First I want to thank you all for encouraging me. I loved reporting from the floor of quilt market and every time I would read a comment thanking me for sharing it made me want to share all the more. I guess you could say I work cheap. Your appreciation is all I need to want to do this and share.
This market, without a doubt, was my favorite in years!! I think it was obvious from the photos over the last three days that the baton has been passed and the younger designers with their fresh modern looks were everywhere. There was new energy in the market. So many bright clean colors, designs and ideas. Everything I absolutely love! There was no searching for brights in a room full of muddy colors. It was like shopping in a rainbow, each booth brighter and more excitingly electrifying than the last.
I couldn't believe how many designers offered to come to Strawberry Patches for book signings, workshops and events. In twenty six years I've never had so many talented women so willing to come and share. Could it be our fabulous new store and huge classroom that makes them want to come? Don't know, but I'm so excited to bring these talented ladies to Strawberry Patches.
I have just a few photos to show you of the last day. We are always rushed to meet with those last few reps and then comb the aisles one last time for those nuggets we may have overlooked.
Here is Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow of The Happy Zombie. I bought the majority of this collection due in the stores this summer.
Here is Sandi Henderson of Portabellopixie
We loved her new line for Michael Miller, Secret Garden
and bought most of the patterns shown here.
It's funny, but after spending three days looking at thousands of fabric designs, I am always more aware of design around me. I usually look at the carpeting in the hotels and airports and say, "That would make a great fabric". In Utah, the inspiration came from above.
Even the colors were trendy.
Thank you Salt Lake for your hospitality, snow capped mountains, clean air and lovely people. We can't wait to return!
Encourage one another,