Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quilt Market Update: Links, Photos, and a Bit of Commentary

--> The most charming Lucie Summers with her fresh, fantastic Summersville collection [Photos fixed and a few added..thanks for your patience!]

I'm far behind my other bloggy friends when it comes to sharing Market photos. Since you may have seen it all (or most of it) on other blogs, I'll just share some highlights. Market, as always, was awe-inspiring—the fabrics, the colors, new bells and whistles on sewing machines, the clever patterns, the booths that look like living rooms from Elle Decor. It's always sensory overload.

Maggie, Anna Maria Horner, and Pierette
While the goods were fantastic, catching up with people was really a pleasure. Yes, it's tough to have a heart-to-heart with a designer or editor when people right behind you are taking her photo. But I think there's such pleasure in talking with others who love the same things you do. Because so many of us work at home and because of blogs, we've learned about each others home lives and that makes these business relationships a little more personal, too—how are your kids? Is your mom feeling better? Are you really on an ice hockey team?

Finally, I had the extreme pleasure of sharing Market with my Texas daughter, Maggie. The Home Ec team decided they just couldn't make it to Market and so Maggie came in their stead. She gathered lots of goodies for the shop, some that Codi specifically requested and some we thought she and Alisa would like. There was one crazy moment when Sample Spree was about to end and Codi and I were calling back and forth so I could find out if I should purchase fantastic Japanese zippers and we kept losing our phone connection. The announcers were saying Sample Spree was over, I was frantically trying to describe the zippers, and the guys were starting to pack up—mania! In the end, victory (and zippers) were ours.

Apologies for the funky layout...I decided it was better to finally get it posted than to make it perfect!

Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric and perfect quilting

Marny and Jill of Modern Quilt Relish--Iowa gals!
Modern Quilt Relish booth-they also one made for Daisy Janie
Seven Islands booth-lunch bags
Malka Dubrowsky and her new fabric for Moda, A Stitch in Color--Wow!
Cloud 9 has a new line based on Grandmother's drawings
--> Alexander Henry's booth is always a knock-out
The lovely Alyssa's work in her Penguin and Fish booth
Maggie with Amy Butler's clothing in the softest-ever voile
Deploy that Fabric camouflage quilt
Love this concept and the cover quilt (above)
Weeks and Bill Ringle have launched Modern Quilts Illustrated and it's gorgeous!
A cow quilt from Mary Lou and Mel's new book
American Jane (Sandy Klopp) knocks my socks off every time
Ty Pennington's booth with (get it?) ties
Making the most of down time: Kaffe knits and Liza binds
Tina Givens knows how to make the best of chocolate brown paint


Anonymous said...

An amazing array of fabulous fabrics. Great photos & nice writeup. BK

jenclair said...

Great photos, gorgeous fabrics and quilts! It must be a bit overwhelming to be in the midst of all of it!