Sunday, 6 November 2011

quilt market - the booths (part three)

Last Fall market the Free Spirit/Westminster aisle was huge. This time it seemed smaller, more narrow maybe. The booths were most definitely not as elaborate as before but one thing you can rely on with the Free Spirit folks, they do great booths even if they're not as elaborate as previous markets.

This was a communal type of bit, near the reps and sales folks. Isn't that couch to die for? And the pillows? I often think Free Spirit fabrics work really well together across designers, even if they don't look like they should. This has cemented that belief.

Free Spirit booth

Jenean Morrison won a ribbon for creativity. If my memory serves me right, she won a booth award for the past 2 markets as well. I love Jenean's fabrics. I love how she puts her booths together. Maybe it's because she's not a quilter that she sees things with a different eye. Power Pop is due to start shipping this month. (In case you haven't got any of her previous line yet, silent cinema is on sale at Fat Quartershop)

Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit

The floor. Genius.

Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit

You may not know about NYC based Mark Cesarik. You should, he's eye candy. But a newly wed (dammit). His wife, Cara is stunning (and really clever too. If I didn't like her so much I'd seriously hate her) and to top it off, the pair of them are ridiculously fun. Morning tides is out already and is a great collection of prints that work well for both men and women. Strong, graphic designs and bold colours. Did I already mention he's pretty hot? Yeah, I might have done.

Mark Cesarik for FreeSpirit

Eagerly awaited is another guy designer. David Butler. Him with the familiar surname and husband to uber designer, Amy. He's a graphic designer, drummer in a rock band, photographer and now fabric designer to boot. (In response to Maria's question - this is what you want, lady, it is amazing and perfect for your brother. Also - Marg M - the decor weight is great, perfect for that chair you're thinking of covering). His booth was only small, but really nicely done with huge hi-watt amps as a back drop (a nod to his musical ability). I loved how this was clearly a line designed with men in mind, but that he had women's clothes displayed too.
Finally a fabric collection that is truly masculine but, as you can see, will also make fantastic women's clothing. It'll ship February 2012. Seriously, this is going to be huge. The greys are fabulous, the olive greens spot on. I'm a big fan of colour but I'll be stocking up on this collection and plenty of it too so I can hoard it away.

Parson Gray/Free spirit

Just fabulous.

Parson Gray

Right next door to David's booth was his missus (of course). Lark is already in stores now and if you haven't bought any yet, you should. The colours are amazing, the prints are beautiful and it's my favourite Amy Butler collection ever. Which reminds me, I need to get stocked up.

Amy Butler/Lark

My favourite ever designer and winner of the most awe inspiring lady award (yeh, I invented that award) is Anna Maria Horner. This lady knows what she is doing. Everything she touches turns to gold, her vision is incredible and her work total perfection. She's such a pro. On Friday she had to rush off to the eye doctor, missing her second schoolhouse session, and was on strong anti-biotics all weekend but was there in the booth soldiering on despite being in pain and not being able to see.

Anna Maria Horner

Ribbons, bias bindings in 2 widths, velveteens (will be coming soon) flannels (out now), tapestry kits (yes - TAPESTRY KITS!) and sewing boxes that I would like to have stacked all over my house.

Anna Maria Horner

I love it all. I need it all.

Anna Maria Horner

Finally, what you've all been waiting for (in particular Meg, Leila, Hadley and Nicke). Flea Market Fancy.
There was no booth, no fabric, nothing to touch. The fabrics were still on paper. Denyse was there though, she came to the Fabric 2.0 party on Friday night and (I am so going to tell this to my grandchildren) she walked over from across the room (after waving - at me, I did check behind me first before I waved back) and said hello and she knew my name and asked how Fat Quarterly was doing. Yes. I did freak. I freaked so much and then I completely annoyed Lu and Tacha by going on about it all night.

flea market fancy

FMF2 is out in March next year. That's a little later than was originally thought, and includes some new twists to the old prints as well as 8 old favourites. Start saving you pennies. It'll be an expensive Spring.

29 comments:

Heleen Groot said...

