Quilt Market Fall 2008: Freespirit/Westminster

I tried to meet up with Michelle of Green Kitchen when I visited San Francisco recently, but it didn’t work out, so I was excited to hear the news she was coming to Houston. A few hours into the first day of Market, she found me walking in the aisles — she said she trying to sneak a look at another woman’s badge when my badge zoomed right through her line of vision. How lucky is that? Well, I had her phone number, and was going to call at some point, but still.

Michelle turns out to be just as awesome in person as she is online. Since we were like-minded unaffiliated bloggers with no particular agenda or schedule, we naturally became Market buddies and cruised the booths together. Westminster/Freespirit became sort of our home base. I was so thrilled to meet all the designers — we’ve already talked about the men, Kaffe Fassett and Jay McCarroll, now here are the women (segregation unintentional!).


This is Anna Maria Horner with Pam of Pam Kitty Morning — I know someone took a picture with me in there too — anyone have it? One of the first things Anna Maria said as we huddled for the picture was “I’m pregnant with my sixth,” so my mouth is probably hanging wide open in it. (Congratulations Anna Maria and family!)

I wish I had gotten to talk to both of them more! Anna Maria was a lot taller than I expected, but just as sweet and kick-ass as all the reports you’ve heard. I got a look at her collection for Spring 2009, Good Friends. You can see it better in her post.


Here is a paparazzi-like shot of Amy Butler. Of course her booth was impeccable. I got to finally meet her face to face and talk to her briefly in her booth, but the best part comes later …


I hadn’t realized Heather Ross was going to be at to Quilt Market, but it turns out Michelle was there to meet up with her. (They go way back, you see.) So Heather arrived as Market was closing on Saturday and I got to meet her. Then I found myself swept up in a small crowd that included Heather and Michelle, Amy Butler, Liesl from disdressed and Oliver + S, and designer Brooke Hellewell Reynolds, who works with Liesl and has designed many a gorgeous book for STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. She also has a lovely blog, Inchmark, through which I learned she is the former Senior Art Director for Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Kids.

In fact this crowd was heading over to the Four Seasons to meet up with Melanie Falick and Mary Wowk, who is the VP of Sales and Marketing for STC’s parent company Harry N. Abrams. Isn’t that amazing? I was lightheaded from it all (that, and not having eaten lunch, and having a Shiner anyway). I told Amy Butler that I have always envisioned her living next to Dave Chappelle‘s farm (he also lives in rural Ohio), and having the occasional picnic and game night with him and his family. No such luck. I think she would like that, though! Michelle has a picture and a report from our end of the table.

The evening continued with hearing many hilarious stories and getting a mini fabric industry education from Heather Ross, a harrowing ride in Michelle’s rented car (harrowing because we were being directed by a GPS system with an Australian accent), and an incredible dinner at Hugo’s, where I got to talk more with Melanie Falick. As a bonus, I got back to the hotel and fell asleep around midnightish and the next thing I know I was waking up at 7:30am. If you’re a parent of a youngin or have even the vaguest memory of being one, you know what an accomplishment that is!


I ran into Melissa Averinos of Yummygoods a whole bunch of times at Market, but Sunday we caught her by her display for a photo op. Her face was probably hurting from taking so many smiley pictures, so she struck a sultry pose just for us. Doesn’t Sugar Snap look extra cool sewn up into projects?

Me, Not Believing My Luck, Hanging With Heather Ross

Heather Ross was at this Market to promote her new book Weekend Sewing. She had a full proof of the book there, and let me tell you, it is amazing. I want to make just about everything in there, and I’m not just saying that. Plus, she has a section on trueing up fabric, and the best illustration and explanation of drape that I’ve ever come across. I can’t wait for it to come out.


The picture above is Heather Ross with Laura Gunn, sister-in-law of Heather Bailey and new fabric designer for Michael Miller. This was taken not long after I ate tasteless, greasy pizza from the Convention Center “food court” with Michelle, who awesomely flagged down Heather Bailey and Laura as they were looking for a seat. It was so cool to meet them, and hilarious/surreal to be sharing the horrible $8 lump of dough under the florescent lights with the most colorful and fashionable women in the place. (Do you have the photographic evidence, Michelle?) Oh .. and ask me someday (or Heather B. or Laura) about my horrible conversational gaffe!

I also got to meet Jenean Morrison briefly … I loved her dresses made out of her Moondance fabric … poor thing though, she said that she was suffering after two days in boots! Well, they looked great, if that’s any consolation. And hopefully she’ll have more collections in the future so she’ll get to experience a Market in sensible shoes.

Heather Ross, Green Kitchen Michelle, and I

An obligatory hold-your-own-camera shot, right before I left for home. It was so great hanging out with Michelle and Heather. Thanks guys!


  1. Sewer-Sewist says:

    Isn’t Heather Ross one of the coolest people ever? I really liked her instantly when I met her when she was in Portland earlier this year. Looks like you had loads of fun!

  2. Liesl says:

    It was so great to meet you at Market. Let’s stay in touch, ok?

  3. michelle says:

    Hi! I do have photographic evidence. I’ve been meaning to write up my final installment of QM and have been sidetracked. The photos weren’t the best, so I’m thinking of drawing some cartoon-y things over the looks-like-product-placement sodas. Got to get to it though, because I don’t want to miss an opportunity to blog about gummy rats.

    I had fun with you, too. It wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without you. Until next time…

  4. kathreen says:

    sounds like so much fun – lucky you!

  5. Laura Gunn says:

    After my greasy half hot dog, your soggy pizza was a delight. My husband and I have had so many giggles over our “political” conversation at market. It was so fun to meet you!

    P.S. Heather and I both forgot our cameras for Market so I’m totally stealing your pic of me and Heather Ross for my blog :) Thanks.

  6. Brooke says:

    I love your blog.. and next market we’ll have to do dinner again.. Hugo’s is well worth the 30 minute cab ride!

  7. pam says:

    Hey I have that photo of you in a group with Anna Maria! And that must explain why you’re the only one moving! email me and I’ll send the photos back!

  8. Tanya Whelan says:

    Hi there,

    just found your blog and I can tell I’ll be coming back plenty. Loved your post about Quilt Market, couldn’t go to fall market so fun to see the pics.

  9. Jan says:

    I just came across your blog today, I love it! and will be back soon!