I’m back from Minneapolis — let the Quilt Market coverage begin! I really loved the city and wish I’d had time to explore. I stayed right by the Mary Tyler Moore statue (awesome) and also right by Target Field so the hotel was chock-full of seriously drunk Brewers fans (the Twins played the Brewers for three games Friday-Sunday). I was thisclose to being barfed on in the elevator on Saturday night! Aside from that, it was amazing to be in such a lively, pedestrian-friendly downtown.
This was my first spring Quilt Market, and I heard they’re supposed to be mellower, but I found it just as expansive and equally impossible to cover as the fall Markets! There were fewer people I knew there and booths were scaled back a bit, but I still left wishing I’d been able to see more.
The most exciting trend at this market was an increase in apparel fabrics. It seems like manufacturers were testing the waters over the past year to see if customers would embrace designer voiles and lawns and rayons. Apparently we have because more manufacturers are offering them, and we can look forward to an even wider variety of basecloths. Also, just about every fabric manufacturer is now offering at least one modern, contemporary collection. They might not always hit the mark or be very groundbreaking or innovative, but at least the industry seems to want to connect with our demographic (however you define that)!
As always, the Japanese manufacturers presented some of my favorite fabrics, using some very interesting basecloths. Since Monday is usually my Japanese fabric day, let’s start with them, shall we?