Quilt Market {queue theme song from Rocky}

Dun-na-na…dun-na-na…dun..dun..dun…dun-na-na….(arms in air doing the little Rocky dance up top of the stairs!)  Whoo-wee!  I did it!

I don’t know how (actually I do – it’s called Carla, The Gardener, Barb and Kristin) but we did it and best of all, we lived to tell about it.  I’ve got a lot to share and I’m doing it all in one post so get ready…it’s a long one!


The Two Peas booth

My debut at the International Quilt Market in Houston, TX.  So the story goes like this…once upon a time, I got a crazy idea that I could actually design fabrics and write a book and create sewing patterns…and I was gonna start this little company called, Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs.  And how hard could it really be?  Right?


Well, I’ve found out what it takes and I love it and I’m not going back.  Our family is full on committed to seeing this dream all the way through and I gotta tell ya, right now…I am sitting on Cloud 9 (which coincidentally is a really awesome organic fabric line I saw at QM).

I had a great experience.  The reception to my patterns and my designs and my brand were very well received.  I think 2011 is going to be an exciting adventure for us and I can’t wait to slowly share with you all the new things that our family will be involved in.

Let me start at the beginning…


Up at 3:30am and the first view of my booth around 9:30am. I took a photo of Barb who took a photo of me taking a photo of her. LOL!

Carla - the mastermind of the business operations. I would never have made it without her. I married into a great family!

Sample Spree Friday Night - people line up 4 hours before the doors open, waiting to come in and buy fat quarters and other goodies at a special price and before they hit stores. It's insane!!

My first customer! I had been up almost 24 hours at this point so I was a bit slap happy!



My sister in law is a sculptor and made this awesome whimsical cake for me...

Britt Lakin Photography did all of our photographs for the booth and the pattern covers. I love her!!!

Barb, my fabulous friend and neighbor who came with me.


I loved the outfits that Cyndi, one of my sample sewers, created for me.  They fit beautifully!  What?  You thought I had time to make all those samples, write the patterns, plan the booth AND sew my own outfits.  The secret is out…I have help!!  The jacket I’m wearing here is made from a print from Amy Butler’s LOVE home dec collection and her Liverpool shirt pattern.  I added sparkly buttons to it and wore it as a jacket.


This was one of the highlights of my market experience, meeting Anna!


Anna is the former editor of Sew Hip magazine.  Anna took a chance and invited me to write a series for the magazine early this year.  I ended up and was published in Sew Hip 4 times this year – thanks to Anna.  It was so exciting to meet her in person – she flew in all the way from the UK!


The uber talented Marisa Haedike and Lizzy House


It was my first time meeting Marisa of Creative Thursday.  You must go and check out her website because it is chock full of inspiration and beautiful images.  I love her  style!

Lizzy House is the talented designer behind Castle Peeps.  Lizzy is a generous and giving person who shares her time and experience and talents.  It was such a pleasure to meet her in person after sharing several conversations with her via email.  Lizzy has a wonderful pattern line as well that you can find here.

Bari J. Ackerman - she is such a lovely person and kind.

Bari J. is the creative force behind beautiful fabrics, patterns and a new book coming out soon called Inspired to Sew.  Her booth was so bright and warm…her wall hanging quilt is the cutest darn thing ever!!  Bari has been so kind in offering me loads of advice and encouragement and I’m so grateful to count her as a friend.

Jan DiCintio, hands down, a pioneer.

Jan DiCintio has created a brand of fabrics by the name of Daisy Janie.  Hands down, Jan is a pioneer.  She has designed and self produced this line of fabric, insuring minimal waste in every facet of production to shipping.  Green doesn’t get much better than this. And Jan, my hats off – I don’t know how you do it but you are amazing!

Patty Young - and yes, that IS a Halloween costume!

Patty, bless her soul, is so sweet I could kiss her!  I honestly would not have been able to make some decisions and get where I am had it not been for Patty’s wonderful mentoring.  She is too kind and Patty, thank you so much for helping me.  I promise, I will do the same for someone else someday.  Patty has a mouth watering new fabric line from Michael Miller called Sanctuary and an amazing array of sewing patterns to match.  You’ll love them!  She and her hubby John dressed up for Halloween and they were hilarious!!

Do I look like a stalker in this photo? Cuz' I totally am...

I heart Anna Maria Horner.  Her new line is called Innocent Crush and I have a serious girl crush on her.  I adore her use of color and I think she is hugely talented.  She has velveteens out this time and I’m anxious to get some sample yardage and sew something up for my Sprout.  I’ve not previously met her before so this was a highlight for me.

I was exhausted beyond measure.  Overwhelmed maybe a bit.  But so excited for what the future will bring.  Thank you so much for all of your support.  My wonderful testers (and yes, I know…I have patterns coming to you very soon!), Sarah B for all of your help in editing, Barb for being my friend and coming along to help for the big weekend – that means SO much to me, love ya, Kristin – my super awesome girlfriend excel wiz who sews with me when I’m freaking out until 3 am – love ya, “Aunt Carla” – you are a super star and such a blessing to our family, and my husband and kids – we are in this together and I love this adventure we are on and love you to the moon and back.  I’m very blessed with supportive friends and family who lift me up in prayer and cheer us on – thanks you guys.  To God be the glory…






17 Responses

  1. […] more about my story here or about my recent adventures in launching my business at Quilt Market here and here.  2011 is going to be an exciting year for our business with many new things to come.  I […]

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Your booth looked great, your outfits were totally fab and you look like you had a blast. I hope you sold 3 tons of patterns!!!!

  3. It was great meeting you too – I’m looking forward to making up some of your patterns now – I never had a chance when I worked for Sew Hip!
    Congrats on your first market!

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words here and at market!! You are rocking those patterns – and I’m so glad to read how committed you are to making your business fly! Here’s to both of us and a fabulous year ahead – see you in SLC!! 🙂

  5. So loved meeting you Trish!! And aunt Carla!! Cannot wait to see all the great things that will be happening for you!!

  6. Thanks you guys! I’m still catching up on my rest! But starting tomorrow, back at it full speed!

    I appreciate your kind words and support beyond measure! Truly I do.

  7. Congrats on your successful debut!!! How exciting. I’m loving all of these market posts in blogland. I look forward to seeing where the next year takes you.

  8. Hey Trish,
    found your blog in a roundabout way through Twitter and Bari….Congrats on your first booth and your great little design company! Looking forward to getting to know you better in the future….I will definitely stop by at SLC to meet you! keep it up!

  9. Just read your blog about your trip! Woohoo……..way to go girl. So happy for you…….congrats! Can we order patterns from you directly yet?

  10. You rock! The booth was fantastic, Carla was awesome, and I can’t wait to get together for lunch!

  11. Trish, Congrats on a successful trip to market! I am so happy and excited for you! I would love to be the one that you someday help! Your booth looked amazing!

  12. Such awesome photos!! Congrats on your first time at market! Looking forward to seeing your stuff in shops! (and hopefully in my possession!!)

  13. I’m as happy as can be for you! I’ve finally caught up with all my must-do’s and have been debating today just which of your bag patterns I should make for myself next. 🙂 Can’t wait to see all the great things in store for you!

  14. How did I miss you?!! We were only there one day really so that is probably how but I wish I would have known- I would have come and said Hello! Everything looks super fantastic! Congratulations!

    • Mo, not only did you miss me but I was even on the back side of Blue Hill and chatted up with Dan all weekend!! So close…in one of your photos, you are actually standing beside my wall. LOL!! I don’t know how I missed you – but SLC! adore the new line – I already gushed over on your site about it. It is fabulous!)

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