May 31, 2010

Our Friendly Surtex Neighbors Part 1: Sandy and Abby Gervais

Posted by Ellen Heck

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One of the best parts of our Surtex experience this year was being able to meet and become friends with the artists in booths adjacent to our own (we felt so lucky to have such a nice “neighborhood” there at the cross section of 500 and the 50s), so we’d like to spend a few posts featuring these kind creatives with whom we spent a hard-working, but rewarding four days.  We are their newest, biggest fans.

First in this series, we are pleased to introduce you to Sandy and Abby Gervais, another mother-daughter team who were next to us on the left.  We were not only impressed by their ability to stay flexible and smiling during an initial printer error (which was eventually resolved, and their booth looked great, by the way), but that they were headed directly from Surtex in New York to go set up for the Quilt Market in Minneapolis the same day – with not even a nap in between!

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Sandy has been designing quilting fabric collections for Moda since before they became one of the go-to producers of high-quality on-trend quilting materials.  She also designs quilt patterns under the company name Pieces from my Heart, and is set up at the Quilt Market across from Moda fabrics to display her most recent quilt designs. Soon, I am guessing there will be photos from the event on her blog.

Abby, her daughter, was there helping her with both shows and we were able to get some great recommendations from them about where to find their great clothes, Boden, their funky glasses, The Limelight Marketplace, and where to stay in New York if you don’t want to be charged for having boxes shipped to your hotel, The Holiday Inn Express.

We also thought that her row of paint bottles there along the top of the desk was pretty fine.  It was great to live next to this team of designers for a week and we’re looking forward to the next time our paths will cross.

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