Quilt Market Day 1 and 3/4

Scott and I are back from Quilt Market and I'm pretty sure our brains are on overload. I apologize that my Market posts have faded away after such a good start, but frankly after catching a bad cold at Market I’m oh so glad that I got anything done!

So. Day 1 of Market. Scott and I split up as you know, and attended a series of Schoolhouse sessions. You can read about some of new fabrics, tools, books, and thread we learned about here and here. (I’ve added more photos since coming home so go check them out!)

In his next Schoolhouse session, Scott went to see the Quilters Creative Touch 4 computer system for long arms while I trotted off to see more fabric. The QCT software pairs with a Surface tablet to provide an easy interface for creating custom computer-guided quilting. Later I learned more about the system on the show floor and I even programmed it to quilt my name!

Meanwhile, I listened as Anna Maria Horner unveiled her new fabric line from Free Spirit Fabrics, Floral Retrospective. Here’s her pattern, Traveling Blooms, which will be offered as a kit.

I love her fresh and funky take on florals and how well they play together.

Scott saw Heidi Pridemore @ Whimsical Workshop next, and she showed several different ways in which you can work with book panels (especially those from Studio E Fabrics) besides making soft books. Her clever ideas included small zippered bags, aprons, totes, pillowcases, and a line of adorable appliqued book covers Heidi calls “Loveable Huggable Books.”

Meanwhile, I attended an Island Batik session with designer Tammy Silvers. Despite the fact that she had temporarily misplaced her lecture materials, Tammy gave a lively talk on creating faux curves in your blocks. Here are some of her quilts, featuring her new Batiks Go Retro line.

As you know, I’m an Island Batik Ambassador and I simply adore their batiks! Here I am standing in front of their booth. Later this week, I’ll show you the entire booth. If you love batiks as I do, you won’t want to miss the luscious new colors!

Edyta Sitar @ Laundry Basket Quilts presented her new fabric line Blue Sky (from Andover) in the next Schoolhouse session. Coordinating with her collection, Edyta is releasing a new book, Patches of Blue and an adorable BOM called Winter Village.

Edyta also showed us her new Quilters Canvas, a linen colored fabric preprinted with applique placement lines that, when combined with her Silhouettes prefused appliques, make it fast and easy to achieve the look of Edyta’s quilts.

Edyta was so lovely and gracious when Sherry's Peeps and I stopped by her booth the next day. She's as warm and beautiful as her quilts are!

Next was the Westalee Design Schoolhouse session. Westalee has designed a set of rulers you can use on your domestic machine to perform ruler work quilting.

I was so impressed, I bought some rulers later when I stopped by their booth! Can’t wait to try them out on my home machine.

Tomorrow is Wednesday Wait Loss so be sure to come back and link up your wips! I've also got a more lot to share about my trip to Market, including the last of the Schoolhouse sessions, so it'll be a busy week! I hope you've enjoyed what I've been able to bring you so far. Thanks for stopping by!

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