Quilt Market Just Opened! 3 Things That Caught My Eye So Far…

Quilt Market just opened a few hours ago, and by the looks of my view of the show floor, things are busy!

show floor

PIcture of the show floor just after the doors opened.

I took a quick walk earlier on the exhibitor side and thought to note three fun things to check out for those who are here at Market:


1. AccuQuilt (Booth #844) has some new die cuts out that the hexie lovers and modern quilters of the world will want to check out: new English paper piecing hexagon die cuts, including ones for teeny tiny 1/2″ hexies. They also have die-cuts for  clamshell quilts:

Accuquilt die cuts


Here’s a clamshell quilt top in progress made with the die cuts:

Clamshell quilt


2. Also make sure to go play putt putt in the Aurifil booth (#944). I am serious…you can really play for thread and the stakes are high!

put put


3. And lastly, BERNINA has some pretty exciting news: they are debuting their very first long arm machine!


You can go check it out at the BERNINA booth, #1144.

More soon!

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)!



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!


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


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.


.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!


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!


.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.

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!

2012 Spring Quilt Market Report (Pt. II) & Sample Spree Fabric Giveaway!

Now that I’m home and have caught up on a little rest after Quilt Market, I thought I’d share more pictures and final thoughts! There were some pretty clear trends this spring:

The elephant in the room: elephants are a mammoth trend this spring as they were not only the feature display in the Michael Miller Fabrics booth (above), but on countless fabric lines and patterns.

Another trend:

Beach- and nautical-themed fabrics and patterns were everywhere. Pat Bravo’s booth (above) also  happened to win 1st Place for Best Booth for a Double Booth.

Oh, if I only owned a boat or a house in Cape Cod! I adore this nautical-themed fabric line and booth display by  Sarah Jane Studios!

Another trend: Splashes and sprays of color! Above: Art Gallery Fabrics won Best Booth for Merchandising. I am not surprised in the least.

Black and white fabrics were hot, too, and the Alexander Henry Fabrics booth was bustling the entire show. I don’t know which came first: the mustache on John (above) from Alexander Henry or the mustache-themed fabric. Nevertheless, both the mustache fabric and the mustache on the man made me smile, and I wasn’t alone!

Who doesn’t love colorful bolts of fabrics stacked on top of one another? I love these nature and field study-themed fabrics by Birch Fabrics.

This retro couch by Melody Miller may be one of the cutest I have ever seen. I have just the perfect spot for it at the top of my stairs in my home. (Hey, a girl can dream…)

Another angle of the eye candy in Melody’s booth. See the elephant pillow above? Elephants are indeed replacing the owl trend. (Although I did spot a few owls on the show floor.)

Quirky variations on the basic polka-dots were spotted everywhere. These Seven Islands totes feature deer sporting glasses.

Other trends included barnyard animals, zebras, the chevron pattern, and of course…the modern quilt aesthetic was everywhere.

More things I liked:

Check out this extra special advent calendar by the Australian-based business Don’t Look Now! I love how you can stuff a handful of treats, letters, and goodies in each of the day’s pockets.

I finally found and purchased a compact and attractive sewing cabinet for my home studio- the Sewnatra black sewing cabinet by Arrow. I adore how the shutter door gives it a contemporary feel.

Above shows the table partially opened. Since I usually work fairly small, this table will do well for the quilts I make. The cabinet portion swings out so I can sit at my machine, and there are spool holders on the inside of the door.

Bikes and doggies! What a cute quilt pattern by Buttons and Bees.

More bike-themed quilts. The above quilt features needlepoint designs by Lilac Lane LLC.

The whimsical and folksy creations from Such Designs always prove cheerful.

And speaking of cheerful, I was able to grab a quick snap with my friend and former colleague, Helen Gregory. It was so good to see her, if only briefly.

Fabric Giveaway from Sample Spree!

So who wants a jelly roll of “Seaside” by October Afternoon of Riley Blake Designs? All you have to do is answer the following question and I will randomly pick a winner on Monday, Memorial Day.

Question: What does your studio space look like? Is it a guest bedroom? A closet? Please describe your space, and if you have a link with pictures on your blog or website, please  share the link in your comment!

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!


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