The International Quilt Market in Houston wrapped up on Monday, and I was fortunate enough to have participated. My involvement started on Friday night with the “Sample Spree.” Aptly named, the spree involves rushing to each manufacturer/vendor’s booth, grabbing consumer-sized fabric (mainly precuts), and moving on quickly before the vendor sold out.
I purchased a stash of Kona Solids, and my cashier was Elizabeth Hartmann, the author of one of my favorite books! My purchase came with a color card featuring all 303 colors; I will have that handy every time a design a new quilt!
I also bought delicious half-meter cuts of Japanese fabrics made by Kokka – the new Echino line coming soon. These fabrics are 55% linen and 45% cotton – I see some exquisite home-dec items and totes headed to my Etsy Store! Here are some items made with this line at Quilt Market:
The following day, I explored the market floor. I met Amy Butler, whose warm demeanor matches her beautiful fabrics and designs.
Kaffe Fasset graciously signed his new book. Here I am with Kaffe and Brandon Mobley in front of Kaffe’s beautiful warm fabrics.
Moda had almost all of their designers on-site for meeting. I visited with Malka Dubrawsky, a designer from Austin, Texas; Deb Strain; Joanna Figueroa; and Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. I also chatted with Camille Roskelley who is beautiful on the inside and out.
Although I do not have a photograph, the highlight of Market was my visit with Weeks Ringle of the Modern Quilt Studio. Weeks teaches a design class on Craftsy that led me on my path of creating art with fabric. Thank you, Weeks. I highly recommend her class.
This entire week, I am taking classes at the International Quilt Festival, and am loving every minute of it. If you’re in Houston this week, let me know and we can meet up!