Spring Quilt Market 2010 – Intro

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?

9 Comments

  1. Jan says:

    Yes, let’s! :-) As usual, I’m looking forward to your always interesting coverage of market, Kim.

  2. melissa f. says:

    YES. you are back and NEW BASECLOTHS. i am so stoked you have all of it covered.

  3. Amber says:

    Yeah – so excited to see everything!! Glad to hear you escaped barf-free…that would have put a damper on the trip for sure!

  4. Shannon says:

    Welcome back! :) Can’t waaaait to hear your coverage! :)

  5. I’m SO glad that you avoided the barf in the elevator; that would’ve been more than unpleasant. But on to the Japanese fabrics! I’m so excited that more voiles and other basecloths are being offered; I love them!

  6. Glad you enjoyed our city. Market was great! I was helping my friend, Jamie Kalvestran in her booth for Scrap-Bags. I was really energized. The collections were beautiful! People were friendly and it would seem like the economy was improving. Hope you can come back and explore Minneapolis in a leisure fashion. It is a wonderful, vibrant city. Thanks for visiting. Glad you had a good time. Sorry I didn’t meet you in person…maybe in Houston!

  7. Melanie says:

    Can’t wait to read your coverage.

  8. Sarah says:

    Great to see you again, Kim! You know, after being at two spring Markets and one fall, I definitely far prefer spring. There are usually more one-off exhibitors that I haven’t heard of before and a different mix of attendees. I am heartened by the attempt of more manufacturers to carry fabrics that work for more than just quilts as well as more non-quilty things on display.

    See you in Houston! :-)

  9. Maria says:

    I was lucky enough to see your wonderful presentation in Minneapolis – thank you so much for sharing your insight about blogging and fabrics. It really was a transformative event for me. Not only were was your fabric expertise a great resource, but your positivity and helpful information inspired me to overcome my hesitations and start a sewing blog. Thank you so much for your generosity in taking the time out to contribute to our success. I will always be grateful to you.