Monday, November 15, 2010

quilt market recap (etc.!)

Wowza! It's been a crazy couple of weeks! First, we went on vacation to the Outer Banks (complete with 2 dogs and the sewing machine and the disc catcher and countless other toys). That truly is a magical place! Then, back in Asheville and the office before heading to.... Houston! It's really hard to sum up the whole quilt market/festival in words, but I've managed somehow, over on the Lark Crafts blog. Click:
  • Here (Read about Tina Givens' magical goose and my monoprinting experiments!)
  • Here (Read about my sashiko class and creations - I'm totally addicted! Plus highlights from the Husband's Lounge!)
  • Here (Read my recap with some images of my favorite quilts from the exhibit, definitely through the lens of a modern quilter.)
  • Or here (For a chance to win 500 Art Quilts and Masters: Art Quilts, two fabulous gallery books! Apologies for the shameless plug!)

What an experience! And then, of course, there was the monumental, glorious, and glutinous HAUL! Click here for a more detailed explanation of my finds. Fancy threads (for said sashiko), an innumerable amount of fat quarters (such a weakness), and some lovely vintage fabrics.

It was such an overwhelming, inspiring, and exhausting experience - what a lucky gal I am! It was also exciting to be there as a representative of the next generation of quilters. And I got to meet some of my Flickr friends in person - another level of awesomeness! I must admit that there were times throughout the week when I felt a bit out of place, but in general, I was met with warmth and acceptance - and lots of folks who were interested in learning more about the Modern Quilt Guild! It was also wonderful to see so many women investing time, energy, and financial resources into their continued learning, their passion, and their creative outlet... really inspiring!

And, of course, I found myself skulking around the Bernina booth for far too long - which means I'm definitely in the mood for an upgrade...I can't wait for Cincinnati to roll around!


  1. Hurray about spreading the MQG word! Having been to quilt festival (Salt Lake will by my first Market) I know just what you mean about feeling "out of place." But there's more and more of us!!

  2. I am absolutely wild about Marcia Derse's new fabric.

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  4. Indeed, Alissa - more and more and more of us!

    And I am loving Marcia Derse at the moment. There's something so modern about her work (and I've been in a mid mod zone after all the research for my mid mod quilt bee)!

  5. On a quest for holiday gift inspiration I found and purchased Fa la la la Felt at our local fabric store today...I must say....I'm in love! Love your blog...I'm feeling simultaneously inspired and inadequate ;)

  6. I've still got time before my first Market...maybe next year. But I know my experience at Quilt Canada was unique this year as one of the younger and modern ones on display there. Not the only, but one of few.