Tina Guthmann, aka BostonSewer and CrimsonBruin here! I am so excited to be reporting on Fall Quilt Market 2012 for True Up! With this first post, I’ll tell you a bit about myself and my experience at Market.
If you’ve read my latest blog post, you know I am a mild-mannered software developer by day and a quilter and a textile and graphic designer by night! I fell in love with quilting a few years ago after attending Quilt for a Cure, a fundraiser for breast cancer research. I like to say I became a modern quilter the day I picked up The Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.
Soon after that, I decided that I wanted to design my own fabric. I learned to sew from my mom when I was little and I’ve been creative and drawing all my life, so why not? One day, while I was walking around the Garment District in New York, I ran into none other than Heather Bailey! This was before she was _the_ Heather Bailey. She and her mom were sightseeing and they asked me to take their picture! Her mother explained that Heather was just about to release her first fabric line. I spoke to Heather a bit and she gave me the address to her blog and suggested attending Quilt Market. That coincidental meeting has lead me to developing my own fabric lines, attending Market and meeting many wonderful, creative and supportive designers and sewists.
This Market, I am grateful that I had the chance to attend Fabric 2.0 and the Modern Quilt Guild Meetup before Sandy hastened my trip back to the East Coast. I had been exchanging tweets with Rashida Coleman-Hale of iheartlinen and Jan Dicintio of Daisy Janie, so it was great to finally meet and chat with them in these relaxed atmospheres. I also met new friends like Sam of Hunter’s Design Studio, Jessica of Plum Patchwork, and Melissa of Lunden Designs and, of course, Kim of True Up!
This was my third Fall Market. With each year, I have noticed there are more people who are in the sewing industry, but not necessarily quilting. Manufacturers are printing on other than the traditional quilting fabrics. I loved the velvet that Amy Butler presented in her booth sewn up in clothing and presented in her literature on fashion drawings. I also noticed an emphasis on colorful geometrics. These fabrics are suitable for home decor in addition to quilting. The modern quilters out there will be happy to know that it seems that every fabric house has a separate division which focuses on solids and modern quilting!
Thanks for reading! I hope you’ll enjoy my reports from Market!