Fall Quilt Market Highlights

Just came back last night from a really fun weekend in Houston at Fall Quilt Market!!! Quilt Market is a trade show for shops and fabric designers (and other quilting and sewing related industry), but the best part for me is seeing the new fabric lines. Here were some of the highlights for me:

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The Big Splash Award this year definitely goes to Cotton and Steel, a new division of RJR Fabrics that was founded by Melody Miller. Melody is joined by Kim Kight, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Sarah Watts, and Alexia Abegg in this collaborative design project, and the excitement they’ve drummed up is quite fun.

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No peek at the fabric prints yet (they’ll show at spring Market in Pittsburgh), but they had a set of wonderful solids on display in their booth that are really lovely, the names of the collections by each designer displayed, and you can watch their promo video here and check out the new website . The thing I am most excited about hands-down is the promise of apparel fabrics, and with this dream team designing the prints, it’s sure to be spectacular.

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I always really enjoy Anna Maria Horner’s booth. This year she was showing two new lines, Dowry and True Colors, a line of “not-so-solid solids.” Normally I fall for the larger scale lines but True Colors with its small scale and deep hues is one of my favorites.

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Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics is another line I’m crazy about for its bold and not-so-bold hues and subtle designs. Her two booths were both great. Another hit line after her VERY popular debut line, Architextures.

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Me and Carolyn and Jessica (my cousin who also happens to be my lovely assistant! Don’t you love her Washi + Bow??)

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Leah Duncan’s Meadow line for Art Gallery Fabrics is another favorite of mine this year. You may remember how much I loved Tule, and Leah has really hit it out of the park again with Meadow. Her warm bold yellow, orange, and green hues are really great.

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Sarah Jane is back with another illustrative children’s line that is really sweet. Another fantastic line that evokes the imaginative world of childhood. There are HORSES. Need I say more?

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SJ even made a pair of Big Butt Baby pants for her little baby Anders with her fabric. CUTE!

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More fun stuff, including new lines from Cloud 9 Fabrics:

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Arcadia by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 Collective (above)

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Enchanted by Michelle Engel Bencsko for Cloud 9 (above)

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Sew Yummy by Monica Solorio Snow for Cloud 9 Collective (above)

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Shape of Spring by Eloise Renouf (above), and Clementine even made an appearance in the Cloud 9 booth!

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Fun displays at Art Gallery:

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An awesome booth from Green Bee Patterns (that’s Alexia Abegg and her mom Michelle Abegg):

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Charlie Harper from Birch Fabrics:

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Garden from Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka

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Jessica holding up a couple of Geranium and Ruby samples she sewed for Ellen’s booth.

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Urban Patch for Monaluna (also check out these adorable knits)

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Dreamin’ Vintage from Jeni Baker (another Ruby sighting here!):

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And lots of fun people to chat and hang out with! This is Erin Harris from House on Hill Road (who was there for a book signing for her new book, Quilt Essential):

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Lizzy House (fabric designer, wish I had gotten pics of her new line with kitty cats and mice!!):

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and Monaluna designer Jennifer Moore:

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And of course, I had to make sure to include a picture of me with Elli (my sister) and Jess, who kept me company the whole weekend! We bear quite the family resemblance, don’t you think?

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There’s one more line that I seem to have completely forgotten to include…hmmm…oh yes! That would be MY NEW LINE for Cloud9, Lotus Pond! How silly of me! I’ll just have to do a preview post soon so you can see it. Or you can stalk my Instagram and see peeks over there.

9 thoughts on “Fall Quilt Market Highlights

  1. Such a fun weekend!! Still wishing I’d stayed longer so I could visit more–lots of pretty things to see. And so many MBR sightings!! Woot!

  2. So good to see some lovely organic cottons in there – Cloud 9 is just exploding, isn’t it? So many new lines! I got so excited when their first collection came out, even though I wasn’t *that* crazy about the designs, because it was almost impossible to get printed organic fabric at the time – funny to think of now!

  3. Now I just need a job where I HAVE to buy fabric as part of my job and a budget to go along with that. So much gorgeousness! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see your new line!!!

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