Friday, May 20, 2011
More market...hoping it's still okay to post about it! I thought I might be able to finish with this post, but it looks like I'll have to do at least one more! First up is the French General section over in Moda-land. The new line is stunning (as usual), and the booth was beautiful.
And Sandy Klop's booth...everything was colorful and beautiful!
Lynette Anderson and her husband...just a delightful couple. I bought one of her patterns at Sample Spree and can't wait to get stitching! Lynette's new line of fabric with Lecien is absolutely beautiful as well.
Back to Moda...this is the Basic Grey booth highlighting their new fabric collection, Curio. Not only did I love the Curio line, but I also loved their booth with so many ideas for decorating with fabric and notions.
They have some really fun products coming out in the next few months. I really loved the pre-made collage boards that are ready for you to just add your favorite scraps of fabric and create a framed piece of art.
You can see a few bigger pieces of the fabric on the right. It was one of my favorite Moda lines.
I think I mentioned book signings in one of my previous posts--they were wonderful. Bari's book Inspired to Sew by Bari J.: 15 Pretty Projects -- Sewing Secrets -- Colorful Collage has been on my wishlist for a while now, for good reason! The book has many fun projects to sew, and the photography is beautiful!
I also attended a Heather Bailey book signing for the book Signature Styles: 20 Stitchers Craft Their Look--she was very gracious as so many people were asking for photos. This is another book that had been on my wishlist--and it is amazing. It shares the studios of 20 different artists along with tips and projects. The photos again, are pure eye candy!
A photo of one of the Aurifil thread displays--I wanted to take every color home!
I wasn't able to do that, but I did get an Aurifil color card which is really going to come in handy. Also, I was able to purchase a 4-pack of spools at Sample Spree for a terrific price.
Just some of the other books I was able to get at the book signings: first, Strip-Smart Quilts: 16 Designs from One Easy Technique by Kathy Brown. Her presentation was beautiful, and the book and quilts are wonderful as well. Another book signing I attended was the one for Block Party--The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog, & 12 Improvisational Projects. Again...a wish list book that does not disappoint. There is an emphasis on the "modern" quilting bee and techniques and ideas that are useful for modern quilting.
Just a few more books...and one nifty notion, then I'll call it day for this post! Three Times the Charm! (Leisure Arts #5276) is a fun charm pack book written by Me and My Sister Designs. These two ladies were absolutely delightful! I was so happy to meet them at market, and their book has several great charm pack projects in it! Fresh Fabric Treats (Fresh Fabric Treats: 16 Yummy Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes & More with Your Favorite Moda Bake Shop Designers) has been a "must have" book since it was first announced. This book will not disappoint--it has so many cute projects that there is sure to be something for everyone. The photos are especially wonderful, plus it was fun for me to get it signed by so many of the "chefs!"
Jeanna Kimball has created some new needles called "Utility Quilting Needles" that will be available in a few months. They are reinforced, making them stronger, and have a larger eye for using perle cotton when doing big-stitch quilting. I was grateful to get a sample card that contains several sizes of the new needles--these will definitely be on my list to purchase. Finally, I was able to get a copy of Kaari Meng's The French-Inspired Home, with French General. Such a beautiful book with so many beautiful photos. This edition is a new, paperback edititon of the previously published hard-cover volume.
Thanks to everyone who played along with my market bag guessing game here. My new Oak Park bag was made with "Terrain" by Kate Spain, but since I also made a market bag using "Ruby" by Bonnie & Camille I took either answer. The first five people to guess one of these lines got an e-mail from me this afternoon. I have some Oak Park patterns to share, courtesy of Stephanie, and a little bit of "Ruby" for one winner! Thanks so much for stopping by!