If I had only one word to describe the whole Quilt Market experience without a doubt it would be OVERWHELMING! Overwhelming on so many different levels.
Overwhelming in the shear vastness that was Quilt Market. We're talking 23 rows (long rows) of the latest designers, fabrics, colors, designs, patterns, quilts, goodies, and gadgets. Overwhelming in the number of superstar designers in attendance who would welcome you into their booth like you were lifelong friends. Even more overwhelming when we'd tell them we're from Lola Pink and they'd know who we are. Overwhelming in the colors and designs of the fabric collections that will be coming out soon. We've got so much new stuff coming our way, it's just insane and exciting! I could go on but I think you get the point. Quilt Market 2010 was fantastically overwhelming!
We kicked off Quilt Market by attending the Schoolhouse Series of "classes" the day before market opened. We had absolutely no idea what to expect but they ended up being so much fun. We'd show up to "class" hosted by a designer, a manufacturer, an author, etc. and they would go in to detail about their upcoming products, share the inspiration behind their products, and give us retailers great tips. We attended classes hosted by Michael Miller Fabrics, Valori Wells and her mom Jean, the super sweet Deborah who wrote Stitch by Stitch, Lila Tueller, and of course Amy Butler. The classes were so much fun and so informative.
Friday night we scored invitations to the Fabric 2.0 shindig hosted by the hysterically funny Caroline of JCaroline and Michael Miller Fabrics. We had such a blast hanging out with Jenean Morrison, Jan DaCinto (Daisy Janie), Michelle Engel Bencsko and Gina Pantastico (Cloud9 Fabrics), and Melissa Averinos. It was so much fun hanging out with everyone and finally getting a chance to relax a bit before the craziness of market got into full swing.
And then Quilt Market opened ... WOW! We're actually going to break this down into several posts. We'll have two general posts just showing a snapshot of the booths and designers and then we'll have several posts that go in-depth and include fabulous giveaways! You definitely don't want to miss those posts! We scored some fabulous gifts from the designers!!
Market Recap #1
Gorgeous fabrics everywhere you looked.
Amy Butler booth .. OMG!! Absolutely stunning. We cannot wait to get this gorgeous collection in stock.
Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush booth?!
Parisville by Tula Pink. It is absolutely fantastic!
Jenean Morrison showing off her latest collection Wild World. Check out the bike she covered. So adorable and creative.
Lila Tueller's Schoolhouse class and checking out her Isabella booth. Isabella should be in stock any day and we finally got our hands on the Cargo Bag pattern featured in a previous blog post. Woot!
Pat Bravo's booth showing off her Paradise and Modern Affair fabric collections was gorgeous! She made these great dream boards that gave you a peek into the inspiration behind the collections.
Cloud9 Fabrics and their booth was adorable!
Kate Spain not only showed off her gorgeous new fabric collection Central Park but also her stationary, plates, aprons, gamebooks, etc. She was so warm and friendly. We just loved hanging out in her booth and chatting.
Pink Fig Patterns was another super friendly pattern designer we love. We picked up the latest Pink Fig Patterns to add to the ones we already have in stock. They are so cute and so girly!
Melly & Me and their adorable stuffed plushies. Such cute stuff! Dee-Dee is still one of our favorites!
We've only scratched the surface on what is was like to attend Quilt Market. We've got another recap coming tomorrow and then we'll go in-depth into some of the booths. Oh-yeah, there will be giveaways with those posts! Items we either bought specifically for giveaways and items signed and donated by the designers themselves. Woohoo! Our first giveaway will be an autographed copy of Amy Butler's latest book Style Stitches!! How fabulous is that?!
Stay tuned! I'm telling ya ...you don't want to miss any of the upcoming posts!