Quilt Market started off with a BANG! On the first day we don’t even do any shopping. We do what is called schoolhouse. It is a series of short (15 or 30 minute) sessions, all 5 minutes apart from 10AM to 6PM. So, if you just think of high school, that’s pretty much what it’s like (only with cooler teachers and free handouts). So, we go to the convention center around 9 and pick up our brochure which lists each time slot and the choices (there’s usually between 10 and 15 for each time slot. SO, first up was Jay McCarroll, of Project Runway. He has designed two lines of fabric for FreeSpirit Fabrics which premiere this Market. Here’s a picture of Jay and I:
And here are some pictures of his two fabric lines!
If you watched Project Runway, then I’m sure you saw Jay’s hats. I always loved them, and have always wanted one. Well, here’s one out of his cute fabric:
I’ll get you an autograph tomorrow, Amy!
Next up was another FreeSpirit designer, Melissa Averinos. She talked about her newest fabric line, Sugar Snap, which actually arrived in our store the day before we left for Market. (Apparently we were one of the first to get it, because it just started shipping Monday, from the sounds of it)
I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I caught a brief glimpse as I ran through the store on Thursday before we left, and boy is it gorgeous.
Next I went to a schoolhouse with Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S patterns. She showed off her newest collection, plus some upcoming patterns for the spring. We are still debating whether we should carry them or not, so any feed back would be welcome!!
After that I went to a schoolhouse with the lovely elinor peace bailey. This time she wasn’t talking about dolls, but her newest fabric line from P & B Textiles. I’m not sure what it’s called, or when it ships, as it’s not even on the website yet, however, I’m fairly certain that we ordered a large part of the collection, if not all of it. It features lots of fun fairies.
Sometime in here I also when to a schoolhouse about designing fabric. I also ended up skipping a few to deal with some issues at home. Somewhere in there I ran into Mark Lipinski long enough to get a hug before he ran off to do something else. I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to chat with him again tomorrow.
Last but not least, Mom and I both went to a presentation by Kathy Miller from Michael Miller Fabrics. Kathy always gives a color forecast for the upcoming season, and so we never miss her schoolhouse. She also showcases their newest lines. Premiering this Market is Flights of Fancy by Paula Prass, Andalucia by Patty Young, and Flower Fairies based on the drawings by Cicely Mary Barker. She also gave us a preview of the newest Vera Bradley bag – gorgeous!
After schoolhouse was over, I ran over to the Fabric 2.0 Party, which was hosted by Michael Miller Fabrics, J. Caroline Creative, and a bunch of other people (sorry!). It was on top of the Hilton across the street from the convention center, with gorgeous views of the city. Unfortunately, I didn’t get too many pictures, but it was an awesome party anyways!
After all that stuff, we went to sample spree. I don’t know how many of you remember what it was like last time, but it was like that again this year (it always is). Here’s a picture of some of the fabric we are bringing back from Sample Spree this year. If you look closely, you will see that there are 4 bundles of Brown Bear, Brown Bear fabric – which we will be selling for $200, each (just kidding!).
So, that’s what I did today! I’m not sure what mom did today, but I believe she saw a schoolhouse with Katie Pasquini Masopust (whom she worships) along with some other people.