Spring 2009 Quilt Market Eve

This is the first in a series of posts reporting live (not live) from Pittsburgh (really Pittsburgh) on the International Quilt Market (omg), by East Coast Stringer Mary Beth, of Supafine.

I imagine this happens to you all the time, right? There you are, sitting at the dining room table, trying to piece a quilt block. You take a second glance at that cheerful floral cut. You think, “Man, how great would it be to be sharing a mojito with the designer of this fabric in a chandelier-lit hotel bar while my favorite sewing blog authors shoot the breeze and order the Brie?”

I am able to tell you precisely how great it would be: A lot great.

International Quilt Market Spring 2009, in Pittsburgh, may have kicked off officially this morning — but it kicked off unofficially last night, with a mixer of sorts arranged by Jona Giammalva of Fabritopia and her blog.

Oh, just mixing.
Shooting the breeze

Susanne Woods, from C&T Publishing, was there, and Angela Yostens from Moda Bake Shop, and Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms and her mom, Bonnie, of Cotton Way; Jen McLean, the superhero behind Tula Pink and Bari, of barijonline. Also in attendance: Patty Young, modkidboutique; Genevieve Gail, Mary Abreu of confessions of a craft addict, Jessica Levitt of juicy bits blog, Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios, Sandi Henderson (Portobello Pixie), Paula Prass and Jennifer Storey (Flights of Fancy) and Myrinda of fabric hound. Brief appearances: Laura Gunn and Heather Bailey, on a mission for sandwiches.

Omni Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh
Hotel and one of Molley’s Trolley’s, transportation for discerning Market-goers

From drinks at the Omni to the Convention Center for Sample Spree and back, Pittsburgh’s Cultural District was awash in quilt fans, most toting heavy bags of fabric cuts and notions and dodging the gaily dressed prom-goers who were sharing the Omni Penn Hotel.

Sadly, I have no picture of the prom-goers. They were cute, though. I do, however, have pictures of the Sample Spree — kind of like Running of the Bulls, but for fabric cuts.

Waiting for Sample Spree
Line for Sample Spree

Crowds at the sample spree
Inside Sample Spree

I’m not sure how they fit all those shoppers in that space, but they did, and with room to spare. And this was but a tiny preview of the actual Market! Not gonna lie, I’m excited. Several people mentioned above have new fabric or pattern designs coming out (we’ll get to that later) … and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of new offerings! The mind reels.

So. To recap: mojitos, star-struck, fabric-shopping. If only every day could be spent thus. Watch this space … more Market updates and fabric news to follow.

Wait a second!
Camille Roskelley and Angela Yostens watch this space


  1. Rebecca says:

    How exciting! I can’t wait to hear more!!!

  2. Amber says:

    Me too – sounds like fun already! Can’t wait to see what is up next!

  3. Deborah says:

    Well, I missed the (clearly amazing) cocktail hour, but did allll the rest, and I gotta tell you it was freakin’ awesome. Am back now and rolling around in my haul from Sample Spree while feeling somewhat faint as I review my orders. My first Quilt Market, and it blew me away. Will have to compare notes–although I never did see Mary Beth; perhaps she, too, felt faint from all the deliciousness??

  4. Jona says:

    Ack!! Mary Beth, you doll you (this post seriously cracks me up)! Wasn’t that so much fun?! I was pinching myself too, sitting there amongst such a great group of super talented folks who also happen to be the nicest ever! I can’t wait to do it again (Houston?)!
    We missed you Kim!!

  5. myrinda says:

    so super to meet you Mary Beth and I too often pinch myself or feel faint with fabric-licousness. There’s nothing like meeting new fabric friends and catching up with old ones while sipping a sweet mojito!

  6. I had a great time meeting everyone, and I am amazed at how fast you got this post up Mary Beth. I am still trying to unpack…and get some sleep!