Last week I attended International Quilt Market in Houston with Row by Row team members. Our main goal was to create a fun booth and talk with shops and vendors about Row by Row Experience. We did that and so much more! The following are just a few sneak peeks into the debut of Taste the Experience. Future blog posts will share many more details. Click the arrows to slide through the pictures and enjoy!

We had tons of luggage because we bring everything for the booth in our suitcases. Fortunately, we have a very nice driver (his name is Adams) who meets us at the airport with a large Suburban automobile. Adams played Tetris with our baggage and got it all in the truck!

Here we are with our luggage, arriving to the hotel in downtown Houston. L-R in the back: me, Lynn Schantz – RxR Director, Melonie Unger – Wooly Block Adventure Director and Marcia Evans – store manager for Calico Gals. We need to shop for the store, too! Down in front is Jeannette Kitlan – RxR Junior Director. At the show we met up with Debra Gabel, Creative Director and Debbie Welch, Vendor Coordinator. What a team!

First things first! We opened those suitcases and got to work setting up our booth. Melonie had been working for weeks stitching up new additions from the 2019 fabric samples.

While the others were assembling the big pieces, I took out my white Sharpie marker and lettered a sign for the booth. We had so much fun working with the 2019 Taste the Experience theme.

Bobbin the Robin has donned a chef’s hat this year! In this photo you can see a little bit of Debra’s booth for Zebra patterns, just across from ours. Debra was busy the entire show taking orders for new FabricPlates™ and CharmStamps™.

Look carefully at this photo and you will see the new design for The 9th Row! Karen Montgomery created the row and pattern for the 4th year in a row. She calls this one Fiesta Ware. The four blocks can work together in a row, in a square or even separated for row ends or corners. Look for this row in participating shops next summer.

It wasn’t quite complete, but this photo shows the booth coming together. And here is your first peek at RxR Junior for 2019! Jeannette created these adorable characters from the Land of Yum. Kids can pick up a free pattern for any of the silly monsters at Junior shops next summer.

When the show opened, our booth became very busy with shops wanting more information or deciding to register now. We handed out fun pins to all, along with bags of candy.

We attached these stickers to the candy bags and to their name tags. Many, many people got a taste in booth 1157!

Debbie and I spent hours walking around the show and visiting with our industry partners. Several were already offering products designed to help shops create a fun event for the summer. I spotted this sign in the Buttons Galore booth.

Shop owners had their first chance to see and order the new 2019 RxR fabric. The folks at Timeless Treasures created these fun projects and display featuring aprons from Indygo Junction.

The show lasted 3 days and it wasn’t all work! I also had the chance to see the amazing quilt shows! I took so many pictures. This quilt, titled Vine Ripened is by Ellen Lindner of Melbourne, Florida. It is perfect for my Taste the Experience blog post!

Janet Lutz is the owner of Row by Row Experience and Calico Gals quilt shop in Syracuse, New York. She is passionate about creative business, entrepreneurship and making stuff!