Kathy Miller of Michael Miller fame and myself threw a party in Portland Thursday night. I named it Fabric 2.0 (like Web 2.0) and that chick, Jessica, even did a logo for me. The idea was to get the bloggers, new fabric designers, and anybody else that is doing something cool in the fabric industry together. It worked. We had a great turnout and I met a ton of people whose blogs I read or had read about that I would never have found on the exhibit show floor.
On the left is myself and Joel Dewberry. I met him at last Quilt Market and he is incredibly nice (and talented). My goal for next Quilt Market is to weigh less than he does. The picture on the right, from l to r, is Heather Bailey, Beth of Elinor Peace Bailey dolls, Myrinda of Fabric Hound, and Patty Young of ModKidBoutique. Patty has a collection coming for Michael Miller next fall.
From l to r, Kathy Miller, Paula Prass of Mimi Collection and her husband, Tim. Paula is doing a collection for Michael Miller Fabrics coming out this summer. Carolyn Spencer and Valori Wells are on the right. They have co-authored a book, Life Style: 20 Projects to Make Your Home Your Own. I'm ordering a copy-- perused it at the show and it has some fun projects.
The group on the left is from Sew Mama Sew, from l to r, Beth, Kristin and Lauren. I'm glad Kristin stopped by because she is very pregnant and didn't know if she could make it or not. She held up well! With Joel Dewberry is Amelia and Daria from Boutique Cafe. They will be adding several podcasts from Quilt Market to their site, so check back in the coming weeks.
There's Joel again! Either he was everywhere or everyone wanted their picture taken with him! He's with Sandi Henderson, designer of Ginger Blossom fabric and the soon to be available Farmers Market fabric. I'll show you her booth in another post-- it was gorgeous! Charlotte Barnard, deputy editor of Country Living magazine is sitting with Jona of Fabritopia (on the right). (I know, I was impressed with the Country Living connection too-- Kathy invited her.) Jona sewed some of the samples shown at market, including Heather Bailey's new line, Pop Garden.
I failed to get pictures of lots of people that were there. Melissa Averinos of Yummy Goods, for example. She has a line coming out for Free Spirit next fall. Donna Wilder, of the original Free Spirit, now of Fabric Traditions and Luana from EQuilter.com were there. Rob Appell was there with his new book "Making Waves... The Adventures of a Surf Quilter". As you might guess, he is fun. And I apologize if I didn't mention you-- if you came after I started concentrating on the food, I probably missed you!