Quilt Market Recap + New Tilly Book Winner

Alexia working on the Green Bee Patterns booth
Oh Quilt Market. The joy, the pain, the fabric. I could go on and on about market, because it is a jam packed whirlwind of activity, but I don't think you all want that level of coverage, and honestly, I don't have it in me either, so I am going to try to keep the text short. We'll see how well that goes!

My bounty of Carolyn Friedlander's new collection, Doe, scored at Sample Spree
Carolyn Friedlander's new collection, Doe
My vintage pattern haul - Amy Butler's booth
I only posted a handful of images on my Instagram feed while I was away, so I am going to shower you with photos rather than text. Though per usual, the people I spent a lot of time with seem to never get photographed, with a couple of exceptions.

Cotton + Steel's new collection of double gauze, Bespoke
Samples made in Cotton + Steel fabrics
Bolts of Cotton + Steel fabrics - My Emery Dress in Cotton + Steel cotton lawn
Deborah holding the card for Rob Bancroft's (Alexia's husband) new line for P&B Fabrics
The highlights for me were Cotton + Steel, Carolyn Friedlander, Cloud9, Elizabeth Olwen, and Leah Duncan. There were loads of lovely prints and the welcome reception to substrates (fabrics other than quilting cotton) was music to this garment sewing girl's ears!

My book spotted in a booth - Baby Hugo and mom Rae
The Fancy Tiger Sailor Top in Alison Glass fabric
The lovely Elizabeth Olwen and me - Papercut's Clover Dress in Elizabeth's new collection
Susan Beal's book signing - hitting the bar with friends
Cotton + Steel launched their new double gauze collection, adding to their already existing quilt weight, cotton lawn, and linen and cotton canvas; Cloud9 had a gorgeous barkcloth, voile, and fine wale corduroy; Art Gallery showed their dreamy voile and knits in addition to quilt weight, Kokka featured their wide range of options including an insanely lovely linen gauze; and of course, Robert Kaufman leads the pack with lush chambrays, knits, blends, and loads of other substrates. Seeing everyone branch out is a marvelous turn of events to say the least.

Ellen Baker's new collection
Ellen Baker's booth including a double gauze metallic Emery Dress
Leah Duncan's new line, including a gorgeous blue knit on the left
Katy Jones and her new line with Art Gallery Fabrics
One of the biggest joys of attending market is visiting with friends that I really only get to see there since we all have such busy schedules, and meeting new friends too. I spent loads of quality time with the Cotton + Steel ladies as well as Michelle Abegg from Green Bee Patterns, and Melody's assistant Abbey. These are without question the nicest women in the business and I am truly honored to get to call them friends. The education I get from helping them with their booth is priceless and an opportunity I cherish. I love those girls like my sisters <3

Carolyn Friedlander's booth and quilt
A sample of the Cotton + Steel collection made into cute collars
My Derby Dress in Lisa Congdon's print for Cloud9 - Jessica Jones' new barkcloth line for Cloud9
Last minute hotel sewing in Alexia's room - the Cotton + Steel Schoolhouse presentation
As always I relish my time spent with my firecracker friend Deborah Moebes. Oh I love this lady and I really wish she lived in my town, though I'm certain it'd lead to regular drinking, of which I don't really do (except at market of course)! I was thrilled to finally meet Liesl Gibson in real life after admiring her from afar for many years. We have a ton of mutual LA friends and her reputation of being open and kind isn't a lie.

Crazy gorgeous quilt and cute fabric covered hangers made in Cotton + Steel prints
Elizabeth Olwen's new line and former line (including a shot of me in my Wildwood Emery on the top right!)
My vintage fabric haul - me in an Emery Dress made in new Cotton + Steel fabric designed by Alexia Abegg
Another thrill was getting to meet Elizabeth Olwen, who was at market for the first time with her newest collection. To say I'm a super fan of her work is an understatement. She's as adorable in real life as her work and I hope her successes continue to skyrocket. And market isn't complete without seeing Jamie and Amber of Fancy Tiger as much as possible too. Again, why can't we all live in the same place?! (Tangent: seriously, how great would that town be if it was full of all these awesome people?!)

Carolyn Friedlander quilts!
More of my Sample Spree bounty including the newest collection from Lotta Jansdotter
Seeing double (gauze!) - me with Michelle and me with Alexia
Abbey & I brace for Sample Spree - the Cotton + Steel team ready for action!
As usual I returned home utterly exhausted, inspired, motivated, and with a head full of ideas for the year to come. Every year there are big new things, and I'm so excited to see where it goes next!

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In other news, I think I'm going to have to change the way I host giveaways, because without the ability to email the drawn winner, I simply have to wait to hear from them, and this is the second giveaway in a row where the winner drawn didn't get in touch with me. I didn't like the idea of exposing everyone's emails to the world, but for future giveaways, I'm going to rethink things.

Anyway, I am happy to announce a new winner to the giveaway for one of the two copies Tilly's book Love at First Stitch, since it's been a week since the original winner was announced. I randomly drew from my bowl of comments and the winner is one of my students! Yay!

I love that fabric! Though the dress might not have come out as you planned, I think it's the perfect summer/fall transition dress for LA. Or really any time in LA! I think my favorite tool is probably my cutting mat and rotary cutter. I especially love it on more basic projects because it seems to make things move so quickly on what it otherwise my least favorite part of sewing.
Congratulations Johannah!!! I know you will love this book and I'm happy that I know how to reach you ;)

Thanks as always to everyone who entered and congrats again to the winners!