Fabric Utopia

Fabric and Design Musings

Even though I mostly design clothing, many of the fabrics I use are meant for quilting. Quilting cottons are very high quality textiles, very washable, and they come in a vast array of prints, some fabulous, many not so fabulous. Sometimes searching for great prints is a frustrating endeavor – I’m very picky. But when I find something I love, it’s exciting. So when the opportunity came up for me to attend Quilt Market last weekend, a huge trade show in the U.S. devoted to quilting fabrics, I jumped at the chance. I flew to Houston and went straight to the show, where I spent two days in blissful surrender to the largest amount of fabric I’ve ever seen in one place in my entire life.

I ordered wild linen prints from Japan, gorgeous buttons made in Germany, French trims, and a lot of great cotton prints for next year’s designs. But the most exciting part of the show was something I didn’t expect at all – I got to meet some of my favourite fabric designers, and to tell them how much I love working with their designs.  Here’s a picture of me with Amy Butler (you can also see a bit of her gorgeous booth):

Amy Butler and me

I’m also a huge fan of Anna Maria Horner – I love almost everything she designs. Here’s a glimpse inside her booth at her newest fabrics:

Anna Maria Horner Booth detail

It doesn’t get much more gorgeous than that… with fabrics like these to work with, I’m looking forward to a great year ahead.

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