As much fun as it is to hang out with my friends at Market, I’m really there with Sarah to work. And that means picking out fabrics and patterns for the shop. It sounds pretty simple but it’s not. There’s a lot that goes into it and it can be really pretty exhausting. But it’s a fun, too, and being at Market is kind of the ground zero of seeing anything and everything available for retailers.
Genevieve and Bari had a corner at the Windham booth to show off their new fabric lines and some wares made with it. Gen makes jewelry and used some of her designs on necklaces, which I thought was a really cool way to show some alternatives for working with it. She also modeled that awesome apron on Friday. Bari mixed her fabric with corduroy for the cutest little baby top. And I hate that I didn’t get a better picture of her quilt but hopefully someone else did because it’s not to be missed.
The Lizzie B booth was just amazing, an absolute visual delight and I could have spent forever there exploring all the goodies whipped up for Market.
I really have got to get better about taking pics because I’m home and now realize the only pic from the Michael Miller Fabrics booth that I have is of Laura Gunn and her new line, Lantern Bloom. It’s an absolutely lovely line, very organic and earthy in feel. Laura showcased some of the fabric on the most beautiful clothing, which was included on some promotional postcards for Poppy Patterns. The site is not yet up but keep an eye out for it because the patterns are going to be available soon. Laura says there may even be some freebie pattern downloads! Woot!
Paula and Patty have been showing little sneak peeks of their new lines on their respective blogs and I have to tell you, the pictures just don’t do them justice. *swoon* (And Sarah told me she ordered both in full before we left for Market, so you can be darned sure I’ll be playing with Mezzanine and Summer Soiree as soon as it hits the shop.)
Oh and one of the coolest surprises at the Michael Miller booths was the fabric used for the tablecloths: red and aqua stripes and polka dots! I’ll take a bolt of each, please.
Over at the Freespirit/Westminster row, I drooled over Erin McMorris’s new line, Wildwood. Holy cow, is it pretty! I actually interviewed Erin for my blog last fall and she was working on the line then. And she told me at Market that it really had changed from when we spoke then, which I found interesting.
Jenean Morrison showed off a purse made with her fabric, Picnic Parade, at Thursday night’s Faux 2.0, and I just could not stop complimenting it. Tiny prints in orange, pink, brown and turquoise. They’re going to be lots of fun to play with, for sure. Maybe like a modern calico, even.
One of the high points of this trip to Market was meeting Jennifer Paganelli. Her fabrics are always so lovely and she’s such a sweet bloggy friend. Plus, I sewed for her and she had my jacket in her booth and the kind words she had to say about it totally made my day! There’s something so fun and feminine about her fabric and I came home with two fat quarters of her newest line to play with. And I told her she needs to come down here to visit her sister so we can hang out. ‘Cuz we’re likethis, you know. LOL!
Of course, there’s a lot more than fabric at Market and I had a blast checking out new and upcoming books and patterns. First up is Kaffe Fasset (and Brandon Mabley), whose next book is so amazing that I’m truly at a loss for words. You can see one of the quilts in it behind them (Hi, Sarah!). Like I said, I’m not smart enough to get good booth pictures. Next time!
Barb and Mary at Me and My Sister Designs have a new book, Four Patch Folic. Love! Plus, they are an absolute riot and totally complimented me on my cute dress-top, so they can be my friends, too. LOL! I’m going to have to make time to do one of the quilts from their book (I have an autographed copy, even) but I don’t know how I’ll pick one because they all look cool.
I really want to spend the day just watching Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio working. Her patterns and samples are just beautiful and I had the best time talking to her about sewing with laminate (her Sofia Trench Coat in Paula’s laminated fabric is just gorgeous).
Liesl of Oliver + S was so warm and friendly, and happily chatted with me about my own Liesl’s naming before we got on the subject of sewing with Heather Ross’s Far, Far Away line of fabrics for Kokka. Liesl had some samples of her patterns sewn with them and I’m even more enamored of both than before. BTW, I also chatted with Heather a bit and she is just … I don’t have words. I find a similar problem with describing her newest fabrics. Sarah and I petted them quite a bit and I’ll be keeping busy sewing up samples with it after she placed an order for some for the shop (and I’m not going to admit how much I plan to buy for my own personal use, too).
Favorite Things, one of my fave pattern companies, has two new patterns that I can’t wait to play with: the Uptown Coat, a full-length women’s coat, and The Classic Shirt, a gorgeous button-down shirt. I’m kind of bummed that it’s summer because I probably should wait until cooler weather is closer so I can sew them and then immediately wear them.
Tomorrow: More thoughts on Market and a fabulous giveaway!