Market was so much fun! Just a quick update about Lizzy Dish, we are working out a few more things vis. I am going to NYC in a few weeks (for real this time) to change some colors and then it's off to the printers. SO what this means is, nobody really got to see the line at market... so you all got to see the same preview down below. Enjoy it... it's all you will see till I think about September. Sorry little peeps. Keep your chin up though, it will be worth it.
So what this meant for me at market was no major obligations, which was nice! I just got to run around and meet peeps. Which is what I love. I also got to shop, which is what I love also. For some reason I didn't get too many pictures while at market, so just follow the links and you will know who I am talking about.
Fabric/ Designer Peeps:
I did however get a picture with one of my very favorite people. I love Amy Schimler. She is like my illustration/surface design mother. I was so happy to finally meet her in person. She really has been an incredible mentor to me. It was pretty funny though. I was coming down the escalator in the convention center and someone just starts shouting my name. It was Amy! I didn't realize I was so recognizable.
I also met new dream girl Melissa Averinos of YummyGoods, who is designing for Free Spirit. She is so fun! Power to the girls with short hair! We had a good discussion about loop holes and Japanese fabric. She and I were in the same, no artwork, no fabric till Fall boat.
Lovely lovely Oliver + S, Liesl + Company. Talk about dream team, really. They have a great team. They do so much nice work. Really good graphic design. All together a very happy 20 minutes spent with them! I got one of Liesl's Day Pack Tote patterns and I am really excited to put it together. Hopefully we will be working under the same umbrella some time soon. Wink!
My family! Takes over Andover Fabrics! Eric and Julie Comstock, own CosmoCricket and have two lines out right this very minute with Andover, Jitterbug and Half way Cafe.
Sandi Henderson and Anna Marie Horner, both had sweet action booths!
Talk about Aprons:
No really... This could easily have been International Apron Spring Market 2008. I don't mind one bit though. Because everyone will need to prepare their apron making skills for Lizzy Dish.
My new peeps at Vanilla House always do such a nice job. Remember the, out of control, awesome apron that Joan made for me for Christmas? Well it was Vanilla House the whole time. Any House is a friend of mine.
The Apron Lady makes really great aprons. I finally found the apron pattern for me + printmaking. Turns out I go to school with Mary who is the daughter of Jan who IS THE Apron Lady. There was definitely a BYU-Idaho reunion in Portland... we were all missing school.
I met Robin Mynatt at Sample Spree. She is ParisBebe. I got a really cute apron pattern from her. It's the ruffliest one I have seen yet, and that is what I was after. Not only that... I got some fabric from her too, for the apron... yeah turns out she designed it. Cool lady!
I will also say there were many hugs given in the name of Printmaking. Whoever you are, where ever you are... printmakers have the innate ability to find each other.
I heart Seven Islands. They are the distributors of Kokka and Echino fabrics. They will have a new website up June 1st. I could be wrong but I think that they said you would be able to order wholesale from the new website??? If so... yet another dream come true. I loved the girls who were working the booth. They were really sweet, and not annoyed with me for hanging around. I was lucky enough to get some brand new Heather Ross Rabbits and Race Cars for Kokka at sample spree. It is really nice fabric. 85% cotton 15% linen. It's "decor weight". Dream weight is what I say.
And I was sooo worried that my friends from Bunny Designs wouldn't be there... but they were. Good thing too. We are always told to have a year supply... so that is just what I did. I got a year supply of pink hedgehogs, and little red riding hood fabric. Now I will not have want for new hedgehog fabric for one year. Angela the owner actually imports and distributes really fun Japanese fabrics from Cosmo Textiles, and the pink hedgehogs that I speak of were so popular that she has had to put in for a reprint... so they will be here around July. That's ok by me.
Bloggers and the like:
Said hello to the fab Pam Kitty Morning
So sad to have missed Monica the oh so Happy Zombie
and of course a hello to Gina, Quilters Buzz
Too bad David our President at Andover pulled me aside on Wednesday night at dinner to discuss my line... I thought I was in trouble. He is the nicest man ever, seriously, and he is a really inspirational guy...I just always think I am in trouble, always have (deep rooted issues I assume)... even though I never do anything wrong.
I got busted for sure. I went to my fairy god mothers of quilting's booth Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, of course. It was so good to see them, and get to tell them the good news about my fabric contract, as it was at their booth in fall market where it all happened. Dale Fleming dragged Clifford from Andover to their booth to look at my designs. And it's all history from there. Turns out Dale has been asking about it ever since, just wondering how it worked out, and me being the shmo that I am, never sent her a thank you. She is getting a handmade book that's for sure. I love seeing them. They really mean so much to me. I was sad that Dale wasn't there.
The man himself Mark Lapinski. I was so happy to finally meet him! As soon as he saw me he ran around his little podium thing and hugged me. I think my bow must really give me away. Maybe you could see me in the Magazine sometime? I just think.... that we could be a very dangerous pair as we are both such smart A's. True story.
Spring Market Crush:
it's always just going to be Kaffe Fassett. It will be in the Fall too.
There were lots of really beautiful quilts, but my very favorite was by Heidi Stegehuis-Ihle of the Netherlands. Her piece was called Digitale Revolution and it just cracked me up.
It was a great market. Oh yeah one more thing. City News was the talk of the town. It was hanging in the Robert Kaufman booth. It was a dream come true for my Mom.
Now I just can't wait for Fall Market.