Fall Quilt Market was in Houston last weekend and there are so many posts floating around out there showing the wonderful new fabric lines and designs. Reading through your Google Reader is like your own personal market blog tour! I had a handful of pattern samples on display in three different booths: Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Brewer (a distributor) and Moda/United Notions (also a distributor). I made a baby sized Zigzagged quilt out of quilter’s linen for Robert Kaufman (seen in the middle of the photo above) and loaned them my small sample of Seeing Squares (seen at top right). The Zigzagged quilt was apparently a hit with someone at RK… it has a new post-market owner! I thought that was pretty awesome!
A set of Sleigh Bells Stockings was on display in the United Notions booth. Melissa, a guild friend and an all-star pattern tester, made this very stocking during her test run. I made the other two samples that were elsewhere in the booth but hers was the star! I am infatuated with the embroidery she did on it.
In the Brewer booth, there were samples of Seeing Squares and of the Sleigh Bells Stockings. Both were made from dupioni silk. Brewer asked if I’d mind making some samples from silk. Having never worked with silk, and knowing that it has a reputation for fraying like crazy, I naturally said, “Sure!” Ha! I love how they turned out! The quilt has some great sparkle and Angela’s quilting made the quilt shimmer even more.
Angela and I have talked about doing a team post about tips for sewing/quilting with silk. Stay tuned!
A Market highlight for me was meeting Weeks Ringle. Along with her husband, Bill Kerr, Weeks is one of the masterminds behind Modern Quilt Studio (formerly FunQuilts). Their book Modern Quilt Workshop was one of the first and only modern quilting books out there and my copy is sooooo well loved and worn. Seriously. It’s one of the few books I have where I’ve made almost all of the projects inside. I won a Skype session on Weeks’ blog this summer but haven’t had a chance to cash it in yet. I am very much looking forward to chatting with them once we move into our house and they move into their new house/studio. I will tell you this- she might be tiny, but she is a dynamo! So energetic and friendly!
Another huge highlight was spending time with my pattern buddy, Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs. We both started our businesses around the same time and we’ve shared some great laughs, ideas and similar experiences. Her patterns are fantastic. She really has an eye for color and I think her Wonky Houses quilt is going to be on my cutting table very soon! Plus, she’s just plain nice and you can’t get better than that. That’s Carrie (in the stripes) along Kathy Mack and Jessica Levitt at the Modern Quilt Guild Meet Up hosted by the Houston MQG. Kathy is just as wonderful in person as she seems through her blog/store. I can’t say enough great things about her. Jessica was at Market promoting Modern Mix, her new book with Stash. Having read it cover to cover on the plane ride home, I can tell you that it’s AWESOME! I totally nabbed a copy for our future KC MQG guild library.
This display at Art Gallery caught my eye. Check out the color order on the pillow…. it matches the wall exactly! I’ve used the Art Gallery solids and oval elements in several quilts and could use those colors every day and never tire of them.
The fabric line that I am most excited about? A Stitch in Color, Malka Dubrawsky’s debut line with Moda. That bag above? It’s not pieced! It’s a cheater print, meaning it’s yardage that just looks like it’s pieced. Even those quilting lines are printed on it. The whole line is amazing. I would love to make a quilt for our bed with it. Someday!
Next Market (right here in Kansas City, Missouri!) will be much less leisurely for me… I’ll have my first booth! Time to bust out the calendar and plan, plan, plan. It’s a good thing I love making lists!