Quilt Market!!! I went, I saw, I took pictures, I was INSPIRED, I socialized, I did some business...I'm still recovering.
The show was amazing, but these things never seem to happen without incident. First off, my travels, as you may know, were quite an adventure. Michelle was missing a box from UPS that had ALL of her sales sheets, cards, etc. in it. Her Mom so graciously sent a new batch overnight. Yay, Michelle's Mom! Gina's schoolhouse presentation was great, but her projector showed her slideshow upside-down the whole time. Boo. The samples we had of Tsuru weren't big enough, so I had to run to my hotel room and cut new ones. And those buttons I made? Those were gone within the first two days. Hot commodity they were! ^_~ My posts were supposed to be happening during the show, but silly me only brought an iPad. I had no idea that Typepad doesn't let you post via richtext on an iPad, and I know nothing about HTML. Boo.
Other than that the show was FANTASTIC!
Cloud 9 Fabrics booth was oh-so-cute as expected. The panels on the back of the booth were printed via Spoonflower, of course! Michelle and Gina did such a great job pulling it together and they were busy, busy, busy the entire show!
It got such a fantastic response and I'm beyond over the moon thrilled about it! Yaaay!
Here are some of my ABSOLUTE favorites from the show below.
Ellen Luckett Baker, you have officially outdone yourself! I am SO in love with her new collection Stamped with Kokka!! I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on some of this. I think I went by this booth at least 6 times to just soak it all in. Such a fantastic collection! Nice work, Ellen!
The sweet Kokka print on this dress below was calling to me.
And these cute pouches.
Did you know Melody has her own line of crochet trim coming soon from Kokka??? *faints* Ruby Star Trim!!
Below is Comma by Zen Chic for Moda. Love, love, LOVE this group. The quilt patterns are to die for!
From Art Gallery Fabrics, I saw Luxe in Bloom and Indian Summer by Sarah Watson. Sarah's booth was BY FAR my favorite of the show. Her collections are gorgeous, but what struck me most was how imspired I was by her booth. It was like a giant, fantastic mood board and I wanted to take it home with me! I really love her design style and I was so drawn to it. I've been trying a more hand-drawn look for my next collections and her work just spoke to me. *swoon* Can I be Sarah when I grow up??? :)
She cross stitched on her cross stitch! Love!
How cute is this coat???
Architextures by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman was a showstopper. Carolyn is a force to be reckoned with and I would keep my eye on her. Her work is fantastic! AND she's from Lake Wales, Florida. Why does this matter? I graduated from high school in the same county! Polk County in the house!! She's my new homegirl. Well, in my head at least. :P
Monaluna below is Jennifer Moore's new collection. Jennifer's designs are always so fresh and modern, but I was especially drawn to this new collection.
The llamas!!! I can see a lot of fun garments for my littles in these prints!
The llama in the window is my new homie, too.
Sou Sou by Tamurakoma & Co was my favorite little discovery and I wish I had taken better shots of this booth. I've really been into a more organic, modern, handmade look to prints lately and this Japanese company didn't disappoint in that area. I had so many questions, but decided not to embarrass myself or my pal Jemellia with my crappy Japanese. Then I saw this lovely book sitting on the table...
From the SouSou site:
"Are you familiar with the talented Japanese textile designer, who was formerly of the esteemed Finish design firm Marimekko? His name is Katsuji Wakisaka, and in the 1960′s he gained much fame in Finland for his signature “Bo Boo” print designs. After his time at Marimekko, Mr. Wakisaka continued on to New York to work for Larsen Design Studio, then back to Japan to work for Wacoal Interior Fabric in Kyoto, and then finally ended up designing textiles and graphic prints here at SOU SOU.
"The book, Katsuji Wakisaka- Marimekko, SOU・SOU and 10000 post cards to his wife, introduces Mr. Wakisaka’s remarkable 44-year long artistic practice, during which he has produced around 10,000 design concepts in addition to a beautiful glimpse at Mr. Wakisaka’s companionship with his wife."
After learning that I HAD to have a copy of the book!!! I bought it as soon as I was back in Atlanta. :P
Quilt Market is always such an amazing trip for me. To be in a convention center filled with like-minded people is such a creative charge and I enjoy every minute of it. I had such a good time, loved seeing all of my friends and meeting new crafty peeps and I cannot wait for the next show. Portland, baby!!!! See you there? ^_^