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!

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30 Comments

  1. Reply

    Cristina

    March 11, 2014

    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

    March 11, 2014

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

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    Lizzie

    March 11, 2014

    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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    Esther F

    March 11, 2014

    WOW, that was a resounding succes! WIsh I could have come and seen the pretty quilts!
    Congratulations on your succes!

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    Julie Beard

    March 11, 2014

    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

    March 11, 2014

    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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    Anne Beier

    March 11, 2014

    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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    Kd

    March 11, 2014

    That is so cool! Your quilts looked so pretty! Come to Michigan please.

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    Lisa

    March 11, 2014

    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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    Karen at A Glimpse Into My Reveries

    March 11, 2014

    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

    March 11, 2014

    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

    March 11, 2014

    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!

  13. Reply

    Debbie

    March 11, 2014

    How fun for you guys! That’s really cool and I’m happy for you!

  14. Reply

    Kristi

    March 11, 2014

    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!

  15. Reply

    Andee in aZ

    March 11, 2014

    Oh my gosh, how exciting! I would have loved to have seen the quilts in person! Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    Ellen

    March 11, 2014

    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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    Sharon

    March 11, 2014

    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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    ina

    March 11, 2014

    AWESOME!!! You and your style are a perfect fit for Pottery Barn! ;p

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    Sondra

    March 11, 2014

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! The displays are wonderful. I am so happy for you. Best wishes,
    Sondra

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    Daria

    March 11, 2014

    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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    jenni

    March 11, 2014

    Looks fabulous! I am glad all went well!

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    Leigh Ann

    March 12, 2014

    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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    Siobhan

    March 12, 2014

    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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    Siobhan

    March 12, 2014

    Ignore my previous question–I found that the quilt is in your book. Yeehaw! I can’t wait for Mother’s Day…

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    Kathy

    March 12, 2014

    Congratulations! What a wonderful recognition for you, your quilts and quilting as a decorative art as well!

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    Sheila Stauffer

    March 12, 2014

    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

    March 12, 2014

    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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    Helen in the UK

    March 13, 2014

    Your quilt displays look wonderful and how fab to have a stylist to help at one of the venues! The visitors must have had a great time 🙂

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    April

    March 16, 2014

    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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    Mary

    March 20, 2014

    Nice job!

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