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.

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Best of Quilt Market: Tule

Yes, I’m posting Quilt Market pics three months after the fact. A little strange? Maybe, but it made more sense to post them now that these fabrics are actually hitting shops. I hope you enjoy my favorites from this fun trade event!

Here’s another one of my favorite booths from Quilt Market this past May, featuring Tule, a new line by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics. The booth and fabrics were all absolutely spectacular. From talking to other people about it, it was clearly a favorite of everyone at Quilt Market!!

Check out the great furniture in this booth. I love the white molded Eames chairs and that awesome couch. There’s Leah!

A lovely low-volume quilt…

Fabric wallpaper??? Can I do this in my house? I need to talk to Leah about how she did this.

I just adore this line — the colors and prints are really spectacular, what a job well done by Leah and Art Gallery! Tule is just arriving in online and local shops as of this week; you can check my sponsor links for Tule if you need a place to start. You can see the entire line over at the Art Gallery Website.

OK, just a couple more pictures from the Art Gallery booth that don’t really fit anywhere but deserve to be posted…check out this amazing dress made completely out of Art Gallery prints!

Isn’t that incredible? I don’t even want to know how long it would take to put that together. So amazing! I wonder if anyone will ever wear it.

And I loved these stacks of colorful books and pillows too. Such a fun way to display new prints.

That’s all for today. Stay tuned for more of my Quilt Market favorites!

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Best of Quilt Market: Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cloud 9

I’ve decided to do my Quilt Market blog posts a little differently this year; instead of posting Quilt Market pics back in May (which is when the most recent Quilt Market was held, in Portland), I figured it might be more fun to see the fabrics and booths WHEN they are available. That way you don’t have to wait three months until you can go out and buy them! Since most of the fabrics that were shown at Quilt Market this year had July and August release dates, it seemed like it might be fun to show them off on the blog now that they’re hitting shops or already available. How does that sound?

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Let’s start with one of my favorite designers (and friend!), Rashida Coleman-Hale. I am a huge fan of Rashida’s designs, and I’ve already sewn with a number of the Tsuru fabrics already, including one of my favorite Washi Dresses to date. Her new line, Koi, is just as amazing and is now arriving in shops (as of this week, I think)! These pics show her amazing booth at Quilt Market Portland, complete with bits of color, the sweetest samples sewn up in Tsuru and Koi, and a vintage newsprint wall. I understand the newsprint concept was completely impromptu, after her initial wall plan fell through. I loved the effect of the yellowed newsprint on the walls!

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This booth showed both her Tsuru and Koi lines, and Rashida had swatches of voile in the booth as well (Koi will be printed in a few prints on canvas AND voile, in addition to the main quilting cotton line…woot!!).

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As you can see, I coordinated well with the Tsuru chair.

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Love this girl!!! And love the new line. Koi is available now in online and local fabric shops — you can check the sponsor links on my blog for Koi and Tsuru (which is still around in certain prints here and there)! You can see the whole line over at Cloud 9 as well.

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Best of Quilt Market: Kokka faves

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Loved the Nani Iro flannels. Picturing a long-sleeved winter dress out of the tan/beige one with big cabled tights. Doesn’t that sound dreamy? ps. Frances of Miss Matatabi has these in stock. I’ve been drooling over the stuff she’s been making with them on Instagram for months now. Gah!

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This new designer (who I did not get the name of) had some neat prints, this one was a fave:

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And I called this one “the cheerio print,” it also came in red/white and green/white prints with smaller cheerios that were really cute.

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Also from Kokka this fall, my friend Ellen Luckett Baker‘s line, Stamped, in a very colorful display. Check out this great skirt with a triangle border:

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Lovely scallops:

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See more of my Fall 2012 Quilt Market faves:
Melody Miller
Carolyn Friedlander
Ty Pennington hilarity

Best of Quilt Market: Melody Miller

Let’s talk about Melody Miller, who had a showstopper of a booth.

