Oh boy oh boy. Quilt Market always proves to be such an inspiration. Our second day here we went to Schoolhouse Series in which you get to choose up to 15 mini-classes/lectures to attend. It lasts all day and is just a flurry of excitement. I decided I’d better just pick a few highlights of the many things we saw, otherwise you’d probably feel just as overwhelmed as we are.
The Kaffe Fassett Collective shared quilts from their new book Quilt Romance and showed off some new fabrics.
Confession. I have a total art crush on Kaffe. His talent with design and color is just unreal. I think I have to make this Kaffe Log Cabin.
I learned about the process of making Batiks, and now they are even more alluring to me. The painstaking labor, time, and skill that go into these hand-dyed fabrics is unbelievable. This is the type of stamp that can be used to stamp a wax design onto fabric before it is dyed.
Eleanor Burns, creator of Quilt in a Day series and author of Victory Quilts is another idol of mine. Her charisma and energy are infectious.
Electric Quilt and Amy Butler showcased bags and projects from their new pattern software. If you are a fan of Amy, this program will be a must-have: 22 new patterns plus customization and other cool tricks.
Sue Spargo spoke about how she uses silks and texture in her creations. I love Sue’s identifiable folk art style and have lots of ideas for new projects…
And oh, Leisl Gibson of Oliver + S patterns! Showing off some of her designs using new fabrics, Leisl lectured on her principles of fabric selection. She has impeccable taste and is a fine example to this industry. Her presentation might just have to be another post unto itself because it is such good advice.
Walking back and forth to classes, with anticipation building, we stopped to spy on the exhibits being set up down below.
And finally, the day ended with Sample Spree, a 2 hour rampage of voracious quilt shop owners clawing for the prettiest, newest fabrics and products of limited availability. People queue up early, and this is the view from our spot in line which was not at all close to the front. No end in sight.
And oh boy we took home a lot of loot to put in the shop and make samples with. We can’t wait to get it home and start playing with it all!