Spring Quilt Market 2011. In this post I'll focus mostly on the folks over at the Michael Miller pavilion. They are always fun and exuberant over there and they did it again with their Super Heroes theme this time. Here is their main ordering area. Neato.
Here is the award winning Crazy Old Ladies booth. They have a new collection called Going Coastal and everything was very cute and beachy.
Sarah Jane had a darling booth for her premier fabric collection called Children at Play. It's a great collection and very well thought out. I'm sure it will be a big hit!
Here is the girl's corner.....
...and the boy's corner. Her boy fabric is the kind that you would actually put on a boy. Really!
Sandi Henderson took the blue ribbon for a double booth with her gorgeous booth showcasing her Secret Garden collection coming out. Sandi is such a sweet friend and her designs just keep getting better and better (this one is my favorite yet).
Beautiful matching ribbons to go with her new Grand Bazaar fabric collection.
Here is Paula Prass's new collection called Botanika and believe me when I say it is stunning. The print with the birds is a much larger scale than I expected and it's going to knock your socks off.
Here is Paula with Liz Johnson from Sew 4 Home (a really great site if you haven't seen it yet!). It was such a treat to finally meet Liz in person. She's such a nice gal and I can't wait to see what she has planned.
Here is the darling booth of Violet Craft, one of the newest designers from Michael Miller. Her collection is called Peacock Lane and it's simply divine! Peacocks and elephants and willows....all in gorgeous colors (cherry chip!).
A better look at her quilt in progress. I love the pillows too!
Here I am with my favorite Portland gals. Traci Butler, Mo Bedell, Violet Craft and Monica Solorio-Snow (who is releasing a fantastic collection herself). I made my blouse in a hurry the night before I left and will share on it soon.
Okay, here is a quilt that really caught my eye. Well, it's more than one quilt but it's self portraits of the Hanging by a Thread group and it's really cool (and actually a little weird at the same time). I love seeing stuff like this because it's so out of the ordinary.
And I wanted to be sure to show you the booth by Rachel Ashwell who just released a stunning fabric collection called Treasures. It's very Shabby Chic, of course, and simply beautiful.
Here is Rachel in her booth. It was really a thrill to shake her hand and chat for a few moments because I have been an admirer for so long.
Okay, and finally, Kay Whitt! Kay made a few changes to her booth and it was gorgeous. White doves, brilliant chandelier, white backdrop.....wow!
Here she is modeling one of her latest patterns. I love Kay (and her husband Keith) and she has been a huge inspiration to me from the moment I first saw her at the Portland Quilt Market in 2008.
And she was kind enough to share some loot with me which I'm sharing with you (well, some of it anyway...).....First on my list, the current issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine from the great folks at Interweave Press, who graciously thrust this one and a few others at me on the last day of market and made me very happy (a happiness which I shall now share). Second, Kay's new Betty June pattern, which looked darling on her and will look great on you. Then an awesome pattern for placemats using selvages (you're not saving yours?? well start!) by Brioni Greenberg who is a genius at selvage sewing (and a member of the Fat Quarterly team), a darling notebook from Sandi Henderson, and more goodies and sweets from Pam Kitty Morning!