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I love Melody. She is first and foremost one of the sweetest individuals on the planet. On top of that she is a brilliant designer. You probably already know that I sew with her fabrics frequently. I love the funky retro vintage-inspired vibe they have (the Ruby Star Washi dress was the most recent example of this). I’m even more thrilled with her newest line, Ruby Star Sparkle, which features prints that literally…wait for it…GLITTER. I know.

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There was a lovely collection of vintage toys strewn around the booth, many of them Fisher Price (LOVE!).

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Also featured in the booth was Melody’s new book which I really really like, Ruby Star Wrapping which was co-written with creative partner Allison Tannery. Before I read it I thought, how many ways can you really wrap a present? Well it’s alot more than you’d think, let me tell you. The book is full of neat ideas that truly make me want to go and try them all out this Christmas. The fact that the main premise is to create wrappings that are also reusable, gifts in and of themselves, makes me love it even more. You can read the cool things that Melody has to say about the book in this post. Totally recommend!!

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Ruby Star Wrapping; the quilt behind is by Jen of BettyCrockerAss.

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Another highlight for me of this booth….TRIMS! Yeaaaaah!

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Dress by Sara of Sew Sweetness:

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From left to right, Rashida, Melody, Brenda (of Pink Castle), and me:

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Best of Quilt Market: Carolyn Friedlander

I’m working on a few posts to show you some of the fun things that were at Quilt Market in Houston this past weekend. First off though, I really want to show you my favorite NEW designer/line of fabric, Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures for Robert Kaufman, which really blew me out of the water.

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(annie of the village haberdashery and charlotte, her intrepid consultant, two of my favorite Brits)

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What’s interesting to me about this line is that the designs are SO subtle yet so detailed…I usually fall for big bold prints but this line really captured me with the beautiful lines and textures. This was the floor:

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As an ex-science teacher, my favorite prints are definitely the topographical lines (how many times have I wished for a USGS quadrangle on fabric?), but all of the prints are really, really lovely.

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These quilts make me want to quit sewing garments and become a full-time quilter. Seriously. How amazing are these little shirts. Do you see how the inside of the shirts are quilted with the back side of the fabric?? Are you seeing this???

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That Ty Pennington. What will he do next?!

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I wish I could explain what was so hilarious about stumbling across this little set of canvases of Ty Pennington promoting his new line for Westmister at Quilt Market in Houston this past weekend. Perhaps it was just that I had been walking around for so long on Saturday and had talked to so many people and it was nearly 5 o’clock, but when I came across these, I just could not. stop. giggling. Is it the hat? His expression? I don’t know.

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Oh Ty. You are SUCH a DREAMBOAT. Hubba hubba.

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More Quilt Market highlights later, I promise.

10 Best things at Quilt Market Spring 2012

Here are the best things that existed at Quilt Market*. According to moi, of course.

(You can see ALL of the things I thought were awesome by perusing my entire Quilt Market Kansas City 2012 photo set)

1. Melody Miller

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This booth was knocking everyone’s socks off. Melody managed to embody her entire look so effectively in one booth, and included so many awesome details and retro props that you wanted to steal the whole thing and bring it home with you.

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Especially that couch.

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Check out that adorable Booth Babe at far right with her awesome pink hair and fishnets. A.DOR.A.BLE. Shown with Karen LePage, me, and Rashida Coleman-Hale, who we had so much fun hanging out with. Rashida’s Washi fabric line was also on display at the Timeless Treasures booth and was oh-so-adorbs.

2. Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics

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Everyone is going gaga for the new Liberty quilting weights, which will be more affordable (I heard $14/yd?) than the Tana Lawns. Not great for garment-sewing, exactly, but fantastic for anyone who wants to OWN MORE LIBERTY. Read more about these from True Up or on Katy’s blog.

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As you can see their prints are amazing. The chick who was handing out sample packs gets an A+ in marketing for making me feel like I got the only Liberty sample pack that existed in the universe. I think she actually said “don’t tell anyone” (to which I’m thinking, “we were both there when I told you I was a blogger…right?) and later it was funny how everyone had them. She needs a raise.

