Hapi Can't Even Describe It!
Posted on November 14, 2013
When asked the question, "Who is the person you would most like to meet?," my answer has remained the same for the past 12 years: "Amy Butler." Meeting Amy is a wish fulfilled every October when I attend the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. And this year, like a moth to the flame, Amy is what this fabric show was all about for me.
Amy at the Quilt Market. "Happy girl in Hapi voile! Enjoying the gorgeous sunshine & local color!" she says on Instagram.
In her colorful booth she stands, year after year, tall and beautiful, with her radiant smile that just exudes the energy, passion, and brilliance of her outstanding fabric designs and collections. I tried to remember the year I first met her there. It was sometime around 2003. She had recently launched her Gypsy Caravan Collection with great success, and "Charm" immediately followed, opening doors world wide that had never before been accessed by American fabric suppliers. I bought over 5,000 yards of these two collections, all on 60-yard rolls, lugging them up to my second floor studio, and selling them through my little eBay Store. I often used Google Translate to communicate with international buyers in Canada, Germany, France, and Japan. And of course, the Australians could never get enough of Amy's fabric. Hence, the "International" was added to my official store name, Fabric Connection. The name "zeetzeet" was my eBay ID back then. It was a nick name for my youngest daughter, Zelda, and it stuck because it was easier to find online than Fabric Connection.
More than a decade later, she stands in her booth, the belle of the ball, for me anyway. Amid hundreds and thousands of competing collections from scores of other young and talented designers, her latest collection "HAPI" appears surprisingly fresh, new, and somewhat bohemian, with rich, saturated colors inspired by her recent trip to Egypt with her husband David and textile design genus Kaffe Fassett. Anticipating the shortage to come in January when this exceptional line becomes available and quickly sells out, I am buying as much as I possibly can for the designers, quilters, and sewing enthusiasts I supply. You can even pre-order so you won't miss out! Need more inspiration? Take a look at my Hapi Pinterest Board. So please feast your eyes on these images while you wait for the real deal: January is Amy Butler Month at zeetzeet!