Quilt Market Recap

Another trip to Quilt Market is under my belt. This is my sixth Quilt Market (I’ve only missed one since my first Fall market in ’08) and I feel like I’ve finally gotten settled into a routine of sorts. It’s kind of a grueling routine (some days we are on the go from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m.) but it’s a heck of a lot less overwhelming than that first show three years ago.

My POV as a Market attendee is really from the retailer side more than the vendor side since I’m there with my friend Sarah to order for her store. We don’t have much downtime and what little we have is spent recapping what we’ve seen, planning what we still want to see and discussing the merits of different products and whether or not they fit into the shop. It’s not easy and there are times when I absolutely love something but have to concede that my tastes run counter to what most customers will like.

There are plenty of places that do a much better job than I ever could of covering what’s at Market, especially when it comes to fabric, so I’m just going to focus on a few of the patterns I saw (and loved) in Houston. (I queried the folks on the blog’s Facebook page and that was the direction that seems to be of interest.)

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My Favorite Things has two new duffel coat patterns out, one for women and one for kids, and the timing couldn’t be better. I snapped a quick photo of a sample at the Checker booth but it really doesn’t do the coat justice.

Such Designs won me over with the look of their patterns. Ellen of The Long Thread asked if I saw them when I ran into her at the Moda booth (be sure to check out her fab new fabric, if you haven’t) and I completely agree with her take on them.

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Embroidery patterns are on the rise and I’m going to have to get my hands on the ones from Penguin & Fish (so glad Sarah plans to get them and also ordered the ones from Sarah Jane). Oh and Lecien was showing off the coolest linen cross stitch/embroidery “tape” that I can see so much potential for.

In the world of quilt patterns, I’ve previously expressed my love for Jaybird and Lizzy House and that’s not going to change anytime soon. I’m also completely, utterly blown away by Thomas Knauer’s new patterns. Like, total awe. I “met” Thomas on Twitter and have been so thrilled to follow his journey to fabric designer (Andover! Pear Tree! Won a fat quarter bundle in his Schoolhouse!) and his patterns do not disappoint.

You can see all my Market photos on Flickr.

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