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:
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.
No peek at the fabric prints yet (they’ll show at spring Market in Pittsburgh), but they…
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……
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?
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!
This new designer (who I did not get the name of) had some neat prints, this one was a fave:
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.
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:
Let’s talk about Melody Miller, who had a showstopper of a booth.
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.
There was a lovely collection of vintage toys strewn around the booth, many of them Fisher Price (LOVE!).
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.
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:
As an ex-science teacher, my favorite prints…
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.
Oh Ty. You are SUCH a DREAMBOAT. Hubba hubba.
More Quilt Market highlights later, I promise.
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