...this lil (fabric) piggy had fun
this lil (fabric) piggy ate chicken korma
this lil (fabric) piggy could never have none
and this lil (fabric) piggy cried "WAH WAH WAH" all the way home!
You'll please excuse the silly nursery rhyme poetry but I'm still on a complete high from my trip to the International Quilt Market in Portland--I'm hoping my recap and these pictures can capture a bit of why the weekend was so much fun, it's left me singing inside my head. Seeing old friends, making new friends, hobnobbing with industry insiders, great food, and unprecedented weather all made the trip to Portland
a time to remember.
Wednesday the 14th:
I left for Portland a few days early so that I could meet up with my lovely friend (you know--the BFF kind of friend) Tara for some much needed girl time. After a bit of a traveler's snafu and missing my plane the first night (ask me later) I arrived in the city of roses around noon on Wednesday the 14th. Tara had driven down from Washington so with her car (the red caddy) and her keen navigational skills combined, we were ready to hit the Portland ground running. After a brief stop at the hotel, we had a yummy lunch of lettuce wraps and ginger chicken at PF Chang's followed by dessert (AKA SHOPPING) at this hot spot. I love that both here in Cinti and in Portland these 2 places are adjacent to each other-what more could a girl ask for?! After shopping we had to head back to the hotel to pick up my cell phone (don't worry Patty-you aren't the only one who left things all over Portland-LOL). I was expecting phone calls and how can a girl be without her phone these days? Cell in hand, we headed back out for more "dessert" and stayed at the mall until they kicked us out at 9. Joel called as we were leaving and we made plans to meet at the Convention Center the next morning. I couldn't wait to meet up with Mr. Dewberry (Myrinda would refer to him as the fabric pimp- click on the picture of me and Joel below to enlarge it and you might see the Fabric Pimp pin Myrinda gave to him--LOL) anyway----couldn't wait to give him the Zen Robe I'd worked so hard to create with his beautiful new fabric.
Thursday the 15th:
Zen Robe in tote and a few wardrobe changes later, Tara and I headed off to the convention center to meet Joel. What a fantastic moment for me. It was like meeting someone you've known forever--I am so happy to report that Joel is absolutely as beautiful a person as his fabrics are--so genuinely real. Everyone loved him--I still need to tell Joel that the fabric gals decided he is kind of a cross between Rami from Project Runway and Dave Matthews from the DMB. Can you see the resemblance?
After giving Joel the robe, he immediately introduced me to his beautiful and talented mom Donna Dewberry and then made her try the robe on right on the spot-I wish I had pictures-she was so cute in it! Donna was at Market with a booth right next to Joel's debuting her first line of fabric for Westminster. What a talented family.
Once the robe was settled into its place in the booth, Joel took Tara and I to meet the oh so lovely ladies Heather Bailey and AnnaMaria Horner. I was so thrilled to meet both of these beautiful women. Their talent is utterly obvious. The nice surprise in meeting people you have admired from afar comes when they are as kind and giving as Heather and AnnaMaria were. Thanks to both of you sweethearts for taking the time to chat with me and for personally showing me your new lines of fabric-wow wow wow!
A Pop Garden Party blinged out in graphic bijoux all the way! Hold on to your hats seamstresses and fabric piggies like me--you're in for one amazing ride when these new collections hit retailers. Here's a peek at Heather and AnnaMaria chatting in the blue ribbon prize winning booth by none other than Ms. Horner. Congratulations AnnaMaria-you so deserve it.
Tara and I were also privileged to meet Heather Ross-what a sweetheart! I've always wondered how Heather's fabrics can be sooooo soft--you guys notice that too? And ... Jennifer Paganelli has got to be the most loving person I can think of--I adore her fabrics. After meeting these fantastic designers, I trudged through the huge convention center to find my friend Chelsea who was working on her booth for the debut of her new pattern line. Chelsea's booth looked so alive and inviting-I know she'll be a huge success. Just around the corner, I then found my friend Sandi and her sweet mom knee-deep in 2x4's, misty seaglass paint, posters, light fixtures, and clothing designs galore. This gal went all out for the debut of her new fabric and pattern line. It all paid off too because she won 2nd prize overall for the booths in her size category. I can't believe I never got a picture of Sandi's booth but you can visit her blog to see some as soon as she posts. The booth was always buzzing with buyers that's for sure!
As I'm writing this I cannot believe this was all just Thursday morning--no wonder I'm singing poetic inside my brain! So...Thursday continued with a little more shopping for me and Tara followed by meeting up to chauffeur Patty and Myrinda to the Fabric 2.0 Meet & Greet at Oba hosted by Caroline (JCaroline Fabrics) and Kathy Miller (the Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics). The food was yummy and the company present was "star-studded" for a fabric lover like me. I was able to meet up with old friends and also meet new ones as well. Here's where the pictures really come into play(click them to see them bigger if you'd like)
hope you enjoy all of these:
Me and Joel
Oh how I love these gals. I wish so badly we could have had more time together--Houston baby Houston!
Me and Heather Bailey (talented, kind, AND beautiful)
Patty (ModKid) and Me
Me and Sandi Henderson (Portabellopixie)
Amelia and Me
My new friend Beth (EPD Dolls) and me. I LOVE this chica!
The gals getting chatty
Sandi was gracious, giving nice hugs and told me I smelled yummy--thanks girl--wild fig has always been my scent of choice. Charlotte was fascinating and showed interest in my work--how cool to have her at the shindig. Jona was pure sweetness and a dessert party coordinator as well. Myrinda was fun, bubbly and full of information-thanks for livening up the weekend.
To see more great pictures from market and the party at Oba (Thank you Caroline, Kathy, and Sandi), check out these blogs here, here, and here. Ohhhhhhhh----and remember this design of mine? In my post, I drooled all over Tina Givens' fabric I used for "Summer Vogue" and hoped so badly to meet Tina in Portland. So happy to report I did get to meet her--she is a breath of fresh air--a designer with amazing soul.
There's so much more to share and I still have more pictures to post so
I'll add a part 2 to this post in a day or two. Hope you've enjoyed so
far. This lil (fabric) piggy is off to get some rest for now :)
Much love, Eva