Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spring Quilt Market 2012, part 1

Whew! I'm home from Quilt Market and am finally settled back into my routine. It was an amazing trip, and really solidified a lot of things in my mind about my work, and how I want to grow as a maker/designer. All in all, it was an amazing experience, and went far better than I could ever have even imagined. I saw old friends, made new ones, and am really grateful that I was able to attend market. Here is the first of at least a few posts of my trip.

On Wednesday I attended "Schoolhouse" which is a series of 15 and 30 minute lectures given by designers, authors, etc., on their new projects. It's one of my favorite parts of market because you have the chance to learn a lot of new information about a wide variety of projects. 

Above is the schoolhouse by Cheryl Arkinson and Amada Jean Nyberg about their new book, Sunday Morning Quilts. It's a gorgeous book full of amazing quilts made mostly with scraps, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. 

Next up was Tula Pink's schoolhouse. Her book is another that is on my wish list! 

And next was Valori Wells. I'm a big fan of Valori's work and her new line of fabric, Cocoon, is one of my favorites. She and her mother, Jean Wells, also own the Stitchin Post in Sisters, Oregon, and she's a wealth of information about pattern design. She gave me some great advice on how to move from pdf to print patterns, and I thank her immensely for so openly sharing her experience with me. 

Val is also hosting a summer full of inspirational projects on her blog, through an eight week course called Simply Summer, and it starts next week. Be sure to check it out for all sorts of great projects with to keep you creating all summer long. 

Denyse Schmidt. Amazing. I was most looking forward to her schoolhouse, since I'm a huge fan of her work and I really respect and admire her as a designer. She has a new line of fabric called Chicopee coming out this fall, which has a 70s Americana vibe, and it includes both quilting cottons and an ultra-fine-wale corduroy which feels like heaven. It's gorgeous.

And her quilts, from her new book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration, were simply stunning.  The Mariner's Compass, above, 

and the Tobacco Leaf quilt were some of my favorites. 

I also had the opportunity to take a closer look at some of them after her schoolhouse was finished. Seriously incredible. 

Next up was Amy Butler. Amy is simply amazing and it's always so exciting to hear what she is working on because she never disappoints. Her new fabric line is called Cameo and it's a stunner, full of gorgeous color and the wonderful designs that Amy is so well known for. And she's also working on an online publication, Blossom, that she is producing. The first issue is due this summer and it will be published twice a year, available free through her website.

It was great to finally meet Elizabeth Hartman in person. She's such a talented quilter and her schoolhouse focused on her second book, Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics.

Next up was Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing. Shea has a full line of sewing and quilting patterns. Shea was also my roomate for most of my time in Kansas City, so it was great to be able to spend so much time with her.

And last, but certainly not last, was Patricia Bravo and Art Gallery Fabrics. Pat's fabrics are always so beautiful, and her new collection, Summerlove, is no different. 

I was also excited to hear Bari J talk about her first line of fabric with Art Gallery, called LillyBelle. I truly believe this is Bari's best work yet and I can't wait to get some of her fabrics. They are stunning.

As I was leaving the convention center, I walked past the line of people waiting for Sample Spree, which is a shopping frenzy. This was my third market, and I've never been to Sample Spree. It just seems too crazy for me!

This was our hotel at night, and I spent some time in the lounge there, catching up with old friends and meeting and getting to know some new ones as well. 

There's John Adams of QuiltDad.

And Angela Walters and Scott Hansen. It was so great to spend time with them all!

And that was just the first day of Market! I've got a lot more to share with you, and I'll do that over the next few days as well.

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