Quilt Market #7: more booths

Ok, let’s start this week at a look at more booths from Quilt Market 2012 Houston.  A word about the booths.  Some are open, some are closed on one or multiple sides.  The fabric companies and larger distributors have huge booths that allow them to configure them in a variety of ways.  A huge surprise for me the second time I came to Quilt Market is that people did entirely new booth designs and had entirely different locations year to year, and so it was again this year.  Makes it a lot more fun looking around.

The large booths are hard to show because it is a show to sell to shop owners after all, and so many booths were set up in such a way that you really would be taking pics of the sales floor with people doing business, and the booth design would just show as background.  But I have a few snippets here and there. Besides Surtex, this is one of the more visual shows I’ve attended in the last several years and I have gone to a variety of them. In addition to all the fabric design on display there are quilt designs on display, the huge quilt exhibition, and fashion and home furnishings in prints print prints.  And color color color.

Let’s take a wander down the aisle…

Emily Herrick, quilt designer, author of Geared for Guys, and fabric designer for Michael Miller Fabrics with her latest quilt designs using cotton couture solids by Michael Miller

Art Gallery Fabric’s Pat Bravo’s new collection Rock n’ Romance

A corner of the Blend Fabrics booth, with Josephine Kimberling and Sarah Watts latest collections

Westminster Fabrics’ Booth

Westminster Fabrics’ Booth

Alexander Henry Booth

Sarah Watson’s booth with her collection Luxe in Bloom with Art Gallery Fabrics

Sarah Watson’s booth with drawings and inspiration for her collection Luxe in Bloom

Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller wit her new collection “Les Amis”

Laurie Wisbrun for Robert Kaufman

Booth for Kanvas, a branch of Benartex

Next up, more quilts from the Quilt Exhibition at Quilt Market Houston 2012

Quilt Market 2012 Houston

If you’ve never been to Quilt Market, take a little journey with me…

Well, what fun.  Today the actual market opens, but there have already been several days of antics.  For me, it started with an Andover Fabrics sales meeting and company dinner with lots of news of good things to come–new offerings in the batiks and solids (more to come on that), sponsorship of QuiltCon, and most exciting, a look at the new collections coming out. Quite invigorating.  More on Andover when I report on the fabric company booths later.

Last year I went to all the Andover schoolhouses which are incredibly well attended and have great give-aways.  This year I branched out and spontaneously went to where my nose led me, and I have some pics to show for it!  Then last night was the fabric 2.0 opening party, a place to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and meet in person people I’ve known online.  No pics of that so sorry, but here goes for some schoolhouse action–remember there are a million sessions and one cannot be everywhere at once – I wish!

First up was Dena of Dena Designs, the gal with one of the coolest booths at Surtex, showing her new fabric line “Happi”and projects she’s made with it.  Dena handpaints everything, and has a new book coming out, The Painted Home.

Dena Designs

Dena Designs

The Painted Home by Dena

Next was Jennifer Paganelli, showing her new collection Happy Land, a fun video she did with Downy and a second book coming out called Happy Home. Jennifer was accompanied by Carla Hegeman Crim, who writes many of the Sis Boom patterns and has her own book out now, Sewn Hats.

Jennifer Paganelli at Quilt Market 2012 Schoolhouse

Sis Boom

Sewn Hats by Carla Hegeman Crim

Valori Wells was there with her new line “Novella”, some quilt patterns to go with it, a slideshow that included her photography that serves as inspiration, and new sewing cards.

Valori Wells

Valori Wells

Valori Wells

Anna Maria Horner came with a variety of new fabrics (velveteen, voile, rayon) in her Field Study collection, her embroidery flosses and pearl cotton threads and projects that use all of these things together in new ways. Oh, and a new book, Anna Maria’s Needlework Notebook.

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook

Amy Butler arrived with colorful projects using Alchemy and studio collections in satine, rayon, voile,  velveteen and linen. We were treated to a fashion show with music, and an appealing slide show of spreads from her new online project, Blossom Magazine, launching in November–patterns, photography and inspiration galore.  Its sort of a whole culture all its own.

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Next I went one to see some of the new designers at Art Gallery. First up, Angela Walters, machine quilter extraordinaire, with her new fabric line “textures”

Angela Walters

Then there was Bari J with her second collection with Art Gallery, Splendor 1920.

Bari J

And Sarah Watson, Illustrator, with Luxe in Bloom.

Sarah Watson

And Jeni Baker, with her Color Me Retro due Feb 2013.

Jeni Baker

And Pat Bravo, the creative force behind Art Gallery Fabrics concluded the schoolhouse with a video and a view of her new collection, Rock ‘n Romance.

Pat Bravo

That’s it for now.  In the next few days I will continue to report on my Quilt Market 2012 journey and share pics of booths, designers, cool projects, and the quilt exhibitions. Follow along!