Whew! What a weekend..honestly SO FUN. I attended the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and had the opportunity to rub sholders with some seriously cool people. There is so much going on at market-when I walked in, I felt like I had walked into a dream. Or maybe a rainbow? Anyway, there was color everywhere. And such beautiful things created to look at. For those that are a little confused as to what market is, it is where all the fabric manufacturers gather in one place and people come from all over to order fabric for their stores, or whatever may be their fancy.
I got to hang out with Heather, who is just as wonderful in person as she is to read! I just love Heather-for so many reasons. Also Anna Maria (pronounced Ah-nah, not Anna). Those two..wow such energy and beauty all bundled up into these 2 cute people.
Joanna Figueroa-It was so great to meet her in person (even if she did skip out on one day because of food poisening!) Her husband Eric took over with no trouble at all. They are the perfect team and I am so happy to have met them both.
Also-Amy Butler. Wow. I must admit to circling her booth twice before gathering the courage to introduce myself. LOL But there was no need as she is so incredibly kind and sweet. Her husband David is just as nice. And her new line Nigella is gorgeous. It is decorator weight, but it is so soft and would still be perfect for apparell, which I wouldn't have guessed.
Valeri Wells-what an artist! Her new line is so bright and happy. And I made friends with her mother Jean as well and she was SO VERY kind and helpful during my first market trip.
Joel Dewberry-Never heard this name before? Get used to seeing it, he has 3 lines coming out for Westminster and they are all wonderful. Again, such a kind person!
Sooo..why did I go to market? Well, I hinted at it here and a little bit here-but never totally let it slip. But I'll let it out now. :) About 8 months ago I got a wild whir of an idea (I'll go into it more later because the story deserves more attention) to design a line of fabric. Market was the deadline I gave myself and would you imagine/believe that I was actually offered a few different jobs while there? But my goal was to design fabric and I am so excited to say that in 6-ish months you'll be able to buy MY fabric. My artwork is due in 3 weeks so until it is totally finished, I won't give any teasers that may change. And if you want to reach me, 3 in the morning might be the best time for the next 3 weeks LOL. A line of patterns is in thought process right now too. Hmm..lots to think about.
Which brings me to Portabellopixie-what are my plans for this? Well..I love my little business with a passion. It has deep roots in how I became to be who I am and I don't think I am ready to part with it. (probably will never be able to.) So for the next 4 or 5 months at least I will continue to create customs for those sweet little girls. After my line comes out-time will tell.
Ok, I'm still trying to recouperate from the weekend, so I will go now but expect to hear more fun news soon!