“I loved it! I laughed. I cried, it was better than Cats. I”m going to see it again and again!”
In actuality, I did NOT see Cats [The Musical] but all the rest of that is true! The first day was overwhelming! I didn’t know where to go, who to see, what to do.
Then I had to kick myself and say “you are here so you better take advantage and do something!” And I did. I started talking to some great designers who are the sweetest people. It’s true what they say about quilters, they ARE the nicest people!! In this post, I want to share who I met at Quilt Market.
The first person I met was Jo from The Fat Quarter Gypsy, see her designs here, she’s doing well revving up her pattern business. She’s was holding my hand the whole way, before Quilt Market, answering my questions and sharing with me about this whole experience as if we were BFFs. I came to know her because she also worked with Morna McEver Golletz from Professional Quilter Magazine and I started emailing her and she didn’t think I was a lunatic. Lucky me!
Then I met Pat Sloan. Gush! That’s it. I was dumbfounded and said nothing else. Silly me!
She was kind enough to give me a mini of her “The Sweet Life” line. Later I also bought a mini of “One for you, one for me” Theses fabric lines are so cheery and bold (heart). She is wonderful! Did you know she has always answered all of my emails?
I also met this sweet gal. Her booth was so soothing. Her new fabric line is Cascade from Windham Fabrics. Her name is Jessica Levitt and I could have talked to her the whole time. Just like the girl next door!
I also met Bonnie and Camille whose fabric and love of quilting have been so inspiring and contagious. Again, I was at a loss for words. I did buy the pattern for this adorable bag and they were so generous giving me 2 minis of Daysail. I was also jumping for joy the night before when I nabbed a bundle of it at the Fabric Spree, woohoo!! (Disappointed with this blurry picture)
Here is the Smooth Sailing quilt designed by Cotton Way (Bonnie Olaveson) Teaching my husband the ways of “Quilt Love” and he’s coming around!
Of course, I just HAD to go by and congratulate Maureen Cracknell. She just released a limited edition fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics (which is right near me in Florida, thank you very much!) It’s called Wild and Free and it will be coming out in just a few weeks! Pre-order some here or here and search “Wild and Free.” Check out her market booth in detail here. She won the “Best New Exhibitor” Award” Yay Maureen!! She was so genuine and lovely to talk to. I even hugged her because it felt like I already knew her, LOL.
Her booth was so warm and welcoming you wanted to sit down for a spell.
Also for Art Gallery Fabrics, is April Rhodes her new line is Wanderer. Coolest girl ever! (Yes, girl, I swear I could be her mother!)
Her booth was right off a wall and it was like camping but classier, you know, Glamping.
I also met a new designer wasn’t familiar with, her name is Cherry Guidry from Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio. Her patterns are SUPERB, unlike any you have ever seen, check them out here. She started selling patterns and now she has designed this gorgeous and fun fabric line for Benartex it’s called Frosty Forest and it’s adorable!!! She talked with me for a while telling me about her “journey” in the business, I enjoyed listening to her, hoping I’ll have a similar story to tell soon. (Our husbands talked to each other too)
Down the aisle of darker booths, hers just jumped out with brightness and joy and Christmas, of course, I HAD to stop and say hi!
This is her best selling pattern called A Feathered Christmas.
It was so great meeting all these talented designers and “normal” people. They made the experience so worthwhile and I learned a little from each one of them. Next time on the blog, I’ll have more photos of what else I saw at Quilt Market 2014.