This past weekend I attended the Spring Quilt Market in St Louis, MO. I was really excited that it was being held in the Midwest this year, so I could easily drive. Of course, it's summer - so that means orange barrels and construction zones :)
The Market was held in the Convention Center and is a wholesale only show for quilt shop buyers, designers, authors and media. Since I was driving, I wasn't limited on luggage :) so I could take along all my new patterns to share with distributors, quilt shop buyers and fabric companies.
Spring Market is held in a different city each year while Fall Market is always in Houston in late October. And as a side note - you will learn very quickly that taking selfies is not my strong suit :)
Okay - where to start... I'm going to share photos of some of the fabric collections, designers and booths that caught my eye. These aren't in any particular order. Ready - let's go!
First up - Island Batik ! As a brand ambassador for Island Batik, I couldn't wait to see all the new collections in person! I've been designing with the digital images for several months, but there is nothing like getting to touch, feel and fondle!
The Sakura line is one of my favorites - keep an eye on the blog in the next few months to see what all I create with these beauties :)
Next up - Amanda Murphy who designs for Benartex Contempo line. I first met Amanda in Houston a few years and love her designs. I used her Carina collection in my Learn to Quilt with Precuts Video Class. Here is her latest collection. The photo doesn't really do the color justice (convention center lighting isn't the best!) but I love the clean and crispness of the line.
I did take some time to slip away to walk down to the Arch ... I had only driven by it, but had never stopped to see it in person. It was neat to watch the river and see the barges as they moved along.
So that's all for now - stay tuned for Part II ... and maybe even Part III!