Quilt Market Day 1 and 7/8

Quilt Market was awesome, especially Schoolhouse where you get your first sneak peaks at the latest fabrics, tools, threads, books, and notions. It was so awesome, it’s taken me three 1/2 posts so far just to tell you about it. Post One covers new fabric lines from Moda; Judy Neimeyer and Timeless Treasures; Elizabeth Hartman and Robert Kaufman; and Ann Lauer and Roseann Cook for Benartex. Post Two covers Carol Hopkin’s new book, Helen Stubbings’ English paper piecing, Cotton & Steel’s new threads, Wonderfil threads, and Tula Pink’s two new fabric lines. Post three covers Quilters Creative Touch; new fabric lines from Anna Marie Horner for Free Spirit,  Tammy Silvers for Island Batik, and Edyta Sitar for Andover Fabrics; Helen Pridemore’s new book on fabric panels, and Westalee Rulers for domestic ruler work. Post three and a half <grin> covers three creative quilters and their new books from C & T Publishing: Allie Aller, Katie Pasquini Masopust, and Jean Wells.

While I was admiring Allie, Katie, and Jean’s artistry, Scott was learning about the latest fabrics from Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics: Chroma, Diving Board, and Adorn. Alison’s Diving Board collection does not disappoint, with its wonderfully bright happy prints. Chroma (a Handcrafted collection) provides a perfect complement to Diving Board.

Alison also offers Adorn, a collection of double gauze, lawn, and linen that’s wonderfully ready for sewing up into beautiful garments. As you know I just adore Alison’s fabrics. I’ve used them in several projects including one from my book, and I even participated in a charm square exchange to acquire more! It was hard to send Scott to her Schoolhouse instead of me, but I did stop by her booth later so that made up for it.

Scott then learned all about Tucker University and the Studio 180 Design patterns and tools. With these tools you can easily create Square in Square, Shaded Four Patch, Diamond Recs, Hunters Star, Lemoyne Star, and other blocks easily and accurately.

Scott and I were both running out of steam after such a long day at Schoolhouse, but I managed to fit in one last session—Lucky Charm Quilts, a book written by Moda All Stars. Hosted by Ms. Martingale of the Lucky Charm School, the session was light and funny, with each author “charmingly” parading her quilt (created from charm squares) down the aisle, escorted by Prince and Princess Charming <grin>.

After Schoolhouse, Scott and I attended Sample Spree. Here, vendors sell a sampling of their products at wholesale prices. The atmosphere was exciting and highly charged, with everyone lining up for the signal to go. The only way to do Sample Spree is with a plan, so I’d reviewed the list of participating vendors ahead of time to plot my strategy.

I decided that my highest priority was threads, so I headed first to Aurifil where I picked up four collections of the wonderful 50 wt quilting threads.

Next I darted to Wonderfil where I picked up several 100 wt (for applique) and 50 wt (for quilting) collections. I’d recently won a Wonderfil 100 wt collection in an online giveaway and I love how they look so I wanted more. Scott was impressed with Wonderfil’s Schoolhouse so I decided to give their 50 wt threads a try as well.

By this time I was threaded out, but I just couldn’t resist picking up one of the new Cotton & Steele thread collections. They are so stinkin’ cute! Can’t wait to see how they quilt up.

Anyone who’s seen my stash knows I don’t need fabric, but I found a few solids from Robert Kaufman and Riley Blake, and some fun prints from Me & You for Hoffman Fabrics.

I also snagged some batik scarves and a cute little organizer from Yazzi.

By the end of that first day at Quilt Market, I can honestly say I was pretty exhausted. And I had yet to step on the Market floor! In the coming weeks, I’ll show you what the Market itself is like, at least from a pattern designer’s point of view. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Quilt Market coverage so far!

While you're here, jump over to Wednesday Wait Loss and link up your works in progress. I'd love to see what you're working on!

Here in America this is Memorial weekend when we honor those who protect our country. I’m off to see the Indy 500, something I enjoy every year. Even if you don’t live in the USA, I wish everyone a wonderful weekend with friends and family. See you next week!

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