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.
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.