Market Report (Spring 2009)

PHEW! What a whirlwind these past few days have been. In the past 7 days, we've driven all the way to Pittsburgh & back (approx. 10 hrs. each way), assembled & disassembled a trade show booth and attended a 3-day show! I am wiped out, so this posting will be short on words but BIG on visuals. ;)

Pre-Show fun!

Before the show even began, we kicked off the festivities by gathering together at the Omni hotel for what we called the Fabric 2.faux (or Fabric 1.8, as Caroline so affectionately called it when we prank-called her in the midst of the party). At my table, left to right: Susan Day (Michael Miller sales rep), BariJ., Sandi Henderson, me, Paula Prass & Jennifer Storey:


Across from us sat Mary Beth (from True Up), Scott Hansen (Blue Nickel Studios), Jona & Joey (Fabritopia), Myrinda (Fabric Hound), Jessica Levitt (Juicy Bits) and Mary (Flourishes)


And a fave picture of two of my fave ladies:


The show started at 9:30 am on Friday, May 15th (my birthday!!!)

A few shots of our booth. I'm so friggin' proud of this thing it's not even funny!





I didn't get to walk around much this time (since I was selling my MODKID sewing patterns in addition to showcasing my new fabric collection, Mezzanine), so the pictures I captured were from whoever was nice enough to come by and say hi! ;)

Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics:


Ronda Opipery (of SundaRose) and her friend, Robin:


Sandi Henderson:


Melanie Thornton (Above All Fabrics) & friend:


The dynamic duo behind Lanie Jane Fabrics:


Fabric superstars Laura Gunn, BariJ & Genevieve Gail:


The sweet faces behind Fat Quarter Shop:


Another supermodel-tall fabric designer and sweet, sweet girl, Erin McMorris:


The talented and super sweet Jenean Morrison:


Ruth Jakiela (of Sew Love Fabrics) and her adorable 13-year old daughter, Chloe, who happens to be an aspiring fabric designer and asked me to autograph her amazing sketchbook... gasp! Watch for her... this girl is going places!!!


Chelsea Andersen, of Pink Fig fame, and probably the only picture available of me wearing my Mezzanine tunic (yes, I did wear it!!!)


And of course, it wouldn't be Quilt Market for me without my amazing hubby, Jon, who built (and rebuilt) the gorgeous booth you see behind us:


A Few Special Moments:

Soaking my feet with Paula and Sandi after a long day on the Quilt Market floor:



Michael Miller Fabrics dinner party at Sonoma Grill... fun, fun fun!!


Michael Miller Fabrics won 2nd place in the Multiple Booths category at Quilt Market ... again!


And last, but certainly NOT least, I had a mini surprise birthday party on Friday (the day I turned 21... again) at the show, masterminded by Jona and Myrinda. They surprised me with a balloon bouquet and a truly star-studded birthday card (even signed by some designers who I am completely sure couldn't possible know who I am! LOL!)


The crowd gathered by my booth and sang Happy Birthday and then hung around for pictures. It was SO FUN, made me feel so special and I was totally surprised! Thank you all!!!


  1. Your booth was grand, and I loved your tunic! It looked great on you!
    My feet are still recovering from walking around market in my adorable new heels (stupid!).

  2. Great pictures!Thank you so much for sharing. Your booth and everything in it is beautiful! Belated Happy Birthday!

  3. Patty, what a great time!!

    Your booth looked amazing. I'm so proud of you!!

  4. Wasn't that a blast??!!!! Your booth was a work of art!!

    I love that picture of Paula and Jennifer!!

  5. Patty you were one of the highlights thanks for your sweetness and big sense of put everyone at ease!! That husband of yours is also a sweetie..all my best.xoxo Jennifer

  6. looks like you all had a great time!! love the photos, I guess that new camera came in handy!

  7. I am new to your blog. Your fabric and designs are amazing. Your booth also looked wonderful!

  8. Wow, Patty, I absolutely love your booth and you looked great too! Thanks so much for all the are super talented!!! Rest up!!!

  9. your booth looked gorgeous, I love your use of colors and of course all those fabrics and samples are amazing. I want that big quilt! and one of those bags too!!

  10. It was marvelous meeting you and Jon...sorry I missed your party, but I think I did sign your card!

  11. I just love your booth, Patty! Wish I could have seen it in person. Looks like you had a great time. Happy belated birthday too!

