The whirlwind that is Quilt Market
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Phew! Six days after I returned from Tahoe I headed out for Houston. For a home-lovin' gal like me, it's a little challenging to travel so much. But I must say, Market is always such an inspiration. And it's so much fun to get to meet in person the wonderful folks I interview all year via phone.
This was never more true than this year. I spent the entire month of August interviewing designers for Moda's fall "playbook." This is the catalog they give to quilt shop owners to peruse when they make appointments with their fabric reps. It includes images of all the newest fabrics, organized by designer. This Market their theme was Family Tree and included a family tale of each designer or design team. I was the lucky girl who got to write the 18 bios. (Several of those required multiple interviews, as the "designer" is really a pair or more of designers.) I was so excited to see the final product (at left) and it did not disappoint. Marketing director Lissa Alexander is amazing at coming up with ideas for Moda and her crack team of designers really help her ideas shine.
|Ann and Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill|
|Blackbird Design's Barb and Alma|
Anna Maria Horner and her mom. She was as friendly and warm as Anna Maria, and I was a little envious of how much fun it would be to work together on an endeavor like a Quilt Market booth with one's daughter.
Jane Sassaman's work and took the plunge and gushed about it to her. She, too, was as friendly as she is talented and we chatted for awhile. Here's a shot of her with her friend (whose name I have sadly forgotten).
|Amy Butler's booth|
Across the aisle was another of my favorite folk, Tula Pink. She's started designing for Free Spirit and it was great fun to see her. In addition to her gorgeous fabrics and quilt patterns (machine quilted with amazing style and speed by her friend Angela), she was sharing little packets of pink and purple M&Ms emblazoned with her name—so cool! Chocolate was everyone's friend at the show...there was lots, but I didn't see any other personalized treats. (Sorry, no photos, again.)
Jenean Morrison, who has a wonderful new line, Wild World, for Free Spirit. Her booth included a fabric covered guitar, table, and bicycle and I heard later that she'd won a booth award. She talked about how much she loved seeing what people did with her fabric—she doesn't do much stitching herself.
|Stephanie and Codi|
Etsuko Furuya of Echino, sitting pretty in a display of her magical fabrics. We also visited a booth where Codi purchased for Home Ec some of the most amazing buttons, zippers, and trim from a small Japanese company.
Sewn. Their patterns are enough to make me think that I might try garments again someday, and I love how each one can be modified—a jacket pattern also makes a trench, for example, and you can change up design details to create a new look.
Anthology, out of Southern California. Here are some clever folding chair treatments that featured their fabric.
Jan of Daisy Janie, getting a ribbon for her booth as Best New Exhibitor. The wonderful Bob Ruggerio is presenting her with the award—he's in charge of media for Market and Festival—a huge job—and he and his trusty assistant Rhianna do their work with ease and a wonderful sense of humor.
Wooly Ladies rich, bright hues are fabulous, and I also loved these warm tones of Mary Flanagan...all hand-dyed, too.
There were so many folks I saw whose pictures I didn't take...Lila Scott (technical editor of APQ) and I got to stroll around together and she's always such a treat; Heidi Kaisand of APQS shared photos of a relative's amazing outdoor wedding; Linda Lum DeBono scurrying around, woman on a mission as per usual; Marianne of The Cinnamon Patch, who translated my story for Quilt Country and told me she got so excited about pearl buttons she also wrote a column on them; Karen Snyder of Anna Lena's who was perusing the amazing quilt exhibition and confessed she'd bought a new quilt earlier in the day; Pam of PamKittyMorning with her friend Elizabeth of Late Bloomer Quilts; all my great editors at American Patchwork and Quilting and their related publications (especially enjoyed chatting with Lisa, the editor of All People Quilt, their online site); a quick hello to editor Tricia from Stitch; the list goes on and on. It's so much fun to connect and catch up.
Kaffe Fasset was willing to put down his needlepoint long enough to pose, so I went for it. It was shot by Brandon Mably, who suggested I tuck my name tag into my jacket so it didn't spoil the "liveliness" of my clothing's color scheme. Yup, I'll admit it...I can be just as much a celebrity designer groupie as the next person!