Whew! International Quilt Market 2016 in Salt Lake City is a wrap. And like anyone will tell you: it pulls you in like a tornado, spins you around for a bit and leaves you with a blurry recollection of awe-inspiring quilts and people. At least that's what it was like for me. When you get the chance to spend long enough with friends old and new ~ that's the best part. But mostly there is never enough time, and you look forward to the next Quilt Market to do it all over again!
Above are the lovely lovely Art Gallery Fabrics designers who showed at Spring Market and first I'm going to show you our AGF corner. This here was my Playground fabrics booth, or more correctly ~ wall.
I feel so lucky to have had so much help from friends this time around, who took the time to help me sew and create this beautiful display with their mini quilts (I'm going to blog about their projects in it's very own post.) These are just overview pics I took and I didn't take many I apologize, but the lighting in the convention center was less than flattering and I prefer to do a dedicated post using pics that were taken by myself and the artists beforehand.
These precious garments (minus the furry vest, of course) were sewn by Alexis Wright and Melissa LeRay. Make sure to stay tuned for the Playground fabrics LookBook which will be coming soon after the release of this collection, due out in July, and which will highlight many of these items.
This is Bonnie Christine's new AGF Organics collection "Hello Ollie" and sadly I didn't get a pic of Bonnie in her booth, but it was breathtaking and she is seriously so lovely in person ~ and way more swan-like than me.
Walter Bravo, head of Art Gallery Fabrics, and Pat Bravo, designer of the fresh and pretty new collection, "Heartland".
I fell so in love with these Heartland softies in Pat's booth.
Dana Willard of the super fun new Limited Edition collection, "Boardwalk Delight."
Isn't this romper adorable!!?? It's designed by the Simple Life Company.
Katarina Roccella, designer of the charming new collection "Pandalicious".
This print is my favorite!!
Sharon Holland, designer of the sophisticated new collection, "Tapestry".
And that there, next to the candle is my favorite print in Sharon's new collection.
Bari J always makes beautiful collections and "Joie de Vivre" is gorgeous gorgeous.
I love the colorful tassels on this monogram cushion.
Maureen Cracknell. Lemme just say, I love all these girls and I've seriously been holding back here in order not to gush on and on about all of them, but this pic of Maureen just kills me. So cute, and her "Nightfall" booth was stunning ~ as always.
My favorite was this adorable owl dress.
So! What do you think of the Art Gallery Fabrics collections? All beautiful, right?
So now we're going to visit some friends.
Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble showing off her latest quilt patterns. Jack, to the right, is my fave. And not just because there's a touch of Paperie fabric in it. I think it's just simply stunning.
Frances Newcombe of 'Franny & Jane' debuting their fresh new collection "Manderley".
Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton (heart heart emojis!)
Showing their latest collection, "Desert Bloom" and see the pillow back there made using my "Merry and Bright" pattern?!
Yay! Here's a pic of my Quilt Market partner in crime, Jenn Chon, with Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique ~ showing her latest collection "Olive's Flower Market".
Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree and Company, of course. It was my first time meeting her and oh... she's fun!
Think I'm in love with this elephant pattern by Ricrac.
Definitely in love with the Lepidoptera quilt by Elizabeth Hartman, though I'm thinking the Frances Firefly quilt pattern may be more up my alley.
Oh I love the colors in Violet Craft's new collection "House of Hoppington"!
I finally got to meet the inspiring Heather Jones and had a chat with her about baby deer and her art process, among other things. She's absolutely lovely.
And I was so happy to be able to see these gems made in Lizzy House's new Whisper Palette, made by my friends Nicole Young and Sari of Sariella Studios. (They also made the two gorgeous minis in my booth: scroll back up. See the the donuts and butterflies!?! :)
Eeeek!!! Getting to meet and hug the amazing Lori Holt was such a treat! I've thought the world of this lady for so long, so to meet her in person... well, you know... it was definitely a highlight.
And really guys. It was such an unexpected delight to meet Sandy Klop ~ not only was I star-struck, but I was equally surprised at what a hoot she is! Warm, funny, and able to speak more Korean than I can... let me just say I was charmed.
So sadly, this is where I run out of photos. That's because I didn't have time to walk the whole floor and see everything... imagine, there was more inspiration and beauty! So, I'll leave you with these fun phone pics ~ because quilty people really are the best!
Recognize some favorites in here? So much fun!
p.s. there's a short little video of me talking about Playground fabrics live from Market, here.