Update to this post! Fabric winner announced at the bottom of this entry. More giveaways coming Wednesday!
Despite consistently dreary, rainy days with highs in the lower 50s here in Sudbury, MA, the calendar does indeed say it's May, and that means time for Spring Quilt Market! This year it was held in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, where the flowers were in full bloom.
While the sun shone outside, everybody was hustling and bustling on the show floor inside the convention center. And our very own Lindsey Murray (standing) attended her first-ever Quilt Market.
(With her is Managing Editor Helen Gregory as she completes some last-minute proofing on her
computer before walking the show floor.)
I have a real knee-collapsing weakness for Kokka fabrics. I love these totes I saw in their booth:
And check out their viewmaster fabric! I bought a yard of it at the Cincinnati show, but I can't bring myself to cut it up yet:
I finally got to meet Alissa Haight Carlton (on the left below), founding member of the
Modern Quilt Guild who also made a gorgeous quilt we featured in Quilt Scene last year. She has a fabulous book coming out very soon with C &T called The Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee. You wont want to miss it!
I'm thrilled to share that Mary Fisher, fiber and mixed-media artist and
world-renowned AIDS activist, at long last has her first two
fabric lines out with Troy Fabrics.
Based on her watercolor work, her fabrics are both vibrant and graphic, and available in a variety of color ways:
Marcia Derse, also a fabric designer for Troy, has her fourth line of fabric out this spring. I gobble up every fat quarter I can find by her...
See what I mean?
Check out my brief interview with Marcia
All in all, I had a wonderful time at Quilt Market. I met a lot of new designers, got some great ideas for upcoming editorial, and even got to eat a lot of chocolate. (HandiQuilter, local to Salt Lake City, very generously hosted a reception fit for kings and they had not one, not two, but three chocolate fountains!)
Lastly, I came home from Salt Lake to a fat box of Moda Fabrics. I love this "Terrain" bundle by Kate Spain. Anybody want some?
OK, answer the following question in the comments area and I'll pick a winner on Monday. My question: My mom came out to visit with me in Salt Lake before Market so we could spend Mother's Day together. She's what you'd call a fun mom. Here we are at the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame last fall during the QA TV taping in Cleveland:
We both have Big Birthdays this year, and hers is next month. She does a lot of painting and needlepoint, but she is thinking of getting back into quilting. Be still my heart! She doesn't have much in terms of supplies, however. I know the basic stash-building stuff to equip her with, but I'm curious what quilting tool(s) you'd get your mother on a Big Birthday to encourage her to take up art quilting.
****Blog update! Congratulations to DebraB@8! Please email Lindsey Murray (email@example.com) with your shipping address. Thanks, and thanks to everyone for your fantastic gift suggestions!