Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Designers

One of the most exciting things about market was meeting the people who design fabric and patterns! We had a chance to meet quite a few and they were all just really lovely. 

This is Leesa Chandler, who has designed a beautiful fabric line called Passage to India for Robert Kaufman. (Click on the name to see the fabrics.) It is just gorgeous and was Karen's pick at market! Which means that, come January, we'll have a little bit of India on our shelves!

You know their patterns- like Perfect Ten and Grand Central. You know their book- Think Fast! Now you know what the Swirly Girls look like! That's Susan on the left and Christine on the right. They are super-duper talented and sweet to boot. We love the Swirly Girls!

Nothing like stalking someone as they are trying to leave market! Here's the very sweet Amy Bradley. Yes, that Amy Bradley- the one who creates patterns that Sherrie adores! We have a bunch hanging in the shop- stop by and see if they don't make you smile.

Are you a fan of the new Fiona's Fancy?  Then you will love Lila Tueller! She is the one behind this beautiful line that you see right when you walk in the shop. It's one of my favorites for sure. Her booth was adorable and she served homemade iced sugar cookies to anyone who stopped by to visit! How sweet was that?

One of my favorite people to visit in Bloglandia is PamKittyMorning, otherwise known as Pam, stunt sewer for Alex Anderson! You can imagine how happy I was to finally meet her in person! She is a doll. And, she has her own line of fabric called, appropriately enough, PamKittyMorning for Lakehouse Dry Goods! You might actually find it on the shelves at the shop soon!

It seems that Angela and I were the designer stalkers at market! This is Jane Sassaman who designs for Free Spirit. Angela had to have her picture taken with her in her gorgeous booth!

Jane Nesbitt sits amongst her gorgeous Buggy Barn quilts! (Her partner-in-quilting, Pam, wasn't in the booth.)  Do you see that one one the right? It's absolutely amazing in person. She was so nice to let me snap her photo, even of she didn't want to be in the picture. Did you know that they are featured in the new MaryJane's Farm magazine? It's a great article with fab pics and we have plenty of copies available at the shop.

Earlier this year, Michael Miller fabrics teamed up with Spoonflower and held a baby boy fabric design contest. There were hundreds of entries and, when the powers that be whittled it down to a chosen few, voting was open to the general public. Well, this cute girl pictured above was the winner! (And I just happened to have voted for her fabric designs!) Her name is Patty Sloniger and I think you are going to be hearing a lot about her! Congratulations, Patty! Will you be able to see what cuteness she designed? Absolutely! It will be coming to the novelty area as soon as it ships!

This girl happens to have designed my pick from market- September Light, by Lida Enche for In the Beginning fabrics. I loved everything about this fabric- the colors, the designs and the designer, who was the most humble, sweetheart of a girl. She showed us the paintings that she has done for her next line and they are amazing! She is quite a talent! I can't wait to get this in the shop and I hope that you will love it as much as I do!

The owner of this darling booth is Sandy Klop or, as you know her- American Jane, who designs for Moda! She always has such cheery colors and patterns in her fabric lines. Isn't she adorable?

This is Cindy Taylor Oates from Taylor Made Designs. She the brains behind the Sassy Skirts, Retro Aprons books, among others, and the Baby Cakes pincushion pattern! She's pretty sassy herself! We love her books at AST!

I thought I had a better picture of Edyta Sitar, the girl behind Laundry Basket Quilts, but then I realized that I took the best one with Angela's camera! Oh, well. Edyta is charming, sweet and soft-spoken and an absolute brilliant designer! Look for her Christmas batiks in the Batiki Lounge!

Last, but certainly not least, is the creative genius behind the Cozy Quilt Designs strip club patterns, Daniela Stout! Yes, that Daniela, whose quilt patterns have supported our stripping habits over the past 40 months! I think we need to start a petition to have Daniela come visit us at the AST strip club! What do you think?
Come to Georgia, Daniela! You know you'll have a great time. :)

Well, there you go- a few pics of some of the wonderful people who design the fabrics that inspire you to create beautiful things for you and your families. It's nice to be able to put a face with a name!
Tomorrow, pics of market booths! There are some amazing ones to be seen, including the first place winner for market! No,. I'm not going to tell you who it was. You'll have to come back and visit to see!


PamKittyMorning said...

Holy cow I'm on your blog! It was great meeting you!!

Blogger said...

I have just installed iStripper, so I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers strip-tease on my taskbar.