Saturday, May 26, 2012

Kansas City Quilt Market 2012 part 2

Michael Miller, Cotton Couture
We now return to the continuing saga of Kansas City Quilt Market 2012: Part Deux.  
Well, I'm sure you can guess who was one of my favorite people to find at Quilt Market: Sandy Klop. There are other big name designers at Market that people swarm around: me? I love Sandy.  But you knew that already. (I'm trying really hard not to scare her though, so I didn't stalk her the whole time.  Even though I was tempted.) I've been a huge fan of her fabric and colors and quilts for years, but she is just an all-around delightful person as well. 
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.
A few other booths for Moda. I always love the details in the Basic Grey booth. Love the color spectrum buttons!  A few new designers for Moda this year: Zen Chic - the cutest couple from Germany. Their booth was one of my favorites at Market last year. Also Pat Sloan's new collection for Moda, Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables. So bright and cheery!  I'm kicking myself that I don't have more pictures of the Moda area.  But if you want to see more, and actually feel like you are there, visit the Moda channel on YouTube for tours of all the booths as well as interviews with the designers.  
The Free Spirit/Westminster fabrics area was also visually stunning. Above left is Anna Maria Horner's booth - I loved the butterfly shaped fabric swatches and on the right is Tula Pink's booth.
My favorite Free Spirit booth belonged to Denyse Schmidt. (Shocker, right?)  Someone told me that this was Denyse's first booth at Quilt Market. Again it was so much fun to see her quilts in person and preview her new collection, Chicopee. (More bias plaids! I love those.)  I was also able to have her sign my copy of her book, Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. Yes, I was giddy. 
I always love the Robert Kaufman/Kona fabrics booths. They are so full of color!  They have a new collection of cheater modern quilt blocks - so brilliant! - on the bottom right. Those aren't pieced blocks. Awesome, right? The Kona booth was full of amazing quilts featured in the We Love Colorbook, including the amazing quilt on the left made by Jennifer Sampou. 
 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.)
Adorable Melody Miller, of Ruby Star fame, in her very retro-inspired booth. I love the Pyrex, vintage sewing machine and even vintage Little People! The Seven Islands Fabric booth, home to Echino and Kokka fabrics is always one of my favorites. I love their whimsical collections.
Other new and upcoming pattern designers (clockwise): Carolyn Friedlander. Amazingly gorgeous modern quilts. Very sweet Shea Henderson, local KC girl with her first booth at market as well. Natalie's Beyond the Reef booth was right across from the Geared for Guys booth where I helped, so we got to visit a lot. Natalie and I were both part of Bee Beautiful a couple of years ago- and this was the first time we met in real life! Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew: her second booth. Her patterns are some of my favorites.
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.

27 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for documenting the show so well! It lets us who couldn't go get a really good look and a feel for what it was like. It's almost like I was there. Almost. :-)

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  2. that bed is amazing--it gives me so much to think about!

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  3. Thank you for sharing the pics. Love the Art Gallery booth -- and you're right--Pat Bravo's fabrics feel like silk! Love them.

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  4. I'll have to come back about 10 times to take it all in! SUCH EYE CANDY.

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  5. Thanks for all these great photos. Quilt market is only a dream for me so it's nice to see all the photos. The creativity is amazing!

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  6. Hi, Thank you so much for all the fabulous pictures and how do you ever keep it all straight!! I really appreciate you sharing so much with us!! Have a great Memorial day and hopefully a restful one!!

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  7. Hi Amy. :0) Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. Your pictures are fabulous!! It is like we are there with you all. :0) I bet you were over the moon to meet up with so many dear ladies. :0)

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  8. Hi Amy, thank you for the great tour and pictures! So fun to see. I thought of you when I found out Sandy Klop will be speaking at Minnesota Quilters this fall. It should be fun.

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    1. Karen, you are going to love her! She is even more fun in person and her quilts are incredible!! I laugh that you thought of me when you found out. lol!

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  9. Great coverage! Thanks so much from one who just is not going to be fortunate to ever see it in person. :)

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  10. Thank you :) awesome pics and narrative :)

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  11. Fantastic pictures, thanks for sharing them!

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  12. You take us all to Quilt Market like no one else does. When I've been there in the past I've completely forget to take ANY pictures, I'm so wowed by the booths and the people. Thank you for sharing so many amazing peeks; I hope you had a wonderful time!

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  13. You had me at Darth Vader.....
    Looks like an awesome time in KC.

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  14. So awesome! Thanks for the recap :-) I had fun on this little virtual QM trip!

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  15. 2 thumbs way, way up! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. These posts have been a wonderful trip through Quilt Market! I'm planning to attend in the fall and am taking in all that I can, this gets me even more excited to go! :-)

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  17. Hi, there. I am new to being a follower. I really like the pics from market! How exciting to see all the new goodies and meet the designers. Looking forward to seeing some of your projects, I think we have similar (great) taste!

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  18. Thanks Amy for your picture heavy posts of quilt market, they made me feel as though I was almost there! I know it is a lot of work and time to put together posts such as these so I appreciate it even more. I'm so glad you discovered the "oval elements." I've been using various colors from this wonderful line for nearly a year now. They work in both my modern and traditional/retro quilts. Enjoy!

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  19. i have gone back and forth through this post several times telling my husband how much i wanted to go to quilt market someday. love all of your amazing pictures.

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  20. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures - it's almost like being there!! Love those earrings, by the way....

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  21. Thank you so much for showing us a slice of the Quilt Market. Looks like so many beautiful booths!!!

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  22. Thanks for all the photos! Going to Quilt Market is on my bucket list...but until this happens I love to live through the photos!

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  23. seriously...love that you love Sandy! so glad that you were able to go, looks like a fab time!

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  24. Loved every word. I love your posts, both of them. Made me feel like I was there. You captured things I would have wanted to see. Thank you so much. I love my market treats. You're the best and you inspire me!!

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  25. Ahh, Amy! Looking at all those gorgeous pictures make my head spin!
    Now I have been to the market once, I know what it's like to be there, all the creative energy you feel just makes you wanna start sewing, wouldn't you agree?
    Thank you for sharing your experience and pictures!

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  26. Thank you so much for all the great market pictures!

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