And here's me, thinking that it could not get better after the last post. Boy oh boy, was I wrong! Thank you!

Justine said...

Well I'm sure we're all going to be bankrupt soon!! Great round up Katy!

Eli said...

Lovely, lovely fabrics. I'm definitely going to be bankrupt. I wonder if hubby would notice if I sold the car?

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

I have only 2 words.... eye.CANDY!
Thanks for sharing :)

Manda said...

Great to see all the booths! Love
Jenean Morrison's floor and all those yummy fabrics!

Lucykate Crafts... said...

i got a shock looking at those pictures. the tapestry canvases say on them 'made in the uk by wm. briggs', that is where i used to work!

maria said...

Thanks for the feature on the "Manly" fabrics by David Butler, they are EXACTLY the type of thing I have been looking for. It's a shame they won't be available until Febuary, it looks like the quilt for my brother won't be done for Christmas.
Maybe the other manufacturers will follow suit and produce some ranges for the guys.

Theresa said...

How do you spell 'breathe in....breathe out....ahh...sighhhhhhh. Gorgeous work Ms Intrepid...fabulous uncover. Excitement plus +++++++!

Clair said...

Thanks for all the wonderful photo's. I would be willing to commit several serious crimes to own that gorgeous couch and as for DS knowing you.....I'd be name dropping forever if that happened to me!

{Leila}Where the Orchids Grow said...

Look at you being all bff with Denyse, You're such a rock star Katy!

Little Island Quilting said...

Thanks for taking the time to do these posts - the most comprehensive I have seen.
It is appreciated.

selfsewn@summerfete said...

Wow, I've loved your coverage of the quilt market,
I think my heart would not stop racing if I were to go!!

Isisjem said...

Thanks for sharing your market insights have been so interesting and comprehensive!

Flying Blind... said...

I bet you were just your regular bashful self in front of Madame Schmidt!! I have my order placed so we are going to be living off Value cornflakes between now and release! Worth it though!

mascanlon said...

So will we all crash the websites of our favorite online stores the day Flea Market is out again...oh be still my heart.

Katarina said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful posts, I am enjoying every little bit of it:)))

Sandy said...

Great, great fabrics! That upholstered couch, the floor.....what wonderful inspiration for our fabrics!

Ros Made Me said...

Thank you for sharing... am now a deep shade of pea green with total envy that you were able to see all these fabulous fabrics :)

Archie the wonder dog said...

So much wonderful things to look at - I'm really looking forward to David Butler's line, hope it's available over here...

Poppyprint said...

What a report!! Of course Denyse knows who you are, founder of Fat Quarterly, best tats in the industry, uber-quilter with accent to boot! Thanks for your enthusiastic fabric descriptions, my piggy bank is at the ready.

Katy Cameron said...

OMG, I LOVE all of these. Now if I don't eat til, say, next March, I should be good to go on the fabrics, and hey, the waistline will thank me... ;o)

Maureen T. said...

I love it all, but between Anna Maria Horner and Denyse Schmidt, I'm not going to have any money left at all!!

**nicke... said...

did you go all goofy and drool on yourself... i totally would have... miss schmidt... i love you, will you marry me? ;) i have loved these posts katy! and you are right... it is going to be a very expensive spring! and do my eyes spy some new anna maria horner... please, please, please, tell me it is true katy!?

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

I NEED that sofa. And the ribbons and binding. And the FMF goes without saying.

Karen said...

OK first Mark Cesarik IS hot!!! The giant yo-yo quilt is a brilliant idea. I think I may have to reproduce that.

Sarah said...

I love Anna Maria Horner too. She's my absolute favourite designer. Thanks for sharing the booths with us at home. :-)

Jenean said...

Your coverage of quilt market has been outstanding--the best I've seen! Thanks for including my booth in the roundup! Great seeing you again!

Meg said...

Katy, you rock my socks! Thank you for this, and for all of your Market coverage. I'm enjoying the vicarious trip!

amy smart said...

Your Market posts were the bomb. I loved every last tidbit. But especially the part where you met DS. Fabulousity itself.

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