no catchy title…what else would i call it? for those few who aren’t aware of international quilt market, it’s the holy grail for fabric, patterns, innovative tools and machines, held twice a year. each fall it’s home is in houston, and it truly is international. i’ve attended 5 markets now and you would think that it would just be old hat by now…same ‘ol, same ‘ol….but walking through the doors of that convention hall is just as thrilling now as it was that very first time. here is an entire HUGE building filled with people who understand…who share the joy.
traveling alone to market for the first time, i was a tiny bit concerned about how much i would accomplish. who would i talk to? who would i nudge and say “wow…take a look at that!”. i didn’t need to worry. everywhere i turned were people who shared my passion. i met up with old friends (hi bea!! hope you made it home to s.africa safely!), and met a ton of new ones, all willing to share knowledge and ideas. my friend and fellow designer danica joined me on saturday (along with her new wee son) and we hit every single aisle….i had the blisters to prove it! but this wasn’t my first rodeo….i brought bandaids.
so here are a few shots from market…not even the tip of the iceberg, but who has time to take pictures when there is fabric to be touched!!
one of my favorite booths, simply because it felt so comfortable. i could have curled up on that chair with a good book or some knitting for hours.
these two also caught my eye, not necessarily for the fabric line, but for the booth design. those concrete blocks had to be quite a load to haul into the hall, but the idea really struck me. and jennifer’s black & white space with pops of color was so well thought out. booth construction is an art form in and of itself.
when i caught my first glimpse of jennifer’s booth for monaluna i KNEW that she would be winning an award. i even put money on it saturday afternoon….and returned sunday just in time to hear it announced that she had won the creativity award!! tables set up as an outdoor café…and that little “shop” was functional….a great place to store all the samples, paperwork and unsightly items needed to actually do business.
i have to admit…it’s quite a thrill to see your own patterns on display at market. that little ring filled with snapdragon patterns just waiting for buyers to take a closer look….and the lovely samples already sewn in such beautiful fabrics by sewbatik. a very proud moment…and a very grateful one.
meeting up again with the lovely and soooo energetic lindsey rae of sew to grow was a highlight of the afternoon. an hour spent with her is equal to an entire weekend retreat!
another bubbly personality…heather givans of crimsontate. her new line “literary” was amazing. remember the feeling when you would check out a library book and look to see who had checked it out before you? she’s put that into fabric! and that quilt….oh my…you felt like you were sitting in a private corner of the library…with the spines all embroidered with titles. while the wedding dress is definitely not my style, it still took my breath away with all those butterflies trailing the bride.
all too soon it was time for chai, knitting and waiting for the flight to bring me back home. but i didn’t come back empty handed. i came back with some exciting contacts, new friends, inspiration and some firm commitments….it was a business trip after all!