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.