Quilt Market Spring 2012: Schoolhouse

As the end of our first full day in Kansas City comes to a close, we can look back and safely say that today was awesome! Although it all seems like a bit of a blur, Schoolhouse was absolutely amazing this year! We wish you could have been here with us to hear all the great speakers and see all the adorable projects, but to tide you over, we'll just show you some of the highlights from today:

That's us pumped for our first day of to school (this year)!

Lonni Rossi of Andover Fabrics presented her new line French Twist with a little twist - a bustier!

In love with this quilt by Tula Pink and the quilting by Angela Walters.

Jane Sassaman was presenting her book, Patchwork Sassaman Style, coming out soon. The book shows how much the actual patterns in the fabric can make so much of a quilt without doing much piecing.

Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design showed up in our lives last market and we quickly fell in love with his patterns. He is releasing a few new ones this Market but even more exciting for him, and maybe shocking for us, he is about to graduate high school next week!

Here is a designer we all know and love, Julie Herman, presenting a quilt in her new book Skip the Borders due out in August 2012.

Michael Miller has been creating their color story collections like Retro Basics, Auqa Red, Sorbet, Citron Grey, well you get the idea, and here they are displaying their beautiful mood boards. Plenty of inspiration for new prints! #lovingcolor!

And here is a little more color - great quilt using Kona Cotton Solids featured in C&T Publishing's book, We Love Color, coming soon to FQS!

The lovely Denyse Schmidt presenting her line, Chicopee, for Free Spirit Fabric Fabrics, coming soon. If it's anything like Flea Market Fancy, we're sure to love it!

Sarah Jane presenting her ubber cute line Out to Sea for Michael Miller. Her collection was inspired by her family and kids, who are "a family of mermaids" (as in they love swimming).

The once called Bonnie Blue Quilts but now Red Crinoline Quilts showed off their Freedom Rings Block of the Month. Have you signed up for this one yet? It starts in October of this year!

The Moda designers lining up to present at Schoolhouse. First up, the adorable Sandy Gervais, the oldest (and I don't mean in age) Moda designer! Moda surprised us with the fact they are coming out with Mini Charm Squares, aka Candy, so each of the designers showed us projects they made with their collection's "candy" precut. Here are a few!

Sweetwater - "Mama Said Sew"
Me & My Sister Designs - "Good Morning"
BasicGrey - "Little Black Dress"
Blackbird Designs - "Cinnamon Spice" (love this jewelry board!)

The crowds were literally unbelievable but waiting in line is always worth it!

All those Moda precuts look so delicious! We love getting our hand on some of those!!

And if all the craziness of the day wasn't enough, we wrapped up the evening with Sample Spree! You should have seen the swarm at the Moda booth!

And now, the part you've all been waiting for...a giveaway! We got some seriously wonderful bundles at Sample Spree and we will be giving one away each day! Today, you could win a bundle PLUS four of Jaybird Quilts' newest patterns (which are simply too cute for words!) Check out this adorable Windsor Lane Fat Quarter Bundle by Bunny Hill Designs:

For a chance to win this bundle AND the four patterns all you have to do is comment on this blog post telling us what you are most excited to see at Quilt Market. How easy is that?! The contest closes tomorrow (May 18th) at 10 pm CST and the winner will be announced Monday (May 21)! Are you ready? Go!

Oh! But we almost forgot to tell you the best part! You can experience every aspect of Market right along with us! Check out our Facebook and/or Flickr pages for tons of great photos from today and the rest of Quilt Market Spring 2012!

And, if you aren't already, make sure to follow us on the Fat Quarter Shop Twitter for a complete play by play of everything we are doing right in the moment!

And...as if that isn't enough good stuff, we'll also be blogging at the end of every day AND doing more giveaways so be sure to check back!!