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As you may remember, this past weekend was the Galway Food & Craft Fair. Once again, it was an absolute hit for the local crafts people. We had a wonderful time getting to know the new-to-us folks and seeing old friends from last year. It is always a great opportunity to make new connections, discuss ideas and pick up tips and hints from those more experienced.
The Galway Enterprise Board did a wonderful job in balancing food with craft and choosing vendors that nicely complimented one another. There were jewellery makers, knitters, potters, felters, wood turners, bone carvers, boat makers and blacksmiths to name a few. A little something for everyone. I couldn't resist and did a bit of Christmas shopping myself. Thanks, Lynsey!
On Friday night I had 3 super fantastic helpers move my display from the back of two jeeps into my 3m x 2m space. They set up shelves, hung quilts, put up bunting and even arranged my thread in color order. Who could ask for more? They were wonderful. In exchange, I treated them to dinner....at McDonald's across the road. We had a great laugh together :) Thank you Brian, Paul and Luke.
The left of my booth was for quilts as folks tend to come from the right. I wanted that to be the first thing the visitor saw. The Kona solids threw in a bit of color to catch the eye. In the little central white baskets there were FQs galore highlighted with little mini hanging lights. Love them. Kat, the logo was shining bright on a sign above the stall. You can kind of see it in the image above. I didn't forget to brand, brand, brand! You taught me well...and to use white table cloths. Genius.
The right of the booth was filled with prints, more FQs, bundles, precuts and perle. I wish I had a bit more space to cut fabric, but I could not dedicate much more space without compromising the quilter eye candy.
I am so sorry these images are fuzzy. I was taking them at opening on Saturday morning and I was jittery with excitement. How childish, right? I couldn't steady myself!
On Sunday, though I re-arranged the left side of the booth to make the six hanging quilts more approachable and accessible. I found lots of lookers on Saturday, but people did not want to bother me to take them down...and we all know the best part of a quilt is touching/feeling its softness. Sunday there were many more hands-on investigators so it was a good move.
It was a wonderful weekend. It was so great to see many of you, to meet new-to-me quilters in Galway, to renew friendships with local craftspeople and to work on my display for future events. I thank all of you who came by and made this event such a success as well as the Galway Enterprise Board for hosting. For you, blog readers, I would love to hear what you think of the shop stall. What would you change? What do you think works or does not work? I am always looking to improve so I am entirely grateful for your suggestions. Thanks, guys! xx