It’s hard to believe that it’s been a week since I came home from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. If you read other blogs, you’re probably already sick of hearing about it. It’s taken me this long to go through pictures and process everything before I could write about my experience. Oh and catch up on kids, laundry, sleep, end-of-school-year projects, a neglected yard full of weeds, etc. In years past I’ve broken up my Quilt Market reporting and photos into multiple posts with descriptive analysis. This time I’m going to just throw the pictures out there as glimpses of the overwhelming eye-candy I saw and let them mostly speak for themselves.
Quilt Market is the international trade show for the Quilting/Fabric/Sewing industry and is not open to the general public. It is for shop owners to go and see what’s new in the months ahead and decide what to carry in their shops. For this purpose I got to go as a presenter and schlep my new book. Here I am speaking about my book at a session of “schoolhouse”. It was kind of scary to fill a half hour of talking. I’m really glad I put on two layers of deodorant that day. I’m so thankful that Lee snapped this picture because I actually like it.
Otherwise you just get pictures of me doing making attractive faces like this. Fortunately I had my new whale shirt from Target that I bought the day before to give me a little extra confidence, if not something cute to take people’s minds off me being a goofball.
I also had the surreal experience of doing a few book-signings organized by my publisher Martingale. I got to meet some of the sweetest people. Thanks to those who stopped by. Quilters are just the nicest. (Picture stolen from Melissa who was my roommate so I think she’s okay with it.)
Okay, now on to what you’d rather see: what’s the latest. First of all it was definitely the “Year of the Deer”. Lots of deer related designs this year. Left to right: Harvey from Emily Herrick’s Rustique collection, make-you-own deer head from Amanda Herring, paper-pieced deer from Violet Craft and one more on display in Joel Dewberry’s booth.
More quick snapshots in no particular order: Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew and her new collection Oh Clementine for Windham. (Somehow I managed to only snap one and it has Allison’s eyes closed. But Allison’s booth was too cute not to share!)
Some of the eye candy at the FreeSpirit booth. I really liked Heather Bailey’s navy and green collection – a change of palette for her. Amy Butler and Joel Dewberry’s latest looked good as always. I really liked Denyse Schmidt’s upcoming collection. (Bottom right.)
Speaking of Joel Dewberry. He is the nicest guy. We got a picture of him standing in front of the model on the right just so where it looked like he’d suddenly got a new ‘do. We promised to not share it, but I may have accidentally posted it on instagram…
The Robert Kaufman area was awesome. I’m so inspired by Carolyn Friendlander’s eye and style. Her beautiful booth won an award. I also saw a preview of her beautiful book coming out next fall. Gorgeous. Also inspiring: Elizabeth Hartman’s Aviatrix medallion quilt in kona solids and the color in Jennifer Sampou’s booth. (It was lovely to meet Jennifer after being part of her Shimmer tour a month ago.)
I love Allison Glass’s use of saturated color. Gorgeous booth! She has a line of wool as well that motivated me to start playing with wool again.
Fun flags and poof stools in the American Made Brand’s booth.
The big reveal: Cotton + Steel – a new company with modern fabric. Definitely the biggest buzz of Market as they started a new modern fabric imprint from scratch. I love this picture of Sarah Watts caressing the fabric. haha. They also produced a video about the fabric printing process and shared it in their school house session. It thought it was totally interesting – in the same way that I loved when Mr. Rogers showed videos on Picture Picture about how crayons were made.
Dear Stella booth was always hopping. I love their collections – especially the London Calling collection (of course. I have plans for that one.) They had a cute display where you could play with their Dress Me fabric.
Snippets of the Riley Blake booth with Lori Holt’s latest and a Union Jack made of buttons! (Somehow I did not get more pics of the RB booths. D’oh! I was too distracted by the nice people and the chocolate mint truffles I guess but you can see more of their booth on the RB blog.)
New Moda designers April Rosenthal and Amy Ellis. I was so excited for both of these girls. They are both Utah girls who I’ve had the pleasure of calling friends for a few years. April has even helped with my blog and logo design. And now they are both designers for Moda fabrics. So awesome. April’s new collection is Best Day Ever and Amy’s Modern Neutrals. Yay!
Speaking of lovely Australians, one of the absolute highlights for me was meeting Jen Kingwell. Not only are her quilts incredible, but she is one of the loveliest, most down-to-earth people I’ve met. I know I tend to be a lazy, hurry-up quilter but making one of Jen’s quilt designs is on my bucket list. I wish you could tell from the picture how amazing her use of fabric is. Each quilt is stunning. I’m still awestruck that I get to teach at the same Fat Quarterly retreat this summer. I’m going to have to try not to go fan girl crazy.
The most amazing part of getting the chance to go to Quilt Market is definitely the people. This year I got to meet many talented quilters and bloggers, some for the first time, who have been inspirations to me for a long time as well as reconnect again with people I have come to consider as friends. I won’t lie: I think the other highlight of the whole weekend was when AmandaJean and Anna suddenly appeared at my first book signing. It was such a sweet, humbling moment. Crazy Mom Quilts was one of the first quilting blogs I every read and continues to be a favorite.
There are so many generous and supportive people in this industry. These are definitely some of them. I’m grateful to call them friends.
And now, back to the regularly scheduled program. And hopefully my sewing machine too!