Sunday, May 17, 2009


So yeah. I'm back from Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA. It was quite an experience. I made some new friends, saw some old friends, met some facebook friends for the first time in the real (non virtual) world and all that kinda stuff. Had some bizarre moments as well as the fun ones, the most bizarre being a barroom scuffle that nearly came to blows. Yes, I'm a skinny blonde chick with a fiery Scottish temper and sometimes I get into bar fights. Especially when some drunk dude pushes me - figuratively and literally - too far. I'm grateful for the dude's friend (hello Gary, are you reading this?) for getting in between me and the dude and saying "take a breath everybody, take a breath" and preventing the fists from flying. Especially since said dude was about 15 years younger than me and 100+ pounds bigger than me. I wonder if I was the only QM visitor who ended up in a bar fight. By the way, I don't even drink.

Anyway...I met my wonderful editor, Deb Rowden for the first time in person. Jim West of Sew Many Places and I did runway walking down the aisles of the convention center because...I don't actually know why we did that. Why not? And Mark from Sullivan's who had a wicked cool device for fixing broken zippers. Alex from Aurifil, who I've only known on facebook, gave me a pack of threads to play with that's reeeal purdy. Too many others to name - but if I met you and you had your picture taken with me, send me jpegs!

While in the 'burgh, I visited my late father's next door neighbor and we went to my old house and looked in all the windoww (don't worry, we had permission from the new owner). Then I went to meet some friends who I haven't seen in 30 years at a bar (see bar fight story above). I also hung around the North Side where I used to work and got all reminiscey and went to the Warhol Museum and took pictures in the photo booth. I have a thing for photo booths.

Thanks to everyone at C&T for the opportunities they give me and to the peeps at United Notions and Checker Distributors for holding book signings for us.

If I met you in P'town, I'm glad I met you (unless you're the guy I fought with in the bar - you I coulda lived without).

peace out boyeeees!


Took said...

Geez, you EVER have a "bad photo" day? LOL

Really great photo booth shots!

Elin said...

Thanks, but usually I cry when I see pictures of myself.

Elin said...

oh, and I was trying to do my best Nico impersonation...

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Kim Hambric said...

What a great city. I'm lucky to have a couple of friends there & visit frequently.

I've never managed to wrangle my way into a bar fight, though. It's nice to know that there are feisty quilting mamas out there to protect the world.

Susan Brubaker Knapp said...

Okay, how come I didn't hear about the bar fight until now? Glad you didn't end up at Market with a big shiner.

Danielle said...

definitely the first C&T author to get into a bar brawl at Quilt Market (that I know of) - congrats. you are totally exciting!