A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO QUILT MARKET
First, welcome to International Quilt Market! Since 1979, the show has been the trade show for the quilting and textile industries.
Market is a wholesale trade show, open only to credentialed attendees and those in the business. Here, you’ll be able to visit more than 1,000 booths to see all kinds of products both new and familiar ranging from fabrics, book, and patterns to sewing machines, notions, and supplies. You can also learn in dozens of Take & Teach classes and Business Seminars, and take that knowledge or class skills back home to your shop or business!
Here are some FAQs we’ve gathered that might help you make the most of your First Market Experience!
Why do my feet hurt?
Because at Market, there is a LOT of ground to cover. We always recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. We like to say that, indeed, “fashion stops at the knees!”
What is the Schoolhouse Series?
Schoolhouse Series is a great way for exhibitors and teachers to showcase, demonstrate, and educate potential customers about their newest products. It’s held the day before Market opens, and each “session” is 15-30 minutes. There are scores offered during the day, and some duplicated. Be sure to attend the first “Premier” Schoolhouse session at the start of the day to get important information and view a one-time-only special exhibitor presentation and see what giveaways are available. You can get a schedule with times and room numbers at the Schoolhouse check-in desk, or see the Market App for basic info.
What is Sample Spree?
The night before the Market show floor opens, dozens of exhibitors set up tables and offer samples of their products for sale – many that you can only place orders for at their booths – in a cash and carry basis. It does get a little frantic, but it’s one of Market’s most popular events. Also, rolling totes are not allowed in Sample Spree due to safety concerns.
Does Market have an App?
You bet we do! And you can get it free from the App Store or Google Play by searching “Quilt Inc.” The app contains several helpful sections: Exhibitor listings; schedule of classes, seminars, and events; Schoolhouse Series schedule; presenter information; show floor map; map of the area including nearby restaurants and businesses; and other general show information.
You can also use the app’s Favorites & Notes feature to “favorite” (mark) and take notes on exhibitor listings and new products, classes, seminars, and events. Then, easily access all of your saved information in the Favorites & Notes section for use at the show or after. The app also includes a fun Activity Stream, which allows users to post text and photos for all to see. Think of it like in-app social media for Market attendees! It’s a great way to share your show experience and connect with fellow Market-goers.
Should I take a Market Business Seminar? I don’t own a quilt shop.
Our seminars are planned to appeal to and provide valuable information for both shop owners and those in the industry, and are taught by experts. Topics can range from using social media and the internet to increasing your or your business’ profile, customer relations, financial matters, branding, publishing, and more. All things you can use even if you don’t own a brick and mortar store.
I have a question, concern, or comment. Where can I go at the show?
(Please note that our spring Market moves to different cities, which is why there are no specific locations shown below.)
And finally, we recently asked on Facebook what advice Market veterans would give a first-time attendee. Here are some selected responses: