It has been several weeks since I (Elizabeth) attended Quilt Market in Houston. To say it was fantastic would be an understatement! It's always a treat to meet sewing friends in person and lots of new friends were made on this trip.
Here are a number of amazing people and spending time with them was the highlight of the event for me:
- My Quilt Market roomies Alexis (check out her new design coming out for Violette Field Threads soon!) and Jessica of Izzy and Ivy Designs
- Brigitte from Zen Chic (she's so lovely in person and you can get her fantastic patterns here on UpCraft Club)
- Mary Fons - when Mary talks to you she makes you feel like the most important person on earth
- Tula Pink - of course we all know her designs are amazing but I loved her fierce desire to help local fabric shops too (and have you seen the new scissors and tools she is coming out with???)
- Sarah Jane - we laughed...and shed a few tears together when talking about life and our kids
- Vanessa from V&Co - we live so close to each other and had never met
- and MANY more! The aisles and booths were filled with talented designers, shop owners, authors, and just flat out brilliant people! Some of the new designers we met will be introduced to you soon and their patterns will be available in the shop! You're going to LOVE them!!
And the FABRIC! There are some stunning fabric lines coming out soon. One of my favorites (I gushed and gushed over it) was Good Hair Day by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. I love every single colorway and design. SO good!
Sommer by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics is beautiful too. The prints are whimsical yet grown up at the same time and the gauze is so soft. I can think of a hundred projects to make in this gorgeousness.
Art Gallery Fabrics always has beautiful fabrics...but they outdid themselves this time! They are even coming out with a line of Denim deliciousness!! I got to know some of the Art Gallery designers this year and I can't think of a nicer group of women. Maureen Cracknell's booth was awe inspiring (and check out her new Craftsy class), Bari J was live painting and is so fantastically talented (she also is the queen of Periscope) and Amy Sinabaldi has an eye for detail and sweetness in her designs that is just so great!
Also with Art Gallery is Sharon Holland. She is so talented and in her gorgeous booth she had a little make-and-take gift. She had pre-cut shapes from her Sketchbook fabric line and included a free pattern for a hexie doilie or clutch. You can get the free pattern on her website too! It was quick and easy to sew. And the minute I finished the clutch my daughter claimed it for her lip gloss.
If you got the chance to meet your favorite fabric or pattern designers who would you want to meet?