This going to be quite the post as I have encountered so much, and so many people in the past 3 days, so bear with me...
OK, Saturday at market. Not so great, sort of wanted to fall off the face of the earth, felt like I was being sucker punched all day long. I didn't even want to go back
Sunday, we (my mum and me) went in the late afternoon, and we decided to look at the actual quilt show first, and it was so nice! First of all the quilts are always incredible, but there wasn't anyone there. I didn't have to fight any one to get a good picture, and I didn't have to wait for a crowd to leave so I could see something... this was not typical international quilt festival traffic. It was just me and the quilts. DREAM! It was almost like being in a museum on a Tuesday around lunch. It was perfect. So here are some of my favs
This was called "Stripes--Roses--", by Hisae Yoshida of Japan. I am not a huge rose person but I thought this was great, because they almost look nautical, and I am a big nautical person, that and almost everything I wear and or own is striped. I am just all about it, and I am all about this adapted log cabin
This was a really cool piece called "Dare to Know," by Claudia Helmer of Germany
this beautiful piece was by Kathy York of Austin, Texas. It's called "Vertigo". Someone from her quilt group was telling us that she used all hand dyed fabrics to achieve the really brilliant colors. That and the little yellow bird at the bottom is afraid of heights.. hence the name Vertigo. Obviously.
there were sooo many amazing ones, there isn't GB in the world to show them all
I also met the lovely Gina of Quilters Buzz, and Threaded Pear. I have to say she could easily be one of my new favorite people. Before market closed on Monday she took me around to all the art directors I wanted to meet, all the peeps I need to know and she introduced me. The low down is, when I get a fabric deal, I fill the debt with fat quarters.
Gina also introduced me to Heather Bailey and Laura Gunn who were totally cool. We were all gawking over the Alexander Henry Wonder Shop! Their new stuff is completely outrageous. In a really good way
And we met the Smith's! Annie of Simple Arts, and her daughter Kirsten. They were both so great. What fun! It was just really nice to connect with people, and get a real education about the goings on of this industry.
also, I might do an internship with Holly, and I am designing Penny Sturges logo for Quilts Illustrated. How cool is that? I am so completely excited for everything that happened this past weekend. There is so much to say, but quite a bit will have to wait... but just know, some really good things are happening, and I hope you like flying objects made of paper, printed elsewhere. It all involved a circle and a chance meeting with Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, and Dale Flemming.
make of that what you will.
OK and just as a travel update: for those of you who think I am still going to Paris, I am not going to Paris anymore.
for those of you who know that I am not going to Paris and think that I am going to Spain instead, this information is no longer valid
for those of you who are thoroughly confused, I am going to Brussels Belgium. We just kind of picked it today, and I went and bought a book and it turns out it's the Art Nouveau capital of the world. Things could hardly be better right now. Oh, I know how they could be better. The Airline could find my phone.