By Patricia Belyea
ST LOUIS MO What happens at Spring Quilt Market, the annual event that amasses all the industry players in one place?
Manufacturers, distributors and publishers conduct wholesale business with store and website owners who cater to the quilters of the world. Besides seeing what’s new, everyone catches up with one another.
In the two days I walked the convention hall floor, here are some of the people I met up with:
Victoria Findlay Wolfe sewed together freshly die-cut fabric in the Sizzix booth. This season Sizzix released three new die sets by Victoria.
Carolyn Friedlander, with Robert Kaufman, showed her cotton jersey collection called Blake. Not only did Carolyn make clothing with her jersey, she made the softest quilts with her fab fabric!
Amy Butler was immersed in a world of pattern and color (nothing new there) with her FreeSpirit collection, Soul Mate. What’s new is the super fine hand of the cotton poplin for her line.
Tula Pink’s exquisite Spirit Animal collection brightened the far end of the FreeSpirit booth.
Pat Bravo, the powerhouse behind Art Gallery Fabrics, unveiled her Indie Boheme collection of eclectic patterns on pima cotton.
Alison Glass with Andover modeled a dress made with silhouette-patterned cotton lawn from her Adorn collection.
Linzee Kull McCray, author of Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric, joined Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE magazine for the unveiling of her new Windham Fabrics collection, Dots, Dashes and Diamonds.
Sue Spargo showcased 60 Australian mill-dyed 100% merino wools and threads for making her folk art applique masterpieces.
Phillip de Leon of Alexander Henry talked about his fabric company’s creative studio where all the patterns are hand-painted with no computers in sight.
Latifah Saafir with Hoffman revealed in her new Double Dutch collection inspired by childhood memories.
April Rhodes of Art Gallery Fabrics presented two alluring fabric collections, Heritage and Arizona After.
Alexia Abegg and Melody Miller of Cotton+Steel, a division of RJR, showed off their fresh Sienna collection of rayon and cotton patterns.
Natalie Barnes premiered her Windham Fabrics collection Makers Home that features her signature hand drawn flowers and black & white prints.
Alex Veronelli of Aurifil Italian Threads happily stood in front of his favorite quilt, made by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill.
Mary Koval from historic Bedford PA displayed some of her inventory of breathtaking antique quilts.
Stacy Lewey shared that Sew Steady has a plex extension table for Featherweights!
Lisa Kosugi of Seven Islands chatted about the company’s contemporary cotton collection of iconic Japanese patterns.
Janet Wecker Frisch, with her costumed granddaughter, spectacularly exhibited her Hatter Tea Party collection produced by Quilting Treasures.
This is just a peek at the many people who gathered at Spring Quilt Market—the leaders and creatives who produce each new season of wonderful quilty goods.