Just got back from spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis and thought I'd share a few of the sights. I had the pleasure of attending with Codi Josephson, one of the proprietors of Home Ec. Workshop. It was Codi's first Market and an eye-opener for us both.
In the very first aisle Codi was really excited to find side-by-side vendors offering organic cotton prints: Birch Fabrics (left) and Cloud 9 Fabrics (right). Both offered fabric lines with a fresh, serene feel. (Love that bunting pillow in Cloud 9's booth? Check out the tutorial on designer Michelle Bencsko's blog.) Cloud 9 was unveiling a sweet and cozy flannel line.
This was my third Market, but the first spring Market. It was a treat to see some of my favorites (both booths and people), along with meeting new people and seeing new fabrics, patterns, and products. It was also a treat to walk the aisles with a shop owner, to see her perspective on what items would fulfill her customers requests and interests. It was a great glimpse into the hard work and intense thought that a shop owner puts into her business. It's what makes those of us who shop there so happy!
In the next aisle or so—the booth of Sandi Henderson of PortobelloPixie. New fabric, new patterns, a new book (Sewing Bits and Pieces)—it's been a good year for Sandi. Her booth was gorgeous and springy. I was especially taken with the straight-back chairs, upholstered with fabric pieced with creams sashing and squares from her new Meadowsweet collection.
One of the more amazing big booths was Michael Miller Fabrics. They created a fairyland of glittered, frosty-white trees. I couldn't imagine how they hauled those to Minneapolis and the work that went into setting up that booth!