  12. I'm sure you are exhausted. I'm just now recovering and I didn't even have a booth! ha ha ha. It was so wonderful to meet you. You are so talented and sweet! I had such fun talking with you at dinner and laughing at the fact that I'm not the only one won't get out of the car at school drop off!! Looking forward to seeing you again, hopefully in Houston! Oh and your hubby is so sweet! He was saying how much he enjoyed being at market and how everyone was so nice. I don't think my husband would get within a hundred feet of market....he'd be too intimidated by all those fabric hounding ladies! xo Simone

  13. Your booth=Adorable. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tunic. I will be first in line to buy the pattern for sure! Thanks for all the great pics.

  14. Patty, what a great recap! (That shot of you guys with your feet in the tub made me laugh!)

    -- Mary Beth (true up stringer)

  15. Heya Patty Girl!

    Beautiful beautiful booth! Loved it all! Your hard work (and Jons) def. paid off! Congrats!!!

    Heather ;)

    PS HaPpY BiRthDaY!!!

  16. Nicole10:59 AM

    WOW Patty, just WOW! You're booth looked A-mazing! I absolutely LOVE your patterns and Mezanine is my new favorite! I wish that I had just half of your sewing talent! Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

  17. Your booth was AMAZING!!!

    Loved seeing all the pictures!

    And, happy birthday to you!

  18. Oh Patty, I'm so glad that you managed to come back so spectacularly from the garage incident - your booth looked absolutely amazing! BTW, I love love love your shoes!!! (Great taste girl)

  19. Thank you all for your sweet comments! It was such a fun time overall. Looking forward to the Fall show in Houston...


  20. Oh Patty, I'm so behind. I still have much more to blog about. I have some darn cute pics of your BD surprise, etc. That IS a good pic of me and Jennifer. Thanks.

    I'm so glad we were neighbors again too. Love you and that sweet husband of yours!

  21. Your booth is so wonderful Patty! Glad it went well for you.

  22. they're so beautiful. love your booth. you did a great job! love em.

  23. I still can't believe that's your first quilt. it was perfect in the booth. And your tunic looks fantastic on you!
    Congratulations, I hope your sales went well too.
    Happy Belated Birthday.

  24. Amy H from Kati Cupcake told me to check out your blog and {wOw} I am so glad I did. I am not a quilter, but LOOVe to construct childrens clothing and you have made my heart beat faster! I can't wait to get my hands on your fabrics AND your patterns. Will be so much fun to work with!

  25. You and your booth are ADORABLE!!! Glad you had fun. I hope to go to the next show.


  26. It's always so wonderful to see you and Jon (and the whole Market-going gang). The booth and samples were just gorgeous and I'm so glad to see you wore the tunic, too.

    Can't wait to see you in Houston!

  27. hard to believe it was a week ago already! It was such a treat to meet you in person Patty - and Jon is a doll...quite the salesman for ModKid! I only hope we can make it happen again for Houston!

  28. Everything is gorgeous Patty! The booth is amazing--love the colors. I am so sad I missed market this time. Best of luck for Mezzanine sales being a huge success--your patterns too. Great pictures of everyone. I love the one of you and Jon :)

  29. so happy you had a fab time- you booth looked beyond fabulous - hope you guys are taking at least a mini break :)

  30. Looks like you had fun!. Everything looks awesome. Tell Jon he did a great job on the booth!

  31. I just love your booth! And all of your new patterns are awesome. And the lollipop quilt. . .love that! Also, the bags with the awesome buttons! All very cute! Happy belated birthday. It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing.

  32. The booth turned out completely gorgeous!! It's spectacular. Looks like a great time was had by all.

  33. Love your booth - simple, bright, happy and classy -just like your fabrics! Congrats!

  34. it's impossible for me to overstate how amazing your mezzazine line is...i am in utter love, esp with the print used in your tunic. rock on, patty! and your QM booth? nothing short of stunning!

  35. Martha9:15 AM

    Hi Patty
    Just wanted to share a modkid sighting.
    I have to wear scrub caps at work and hate the lunch lady look so I am always hunting for cute stylish scrub caps...and guess what I saw?

    or try

    These are very well made and CUTE caps. Maybe there will be Andalucia caps in Operating Rooms everywhere. ;o)


  36. Thank you all for the sweet comments! MWAH!

    Martha, thanks so much for sharing that link with me. It's so fun for me to see where my fabrics end up. Hospital scrubs will never be the same! LOL!!


  37. wow! I love your line of children's clothes!!!

  38. Slow, I know, but your booth looked gorgeous! John did a rocking job, as you did on all your sewn items. I'm sorry I missed it, but I'll be seeing you in Houston in October!

  39. I hope I could come ,,, but I'm far away UAE ,,, love your's work


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