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Are you ready for some more Spring Quilt Market photos?  Let’s get going!  I kicked off my photo tour with the Pillow & Maxfield ladies (of Michael Miller Fabrics) – Valorie Pillow and Anne Maxfield.  Their booth was decked out in birds, birdhouses, and a sweet porch swing that tied in with their new line, Pretty Bird.

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I love the pom-pom trim on the tablecloth below.

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This is the only photo I took of people.  I’m usually too concerned that someone will not like the way they look and hate me forever.  However, they turned out so cute — I’m not that worried.

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Just next door was Patty Young (and her husband, Jon) of Modkidboutique.  That couple has such great energy.  Patty’s booth was so much fun.  Every time I walked by, I noticed something new from the adorable Hello Kitty sewing machine to the tiny wardrobe filled with doll clothes.  I know she’ll have some great pictures of her new line, Playdate, as well as the booth up on her site.  I had a hard time getting that great shade of blue to show up right in these photos, so be sure to check out Patty’s site to really get a sense of the colors.

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I was really struck this time by the genius of how Patty has constructed her booth.  You might recognize that window above from her booth in October.  Isn’t it clever how there’s a curtain rod where she can swap out curtains for the new fabric lines?

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These shelves showcased some of her new doll clothes patterns (and don’t miss that cute wardrobe bag at the bottom).

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This next one was the one that really got me though.  I sort of wanted to crawl on the floor and play with the miniature doll closet, but refrained.

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What do you think we have to do to convince her to make this dress pattern in adult sizes?

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Tomorrow, we’ll go visit Sandi Henderson of Portabellopixie.  I think her husband is in a close competition with Patty’s for the Supportive Husband of the Year Award.  I raised this issue to my husband this morning.  You know, just so he’s aware.  I’m fairly certain that if we ever get to the point where we’re at Market, he could attract a little crowd.  However, I have a strong suspicion that he would be chatting people up and not doing much to help.  ;-)

Designer Interview: Patty Young

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[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

Patty Young of Modkidboutique was showcasing her new fabric line, Lush.  Patty has always been one of my favorite people at the show (partly because she is shorter than I am which almost never happens for me) but mostly because of her warm, inviting personality.  I love her new collection, Lush, which is just as vibrant as she is.  Patty has a great post up about market on her blog along with some beautiful close-ups of her projects.  Without further ado, here’s Patty –

What are you most excited to be showing off at this show?

My newest fabric collection, Lush. I just adore it and it makes me so happy to look at it.

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What keeps you inspired?

Seeing what everyone out there is making with my fabric and patterns… that is truly the most rewarding and inspiring part of my job.

What advice would you give to someone else who wants to pursue their own creative dream?

Find yourself first and foremost. Figure out what your style and personality are and always stay true to them. Never worry about what others are doing… if you are original and you truly believe in what you do, your confidence will take you places, believe me!

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What has been the biggest surprise you’ve encountered when designing fabric and patterns?

The biggest surprise I’ve encountered is how truly nice and supportive this industry is… completely unlike any other industry out there. Having attended other conferences and trade shows in other industries, you never see this sort of camaraderie and friendship among competitors. At Quilt Market, there is no room for cattiness and rudeness. All you have to do is go to a nearby restaurant or bar after the show and look around… you’ll see designers from every company talking, laughing and drinking together. Case in point, my roommate during this past Quilt Market was Joanna Figueroa, who designs for Moda. I design for Michael Miller… can you name any other industry in which this would happen?! ;)

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Fall Market Recap: Patty Young + Pillow & Maxfield

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I have two more designers to share with you today from the Fall Quilt Market in Houston.  I’m trying to wrap these all up by Sunday since I have a couple of fun projects to share with you next week, and I’m ready for some holiday planning.  However, I don’t want to skip over any favorites!

In my opinion, Patty Young of modkid boutique always has one of the most photogenic booths at Quilt Market.  I’m not sure if it’s the light wood flooring or just the way she arranges the poster-sized photos and pattern samples, but everything always pops.  (Can you tell that I’m in student mode at the show – always trying to dissect what is working and why?)

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Patty was introducing her new line, Sanctuary, with a booth that evoked images of the spa.  (Patty Young has a fun and informative behind-the-scenes post on Quilt Market booth set-up here.) I am starting to think that someone should recruit Patty to design and decorate model homes.  Last time, she made a child’s bedroom that looked ready to live in, and I think a family could use this spa as their living room.  (Are you with me – or is this crazy talk?)  I am starting to wonder how she would arrange the master bedroom — or maybe we can ask for a kitchen!

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It’s all about the fabrics and sewing patterns though, isn’t it?  This line is really beautiful and I think it works so well across a variety of different projects.  It was fun to see some knits and adult sewing patterns (yay!).  However, I think my favorite will always be the Kyoko dress — this time in a sweet and soft color scheme:

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After soaking up the spa-like vibes, I headed over next door to talk to the fun ladies of Pillow & Maxfield with their new collection, Gypsy Bandana.

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The super saturated, citrus-like colors worked so well here.  I wanted to curl up on that bench with all of the pillows and drink a lemonade.

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I also really liked the blue lounge pants (below).  I think this is such a clever use of the border print and gives the pants a bit of a Moroccan flair.  This trend seems to be popping up all over, so these ladies are spot on once again.

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Today, I’m back at the sewing machine after a little break.  Reflecting on all of these pictures can almost be inspiration overload, so it feels good to step away and get some fabric in my hands.  I’m going to find something nice to listen to and let my mind wander a bit.  Wishing you a happy, productive day, too.

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Spring Market: Michael Miller (Part 1)

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Are you ready for some more Spring Quilt Market photos?  Let’s get going!  I kicked off my photo tour with the Pillow & Maxfield ladies (of Michael Miller Fabrics) – Valorie Pillow and Anne Maxfield.  Their booth was decked out in birds, birdhouses, and a sweet porch swing that tied in with their new line, Pretty Bird.

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I love the pom-pom trim on the tablecloth below.

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This is the only photo I took of people.  I’m usually too concerned that someone will not like the way they look and hate me forever.  However, they turned out so cute — I’m not that worried.

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Just next door was Patty Young (and her husband, Jon) of Modkidboutique.  That couple has such great energy.  Patty’s booth was so much fun.  Every time I walked by, I noticed something new from the adorable Hello Kitty sewing machine to the tiny wardrobe filled with doll clothes.  I know she’ll have some great pictures of her new line, Playdate, as well as the booth up on her site.  I had a hard time getting that great shade of blue to show up right in these photos, so be sure to check out Patty’s site to really get a sense of the colors.

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I was really struck this time by the genius of how Patty has constructed her booth.  You might recognize that window above from her booth in October.  Isn’t it clever how there’s a curtain rod where she can swap out curtains for the new fabric lines?

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These shelves showcased some of her new doll clothes patterns (and don’t miss that cute wardrobe bag at the bottom).

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This next one was the one that really got me though.  I sort of wanted to crawl on the floor and play with the miniature doll closet, but refrained.

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What do you think we have to do to convince her to make this dress pattern in adult sizes?

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Tomorrow, we’ll go visit Sandi Henderson of Portabellopixie.  I think her husband is in a close competition with Patty’s for the Supportive Husband of the Year Award.  I raised this issue to my husband this morning.  You know, just so he’s aware.  I’m fairly certain that if we ever get to the point where we’re at Market, he could attract a little crowd.  However, I have a strong suspicion that he would be chatting people up and not doing much to help.  ;-)

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