The Busy Bean

Quilt Market – Spring 2012

There are a lot of gratuitous fabric posts about Quilt Market around the blogosphere. For amazing comprehensive coverage, you can always check out True Up. {And if you look closely at the Seven Islands post you can see me walking past Melody Miller’s booth.}

So, I’m going to focus on what market really meant to me. It was full of great opportunities, strengthened friendships and of course, lots of beautiful fabric.

I spent a lot of time with these girls. Amy, Lee and Elizabeth. They were great traveling companions, and really made market a memorable event. From breakfast at 3 a.m. to making me change my walking pace and especially encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone and actually talk to people I don’t know… they were helpful girls to have around.

One of my favorite new lines and favorite conversations came from designer Carina Gardner. {the only picture of her booth I got was the adorable birds.} She was so intelligent and really knows what she’s talking about. She has a Ph.D. in design and was all set to teach when new opportunities came her way and changed the direction of her career. Her line is sophisticated enough for grownups, and playful enough for little kids. I will be picking this up for sure.

The Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild was represented well, thanks to these fliers Robert Kaufman made up for the EZ Dresden Quilting Challenge. Along with that, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with Darlene Zimmerman, even being interviewed for QNNtv! It was a great experience. I will let you know when it’s airing (sometime in July).

So many stunning quilts. From left to right, Ever Kelly, Violet Craft, American Jane.

Art Gallery, just like last year, had an amazing booth. Their quilt wall with a rainbow of all their fabric was stunning. It shows exactly what I have always thought, that while their lines are all unique, they play so well together. I feel like I can grab so many things from different lines and not worry about if they will clash in my quilts.

And one upcoming line, Rock ‘n Romance, has me really excited. It’s described as “Girly Girl all grown up.” The very first fabric I bought on a large scale for my business was Girly Girl. I love it. And I love the prints I am still hoarding small amounts of in a brand new sophisticated color palette.

Apparently, I was often caught up in my own thoughts. So much that I walked past things without even seeing them. Big things. Like these life-size elephants in the Michael Miller booth! Seriously, I even stood across from them for half an hour and had a conversation, and didn’t notice them until the next day.

Big things are coming up. Like, elephant big, for me. I did a little ordering, not for my handmade shop, but to start on the road to a real fabric shop. Who knows how far down the road the physical space will be, but as soon as things start to show up at my house, I will have a link to the new shop… starting with some Japanese imports. Heather Ross, Melody Miller and Nancy Wolff will all be represented.

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3 Thoughts on “Quilt Market – Spring 2012

  1. It looks like you had a great time at Market. I am so excited for you to open a fabric shop! I would LOVE to do that too. I just need to have space to store all that fabric and my little house just isn’t big enough. You can count on my to be a regular customer! =) Good luck!

  2. It was a great time – I’m already excited for Portland!! Glad it was such a success for you. : )

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