Hi: It’s Linzee, here. I’m getting ready to head to Quilt Market in Minneapolis next week and thought I’d share some of my thoughts about the big event. Since I’m not “in-house” at Moda, my Market prep is different than Carrie’s and ModaLissa’s, but I’m sure we’re all having some sleepless nights.
First, let me introduce myself: I’ve been a behind-the-scenes writer for Moda since 2010 and currently assist Carrie with Cutting Table duties. I love getting to talk with Moda’s new designers for blog posts, as well as catching up with the projects and passions of longtime designers.
I’m also an employee at Home Ec Workshop in Iowa City, Iowa, and I’ll be attending Quilt Market with Codi, the shop’s owner, helping her look for the fabrics, notions, books, and tools that make our shop unique. Quilt Market is such a feast for the eyes and brain, and a great opportunity for shop owners to recharge, to reimagine, and to get inspired for the months to come. I especially love finding new products and fabrics that will lend themselves to the classes we teach. (My specialties include mitered-corner baby blankets, sock monkeys, and oilcloth bags.)
But I’ll also be keeping an eye out for story ideas and trends. As a freelance writer, I’ve covered Quilt Market over the years for Etsy’s blog, True Up, and the French magazine Quilt Country. My favorite stories to write are about people doing work they’re passionate about: I’ve interviewed Tula Pink for American Patchwork and Quilting and Denyse Schmidt for Etsy. Moda’s designers are a passionate bunch and I enjoy reconnecting with them (or meeting them for the first time—here’s looking at you, Betsy Chutchian, Corey Yoder, and Carrie Shyrock). Though they’re crazy-busy, I try to catch up with Carrie and Lissa. And I adore meeting shop owners I’ve interviewed for Quilt Sampler.
Some people suggest my work is “glamourous.” If glamour is defined as wearing comfy jeans and slippers and sitting at a desk alone, day-after-day (far too near the refrigerator), then I’m definitely your uptown gal. The truth is that I love what I do, but because so much of my work is by phone and email, I value the “face-time” at Market. And I find that though I see most of these folks only once or twice a year, our shared love of color, design, sewing, and fabric means that Quilt Market relationships don’t start at Square One. There’s already so much common ground established that it’s possible to make lasting connections at Market. (Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs and I even set up her son and my daughter—they dated for awhile and Alma and I were hopeful there would be a marriage-made-by-Moda. Sadly, the romance faded.)
Though I’m looking forward to my time in Minneapolis, there is still much to do—appointments to be made, a wardrobe to be considered. For some ambitious souls, Market is a time to flaunt their Me-Made-May ensembles: clothing, a tote, or even a camera strap sewn from new fabric lines and new patterns. I’m hoping to finish just one voile top before I leave next week.
Quilt Market is great fun, but it’s also hard work—there are appointments to keep, interviews to do, stories to write. I always get butterflies in my stomach, worrying I’ll forget my laptop or camera or wondering if I’ll leave home with the iron still on. But I’m also looking forward to touching fabric and thread and to learning tips and techniques to share with Home Ec customers and Cutting Table readers. If you see me at Market, say hi—it could be the start of a beautiful friendship!