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.
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.
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.
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.