Market, Day One

My favorite time at Quilt Market is an hour before it opens to the public. It’s the time I can get out of my booth, walk around and see what everyone else has done. The booth displays, the designers and the creative ideas are so inspiring. It’s fun to meet old friends and just see everything there is! This post is my “ode to Quilt Market”, part one, in photos. (:

Beautiful Portland and the back of the convention center. See those trucks? (Enlarge the picture and get your magnifying glass out!) That’s the loading dock. When I first started designing I never thought it would include working from a loading dock! Who knew?

The Lecien booth featured their fabric designer and quilt designer Yoko Saito from Japan. Her quilts are a work of art, and Lecien actually sold several of her patterns at their booth. From what I understand they lasted about a minute before they were all gone.

Just look at this beauty. Yoko has two different fabrics as her background and where they join she has appliqued bias stems.

A close up of Yoko’s quilt showing the quilting. This photo you HAVE to enlarge. It’s hand quilted and absolutely amazing! How I wish I could have met her, but I understand she not only designs fabric and patterns, she also owns a quilt store in Japan.

Moda Home always has a wonderful display showing all their new items. I really wanted to take home that little framed house you see in the background. It could have become the Bunny Hill Annex!

Here’s the main Moda booth showing the little cubes filled with bird houses and birds. Birds are quite the theme this year. Who knew? I’ve got to get with the program! As for the quilt? It’s from Sandy Klop at American Jane!

Close up of the birds. The houses are covered in fabric!

Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick, two sisters who design for Moda Fabrics. I LOVE their fabric and I used their “Winter” line in “I Believe In Angels”. After I got home a note arrived from them thanking me for choosing their fabric! How sweet is that?

Anna Maria Horner and her now famous chairs! She’s as sweet as she looks. You can read all about these famous chairs on her blog at . Thanks Anna for letting me take your picture!

The beautiful Amy Butler and her simply gorgeous booth. It’s a work of art to see. I embarrassed myself when I got her mixed up with Heather Bailey. I know, I know, how could I? But,they are both tall, beautiful and talented. Amy was very gracious and pointed out to me that she didn’t have a blog. So I took this picture and moved on with a red face. (:

These two I could never get mixed up. This is the famous Karen I am always hearing about from “my” friend Anne. I really have to watch “my” Anne because she LOVES Karen’s blog, house, decorating style, quilt style, writing style, Christmas decorations and well, you get the picture right? She LOVES everything about her. Anne doesn’t realize it, but I know why. They are two peas in a pod! Anne is just like Karen. Now if the other Anne only had a blog!

Stay tuned because my next post is “Ode to Quilt Market” part two. A few more pictures and the final post in a series. Then I HAVE to show you the treats I got in the mail…I’m so lucky!



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  • Erin - Market, Day One looked like so much fun. I know that I would be a kid in a candy shoppe! Thanks for the pictures and play-by-play with the vendors. :)ReplyCancel

  • vickibellino - I love your photos, because I get to see things I missed during my sprint down the aisles! Can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I have really enjoyed viewing the photos of the booths. What fun it must be to travel down the aisles and visit with all of these talented designers.Thank you for sharing.

  • happy zombie - Clicked on the Portland pic… and you even got Mt. Rainier in the shot! I so wanted to take that Moda house home with me too. But they had their eyes on me, watching me with that ‘how am I ever going to stuff this into my little Highlander when no one’s looking’ look I was sure to be sporting.

    Ditto about Anne getting a blog of her own too!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - Oh Anne your pictures are wonderful. I enlarged each one and studied them. Such fun preview to things coming. The Lecien quilts are amazing. The tiny narrow hand quilting – WOW. Just a delight to read and see. Thank you so much for taking the time to upload and show/tell.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - LOVE seeing pictures from QM! Thank you! I am looking forward to more pics and THEN to see what goodies you got in the mail. :D

  • Anonymous - Love your photos of Market Day Looks like you had a good time Will be watching for next Post .
    Hugs MaryReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Oh my goodness, what a great post about Market. The pictures are wonderful. I love the Japanese quilts.
    Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to part two.ReplyCancel

  • eileen - Thank you so much for letting us walk with you the hour before opening. Wonderful photos! It is great to put faces to the names!ReplyCancel

  • Mar - Love seeing these, thanks Anne! Yoko Saito’s quilts are amazing. So nice to see a close up.ReplyCancel

  • Red Geranium Cottage - Hey I see my buddy Karen!!!! I love her house too!!!! I told her I wanna buy it. LOL!! But now I also want that Moda house too.
    Thanks for all the great photos.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - I love seeing pictures of all the booths. Looks like it was a blast to see everyone and meeting fellow bloggers too.ReplyCancel