Help. I can't stop. Since I got back from Quilt Market, I've taught myself to crochet. Are there other much more productive things I should be doing? Absolutely. But I saw these pillows. I mean, come on. The gorgeousness is overwhelming.
So I felt I simply HAD to learn. And I love it. For some reason I really jibe with it, more than knitting. I think those poor gloves have been abandoned forever.
It's clear that I did start it as an escape. I need to be doing something, but wasn't ready to face all the "real" work I should be doing. But, now since it's so darned portable, I may be losing a good chunk of time to this new-to-me craft. Ah well.
The first pix are just little test patches I practiced. I was so impressed with the circle. And then I made a scarf. It's a very simple pattern from The Happy Hooker book. I'm disappointed that it's not a little wider and much longer. I think I may be doing everything a little too tight. But Aurora already told me she wants it, so I'll make a matching one fore me... And I'm working on getting the flower thing down, so I know you'll see some of those soon.
In other news, did you note that this is 100 posts for me? Yay! I know a giveaway is in order, but my blogiversary is only a month away, so I may be waiting for that. This way I'll be able to make it something really good. But here's the catch, if you're a regular lurker, you may want to leave a comment soon, because I think I'm going to do some kind of kooky giveaway that rewards those who have left comments in the past.
Food was delicious and we even had a a free bottle of champagne sent over to us by the Seven Islands guys (who import Echino) because apparently Mirynda did a lot of shopping with them that day!
We rode down a incline tram thingy afterwards. Some of them thought the giant foot long pencils were too cool and brought them back for the kids. Things got a little funny later with the "knitting" with them...
Anyway, I've got a ton more booth pictures to share, so here we go:
Indygo Junction Patterns (the tunic Myrinda was wearing above was so in demand I couldn't even get a copy)
Vanilla House Designs.
Check out their cute baby "activity" mat.
Lecien. Those adorable bags are a free pattern by Melly and Me. I'n sure I'll be making one in the near future.
I feel like this Quilt Market coverage is dragging on a bit. But then again I've only been home a week.
Friday and Saturday were actually pretty busy for me. I was peddling my fabric line wherever I went! To share a bit about my experience doing that, since some people have already asked, it was well received. I was VERY well prepared and met with plenty of companies, and I must say that everyone I spoke to was nothing but professional, courteous, and even encouraging. Even if they weren't interested. I know that's not the experience everyone has had, so I was grateful.
So, today I'm going to work on showing you more of the booths (in no particular order) that I actually got photos of:
Yes, there was a bit of tweeting going on a market. And yes, I succumbed to peer pressure and signed up for Twitter when I got home. Soon I'll figure out how to add a little button on my sidebar, but for now, I'm jessica_levitt if you want to follow me.
So, I realized that on my last post, I forgot to share my "most embarrassing moment at market" story. Why do I tell you this, you ask? I dunno. Because I guess I feel I've got to be able to laugh at myself. Anyway, it's not a huge big deal. I'm walking over to the hotel for the fake Fabric 2.0 party (wearing the not-comfortable-but-cute shoes I wouldn't have worn had I known I was walking) when I realized my shirt was on inside out! Now it was a mesh material that looks the same on both sides and has a sort of "deconstructed" look anyway, so since the tag was hidden under a cardigan I'm sure no one noticed. (I excused myself to the bathroom right away to remedy the situation.) But here I am meeting all these great designers face-to-face for the first time and I nearly did it with the stupid hanger ribbon thingys showing. Brilliant.
OK, now I'll start showing you some of the actual booths. I didn't get pix of them all (impossible) but I'm discovering I have a lot so it might take quite a few posts to get through this all. :)
I'll start with Amy Butler since she's the biggest celebrity there.
I didn't actually meet her. I could have, but then I just felt like she talks to hundreds of people and why does she need one more? But I did buy her new software. If nothing else I'll use the fabrics that are loaded in on EQ6.
Next up is the lovely Paula Prass. I got the opportunity to speak with her on several occasions and she is as gracious and fabulous in person as you might imagine.
As you can see, her booth really "popped" because of all the bright colored fabric.
Next to her (the Michael Miller designers each had one of the 4 corners at the ends of their "section") was Patty Young. And I even got my picture with her!
It was her birthday on friday so you can see a few balloons peeking out.
On the other end of Michael Miller was Laura Gunn's fabulous both. Her gorgeous paintings translated so well into fabric and I cant wait to get my hands on some. Plus, she was just as sweet as can be!
I'm back from my amazing trip to Quilt Market. Now, if you really don't want to hear all about, I suggest you tune out for the next week or so, because I'm pretty sure I'm going to ramble on a bit. When I'm the one sitting at home, I want to hear all the gritty details, so now I shall aim to provide that for you!
