Quilt Market was 3 weeks early this year. It generally crosses over with Halloween at the end of October. The Alexander Henry booth had this wonderfully creative and creepy display at the center. Details like the thread rack with all black, brown and grey spools.The witch sewing the quilt on an old black & grey industrial machine.
Alexander Henry is unique in how they present new designs and deliver their fabrics. New designs are developed and presented twice a year in the Spring and the Fall (obviously you can order all year long but those are the times the brand new stuff is shown). The collection is a series of drawings and paintings all glued into a large portfolio book (you can often see the brush strokes on the art). You go through the book the first time and mark pages with post it notes. You then go back through the book and re-look at the marked pages and ultimately decide what to order.
The book is divided by collection. Some collections are ongoing like Folklorico, Fashionista, In the Kitchen and Nicole’s Prints. I am such a die hard fan of the Dia de los Muertos prints that fall under Folklorico I literally can not wait to get to that section and see what new design they’ve added. Other collections are more self-contained like Tillbrook and Natura.
The delivery dates are very loose, sometime over the next 6 months boxes will appear. This drives some retailers nutty, for me I have a budget for my Alexander Henry fabrics and I just take them as they arrive, excited to tear open the box and see the design on cloth for the first time. I also like that they’re not all matchy, matchy and not at all trendy in the traditional sense of a ‘fabric collection’.
10/28/09 – I’ve updated this post to correct some misinformation I originally posted about the operation and ownership of the company. Please accept my apologies for the mistake, I need a fact checker! Kathy
Alexander Henry Fabrics is owned and operated by Marc DeLeon and his two children Nicole and Phillip (thank you to Kim Kight from True Up who took this photo of them together at the Fall 2008 Quilt Market). Marc is President of the company and originally the sole designer of the Alexander Henry Collection. Nicole shared with me that he is still very involved with the design process that Phillip and she oversee and paint. At Spring Quilt market I had the pleasure of hearing Phillip talk at length about their methods of drawing and painting as the base of their fabric designs. It’s such a unique manufacturer in the industry, truly one-of-a-kind. It makes me appreciate what they’re producing all the more.
The blog giveaway. Leave a comment on any of these Quilt Market posts and you’ll have an entry into the random drawing.
I created a Quilt Market Fall 2009 set on Flickr to round up all the photos
I need to wrap up this re-cap and get on with my life, please bear with me as I crank out the final posts today!