3. Sarah Jane

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I love this little outfit so much, it just slays me.

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And there were bunkbeds. BUNKBEDS! in her booth. Are you seeing this?

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4. Amy Butler

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This floral print with the grey background in the pillow above is great. Can’t wait to own it. I want to make it into a picnic blanket with pale pink crochet trim. Wouldn’t that be great?

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The whole booth had a cool Rococo thing going on.

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The Miz Mozelle dress by Jamie Christina looked great in Amy’s fabric too.

5. Oliver + S

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This bird print? Love. From Liesl’s Ladies Stitching Club line for Moda.

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The chalkboard walls were fantastic too.

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OK, and if I had had a pair of these adorable little red wooden shoes to go with my Dutch costume when I was a kid, I would have died and gone to heaven.

6. This rose printed rayon maxi dress at Free Spirit.

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If i was a better woman I would have gotten a full shot of the thing so you could see how amazing this looked head-to-toe. Instead you have this poor shot of it sliding off of the mannequin’s boob. Oh well. Closeup:

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7. Cloud 9

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Am I biased because my Charlie Tunic made it up onto the Cloud9 booth wall? Of course I am!

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And we’ve already talked about Ed Emberley’s Happy Drawing line, right? Right.

The Cloud 9 simpatico line is one of my favorites (far left).

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8. Tula Pink

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These quilts were showstoppers.

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9. Green Bee Patterns

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New pattern designer Alexia Abegg debuted an impressive collection of quilt, bag, women, and children’s patterns.

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The diamond quilt was hands down my favorite. Cute kid’s clothing too:

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10. Ever Kelly

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Great cuckoo clock prints and cheerful colors from this new designer for Andover. How cute is that moss mountain? Cute enough to walk up and start playing with those softies (part of her new line, Storybook Lane), is what.

OK, so that’s my quick little round-up. There were so many more awesome things that I wanted to include in this post but couldn’t, so I tried to include the things here that really stuck out in my mind, but you can also see the rest of the things I thought photo-worthy or amazing by clicking through to the entire set:

*Quilt Market is a pretty amazing event. In a nutshell, it’s a trade show where all of the fabric manufacturers debut/display their new and current lines, and where thousands of fabric shop owners come to place orders for fabric, notions, and sewing patterns. This means that someone like me doesn’t exactly “belong” at quilt market, but it’s a great place to go if you have people you want to meet with to grow your sewing-related business. In addition, over the past few years more and more bloggers go to quilt market because it’s a visual feast for any fabric lover. I think it started with the fabric designers who blogged about their trips to Quilt Market, which in turn made other sewing bloggers want to go. It’s also a good excuse to meet all kinds of designers and craft book authors, who we’ve “celebritized” as we’ve come to admire their work. They’re like sitting ducks in their booths, poor things.

I also want to say one other thing, what I feel like almost no one is saying outloud because they don’t want to be rude. Quilt Market is a trade show, not a fashion show, so picture miles and miles of booths that all look alike, and then throw in the fluorescent lights and you have yourself a pretty good picture. The vast majority of Quilt Market is not “fresh” or “modern.” Most of the quilts at Quilt Market were not my taste at all (though I do want to go on record as saying that they are extraordinarily beautiful when considered in terms of craftsmanship and number the hours it took to make them — these are skills that MUST be passed on to the next generation of quilters!!!). This is mainly because the biggest market for quilting fabrics and quilting patterns is still in the 60+ quilting crowd. This will change, certainly, but for now you can still see at Quilt Market a clear representation of the economics of the quilt industry, do you get me? Quilt Market It is NOT a blogger meetup, which is something I knew before I went, but I’m not sure everyone understands; for that you really need to go to Alt Summit or Sewing Summit.

Ellen wrote a great QM wrap-up post on her blog the long thread that is really spot on, which included all of the other great things at Market that I missed in this post, but also giving her (awesome) thoughts on what she would like to see from the quilting fabric industry. Be sure to take a look!