Quilt Market Fall 2012–Fabric 2.0 Pictures!

Fall 2012 Quilt Market has commenced, and last night we had a ton of fun at our kick-off Meet & Greet, Fabric 2.0!

From left to right: Lisa Anne Logan, Pokey Bolton, Karey Bresenhan, and Helen Gregory

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor Craftsy and to our Silver Sponsor Quilting Arts for helping make this event possible!

Above: Caroline Devoy (second from the right) and friends. Many thanks and kudos to Caroline for launching and hosting Fabric 2.0 in years past!

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Emma Harrington & Carrie Bloomston

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Patty Young & Carla Crim

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Gina Pantastico, Michelle Engel-Benckso, Susanne Woods, and Betz White.

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Bob Ruggiero & Barbara Staszak

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Heather Grant & Helen Gregory

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Kathy Mack & Pat Sloan

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Patricia Zapata, Rashida Coleman-Hale, & Alissa Haight Carlton

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Victoria Findley Wolfe & Jake Finch

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Tina Battock, Bill Gardner, Alex Holderness, & Mike Daecher

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Today is the first day of Quilt Market and I am off to the show floor to take plenty of pictures and notes!

Fall Quilt Market 2012 Forecast!

We are starting to settle into the George R. Brown and I thought now would be an excellent time to give you a forecast for what is to come over the next weekend of Quilt Market.

First, let me give you the forecast for Market (and I mean, literally…let me give you the forecast):

If you click on the above image, you’ll see the extended ten-day forecast for the Houston area, which shows that even thought it is going to be a little chilly over the weekend with highs only in the low-to-mid 70s (brrrrrrr), the temperature picks up the middle of next week so we are once again in the low 80s. Don’t forget that once the air is turned on in the convention center, it can get quite chilly, so pack that cardigan!

We also have some happenings at Quilt Market that I want to make sure you are aware of:

COME to our Fabric 2.0 Meet & Greet!

Fabric 2.0 Meet & Greet is brought to you by Quilt Market, and we are ever so grateful to our generous and shining sponsors for helping make this reception possible: Craftsy (our GOLD sponsor) and Quilting Arts (our Silver sponsor)!

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One from the scrapbooks: Here I am with Elinor Peace Bailey and Luana Rubin from the very first Fabric 2.0 Meet & Greet in 2008. Fun times!

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For those who have not attended Fabric 2.0’s Meet & Greet that the bubbly Caroline Devoy devised, hosted, and coordinated for the past four years, this is a very lively, casual, and fun kick-off to Quilt Market where those attending Market can meet up, enjoy a drink, and make new friends! No need to RSVP at this point, it is a cash bar with food, so please stop by with a smile, your camera, and your business or MOO cards!

Where: 3rd Floor Pre-Function Area at the Hilton

When: Friday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 PM

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VIEW our new Sneak Peek Area!

If you are a retailer or in the media, you wont want to miss our brand new Sneak Peek area in front of Halls B & C where you will see samples of the latest and greatest in quilting and sewing! Click this link to get a sneak peek of our Sneak Peek.

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.BE on TV! Twitter TV that is…

Thanks to my friend Susan Brubaker Knapp for taking this shot from last year’s Market and posting it on her blog!

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Once again, we will be featuring our Twitter Wall where tweets from the Market show floor will appear in real time. So make sure your twitter app is loaded on your smartphone, and see your tweets on your Market findings and experience live on TV! The Twitter Wall will be centrally located on Main Street in the Exhibitor Area right at the Information Booth. Make sure when you tweet you use #quiltmarket so it will appear on the wall. And if you are not able to come to Quilt Market, be sure to follow us on Twitter to see what is happening!

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.MEET up in our new Networking Lounge

Brand new to Quilt Market is our Networking Lounge where you can sit comfortably for meetings and charge your smartphones simultaneously at our charging station! Our Networking Lounge will be located in the back of Hall D in Aisle A, which is located in the Special Exhibits area just on the other side of the Exhibitor Area.

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All of us at Quilts Inc. are looking forward to a very busy and successful show! Are you attending or exhibiting at Quilt Market? Let us know in the comments area, and see you in just a few days!

Open Studios at Quilt Festival Brought to You By Craftsy!

New this year! Watch well-known artists working right before your eyes in this special area brought you by Craftsy.com! In this specially constructed area —located near “Main Street” in the food court—, four artists will be demonstrating simultaneously under the categories of “Embellish,” “Stitch,” “Quilt,” and “Paint,” showing everything from free-motion quilting and innovative piecing to monoprinting and beading.

Stop by for a little creative inspiration, and print the full schedule below so you wont miss out on seeing some of your favorite artists at work!

