I’m back from Quilt Market! It’s still going on today, but I’m back in Austin. I could have used another day there, but I’m happy to be back with my family. Seriously, my son aged like two months in the two days I was gone!
For me the whirlwind began with the Fabric 2.0 Meet and Greet. The event, first held at the Spring 2008 Quilt Market in Portland, Oregon, is the brainchild of Caroline Devoy of J.Caroline Creative. To quote the invitation, Fabric 2.0 is “a mixer to enable the network of sewing, fabric and crafting bloggers to meet each other before the start of Quilt Market. You are the next generation of fabric designers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers using the web for collaboration, sales, marketing and creative inspiration.”
Walking into a party where you know who everyone is but have no idea what most of them look like is weird and fun. I quickly settled in and met so many great people. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, and half of the ones I did take were blurry, of course! But there were a million cameras flying around so unfortunately you’re bound to see more of me from other people in the days to come.
This is Jeremy, April, and Kristy from The City Quilter in New York, with Christina Batch-Lee from Etsy. Christina and I were both Market newbies and outside of the fabric buyer-seller loop, so we naturally stuck together for a while. She and the City Quilter people were awesome.
Speaking of out-of-the-loop, Patricia of A Little Hut was there and I was excited to make her acquaintance. But since you’ve actually designed fabric, Jessica, I don’t think you can claim to not be a “fabric person”! We got along swimmingly with Jessica Jones .. and Jessica, I totally relate to your brain circuits.
Caroline Devoy is AWESOME and hilarious. I officially love her. Lucky for her I live three hours away because I’d probably be an annoying hanger-on if we lived closer together.
I could talk to Michelle Engel Benscko (Cicada Studio) forever. And I wish I had been able to spend more time with her. I got to see her fabric portfolio in person, which was a real treat. I was jealous of her cute cozy red coat and aqua blue scarf — damn it got cold up there on the Hilton rooftop deck.
I didn’t get to talk to her much, but Elinor Peace Bailey is as interesting as you might have guessed from this picture! She designs fabric for P&B Textiles. She’s Heather Bailey‘s mother-in-law! Heather was there at the party, but it was already late when she arrived, so I didn’t get to meet her till Sunday.
Finally meeting Weeks Ringle of FunQuilts face-to-face was a long time coming, and of course she’s wonderful. And a dynamo! That’s her on the right, and that’s Debi Porecca on the left. Debi was a founder of Freespirit Fabrics and is now with Michael Miller. A very cool lady.
I spent a lot of time with the illustrious Diane of Bee Square Fabrics and her super nice husband talking about the fabric business and babies. Diane let me tag along with her on a fabric-buying appointment, which will be posting about later this week.
And … of course … Jay! Jay! Jay! If it wasn’t for Diane grabbing him and introducing us, I might have been too shy to go up to him myself. But that’s silly because Jay McCarroll is just as awesome and friendly and fun as you’d expect. After I got over my nervous giggles we got to talking about his collection and about the unfortunate negative associations of the term “granny.” And he knew about True Up already! Hopefully he’ll consent to an email interview later, because during the market things seemed too hectic and loud to sit down for an old-fashioned Q&A.
Patty Young and her husband were hilarious. And sassy. They helped us shut down the party around 10:30.
This week I’ll be posting about all the new companies and collections I learned about and all the other Market goodness I can cram in. Stay tuned!