Saturday, May 23, 2015

A bit about Quilt Market, Spring 2015

Big Tote

A couple of days before I left to attend Spring 2015 Quilt Market in Minneapolis, just over a week ago, I decided that I needed a nice bag. As you walk the floor at quilt market, people give you things - information, samples, cards - and you need a place to put them and then there is sample spree where an extra bag is always handy.

So I made Ayumi's Big Patchwork Tote from Make It, Take It using my favourite Doe fabric. This bag is easy and beautiful - I plan to make many others.

Big Tote

I lined it in a Doe print too. My only modification was to top stitch along the fabric strips as I have a long standing issue with adhesive stabilizers - it is total user error but they don't often stick well for me. It is a pretty addition and took almost no time at all.

The first day of Quilt Market is called school house and is a day filled with short presentations by authors, designers, fabric companies, etc. In each time slot there are 15 or 20 options and you pick the one you like and go. Of course, I attended Krista's (Poppyprint) packed session presenting her book Make It, Take It. Krista was brilliant and the room was packed and people were squeezing in to sit on the floor!

You can see Krista just glowing here, I took this right after her session finished. All the photos are with my Iphone, I could not be bothered to lug about the "real" camera all day.

All the school house sessions were great. I was particularly inspired by Violet Craft who shared her pattern making process. I am thinking that lion would look great in a University dorm room and might make it for my youngest for this fall.

Anna Maria Horner was in her booth on Saturday and I am glad I was able to stop and see her. It feels pretty special when Anna Maria recognizes you and gives you a big hug - she was one of my teachers at the Modern Quilt Guild's Sew Down Nashville. I am in love with her new woven fabrics. Her booth was also beautiful.

I have to say that the photos of these fabrics showing up in stores sure don't do these beautiful fabrics justice, they are bright, textured and full of interesting touches. I will be looking around for all of them.

I adore Carolyn Friedlander, her fabrics and her patterns, as you know. It was lovely to stop and chat with her again too. She is standing in front of her new block of the month appliqué  pattern/project. I expect you will see it popping up in many local and online stores. I have resisted appliqué  so far, but this pattern is calling me big time - appliqué with learning progressively more complex techniques as you go and modern design, all at once.  

Quilt Market is a huge industry wholesale show - so one needs to be a retailer, designer, long arm quilter or other industry professional to attend. I walked about 15,000 steps to walk the whole floor on Saturday (about 9 kms).

The booths are focused on showing off products to retailers. My friend Lee, from Freshly Pieced had this lovely booth to show off her patterns.

Jen Kingwell was there with her lovely husband. I was able to see the actual famous My Small World quilt and hear Jen talk about making it. I have ordered the QuiltMania magazine from France as I really want to make this quilt - I'll have to work to catch up to the QAL, but that's ok. Again, not my usual style but irresistible all the same. 

The Martingale booth had this display of some of the projects in Make It, Take It, including my Half Moon Needle Case along with Amy's (During Quiet Time) Double Scissor Keeper and Krista's Bigmouthed Thread Catcher.

I have to say I took far less photos this year. I enjoyed seeing the market and taking in the new products, meeting new people and catching up with those I met at the last market. It is an overwhelming experience and takes a long time to digest, but I am glad I was able to attend.

I already posted my Sample Spree haul on instagram. Sample Spree is a market when one can buy fabrics at wholesale prices. They don't have all the new fabrics on offer, but I did pick up a significant number all the same. 

You can see Cheryl's (Dining Room Empire) fantastic new book in the photo too. I was lucky enough to get to her book signing in time to get one and have it signed by Cheryl too.

I actually went to market with one objective - to buy a rainbow of thread for use on my longarm machine and I think I succeeded. I got Aurifil 50 wt at Sample Spree - and I also won an Aurifil box at Vanessa Christenson's School House in a draw, I bought a rainbow of King Tut at the Superior Threads booth, and I got some beautiful variegated Star thread from the YLI booth on the enthusiastic recommendation of my friend Jacqueline from Soak. I think I will be good on thread for the next while.

For those of you wondering, I was able to bring this all home in two suitcases (yes, I brought an extra) and given all the extra work travel I have been doing lately, I had even earned two free bags for the flight home.

The best part about market was that I got to hang out with some of my friends - Becca from Sew Me a Song and Amy from During Quiet Time, Daryl from Fabric Spark, Krista from Poppyprint, Cheryl from Dining Room Empire, and many others, some of who I had never met in person before. Given that the internet community of quilters is spread across the globe, these events become a lot about connecting with the people in addition to being about the products.

I am off to enjoy the weekend, it is sunny and very hot here.