Open Studios Artists’ work from left to right: Carol Ann Waugh, Ana Buzzalino, Timna Tarr

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Thursday, November 1

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Lynn Roddy Brown, Piecing Triangle Units
Nancy Goldsworthy, Couching Chunky & Challenging Threads
Cheryl Sleboda, Light Up Your Quilts!
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Joyce Hughes, Thread Painting
Jamie Fingal, Rebel Quilting
Leslie Jenison, Monoprinting on Fabric
Marlene Glickman, Surface Design with Sticks, Clamps, and Stamps

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sarah Ann Smith, Thread Painting
Teri Lucas, Fusible Appliqué Cards
Sara Hochhauser, Dye It, Sew It, Wear It
Michele Muska, Making Felted Fabric

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Martha DeLeonardis, Twister Designs
Cyndi Souder, Curved Piecing with Tiny Seams and Persuasive Pressing
Christen Brown, Ribbon Work and Hand Embroidery
Ana Buzzalino, Stitched & Painted Landscapes

Friday, November 2

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Christine Adams, Stitched & Collaged Fabric Books
Cathy Franks, Couching with Yarns to Create Leaves and Flower Shapes
Mary Anne Griffin, Painting Fabric
Judi Hurwitt, Gelatin Monoprinting

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Ana Buzzalino, Stitched & Painted Landscapes
Joyce Hughes, Raw-Edge Appliqué
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers
Helen Gibb, Silk Ribbon Embellishments

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Petersen, Beyond Basic Machine Quilting
Leslie Jenison, Free-motion Quilting for Art Quilts
Lynn Roddy Brown, Piecing Triangle Units
Jamie Fingal, Mixed-Media Quilting

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Peggy Martin, Paper Piecing
Timna Tarr, How to Appliqué Circles
Marlene Glickman, Foiling Fun with Sheers for Collages
Susie Monday, Stamp Carving for Art Quilts & Mixed Media

Saturday, November 3

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Ann Petersen, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
Carol Ann Waugh, Stitch & Slash
Lynn Krawczyk, Shadow Printing
Pokey Bolton, Monoprint, Screen, & Stamp

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Karen Linduska, Creative Uses for Decorative Stitches
Jamie Mueller, Cathedral Windows
Marlene Glickman, Surface Design with Sticks, Clamps, & Stamps
Christine Adams, Stitched & Collaged Fabric Books

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Susie Monday, Drawing with Stitch
Pokey Bolton, Mixed-Media Postcards
Esterita Austin, Creating Quilt Portraits
Judy Murrah, Collage Greeting Cards

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Patt Blair, Painted Quilt Art
Ann Petersen, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
Liz Kettle, Beading on Fabric
June Colburn, Artful Collage Appliqué

Sunday, November 4

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Nancy Goldsworthy, Couching Chunky & Challenging Threads
Liz Kettle, Machine Stitching Tips & Tricks
Christen Brown, Ribbon Work and Hand Embroidery
Martha DeLeonardis, Twister Designs

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Pokey Bolton, Mixed-Media Postcards
Ruth Chandler, Modern Hand Stitch
Judi Hurwitt, Cut Stacked Journaling
Cheryl Sleboda, Light Up Your Quilts!

Update on Events & Opportunities for the Upcoming Quilt Festival in Houston!

All of us at Quilts are getting so excited about the upcoming show in just two short weeks! We are busy packing more than 1000 quilts, countless signs, show programs, totes, badges, ATCs, fabric postcards, t-shirts, books (you name it, we are packing it) to get ready to move into the George R. Brown Convention Center next week.

In getting ready for Festival, I have decided I am going to pack up my sewing machine and studio supplies to schlep to my hotel room so at night I can make more fabric postcards for our Festival Pet Project Fundraiser as well as ATCs for our Trading Post!

Pet Postcard Update

Speaking of our Pet Postcard fundraiser (and if you don’t know what I am talking about, all of  the information is here), we are still accepting fabric postcards in our offices through Tuesday, October 23, and if you are coming to Festival we will accept them at the show through Saturday, November 3. Simply bring them to Room 213. Please note: the Pet Postcards will be on sale at Quilt Festival, not Quilt Market.
I thought I would share a few of my own fabric postcards that I have made thus far. (I still plan to make 50 total!)

My little Min Pin, Louie, has a big ego…

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I mean, for real…he has a big ego. Did you ever see the movie “Goodfellas?” Remember Tommy DeVito, the character played by Joe Pesci? If Louie was a human, he would be him.

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My kitty Khaleesi, who has been exploring her playful side and stretching her physical boundaries lately, inspired this yoga postcard.

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ATC & Mug Rug Trade

Don’t forget! Make and bring ATCs and mug rugs to trade at Festival! Bring as many as you want to trade, and tell all of your friends who are coming to the show!

Newly Expanded Open Studios Brought to You by Craftsy!

We are so excited to have a much larger and expanded version of Open Studios this year, and in the food court area where people can relax and spend time with the artists. During Festival, there will be approximately 60 sessions with more than 40 artists who will be demonstrating their craft and sharing their expertise with attendees. This event, brought to you by Craftsy.com,  will have a variety of artists on hand demonstrating everything from free-motion embroidery and piecing to monoprinting and embellishment. I will post the full artist schedule in the next couple of days, so you can print it out and plan your visit to this area.

New: Mix and Mingle Reception!

