute sessions, covering hundreds of topics...
|This year, the first session, sponsored by Cotton and Steel, was held in the Grand Ballroom|
|Then -- WE ALL STARTED RUSHING to our break-out sessions! (the Sat Lake City convention center is HUGE...and, with just 5 minutes between classes, it was hard to get from one end to another...YOU HAD TO DO PLANNING.)|
|Most of the classrooms could hold 100 people.|
|I loved learning about the popularity of the Tuffet classes. (some shops are doing Tuffet Retreats!)|
|These shop owners all came to see Mary Mulari's new fabric -- (Riley Blake had several|
|The whole point to Schoolhouse is to find THE NEXT BIG THING. Eileen Roche, editor of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine, was introducing her new invention -- the Weightless Quilter. (click here to see a video).|
|I met Joanie Zeier Poole (a famous quilter) when she was demonstrating the Weightless Quilter. And then -- we ended up at the Salt Lake City airport four days later. AT 4:00 AM...(note her stenciled luggage)...ah....a kindred spirit.|