Getting packed and ready for Quilt Market? Pretty in Patchwork Doll Quilts author Cathy Gaubert is, too! We caught up with her just before she hit the road for Houston… and if you’re headed to Market, you should too! And be sure to check out the details for the Doll Quilt Contest over on Sew, Mama, Sew!
What Festival is this for you?
This is only my second Festival (and my first time at Market!). The first one i went to was right at 20 years ago (in a big van, filled with ladies and piled high with projects and loot from Festival)!
Where will you be and when?
Where will I be and when??? Honestly, I haven’t the faintest idea!! Well, I do know that I will get there late Saturday morning, but that is about it. I am sure that I will be one of many gazing around wide-eyed and trying not to drool overly much on fabrics and booths (or designers!). Of course, I will likely become a blathering fool when i actually meet internet friends in the flesh.
What are you most excited about this year?
The special doll quilt exhibit (and others) on display? The fabrics? The friends that I finally get a chance to meet? The fact that I have a book coming out?? Um, I’m just a-bubble with excitement of it all!
Are you planning to visit with any designers from the book in person?
Oh, yes, indeed!!! That is one of the things that I am looking forward to most, I think. Of course, I will be meeting up with always-awesome Amanda Carestio, and I will at long last get to meet Aneela Hoey and John Adams!! Malka Dubrawsky will be there, too, with her new fabrics, and I will certainly be tracking her down. Amy Proff-Lyons is making a special trip down to meet up with us, and I am thrilled that we will have a chance to hang out in “real life”! I sure do wish that all of the designers from the book would have a chance for a meet-up…how much fun would that be?!
How do your little ladies feel about your trip? Have they asked for specific souvenirs?
Um, yeah, about that…they’re thrilled that they get some MiMi + Pops time in! Cate has already requested a carousel ride, ice cream, and “to go to the restaurant where Pops eats stinky cheese” (of course, non-stinky cheese pizza is on the menu for the under-9 set). Lily and Eme are all about the ice cream, too. So, it would not be untrue to say that they are pretty excited about us leaving for a bit! They haven’t asked for us to bring anything back, but I have a feeling that they’ll be happy with the fabric that I’ll be bringing back home.
What’s your one must-take item for Festival?
Well, we do have a 5-ish hour drive to Houston, so some handstitching projects are certainly on the list. As for going to Market, why my camera, of course!!! Cash is already a given, right?!
What valuable lessons have you learned from past Festivals?
I’ve only gone that one other time 20 year ago, but it would be this: just go ahead and buy that dang mohair fabric, even though it costs $90 a yard…you’ll regret it if you don’t. If that lesson doesn’t apply to you, just scratch “mohair” from that sentence and fill in the per yard part with whatever number you please. You know you’ll regret it if you don’t come home with that fabric, right?
What are your most memorable or favorite moments from past Festivals?
I don’t have much to draw from, but I can honestly say that it was the moment that I bought that dang mohair! That ended up being the big joke of the weekend…oh, and there were those photos with the Oscar Meyer mobile, too (and those ladies that I was with sure are lucky that this was before the advent of digital media!).
As for this year’s Festival, I am counting on the fact that I will have some very favorite moments indeed!