Wow. Where to even start. I have to admit, I’ve felt completely daunted by the task of sorting pictures and trying to organize a succinct Quilt Market experience post. It’s about as overwhelming as the vastness of Market itself. Booth after booth of inspiring fabric, color, patterns and people. It’s truly huge. I’ve tried to condense my thoughts and my pictures, but even so, I’m going to have to do a Part 1 and Part 2.
The first day of the Market experience, before the trade show portion, is a series of mini-classes and lectures called School House. For one of the sessions I was able to listen to Denyse Schmidt talk about her new book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration(above). For those unfamiliar with Denyse, she is an icon and a major influence on the modern quilting movement as well as both pattern designer and fabric designer. Her quilts are a wonderful mix of traditional with a twist and her sense of color is incredible. Should I gush some more? It was truly a ‘pinch-me’ moment to listen to her speak and see her quilts up close. I did not dare to touch them for fear of my sweaty palms doing irreparable damage.
Another real treat was to hear Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison share quilts from and talk about their beautiful new book, Sunday Morning Quilts. Both of them were inspiring. Amanda Jean’s blog, Crazy Mom Quilts, was one of the first quilting blogs I ever read: “You mean there are women my age who like to make quilts and share pictures of them on the internet?!” She has been a perennial favorite ever since.
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.
And next door yet again, Sarah Jane’s newest collection, Out to Sea. Just like last year with her Children at Play collection, she’s created a boy color palette and a girl color palette, all with a nautical twist, including pirates, mermaids and narwhals!
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.
Another aspect of the Michael Miller area that I loved, is their color inspiration wall. SO many pretty pictures to look at!