Wow. Quilt Market is overwhelming! It's so exhausting, but so wonderful. I am insanely lucky to get to go for my day job, where I did a lot of ordering for the shop (including the goodies from Kokka on the top and lower right), but then I also am able to visit with friends new and old, like Marisa of Creative Thursday and Deborah Moebes of Whipstitch, with me in the photo on the left. It's such a blast! I only wish I could see and visit with even more people, but truth be told, I poop out early! I mean, there are nearly 2,400 booths!!!
The range of booths is staggering, but it's nice to see a collection of new and old fabric companies on hand. Top left is Betz White, who had her first booth. Top right is David Butler's booth, displaying his fabrics for the line Parson Gray. Lower right is some pretty exciting news from the Windham booth, an upcoming Amy Sedaris designed fabric line! I can only hope that she'll be at market in the spring! And lower left is the far-from-new Liberty of London, displaying their second collection of quilt weight cotton fabrics.
Alexander Henry had a very pink booth this year, focusing on feminine and retro designs, which looked great as home decor on a chair, lamp shade, wall hangings, and curtains.
Quilt Market is full of Americana and traditional quilt fabrics and booths, but there are also a lot of younger, more modern fabric companies and designers. Stars of the sewing world like Anna Maria Horner, top photos, are there all weekend to chat with. And many of the publishing houses in the mix have book signings for new titles, like Marisa's new book, which I was lucky enough to scoop up!
Amy Butler is another sewing superstar that is on site for chatting and I can now say from experience that she is insanely genuine and nice. It goes without saying, whether you like her aesthetic or not, that she is a legend in this scene and that those of us that have come after her owe her a bit of gratitude.
There was a "Glamping" booth, which is a word that I despise, but I couldn't help but love the vintage camper and retro decor inside. This is my kind of camping!!!
Alexia (pictured top right with a customer) and her mom Michelle (pictured top left) from Green Bee Patterns had a booth, which promoted her cute patterns, her upcoming new book called Liberty Love, and her husband's new fabric line with Cloud 9. To say that these ladies are nice is the understatement of the year.
For me, my favorite booth was from the super awesome Melody Miller. I simply cannot resist vintage Christmas decor! I could have moved into her booth and lived there with all the goodies inside. She is crazy nice and even gave me a copy of her new book, Ruby Star Wrapping, which is all about creative and eco-friendly ways to give gorgeous gifts. Thank you Melody!
Meg from Sew Liberated also had her first booth this year, which looked incredible. And the powers that be agreed, as she won the booth prize for Best Individual Booth Decor! Congrats Meg! I scooped up two of her new patterns, the top and dress pictured on the right. Both are super cute and look like they would sew up nicely!
This market I was able to visit a lot with pal Marisa of Creative Thursday (always enjoyable!), and met countless others. Here's the insane list of amazing ladies that I was lucky enough to meet/drink with/visit and laugh with/bond with/etc... Meg of Sew Liberated, Alexia and her mom Michelle of Green Bee Patterns, fabric designer genius Melody Miller, Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae, adorable fabric designer Lizzy House, Deborah Moebes author and owner of Atlanta's Whipstitch (who gave me her book, Stitch by Stitch! Thanks!), artist Liz Kalloch, Andover fabric designer Allison Glass, Drygoods Design owner Keli Faw, fabric designer Sarah Watson, Modern Quilt Guild mastermind Alissa Haight Carlton, Beth Bradley of Sew News and Sew It All, eco-sewing gal Betz White, Angela Gray of Mama Said Sew (who carries my patterns!), Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew, author Kim Kight of True Up, fabric designer and author Rashida Coleman Hale, Kaari Meng of French General, and sewing legend Amy Butler. Phew! What a crazy amount of goodness! And I'm sure I'm forgetting someone....
Thanks to all that I met and saw! You all welcomed me with open arms and showed me an amazing time! I am so grateful!!! Hope to see you all in Portland at the next Quilt Market!