Portland Market–Perspectives

International Quilt Market in Portland was incredibly inspiring! Since this was my third time attending, I felt a little more prepared than I did for previous markets. Of course you can never have too many market pictures, but there were some things that I didn’t take pictures of…that I just enjoyed. I didn’t take any pictures at the Schoolhouse sessions I attended…I planned it that way and just wanted to be inspired by the presenters. I have to say the Moda Designers’ Schoolhouse was one of my favorites–I especially loved Brigitte’s and Edyta’s inspirational thoughts on creating and sharing. If you weren’t able to attend or haven’t yet watched the video…I highly recommend it (Lissa posted it here). You will laugh, and you will be inspired…and if you haven’t already, you will Fall in Love with Moda!

This market I got to experience a little of the behind the scenes action. I was able to help Camille  Roskelley with her booth set up–and I gained a whole new appreciation for all the time and effort that goes into making every booth amazing! I only had a couple of hours of sleep the night before, so if anything was crooked in the booth…blame it on me! It really is incredible seeing the whole showroom come to life in just a couple of days.

Bonnie & Camille’s booth had Camille’s quilts on the left and Bonnie’s on the right. Everything blended together perfectly and had such an inviting modern-retro appeal. Bonnie & Camille were debuting Scrumptious.

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company had a gorgeous booth. From her flooring to the gorgeous “Fig Tree” ladders to the inspiring quilts, this booth was a breath of fresh air. Joanna’s new collection is Honeysweet.

The Zen Chic booth was also inspiring. I love Barcelona, the new Zen Chic collection with a retro-urban appeal.

Something new this market was that many of the Moda designers showcased their fabrics and projects in one of the two Moda designer sections. I thought it was a lot of fun–and each designer had their section jam-packed with goodies and inspiration. Kaari’s new collection, Josephine, was stunning in the French General section.

This quilt in Kate Spain’s new collection, Sunnyside, caught my eye every time I walked by…finally I figured I’d better take a picture!

I love this vignette of Sandy Klop’s Pot Luck collection…yes, the ruler fabrics are back (so I can finally quit hoarding the fat quarter I’ve been saving for years)…but the entire collection is absolutely incredible as well.

And here is a quilt…again…it kept catching my eye. It’s pieced using  Pot Luck.

A quick shot of Mid-Winter Reds by Minick & Simpson…the fabrics in this new collection are awe-inspiring…such gorgeous quilts and quilting!

I wish I had photos of every single section of the Moda area–every collection and every booth was inspirational. I’ll finish my photo tour with  another shot of the leaves. All 19,123 of them. Gorgeous!

Of course you can’t write a post-market recap without mentioning Sample Spree. These were the collections I just had to have–they were the first things that went into my suitcase when I started packing to go home–and they were the first things I unpacked when I got back! Clockwise from left: Simply Style, PotLuck, and Sunnyside.

Thanks for journeying along on my market journey! Now that I’m home, I’m back to sewing and have three more Moda Friendship blocks in Bella solids on my blog today!

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2 thoughts on “Portland Market–Perspectives

  1. Yes, the designer schoolhouse was inspirational, I agree. Thanks to Lissa’s video, I was able to see that you guys had sooo much fun! Thank you for sharing your photos of the beautiful quilts and fabric collections.

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