TOUR/BOOT CAMP/SCHOOLHOUSE/SAMPLE SPREE
WEDNESDAY | MAY 15
100. BOOT CAMP—THE POWER OF THREE—A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS FROM A TRIO OF EXPERIENCED QUILT PROFESSIONALS *$139
Pepper Cory, Cathy McKillip, & Janice Pope
Spend the day with three seasoned industry veterans who will provide insight, business advice, and guidance from their individual perspectives and cumulative knowledge. Providing a mix of corporate business background, quilt shop ownership, and a healthy dose of creative solutions to employee and customer problems, this is the place to get answers.
Receive a guide of "How to Shop at Quilt Market" plus a marketing system for successful shop owners that will grow your business by 15%! Focus sessions include hosting events in your store, improving your customers' shopping experience, handling difficult customers and "weirdo" employees, and more. Receive a book filled with strategies that can be customized for your business’ success. Leave with a personalized blueprint for actions to take as soon as you get back home. This panel will help you navigate problems and share solutions. And by the way—there will be fabulous door prizes!
*$129 + $10 MATERIALS FEE = $139
TOUR • 9AM-2PM
Please join us for a day visiting local shops and other areas for inspiration and shopping. Price includes transportation, all entrance and/or entertainment fees, lunch, and tour guide.
105. KANSAS CITY QUILT SHOPS TOUR $54
Begin your day at Parkville Peddler’s Wagon, a quaint quilt shop nestled in the historic community of Parkville, MO that offers a knowledgeable and friendly staff experienced in quilting, embroidery, and sewing. Next up, Fabric Chic is a contemporary and specialty fabric, quilting, and sewing shop that sells high-quality quilting and garment fabrics as well as sewing materials. First City Quilts is where “Traditional” meets “Modern” with a selection of the industry’s finest fabrics, notions, patterns, books, kits, tools, and more.
Relax and taste the flavor of Kansas City with a delicious lunch at Gates Bar-B-Q before your last stop at Historic Case Park, the site at which the Lewis and Clark stayed for four days before going west towards the Colorado Rockies. This park sits atop a bluff overlooking the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers as well as the West Bottoms—once known as the French Bottoms, this early industrial area is considered Kansas City's first downtown. The Underground Railroad passed through the West Bottoms before and during the Civil War.
THURSDAY | MAY 16
205. SCHOOLHOUSE SERIES $30
WHAT? International Quilt Market’s popular Schoolhouse Series continues in an exciting, information-filled forum for manufacturers, publishers, and retailers to present new products, techniques, and books to you. Spend valuable time, the day before Market opens, rotating among class offerings to see what’s new and catch the buzz!
WHERE? Schoolhouse schedules with room assignments are available to everyone two hours before Schoolhouse begins at the Schoolhouse check-in located in front of the ballroom. At this time, you can outline your session preferences for the day or use the app prior to Market. You will have the option to attend one presentation from a selection of 20-23 (from the total of more than 250 classes offered) each 15 or 30-minute interval. Sessions are held in individual classrooms.
WHEN? 10 am-6 pm Thursday, May 16, in Kansas City. Opening session and Premiere Schoolhouse, presented by American Quilt Retailer, begins at 10 am. Be sure to check-in before the Premiere Session. Check-in desk is open from 7:30 am-6 pm. Door prizes will be handed out as you exit the Premiere session. Breakout sessions begin at 11 am.
WHY? Schoolhouse Series is dedicated to profitability through education. Schoolhouse is your opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge from those who make, design, or write about the products you want to sell. Learn easy-to-present formats for in-shop classes.
206. SCHOOLHOUSE SERIES WITH BOX LUNCH $59
215. SAMPLE SPREE $15
This busy room full of people and current samples of new products is great fun. See and buy a sample of what’s new before the exhibits open. Meet the exhibitors and get ideas for class projects and shop promotions. There will be one entry time and one line for all Sample Spree attendees. Please note shorter hours. No luggage/rolling carts allowed in the room during Sample Spree!
Our brand-new, real-time, all-online enrollment system for spring Quilt Market is now open! Click HERE to begin!