If you don't know what Market is (I do have some family/friends readers that aren't deep into the crafty world like the rest of us), here's the low-down: It's a giant trade show of fabrics, patterns, notions, and other stuff for quilters and sewers. It happens twice a year, once in Houston in October and once somewhere else in the spring. You have to be in the industry to attend (it's not hard to get credentials) and most are shop owners or exhibitors. This was the first time I attended, and it did not disappoint.
This is a shot of less than half the floor during set-up. (If you look closely you'll see Patty Young striking a pose.)
I do think I'll have some good news regarding my fabric designs in a short while, but you're going to have to wait on that. Sorry!
Anyhoo...Market runs Fri, Sat, and Sun, but on Thursday they have something called Schoolhouses. They're little product demos or fabric presentations. I went to get an idea what they were and check out some new stuff.
I saw Amy Butler's (no pic of her b/c they really weren't flattering and that's just mean) in which she talked about her new line of Sweet Life bags, her new software, and patterns.
I saw several other fabric designers showcasing their lines, including the whole Michael Miller gang, Kaffe Fasset,
Later that evening was a little gathering we were calling "Faux 2.0". Similar to the previous shows' Fabric 2.0 parties for designers and bloggers, except not so much a planned party as a gathering in a hotel lobby.
The Omni Hotel was gorgeous with its chandeliers etc, and I spent the whole night hob nobbing with designers and fun bloggers and shop owners. Yes, indeed, I felt like I was running with the "cool crowd". And I have to say, EVERYONE WAS SO NICE. It seemed like I used that phrase a million times while I was there, but it was so true. I showed my designs around and everyone was very encouraging. Drinks were flowing and the laughing got louder as night progressed.
Here's a look at who was there:
Joey and Jona from Fabritopia (who I believe organized the whole thing),
In keeping with the theme of some of the more "retro" sewing I've done, here's a little look at the glitzy world of ballroom gowns.
I've mentioned before that my husband and I dance. In fact, that's how we met. Anyway, we used to do it a lot more before we had kids. We took several lesson a week. Did some shows and a little teaching. And even competed once.
But to do a show right, you need the right look. And it's showy for sure. Lots of rhinestones.
And the dresses cost a ton. Thousands of dollars. Not exactly in the budget...but I'm always up for a sewing challenge.
So, I set out to learn about the construction of such dresses. It's not easy because they're all stretch material and you really have to consider how they move etc. And don't get me started on the rhinestones. There are literally thousands of them on there. And each one put on individually by hand.
That's why I'm in awe of Dancing with the Stars (No, I don't watch it anymore cause really who has 4 hours a week to dedicate to one show?). They churn those costumes out so quickly and they are NOT easy.
Anyway, these two gowns are 2 of the ballroom ones I've made. Maybe someday I'll show you the latin ones (a bit racier). They're both my own design adapted from parts of patterns here and there.
The blue one I actually won a contest from the big name in couture ballroom - Chrisanne. I painted the design onto the dress with fabric paint. Considering it's not really intended to be stretchy, it's held up remarkably well.
Here's an action shot of me actually dancing the gown. I wish I had more good ones (this is scanned and I seriously need Photoshop to revamp it a bit) to show you but really most of them pre-dated good digital cameras. Just sitting on the dressform doesn't really show you how much volume and movement they have .
Well, folks I think I have to sign off until after Market...I promise to come back with my creative juices all revved up! Hopefully I'll take some of that inspiration and translate it to actual projects...
First off I have to say thank you to everyone who left kind comments on my last post. I wish I had time to reply to you all individually, but as you know, it's pretty crazy right now. But rest assured I read them all and I'll try not to sound too corny, but you guys are so great at encouragement.
Things are progressing well here. I've been sewing for a few days straight and my necks a little stiff, but it's all good.
Anyway, I thought I'd pull up some old stuff for your enjoyment. No, this isn't actually a tablecloth. I'm not that insane. I just photographed it on a table.
It hides the fact that it's not done. This is one of those never ending projects. It's been sitting half-quilted for years now.
It's not that I don't like it. I do. It's planned to go on the bed in our guest room. Problem is it's so darn big (queen size). It was my first real attempt at free motion quilting and it's pretty bad. Mostly I didn't pay attention to the tension so the back is terrible. But I doubt I'll rip it out. I'll probably finish it up (there's only like 8 squares left) and just try not to look at the back. But I think that's why I've never finished it...because I know it will never live up to my unrealistically high standards. :)
If you can't tell, it's almost entirely batiks. The only exception is the light blue which is a fake batik print. The pattern is from Noodle Soup.
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