Fall Quilt Market 2009: Sample Spree

The Line

The line outside … I’d come straight from the Fabric 2.0 party so this reflects my perception of it all pretty well!

Oh! I almost forgot sample spree! This was my first time going to this night-before-Market sale where you can get not-yet-released and overstock fabric (usually precut packs), patterns, and notions at cost. It is a huge to-do for which hardcore Market attendees line up way in advance. Me, I’m kind of crowdphobic and would rather pay full retail than crowd-jostle for bargains, and I don’t need to get my hands on these things to make shop samples, so I just hung back and took some pictures. Turns out it’s all pretty sane as long as you stay far away from the Moda booth!

Moda Mob

The mob was 4-5 fabric-frenzied people deep at the Moda table.

Japanese Fabric at the Sample Spree

Japanese Fabric at the Sample Spree

I did consider some of the Japanese fabric (half-yard sets of older Echino and Heather Ross’ Far Far Away for $40-50!) but showed restraint. Next year I will have to take pre-orders!


  1. Audrie says:

    Oh all those bundles for so cheap!!! Be still my heart!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am DYING over the Japanese bundles! I hope they have those at spring market!

  3. Oh wow! I’m so jealous! I can’t wait to be at the Spring Market!

  4. Candi says:

    What a mob of people!! It must of been such a blast.

  5. Cheryl Jaeger says:

    I am hyperventillating (sp?) as I look at the stacks of fabric! WOW!

  6. freemo says:

    Oh, I feel the same way about crowds/paying full retail. I had a panic attack at my first sample spree. I imagine that’s what it feels like to be caught in a feeding frenzy. Those Moda shoppers are crazy.

  7. supa says:

    Oh, what Cheryl Jaeger said about those Japanese stacks. Be still my pounding heart.

  8. Becky says:

    You are a good and brave woman! I would have spent so much money that my great-great grandchildren would be hungry!!!

  9. Restraint is so hard to practice! It’s great that you had a camera to document; that helps tame that feeling of having to take stuff home!

  10. Monica M says:

    I totally snatched up the Echino bundle–20 half yard cuts for $60–I couldn’t walk away from that!