I'm home from my whirlwind trip to International Quilt Market in Houston! I had an amazing time and have lots to share! I'll have to break it into a few posts to try and get everything in! First of all, the downtown area was beautiful...I'm actually from Houston but haven't been there in many years, so I was pretty interested just to have a look around!
The downtown skyline was gorgeous too...this is a view from the pool at our hotel (located on a balcony of the 6th floor)!
You probably want to see the fabric as soon as possible; I'll have lots of that to share, but first I have to post about the people! Everywhere you went people were friendly and passionate about quilting and fabric! I truly appreciated getting to talk to people from all over the world who love this art as I do!
I was able to participate in a SchoolHouse session and two book signings for the new Moda Bakeshop Book Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More. Although all of the contributors weren't able to be at market, it was so much fun to meet the ones who were able to attend. Pictured above are: (back, left to right) Angela Yosten, Stefanie Roman, Mary Brown, and Melissa Corry; (front, left to right) April Rosenthal, Natalia Bonner, Aneela Hoey, Me, and Jane Davidson! Lissa isn't in my picture, but she was the creative genius behind this project!
I was also able to finally meet Kate Spain in person! I have been inspired by her designs and have been sewing with her fabrics since she became a Moda designer. She has always been so kind and sweet in her e-mails, and I'm happy to report she is just as amazing in person! I really enjoyed visiting with her!
I was also able to meet the very inspirational Kaari Meng! I have been following her blog for a while now and love each and every one of her French General fabric collections for Moda. Again, she is just so nice and kind and wonderful to talk to!
Kristyne is amazing...she blogs at Pretty by Hand, has recently published a beautiful book, S is for Stitch, and has also just started a pattern company. I've followed her blog for awhile; it was funny because I was looking for her, and we ended up being in a line right next to each other! She is so sweet and fun to talk to!
I was also hoping to meet Jackie and was actually able to run into her several times! I even saw her again at the airport when I was leaving! I wish we had been able to sit and talk--she always inspires me with her fabulous quilting, incredible quilts, and her use of color in her designs!
Just before leaving I was able to meet Sina of Quilt Essentials and get one last picture with her and Aneela (wearing one of the Tova tops she made--I'm making this pattern asap)! At this point I was pretty sad to be leaving...I could have easily stayed for the entire market and had plenty to see and do!
I couldn't end this post without a pictured of Mary Jane's restored teardop trailer featuring her new fabric line Glamping for Moda! I was able to meet and talk with Mary Jane, and someone took a photo...I'll have to see if I can track that down! Anyway, I've read her magazine for a few years, and it was so wonderful to meet her (not to mention the fact that her new fabric is as cute as can be)!
The Moda booth won first prize for the best multi-booth, and I think this trailer display contributed to their winning. I also loved the Moda theme which was: "My Favorite Color is Moda!"
And speaking of color, color really did seem to be the thing that stood out the most when looking at all of the beautiful displays! I'll be back soon to share fabric and quilts, but I'll leave you with my Sample Spree purchases...from left to right PB & J by Basic Grey for Moda, Posy by Aneela Hoey for Moda, and Glamping by Mary Jane Butters for Moda. Pictured in front is a color case of amazing Aurifil threads...a small rainbow of my favorite thread for my sewing room!
I hope that everyone who lives in the path of Sandy is safe and doing well...it seemed like so many market attendees were scurrying to get home before the storm; my thoughts and prayers go out to you!
Thanks so much for stopping by!