A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO QUILT MARKET
Since 1979, International Quilt Market 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. 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 closer to the show dates for basic info.
What is Sample Spree?
The night before the Market show floor opens, dozens of exhibitors set up tables and offer many 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 and is one of Market’s most popular events. Also, rolling totes are not allowed in Sample Spree due to safety concerns.
What type of exhibitors are in the show?
Exhibitors who offer fabrics, patterns, kits, books, batting, trims, tools and notions, quilting/sewing/knitting supplies, decorative crafts, mixed media, quilting machines, and more.
Market usually attracts more than 500 exhibitor companies who take out more than 1,000 booths. We also have a “Sneak Peak” section near the front of the show where exhibitors can showcase their newest products. At no other show can you visit with so many suppliers and companies in one place at one time.
Is Market on social media?
Yes! Search “QuiltMarket” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Connect with fellow Marketgoers or those back at home, see what others are posting about – then add your own photos and information! Follow both those exhibitors that you know and new ones you aren’t familiar with yet for show specials and announcements. You can also ask questions of Quilt Market staff.
Is there a mobile app?
Yes! Just search “Quilt Market” in the App Store or on Google Play for our FREE app closer to the show dates! It includes exhibitor listings with booth number and company info, show floor and area maps, schedules of classes, seminars, and events with presenter info, general show information, and the ability to take notes and connect with other Marketgoers with the in-app social stream.
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 you 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.
And finally, we recently asked on Facebook what advice Market veterans would give a first-time attendee. Here are some selected responses: