Schoolhouse is always a highlight of our Quilt Market weekend. It's a great opportunity to hear from the best that the industry has to offer, and this time we were so excited to sponsor such a talented, diverse group of presenters.
The first Schoolhouse we took part in was Leesa Chandler's, and it was a huge success! She showed off all of the Culture Club projects for her newest fabric line Anastasia, based on traditional Russian design and culture, which produced more than a few oohs and ahhs. The turnout was so great, there weren't enough seats for everyone in the audience.
The next Schoolhouse, "Extending Your Online Reach," was presented by our Director of Marketing, Kyle Sanchez (@kylesan). In it, she discussed the various ways shops can utilize web assets and social media to address the growing online community and remain competitive in the industry.
Sue Spargo also had a schoolhouse, and it was fantastic! She presented a number of folk art quilts that combined wool and cotton fabrics and offered some really great tips for selling these different materials alongside one another. One of the highlights was a hexie quilt she made with Folkloric Blooms, her new line of cotton fabrics based on her wool work.
And then there was talented newcomer Carolyn Friedlander giving her first ever schoolhouse! She spoke all about how she got started in pattern and fabric design, how her past experience with architecture inspired her new Architextures collection, and what aspects of design inspire modern quilters like herself! She also showed off some really creative projects, including her Local quilt that she designed as a 9-month BOM.
And finally, Michael Mrowka of Lunn Studios gave a really interesting presentation on the batik cap (pronounced "chop") design process. He showed some videos from the factory in Java, and although we've long known how the caps are made, we were completely overwhelmed to see how much hard work and skill is required to produced just one copper cap. We hope to have some footage to show you all soon so that you can get a better sense of the batik design process!
While schoolhouses are a lot of fun, there is another big event we feel we must mention...Sample Spree!!! If you've been there before, then you know it can get pretty wild. And this time was no exception - just the way we like it, surrounded by mountains of fabric and tons of smiling faces. We even managed to escape without too many bruises! Hooray!
We do have some goodies left over, so how would you like to win some? To win a prize, just let us know what your ultimate Schoolhouse session would be about!
One lucky person will receive a Spot On fat quarter bundle, and two others will receive Architextures mini charms and a Leesa Chandler pin cushion kit!
The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 19th.