Last spring was also the first time I experienced the phenomenon that is Sample Spree, where attendees rush to purchase the newest fabrics, patterns, notions, and other quilting must-haves. There was a huge line to get in and when the doors opened, it was like a stampede. Luckily, I was able to do some shopping before the crowd was allowed in. The Moda booth is always a big draw and they always throw in a fun tote with your purchases.
It comes in handy for gathering all your goodies! I stopped by many of the fabric manufacturer's tables, including Moda, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman, and Andover to pick up these fun bundles. Many of these fabrics have already found their way into projects since I brought them home last May.
As a lover of 1800s reproduction fabrics, I couldn't resist picking us this fat quarter bundle at the Windham Fabrics table.
Another favorite purchase from last year was this lovely collection of Aurifil wool thread. It works like a dream.
Attending Quilt Market also gave me an opportunity to meet many of the quilt book authors that I work with as editor with Kansas City Star Quilt books. I had a wonderful lunch conversation with Renee Plains of Liberty Star and I also enjoyed meeting Sheri Howard, who has published two books with us, and Karen Witt of Reproduction Quilts. This year, one of my authors, Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Quilts, has a booth there for the first time. And some of my other authors—Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched, Tara Lynn Darr of Sew Unique Creations, and Betsy Chutchian—are also there.