Well, here we are.... back from Quilt Market. I am oscillating between a creative energy surge and a bummer today. On one hand, I am recharged. Inspired and spurred into action by all the unbelievable creativity seen over the past few days. I am sad because it is over in a flash - and it will be a while until I am able to reunite with all the friends, new and old, that share my passion for making. How lucky I am to be a part of this sewing community.
So here is my Market recap. These are a few shots from my Instagram feed over the last few days. I am sure there are others who will have much better shots of all the booths, fabrics, and events. I've found that when I get to Market, I am mostly lost in the sea of the experience and blogging it is forgotten. So here are a few highlights I did remember to snap a pic of.
Cotton + Steel. Wow. Just plain Wow. The ladies of Cotton + Steel have knocked it out of the ball park in my opinion. Their collections are individual with their styles, yet coordinate together so you can pull across lines. Genius! The palette is so gorgeous...
Another favorite line of mine is Arizona by April Rhodes for Art Gallery's Limited Edition. April's line captures southwest beauty in a subtle palette that I just adore.
Violet Craft's Brambleberry Ridge - again the soft colors are calling me! Before I forget to mention it, beware it's deer season in Fabricland. I don't know why, but deer are the new animal in prints. They were every where! Violet's paper pieced animals are exquisite.
Alison Glass' style is always a stunning mix of saturated color and pattern. Her collection Field Day really shows off her style. That grey panel in the back is a huge work of wool applique and embroidery.
I was able to attend some Schoolhouse presentations to support some dear friends. Amy Smart is debuting her first book Fabulously Fast Quilts . She shows how to make some wonderful quilts with quick tips in the book.
Angela Pingel of Cut To Pieces was also speaking at a Schoolhouse for her new book, A Quilter's Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing. Holy cow! I was blown away by her quilts. I have never been a fan of curves - but after seeing her patterns for the book, I think I'm going to have to learn from Angela.
I'd have to say that after meetings, networking, and attending the show, one of the best parts of going to Market is getting a chance to meet and talk with others in the evenings. I had a fabulous time with these ladies.
It feels good to be home. My boys surprised me with these signs when I walked in the door. It melted my heart! All 3 of them were yelling "Mom's home!" out the windows of the house when I pulled up. I got big hugs from everyone (well, maybe I had to attack and tackle my 7 yr. old - but he liked it) including the 2 yr. old. Last year, when I left him for the weekend to go to Market, the little one refused to let me touch him for a few hours upon my return. I was afraid he'd be mad at me for leaving him again. But it was all fine after all!