Daughter and I got back from Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday night, and today I will show you some Spring 2014 Quilt Market photos. I took lots of photos of all the fabulous booths- there is so much “eye candy” at this show, it’s just so much fun to walk around and see what everyone has been up to over the last 6 months (Quilt Market is held twice a year.) Quilt Market is an industry trade show for manufacturers, publishers, and designers. I got to meet up with a bunch of old friends, and met a few new ones as well. As you will see, the Modern Quilt movement continues, but there is still lots of traditional quilting going on. No matter how much our industry progresses, I think a healthy chunk of it will always be traditional- after all, you wouldn’t have the modern movement without the traditional foundation.
I always come home from Quilt Market with my head swimming with inspiration and ideas- and then it is hard to decide what to work on first…. I have a long list of creative projects that I want to dive into…
Designers and fabric manufacturers put together booths to showcase their latest designs, fabric lines, patterns and projects. Here are some of my favorites:Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Butterfly Quilt by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics
Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics
Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman
Michael Miller Fabrics
Anna Griffin/ Blend Fabrics
Fabulous Free Motion Gown by Angela Walters
I did a Schoolhouse Presentation- Schoolhouse is a series of workshops aimed at quilt shop owners. My topic was, New Ways to Move Old Merchandise. It was well-attended and lots of fun… Generally I don’t mind speaking in front of people. The first few moments are the most difficult, but then I start to relax (of course, being from the Northeast, I still tend to talk kind of fast- ’cause that’s just how I talk!) Below is a photo of me (it’s blurry because of the Instagram filter I used) right before we started, with some of my Cottage Charm fabric line samples:
The gang at Henry Glass Fabrics
The day before the show started, we had a little extra time so I promised my daughter a trip to a museum (she is an Art History major, and would rather visit museums than just about anything else!) The Andy Warhol museum was within walking distance and it was quite interesting. They were installing a new exhibit and there was a local news team there- and every time we turned around, the camera guy was filming us! I don’t know if we made it onto the local news that night, but I think we probably did.
Below are the views from our hotel room. You can see a bridge in each photo- Pittsburgh has many bridges- 446 according to Wikipedia!
Be sure to stop by tomorrow- I am releasing a new pattern and I have a super sale going on this week!