I was lucky enough to attend Spring Quilt Market this year, a quilting trade show that is held twice a year in various cities. My understanding is that Fall Market is always held in Houston, and Spring Market rotates cities, so it won't return here for 5 years. I was able to see a ton of beautiful fabrics and meet some wonderful designers that I admire so much. It was the best weekend!
Also, I am the VP of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and we were able to bring in some great speakers during our monthly guild meeting, held the same weekend as Quilt Market. We were able to have Jacquie Gering
give our May presentation
, and Alissa Haight Carlton
do our Block of the Month,
which is one she had created for her Sew, Mama Sew Modern Block Series last year.
A couple of my favorite quilts that Jacquie shared:
And here is Alissa presenting, with a shot of our PMQG quilt on the left!
Enough of my blah-blah, here's some pics of quilts and me being giddy with quilting/fabric celebrities!
The quilt on the left is made by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson (she's in our guild) and the quilt on the right is a collaboration quilt from my guild. We had a neon challenge and Michael Miller gave us fabric for all of our members. All in all, we'll have 3 quilts done at the end, but we were able to complete this one so Michael Miller could hang it in their booth at Market!
This is the beautiful booth from my friend, fabric designer Violet Craft
. She is also in the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and this line, Waterfront Park, is her third fabric line with Michael Miller. Her first two are Peacock Lane and Madrona Road. We may just see a quilting challenge down the road with a prize from this line...
Myself and Violet
Who is this? Oh, JUST ME AND AMY BUTLER
. Yeah I acted like a dork. She was very gracious and didn't even point out my dorkiness.
And me with Heather Bailey
. She is super nice. She is coming out with embroidery patterns, they are so pretty! She embroidered her booth with giant yarn, and ended up winning the most creative booth award! I gathered up all of my courage, and invited her to the party our guild was co-hosting that night with a local store, Modern Domestic
. And she came to the party. It was fabulous
And I gave her some of my soap.
This next one is from Mo Bedell, also of PMQG. I love the colors in this line, Full Moon Lagoon. There may be some of this fabric also as a prize at some point!
Elizabeth Hartman also made this awesome vine and leaf quilt!
Mo and I
Posing with Lorelie of Lorelie Designs
And a cute shot of the Hello, Kitty booth!