So… I went to Quilt Market a couple weekends ago. It was held in Pittsburgh (driving distance!) and my sewing pattern business qualified me to attend as an “Industry Professional.” I pretty much had to go and see what the hype was about. right?
I’m not a huge quilter, and I don’t own a fabric shop, and I have no plans for designing fabric or writing a book. Basically, I didn’t really have a solid business reason to attend, but I greatly enjoyed this fascinating peak into the industry.
If I was the image grooming type I would have made sure to take pictures of me hanging with cool people, but whenever I attempt such things I usually look super awkward, like this…
(Heck yeah, that is Wonder Woman fabric behind me! by Camelot Fabrics)
So without any pictures to prove it, you will just have to trust that I did a small amount of elbow rubbing and therefore you should think I am super amazing. The best part of Quilt Market for me was that I got to finally meet and have lunch with Emily of The Boy Trifecta! And then I got to give Maddie Kertay from Bad Ass Quilter Society a hug, and watch as she purchased bolts of fabric for her lovely quilt shop!
One exciting trend worth mentioning is that lots and lots of companies are dipping their toes into garment fabrics.
(Art Gallery Voiles, super duper soft! They have lovely knits too)
(As an aside, I got to spend a good amount of time chatting with my girl Karen LePage and Jennifer Moore, owner of Monaluna. Thank you for letting me rest my sore legs in your booth, Jennifer!)
Anna Maria Horner Rayons and knits
(Hopefully, I don’t burn too many bridges saying this, but I was underwhelmed by the AMH knits, not a ton of stretch.)
Robert Kaufman jersey
The darlings of this show were Cotton+Steel ladies.
Yup, they were worth the hype.
Also, some (all?) of the Cotton+Steel designers can be found on Gelaskins. (Here is Rashida’s.)
My birthday is coming up….hint hint hint….
So that was my Quilt Market experience in a nutshell. I have to run and pick up my kids from their penultimate day of school. So, if you want to read more about what Quilt Market is all about, I recommend Abby Glassenberg’s excellent post.