Quilt Market recap – day one

Yesterday was my first day of my first Quilt Market…and it was exhausting! But what a day.

I spent the day at Schoolhouse sessions by Anna Maria Horner (she’s doing LouLouThi velveteens! And beautiful ribbons!), Lotta Jansdotter, Sarai Mitnick, Sarah Fielke, Tula Pink, Valori Wells, Amy Butler and loads more. I also attended a couple of interesting sessions on running my business, which were enlightening.

I ran into Tacha Breucher at nearly every session I attended, met Malka Dubrawsky, Aneela Hoey and Kim Kight, hung out at the Fabric 2.0 party with Melody Miller, Katy Jones and John Adams and braved the legendary Sample Spree to pick up stacks of forthcoming fabric collections like Outfoxed from Lizzy House.

It is so exciting to be here and part of the growing community of modern quilters and sewers. Nearly every session I attended touched on attracting and catering to younger crafters and it feels like there is a really significant shift taking place, as the market opens up to a new generation of women (and men) who love making things. I love quilting. But I also love sewing and knitting and I think what we’re seeing, as more and more substrates are introduced and modern techniques are embraced, that there is no reason why you should have to put yourself in just one box.

That’s my pre-coffee 2p anyway! Apologies for the lack of pictures, I hope to make up for it today!

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