This past week has been crazy busy and fun all wrapped into one!
It started off with a visit to North Carolina to ThinkTank…a blog conference. I was almost more excited to hang out with Heather of the sewing loft, Deby of So-Sew-Easy and Molly of craft ideas weekly. We had a wonderful time together and learned a lot.
After a few days of blog talking– one of my favorite things to do! I headed to Quilt Market in Houston Texas.
Here’s a quick view from the top….I think this is about a quarter of the show floor and doesn’t include the quilt area.
I was invited to be on a panel for Coats & Clark. It was thread talk…. and was so much fun. I think I was a bit chatty, but the two other girls- Amy from Stitchery Dickory Dock and Sarah from Sea Coast were my partners. They were awesome. We were a great combination.
I also had a few things on display- including a messenger bag for Andover using the Downton Abbey fabric…loved it!
I also got to participate in a runway of the projects from the Just for You book by Caroline of Sew Can She and Sarah. I got to wear the apron! So cute!
I was so excited to run into a few designers who have been friends for awhile, but have never met in person before–
Miss Gail Pan. She is one talented stitcher. She was a delight to work with when I was doing online quilting classes….and she only comes to market every two years, so I am so happy I ran into her and got to meet her in person.
Pat Sloan— she also designed something for the online sewing class and is always a delight to chat with in person.
Lisa BonJean of Primitive Gatherings. She is such a delight when I see her and love to chat it up about her new fabric and patterns. She is a wool wonder and her hand dye wools are beautiful!
Kaffe Fassett and Brandon– they are such a delight! I love to run into these guys. Happy they said yes to a quick picture.
I got to meet a few new people too–
Lee of May Chappell– She was a delight. Her patterns are so cute and simple and sweet.
Tim Holtz. What a guy. His fabric line is fantastic and I love, love mixed media so this was super fun to see and chat about.
This year I did get a chance to walk through the quilt show. It was fantastic and there were so many beautiful quilts. I loved the center display of red and white quilts. They were breathtaking.
Always my favorite— the antique quilt sellers:
and hitting the madness of Sample Spree! I picked up some awesome goodies that I can’t wait to start sewing with.
I ended up with a little bit of a fabric stash….can’t wait to sew them! And some books that are wonderfully written and loaded with inspiration and beautiful projects.
It was such a great week — so happy I went and spent some time with friends and found new ones. I am so looking forward to hooking up with the new people on some fun projects this next year.
My favorite part is when I walk by the booth and spy something that I have made on display. Nothing is more full filling than that.
I love where I have gone in the last year with this pattern designing….and can’t wait to share the next projects and patterns.