Pottery Barn Trunk Show Weekend

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

What a weekend! Between the two Pottery Barn quilting trunk shows on Saturday, my son’s 5th birthday party on Sunday (at Chuck E Cheese’s no less), and daylight savings time, I’m pretty much running on fumes. But oh, what a great time we had on Saturday. I thought I’d share some photos from the trunk shows. I didn’t bring my “real” camera, just my iPhone. I thought it’d just be too hard to manage keeping track of the good camera – and that was the right call because we were busy – but I do wish I had brought someone with me to take nice photos. Live and learn!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

When we arrived at Pottery Barn in Naperville, this sign was out front with balloons! Really exciting! We met the store manager who was just exceptionally nice and welcoming, it really put my nerves at ease! We decided that we’d have more room to set up on the second floor and brought all our things up.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

There were these awesome railings that overlooked to the first floor. We were able to drape all our quilts on them – you could see them from below as soon as you walked into the store.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We treated the event as a meet and greet. It was so much fun to talk to everyone one on one, answer questions, let people come and touch the quilts. Lots of quilters visited, some planned and some just happened to be in the store without knowing about the event. We met people from all experience levels – from expert long armers to women who sewed but were looking to learn to quilt. The hour flew by – it was just such a great time!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We packed up the quilts, loaded up the car, and drove to the Oakbrook Pottery Barn to set up for round two. This store was one floor (so no railing) and really long with different nooks and sectioned off areas. We were placed in a side bedding area, so deciding how to display the quilts was harder. But luckily they had a Visual Stylist (fancy!) who came over to help us. He was an expert quilt hanger.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

If anyone is looking to display quilts like this at home, it was really a great set up. They had installed a nice, solid curtain rod. The stylist took the quilt by the corner and folded that over the back of the curtain rod. Then he used super heavy duty clamps to clamp the corner to the back of the draped quilt.

I am guessing you could get the clamps at a hardware store. Lee had a hard time even opening them when we took stuff down, so they were pretty strong. We also hung some quilts on a coat rack!

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

We met even more quilters at this stop, and again we were able to talk to everyone one on one. I know I’ve gushed this entire post, but I really can’t stress enough how fun it was to get to share our quilts with a new audience and in this setting. And look, they let us each take home a sign! You better believe that’s now hanging up in my sewing room.

Pottery Barn Vintage Quilt Revival Trunk Show ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I just want to thank everyone who came out to visit as well as Pottery Barn for inviting us to share our quilts at their shops. We have 2 more trunk shows planned – Lee and I in the Milwaukee area and Katie in Arlington, VA on March 22nd. If you happen to live around those cities, I hope you will come!

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Congrats! Those were set-up and displayed so beautifully! I wasn’t there, but your pics are so cute, and the quilts look like they belong perfectly in Pottery Barn.

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    Sharon Eshlaman says

    What a class act! The display was beautiful and classy. You should be proud. Thanks for sharing.

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    Lizzie says

    How exciting and fun! You gals did great! Thanks for showing us too! I live far away, but I enjoyed seeing vicariously, and I’m anxiously awaiting my book any day now (it’s in the mail:)

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    Julie Beard says

    Hi Faith,

    You deserve a big, big congratulations for all your hard work. It’s all stunning and outstandingly beautiful. A rainbow selection of every colour and design. Just wish I could have seen it for real!!!

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    Susan the farm quilter says

    I can see that I live on the wrong side of the country if I want to see this in person! Looks/sounds like you had a blast!! Any chance of you coming to the Pacific Northwest? I would drive the 6 hours to Portland, Oregon or the 5 hours to Seattle!!!

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    says

    Gotta come to the Hudson Valley in NY. I will be in Chicago for the Quilt Festival, and hope to see your quilts there!! Nice job on the trunk shows.

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    Lisa says

    How awesome! I can see all of the love and work sewed into those quilts. I don’t see how anyone could see them and not say—I want to learn how to do that!

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    says

    Congratulations on the exciting events! I bet it was thrilling recognition for your work!

    I laughed at your comment about keeping the poster in your sewing room because that’s exactly what I would do, too!

    I am enjoying your book and wish your quilt tour included the Pacific Northwest!

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    BillieGunther says

    So happy for you. Pottery Barn is one of my favorite places to shop!
    You quilts looked great in the stores.

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    Deb says

    That is so exciting! I’m so happy for you guys and grateful that you had a unique opportunity to educate others and showcase your amazing book and quilts!

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    Kristi says

    The Portland, OR area has a great Pottery Barn at Washington Square Mall. Any chance you could visit us? I would love to see your quilts up close and personal!

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    Ellen says

    Thank you for sharing your photos and quilts with us and the Chicago folks. It looks like it was a grand show!!

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    says

    Congrats!!! It looks like you are having so much success. I am going to order the book ASAP! I cannot wait to get a good look inside. :0) And Dallas, don’t forget Dallas on a possible future tour!!

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    Daria says

    You ladies did a fabulous job! It was a pleasure to meet you both and get finally get a copy of your book, and autographed, too!
    Keep on creating!!!

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    Leigh Ann says

    I think your iphone did a terrific job with the photos. What a lovely layout at each store – it’s amazing how different quilts shone through in each store. Congratulations! And if you ever do come to the Pacific Northwest, I’ll be there.

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    says

    Your quilts + Pottery Barn = Nirvana! Wow!! How exciting! I’m hoping to get my book for Mother’s Day (at the end of the month here in Ireland) so can’t wait to look at all the quilts. I’m hoping that the pattern for the quilt done in AMH Field Study is in it–or is it somewhere else that I could buy the pattern?

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    Sheila Stauffer says

    Congrats ladies! How fun and such a great idea for a store to embrace the home made quilts not overseas sweatshops.
    Very proud of you and beautiful quilts.

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    JoAnn says

    Congrats on a wonderful trunk show. It was great meeting you in Naperville. Your beautiful quilts are even greater in person.

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    April says

    So COOL! Loved the different ways the quilts were displayed. I would so hang that poster up in my sewing room too if I were to be able to do something like that! Congrats to you!

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