Before I share the last few photos from Quilt Market I wanted to give you my impression of market and tell you what I thought the overall theme was this time.
For those of you who were sewing back in the mid to late eighties you will probably remember the embroidery hoop craze. We hooped panels, lace and appliques. Hoops became the frames that finished a project. This market was full of hooped fabric. If there was a trend. It seemed to be hoops.
That and Missoni inspired chevron zig-zags. Zig zags were everywhere. On quilts and in fabric.
Another theme would have been technology. Annette and I spent lots of time sharing information with designers and sales reps about pinterest. We talked about websites. We used our IPads on several occasions to look up inventory and information about products and once while ordering notions it was suggested that we scan what we wanted to purchase using my I Phone. Quilting sure has come a long way from the day of women sitting around a quilting frame in the church social hall!
Here are a few more photos:
This is Nancy Rink from right here in Bakersfield.
Nancy has been designing quilts for many of the major fabric companies in our industry and she was vending in Houston for the first time. The beautiful quilt in the background is her block of the month for Marcus Brothers. Nancy is very highly regarded by the various companies she works with and her work is simply beautiful. Congratulations Nancy, you are amazing.
This is Anna Maria Horner chatting with a shop owner in her booth.
She featured velveteen in her new line and the quilt hanging behind the couch was made like we do our Minkee blankets - pieced without batting or quilting. She called it a receiving blanket for adults. Fun!
We loved this new sewing book by Sarai Mitnick. The Sewing Handbook has a delightful vintage feel with well written, easy to understand instructions.
This booth always stops me in my tracks. Kellie from Don't Look Now! does the most intricate work and it seems so intimidating. Upon closer inspection I realized everything was raw edge applique and Kellie quilts
all of her quilts with her Bernina 440!
Who do we have here? Well if it's not Mr Amy Butler. AKA David Butler. This was David's first show as a designer. (I'm sorry you can't see his oh, so blue eyes). Lots of you want his circle quilt pattern, due out in February.
This next photo is for my friend Margaret . Isn't it adorable? It's needle felted. Darling!
That's it. It was a great show and we found so many exciting fabrics, books and patterns that will be arriving from now until May of 2012.
Encourage one another,