We hope you’ll join us on Saturday (November 3) for an evening of fun! We’re hosting a new event, MIX ‘N MINGLE from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the pre-function area, outside of the ballrooms on the third floor. No pre-enrollment is required, all show attendees are invited. What better way to wrap up your day than spending time with old friends (and making new ones!), talking about your day, unwinding, and enjoying refreshments from the nearby cash bar. And best of all…we’ll be giving away hundreds of dollars in door prizes!
More information to come shortly, but I have a date in my studio tonight to make more fabric postcards!

It’s a CAT-astrophe at International Quilt Festival Headquarters!

Things have gotten down right cat-ty here at Quilts Inc. headquarters as we have received more than 170 fabric postcards so far for our Festival Pet Project Fundraiser, some of which feature the feline variety!

 

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The above three funny feline fabric postcards were humorously painted and stitched by Sandra Gray.

Norma Schlager stitched this cute kitty!

Another fabric postcard by Sarah Anne Smith (who will be teaching in Open Studios…more on that soon)!

 

And Jeannie Palmer Moore painted and quilted this charming tabby.

We are aiming to at least receive and sell 500 fabric postcards, so we hope that many of you are planning to act as cat-alysts to our cause, and help us help these animals from suffering cat-aclysmic fates by stitching up some postcards this weekend. Am I putting you in a fit of cat-aplexy with my play on words?! Stop your cat-erwauling. ;-)

And have a fun, and stitch-filled weekend!

Make ATCs & Mug Rugs to Trade at Quilt Festival & More Pet Postcards!

More fabric postcards for Festival’s Pet Project are arriving and looking fantastic! Some more eye candy for you:

An assortment of fabric postcards by rebel quilter, Jamie Fingal. (I love the googly eyes!)

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A sampling of fabric postcards by Pauline Salzman. These pooches are going to be gobbled up fast at the show!

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Cute kitties by Terri Stegmiller. The bottom card reminds me very much of my own rescue kitty, Khaleesi!

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There is still plenty of time to make fabric postcards to benefit Friends For Life! (All of the information is in this post.) We are accepting them here at the Quilts offices through October 23rd, and we will accept them at the show through Friday, November 2nd, in Room 213 on the 2nd floor of the convention center. Please note: Fabric Postcards will go on sale for $20 each at Quilt Festival (not Market) beginning on Preview Night, October 31st.

Share Your Art!

Make Art To Trade at Our Festival Trading Post!

Just because you may not have entered a quilt into our quilt show doesn’t mean you can’t have your art displayed! Our Trading Post where you can trade ATCs (artist trading cards) and mug rugs will be right next to Open Studios near the Food Court, and we hope you will make and bring as many ATCs and mug rugs as you can. This is a very lively section of the show floor, and a great way to share new quilt, surface design, and embellishment ideas with other quilters.


I cruised the web to find some good tutorials for you in case you are not familiar with ATCs or mug rugs:

ATC Tutorials online:

http://quiltinggallery.com/2012/03/07/artist-trading-cards-tutorial/

http://www.muppin.com/quilts/blog/2006/08/fabric-atc-tutorial.html

Mug Rug Tutorials:

http://tipnut.com/mug-rugs/

http://sew-fantastic.blogspot.com/2011/03/mug-rug-tutorial-scrappy-colorblock.html

https://sew4home.com/projects/table-linens/scrapbusters-mug-rug

Fabric Winner!

Congratulations to Corky Eden for being randomly selected in my last post. Thank you for making fabric postcards to benefit Friends For Life, and I will email you to get your shipping address.

Free Fabric Giveaway & The Pet Project Postcards for Houston Quilt Festival Are Arriving!

Quilt Festival’s Pet Project Postcards to benefit Friends For Life, Houston’s premier no-kill rescue organization and animal shelter, are starting to arrive in batches at Quilt Festival headquarters, and I thought it would be fun to give a sneak peek at what you can buy on the show floor for just $20!

How cuddly and adorable is this fabric postcard?!
“It’s Cold Outside!” by Sarah Ann Smith


“Woof!” by Sue Bleiweiss

“Best Friend” by Jeanne Palmer Moore

“Best Friends” by our very own Ann Graf

Ann has made a number of fabric postcards so far, including this floral-themed piece.

Calling All Quilters! We need fabric postcards, and not just animal-themed ones, we welcome all styles and motifs!

If you want to try your hand at a small quilt (oh, say…4″ x 6″), then why not make a beautiful fabric postcard to donate to our cause? We are accepting them here in our office through October 23, so you have more than two more weeks to make as many fabric postcards as you would like!

If you want all of the details, you can find them in this blog entry, and please, please spread the news!

Free Fabric Giveaway for Making a Pet Project Postcard Pledge!

If you are making fabric postcards, I am going to sweeten the deal! Respond in the comments area that you are making and sending in at least one fabric postcard and I will randomly select a winner by the end of the day, Tuesday, October 9th, to win this loot of Cabana Blooms fabric by Windham Fabrics!

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