May 22nd, 2011
I could easily title this post, “Mo Bedell & Traci Butler - my Quilt Market Super Models”. I didn’t take many photos - I was too busy living in the moment being ooh’d and ahh’d by friends, new friends, events and dazzling new fabrics & products! I know so many others have market covered so beautifully - but here’s a little snapshot of Happy Marketlandia through my eyes.
Mo and I head to the airport to meet Traci, along with Parka and Bag (our companions who go with us everywhere, though their pal Wallet who sadly stayed behind with Gibby). At the airport gift-shop, we’re clearly still in Portland. When we got to SLC, Paige tweeted me that SLC doesn’t put birds on things. Allrighty then, just for you Utah: Put A Tator-tot On It.
After we checked into our hotel, we went strait to the convention center and were able to catch a few Schoolhouses. Here Kristin (left) and Traci (right) model Patty’s (center) new adult size patterns (Kyoko). Patty’s beautiful booth featuring her savory and delicious new line called Grand Bazaar.
Me at the Lecien booth OMG’ing over my name and fabric on the the fabric-sample-card-hanger-thingies.
Just like in Houston, Amanda’s booth, newest fabric line and patterns knocked my sock off (dying over her little “fascinator” hats that double as pincushions).
Feast your eyes on PamKittyWorld! For years, years, years I’ve been saying Pam needs her own line of fabric - and now she does collaborating with the amazing Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Drygoods with the new PamKittyMorning collection! Since I’ve known Pam (and it could be a very, very long time because we were neighbors as kids in a then tiny Bay Area east bay neighborhood - but didn’t know until we both started blogging), she’s had a way with fabric. Pam’s a fabric whisperer and can pull the most amazing combinations together that has a clear “PKM” look. Mix in 1930’s, florals, cool moderns, kitchenishy kitchies, dots, checks, a little bit ric, a little bit of rack, solids… stir… marinate… kiss it with love… top with a dash of witty humor and a touch of salt… and VOILA… there you have the new Pam Kitty Morning collection! To say I’m thrilled and proud of her is an understatement. And to say I’m kissing Holly’s butt and schmoozing her so I can get my hands on some PKM… is a complete truth. Note: Not a schmooze and true… I have a “Lakehouse” cupboard in my sewing room because I love Holly’s fabrics so much - and there just so happens to be a spot available for PKM to put in it. Ok, kind of a schmooze. But still true.
Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew - and JUST like her blog and patterns, she is so sweet and happy. Allison’s both was like being in a 3D version of her blog, and I didn’t want to leave. In fact, I wanted to set up a sewing machine and start making one her fun and stunning quilt patterns that I love so much!
Ever notice how much talent and creativity emanates from Portland and Oregon??!! Valori shows that besides being uber talented (and sweet)… she knows how to make a bird. And most of all… how to put a bird on it.
Mo clearly got a fashion memo from Timeless Treasures - look how cute she looks with the TT peeps! Mo with TT’s newest superstar, Rashida (longtime superstar to us)! Also on the far left is Mary, another superstar (clearly my camera only takes photos of stars!) and the maker of the chocolate mustache lolly-pops that swept Marketlandia. Rashida was debuting her first line called I Heart, and boy do I heart it! In the last photo, Traci demonstrates how market-goers gobbled up Amanda’s darling CuteBot cross-stitch patterns at Rashida’s booth.
Jennifer Paganelli’s business card should read: Creator of beautiful things, teacher of beautiful things, funny girl, cheerleader, mentor, designer, author, fashionista, superstar, glam-girl, nicest person in the world, super X & O notemaker - and making making the world a better place person.
Traci, me, Jennifer and Jenean Morrison. I first met Jenean in Houston and liked her oh so much. I got to spend even more time with Jenean in SLC… and now I full on love her. I think Jenean is a Portlander trapped inside a Memphisite’s (Memphisonian?) body, and her newest line is Silent Cinema, and is one of the fabrics I’m gushing over this season.
Joel Dewberry… adorable. That goes for his booth and fabrics, too.
My favorite booth! I wanted to move into this booth! I loved the fabrics, patterns and look of Zen Chic. AND I got to speak German!
Izzy in the hizzy! Sometimes I just can’t help myself. The latest offerings from Izzy and Ivy are so freaking cute I came close to stealing their displays! Also so fun to see Jana and girls - I love, love, love them!
A funny thing happened to Traci on her way out of Moda booth… she won $500!!! Moda gave a ticket to every shop (that placed an order) to spin the Spin-A-Prize wheel for a prize. We found out the day prior that someone had won an iPad… and today was Traci’s lucky day! HOLY SCHMOKES! On the far right is super-awesome Holly of Urban Chicks. Love. Her.
Holly and Aneela manning the booth. Meeting Aneela was one of my big thrills this market. I love her fabric, her art, her hearty conversions/conversing with her, her cuteness, kindness, wit and smartness… I just love her to pieces. And seeing her newest line Little Apples… so cute I could squeeze it! Her and Holly together… my head almost exploded. And when Aneela and Kristin fulfilled my wish for the little Moda booth to be a “kisses” booth. My head finally exploded.
I’ve been wanting to meet Pat Bravo, and lucky me that Traci is good friends with her and intorduced me. Pat’s an A M A Z I N G pattern and fabric designer, and I love her Art Gallery Fabrics. I think Pat is an awesome role model for women in business as well as running a family business. Pat’s booth won an award… no surprise! Traci let me tag along on her shop appointments, and supposedly I was helping Traci… but when we got to Pat’s booth I just kept saying, “order it” over and over and over and over. I can’t wait to see Traci’s shop when all her orders come in!
Another highlight of Market was getting to have some party time, and the mother of all highlights forever in the history of man - was a night with Paula Prass and her daughter Jennifer Storey (aka #storytimewithPaula) . Bari, Jona, Traci, Jenean and myself will never forget our night with Paula and Jen - and we’re forever bonded because of it. And if that wasn’t enough… I’m deeply madly in love with Paula’s new line called Botanika. If you ever get to meet Paula, ask for a story.
Farewell beautiful Salt Lake City, with your sparkly blue skies, your city hugging snow-capped mountains, your kind and friendly people and your crazy cool orange flags for crossing the street. I’m coming back, with family in tow next time. Too much to see and do, and your small taste was delicious.
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