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.

Petal Pretty

Among the folks I met at Market this year was this amazingly sweet gal, Violet. We got to hang out a bit at Schoolhouse (and possibly irritate someone with our whispering), have lunch with a group of friends and even won door prizes from the equally sweet Elizabeth. Unfortunately, she had to leave Market early so we didn’t get to hang out as much as I’d have liked, so now I just get to stalk her on the Internet.

Anyway.

Violet was carrying the cutest purse and of course I had to ask her about it. Of course, she’d made it. And there’s a pattern for it! From Indygo Junction! Woooooo! Lucky me picked up my very own pattern at sample spree, brought it home, started it and…OK, it took me three weeks to get back to it but I had a craft show and Thanksgiving thrown in there, too. Obviously not my fault. Right?

But now it’s done and I love it. Love. It!

I used a really rich purple fine wale cord from Robert Kaufman for the exterior, an aqua Ta Dot from Michael Miller for the lining, various scraps from my scrap bins for the petals and some strapping from Echino. The pattern calls for 1-1/2″ strapping but I used 1″ since that’s what I found at the shop. I also used a parachute buckle instead of D rings because I had it on hand (and really wanted to sew instead of running out to the store for purse hardware). Along the same lines, I substituted sew-in magnetic disks for the pronged magnetic purse clasp since it was in my magic sewing box.

I’m not a quilter and I think some of the challenges I had with the bag were directly related to that. My echo quilting is kind of messed up and I have some puckers in the quilting, too. Not enough of a bother for me to rip out and re do, since it’s for me, but I definitely would have fixed it were I gifting it. If I had to do it over again, I would cut the front purse piece and fusible fleece maybe 2″ bigger on each side, quilt, then trim to the right dimensions and square it up, which would fix the weird shifty mess I made as a result of the quilting.

It’s a nice, roomy bag and I love all the pockets, especially the hidden pocket on the back of the bag. It’s an ingenious touch and will be perfect for tucking in my keys or iPhone. The purse is so bright and pretty, and I can’t wait to start showing it off!

Houston Round-Up: Giveaway!

This has to be the most drawn-out process of blogging an event in the history of blogging. But I’m finally done and here are the goodies from Quilt Market that can be heading to your home in just a few days. Up for grabs are:

  • A neat laser cut invisible zipper from Ghee’s;
  • ModKid measuring tape;
  • California Dreamin’ postcards;
  • Little Folks notepad;
  • Timeless Treasures fat quarter stack;
  • Olivia’s Holiday by Tina Givens fat quarter stack;
  • Two Lecien quilt patterns;
  • Mini ruler set;
  • Cool bag made from Bali Pops; and
  • Awesome Japanese fabric wearable button from Bunny’s Designs!

Just comment on this post and you’re all set. You have until 9 p.m. EST on Friday, Oct. 30, to enter. I’ll close comments then and use the random number generator to select a winner. The winner must claim her (or his) prize by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 2, or I’ll choose another winner.

Good luck!

Taking Flight

Just a little peek at what flew in and out of my sewing room this weekend. I had the pleasure yesterday of playing with some beautiful fabrics, delivered into my hands courtesy of Paula Prass.

Paula is amazingly talented and will be debuting her first line of fabric, Flights of Fancy, at Quilt Market later this month. It was an absolute delight to lend a helping hand with her preparations for Market and create an outfit for her booth and promotional materials.

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t intimidating. Oh my word! “Nervous” doesn’t cover it! I had only a limited amount of fabric and could not afford to mess it up. It’s not like I could run to the quilt shop and buy more! Fortunately, everything went smoothly and I even managed to leave some nice, big pieces to send back to Paula with the outfit.

A big, big “thank you” to Paula for letting me be a part of her big Michael Miller debut. I know everyone is going to be crazy about your fabrics! And many thanks to Patty, as well, for connecting me with Paula so all of this could happen.

I can’t wait to see Paula’s modeled shots with the outfit, as well as seeing the sample on the floor at Houston later this month! (Yes, I am attending Market!)