It was close to closing time on the first day of Quilt Market, so we were all in a bit of a visually overstimulated daze at that point, but Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics was nice enough to sit down with Michelle and I for over an hour talking about their new fabrics (their new Flower Fairies collection brought a rush of junior-high nostalgia), the fabric business in general, women in business, and their relationship with the online craft-blogging and “mamapreneur” worlds. Some of the quilting fabric world remains either indifferent or suspicious of the online crafting community (which is OK but a missed opportunity in my opinion), but Michael Miller was an early adopter/embracer.
One interesting thing Kathy said that stuck with me was that many of their new lines coordinate with previous ones. Sometimes this is purposeful and sometimes it is serendipitous. But it’s smart — they can present older stock in new exciting ways and customers can find complementary fabrics to go with things that have been languishing in their stashes.
I really thought I had taken pictures of the new fabrics — including a great tattoo mini-collection, but my camera says otherwise (blame the daze, I guess). But I did get some shots of their new designers’ booths:
Patty Young and her husband Jon were a HOOT at the Fabric 2.0 party. And their booth, showcasing her debut line Andalucia, just glowed. I love the coral and brown, and the prettiness mixed with a twist of gothic.
I failed to take a picture of Sandi Henderson‘s booth — there’s no new line yet but she was there showing Farmers Market and Ginger Blossom, as well as her new sewing patterns. I’ll be linking to other people’s market reports so hopefully you’ll get a glimpse!