I should have posted this right away, but I already had some scheduled postings and I seriously had a "quilt market hangover" for a week. There was so much to look at and so much to process, at the market. I was overwhelmed by the amount of people and beautiful fabrics, and not to mention all the amazing people I have met.
I went through my pictures, and there are quite a bit, so I am going to break it down and post them throughout this week. Are you ready?
When I first went inside, I was standing there for a while...I had no idea where to start! I looked throughout the Guide book and thought, I will mark all the booths that I want to visit... NO, there are too many! I decided to start moving.
The first place I went was Amy Butler's booth. I wanted to say thank you for providing her amazing patterns for last year’s 2nd blogaversary giveaway last year in person. (I know she doesn't know me, but some reason I felt compelled to do so. What a bold move Sachiko!)
Growing up, I was never big in to boy’s band or anything like that; I always thought that using my time for something like that was such a waste of time. But, I was about to meet several fabric designers I LOVE and admire soon. My heart was pounding. Hmm... maybe I understand a little bit about groupies now. :)
Then, I saw her from a far, standing in her booth talking to people... she was radiating! I patiently waited for my turn, and started talking to her...well, if I go over all the details, I could probably write a book. So, I will skip that, but just let me tell you a few things. She was SO nice!! I was a bit nervous about talking to a famous designer, but she put her arm around me to take a picture and even signed my catalog. (I will place it in my work area for inspiration.)
The pictures didn't turn out very well, but its ok, I am just so happy that I got to meet her. She is coming out with a new collection, and I can't be more excited about this, her new line has some rayon and corduroy too. Fashion fabrics! I might be making something for myself this fall with her fabric. (Squeal!)
Oh, one more thing, Amy was wearing really awesome boots.
Another of the designers I met was Jennifer from Monaluna. Her fabrics are so fresh and cute! There are several fabrics that I love, and I wish I still had a little one at home to make something for with her fabric. She was also very nice and fun to talk to. You might get to know her in my future post. (hint, hint ;) ).
I want to make this quilt for my little girl's room... Sandy from Pine Mountain Design has adorable stitchery work that I have admired for years and I was so excited to get to meet her!
I found this booth and loved everything I saw! Rebekah Merkle designed a fabric line called English Swings. They are so gorgeous!
I soaked up all the beautiful things at Anna Griffin's booth for a while... (psst... I found a bag I wanted, that might be on my birthday wish list for Mr. Tea Rose Home to think about. :) )
Meet Kaari. She is an amazing creator and designer of French General. I love the jewelries she creates, they are so unique. She has a magic touch of making something amazing out of vintage notions and such. I love her fabric lines, in fact I have some, but I am having a hard time cutting them to make something. You have no idea how many times I flipped through the pages of her books (I own Handmade Soirées and Home Sewn) before I went to bed. Yes, she is one of several designers that I wanted to meet too! She was so warm and down to earth, I was just so giddy!
I found this quilt at the Art Gallery fabrics booth...isn't it so pretty?
Oliver + S's booth was as fun to look at as I imagined. I love her fun contemporary sewing patterns for kids.
Wow...this post is getting really long. I have a lot more to share in my next post, so stay tuned!
Note: I asked permission to the designers to take pictures of their booth and post the pictures on my blog.