Fortunately for all of you other fabric nerds out there, we don’t have to wait to get to Liberty of London itself to be able to play with their gorgeous prints! They should be arriving in shops this fall, in the US and elsewhere. UK even sooner.
Now that Market is over I can share a few other projects I was working on beforehand. I was given the chance to create a trio of quilts with some of Vanessa’s ombre fabric from her new collection, Simply Color.
Each of these quilts was made from just over a yard and a half of continuous yardage, cut into 5″ squares. The different shades of the ombre fabric create different colored blocks and are then resewn into a baby quilt. The quilting was done by Monica Steelman.
Finally, many thanks to all those who entered the Market Loot giveaway last week. The first thing I could think of was what my brother used to say when he was 10-yrs-old: “Holy Schnikes!” The winner has been announced and emailed. I wish I had loot to share with all of you!
|Michael Miller, Cotton Couture|
Some other parts of the Moda area (clockwise): Sweetwater’s new collection, Mama Said Sew: great. Bonnie and Camille’s latest collection, Marmalade. Love it. It’s so fun to punch up their aqua, red, and pink with a little bit of yellow and orange. Liesel Gibson of Oliver + S is so lovely in every sense. One of my favorite people to talk to. She has a new collection called The Ladies Stitching Club as well as introducing The Straight Stitch Society. Cutest things. Read their Manifesto, it’s awesome. Also the incredibly talented Jan Figuroa. Her booth was amazing, as always.
Another favorite booth was the Art Gallery booth. Gorgeous! Don’t you love the padded fabric color tiles on the wall? I love the color of Art Gallery. In fact, the only fabric bundle I brought home is one of their bundles of Oval Elements. SO gorgeous and the fabric feels like silk.
More color. Bright color collection seemed so hot this year. (going clockwise) Above left is Thomas Knauer with a quilt he made using his new collection Savannah Bop, inspired by his daughter. SO sweet. Incredible applique patterns by Don’t Look Now. Cute Monica (aka Happy Zombie) with her latest collection for Lecien, Winterkist. And cute new Pam Kitty Morning collection for Lakehouse. (The quilt with the houses was made by Nanette. I can’t take any credit for making something so wonderful, but I did get to personally schlep that quilt to market in my own suitcase, for Pam’s booth. It was tough, but someone had to do it.)
Finally, some other fun details of Quilt Market. The empty bobbin earrings worn by the very fun Marmalade Fabrics girls. Also, an amazing zipper necklace. Where will people appreciate these kinds of things more than in a giant convention center full of other sew-y people? And finally, for my boys. Darth and Chewbacca. Because nothing says “quilting” quite like Darth Vadar.
And there we go. Congratulations for hanging in there to the end of this word-heavy, picture-even-heavier, blog post. My brain is still mushy from trying to coherently summarize. I have a couple more small posts about other Market details and creations, but I’ll save those for next week and give us both sometime to recover.
A few other snippets of School House: Emily Herrick sharing her new Shore Thing collection, Sarah Jane sharing Out to Sea, hilarious Jana sharing her first collection as fabric designer, Delicious Wishes, and the ever-energetic, Amanda Herring talking about Apple of my Eye. (I was so excited that she handed out apples in her class because I was starving!) Pardon the blurry pictures. Inside lighting + distance = crappy shots.
My main reason for actually going to Market this year was to help my friend Emily man her Geared for Guys both. Emily had not one, but two booths, this market. One for her new fabric collection for Michael Miller, Shore Thing and a separate one for her new book, Geared for Guys. It’s hard to be in two places at once.
Here she is in her Shore Thing booth with her cute Dad. Don’t you love his shirt made out of the sailboat fabric from her collection? I also got to piece one of her new quilts (the one with the circles hanging over the blue shutter) and bind a couple others. (Including one on the airplane ride to KC.) It was very fun to get a sneak peak of this new collection.
I was excited that I was able to get out and roam for a bit as well! Next door, also in the Michael Miller area, was Violet Craft and her newest collection, Madrona Road. SO. Cute.
Above is Sarah with her awesome husband Ken who disassembled their old backyard fence to build the weathered wood wall on the left and crates on the right. Talk about an great team! I was lucky enough to do a little bit of sewing for Sarah’s booth again this year. I did the piecing around the Ship stitchery (hanging above the adorable Narwhal head).
I also created this quilt, designed with Sarah Jane, to go with her map and ship panels. There will be a free PDF pattern for this quilt when the fabric is released later this summer.
Riley Blake has some beautiful new collections. Above left (going clockwise) is Amanda’s Apple of my Eye, new collection The Simple Life, Lori Holt’s Millie’s Closet, and new designer, Carina Gardner.
And so we come to the conclusion of Part 1. My brain needs a rest. Your’s probably does too. I’ll be back with Part 2 later this weekend. Stay tuned…