Later that morning, I taught a schoolhouse session for other shop owners. It was standing room only! WOW - that was fun.
Thursday evening was the Sample Spree. The line for Sample Spree extended from one end of the convention center to the other. Once the doors opened, it was pretty much a FREE-FOR-ALL. Shop owners stampede into the ballroom and rush through the tables to see how much they can get as fast as they can. We took half of our PinPals to Sample Spree and nearly sold out.
There are no fancy booths or displays at Sample Spree, everyone just gets a plain table. The table directly behind us was occupied by none other than Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic (MODA) -- Robin couldn't wait to get a pic with Brigitte! This was just the bginning of our celebrity photos!
One aisle over, Robin was impressed with the Chicken Lady. Do you like her fabric? I hope so, because we'll be getting it in August. The line is called Fowl Play, and the designer is Luella Doss, who designs for Free Spirit. She's a hoot!
The Sample Spree ended at 10 pm, and we went back to the hotel EXHAUSTED. We needed a good night's sleep to get ready for the 1st day of Spring Market.
You'll notice in the background, our booth faced severval beautiful quilts by Primitive Gatherings, another Moda designer.
Polly Minnick (in white), of Minnick & Simpson, brought mini-charms of her line Midwinter Reds -- gorgeous reds, tans and creams.
Kathy Schmitz (in denim jacket) came to play. We found she is very competitive :-) Everyone enjoyed her Bits & Pieces primitive collection.
By 6pm on Sunday, we were packed up and ready to head home. Each day, as we walked to and from our hotel, we kept mentioning that we needed to take a pic outside the convention center with the beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas. We picked a skateboarder off the street and asked him to take this pic.
So long Portland, it's been GREAT!