2012 Spring Quilt Market Report!

As I write this, we are at the halfway mark of Day Two at Spring Quilt Market, and the show is proving to be so much fun…and busy!

Above: People on their way to Sample Spree, the event that opens the night before Quilt Market, where buyers, retailers, and other quilt professionals who pre-registered for Quilt Market can get their fabric-loving fingers on the newest fabric lines, notions, and gadgets. The event did not begin until 8:00 PM but we saw people lining up as early as 2:00!

Um…I went a little nuts at Sample Spree. (I think my bag weighed 30 pounds.) I bought Kona solid jelly rolls, stacks of Basic Grey fats from Moda, a HUGE pile of fabric from Seven Islands, and beautiful new prints from Windham. As much as I am tempted to keep all of this for myself, I am going to give some away on my blog, plus some of my Moda fabrics I’ll ship to my mom. (Happy Pre-Birthday, Mom!)

I am always eager to see what Alexander Henry Fabrics will display in their booth, and I thought this upholstered chair installation was so clever! And wouldn’t two of these chairs look splendid in my living room with my newly upholstered stools? I have nudged to see if they would sell any to me. I doubt it, but I must get some of these black and white prints to upholster some chairs.

When this Riley Blake chevron fabric hits the quilts stores I am going to buy yards of this stuff, and in every color. Wouldn’t it be a great print for borders and sashing?

Be still my heart…there is a cruiser on the floor! I was very tempted to leave a note that said “Be right back!” and take it for a spin but thought better of it. Don’t you love the tote basket and little fabric purse under the seat? Hemma Design has patterns for those…just sayin’.

Speaking of patterns, I found these origami-style quilts by Carolyn Friedlander quite charming!

Love the large quilt, too.

OK, let’s make this a multiple choice quiz and see how well you know your Westminster Fibers designers. Which fabric designer’s booth do you think I am in?

A. Anna Maria Horner

B. Kaffe Fassett

C. Denyse Schmidt

If you chose C, Denyse Schmidt, pat yourself on the back! I love those piles of those brightly hued quilts and couldn’t help but think how great they would look stored in my new sofa console. This is the exact look I am going for.

Man Cave Alert! Wouldn’t you be tempted to spend more time with your guy in his Man Cave and sit through a professional wrestling match if you could cozy up his playroom with some quilts? Crazy Old Ladies take the frill out of quilting by devising their “Geared for Guy” quilt pattern line. Pretty clever!

Last but not least, if you have followed my blog you may know I am a huge animal lover, including fictional furry friends. Imagine my glee when I saw that Chewbacca decided to come to Quilt Market to celebrate the new Star Wars line with Camelot Cottons. I love you, Chewy!

More pictures and stories on Quilt Market tomorrow but I am remiss in picking a winner from this past Monday’s giveaway question. Congratulations to Mary Brown! Please email me at pokeyb@quilts.com with your shipping address, and I will ship you a copy of Modern Patchwork as soon as I get back home.

I’m signing off now so I can see what else I spot on the Quilt Market show floor!

9 responses

  1. Sahhhh WEEEETTTT!!!! I adore your photos and I hopeyou gave Chewy a big hug! :) Love the new fabrics… the Riley Blake chevron fabric is magnificent! I need a bicycle!!
    Thanks for the tour Pokey!
    ~Christina in Cleveland

  2. I agree. LOL!! That shot with “Chewy” is awesome! Love the origami style quilts. Very fresh, modern and bright.

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