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Spring Quilt Market 2019 - Day Four

Since my return from the Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, I’ve been reporting on my experiences there. Click here to read about my trip down to Market, my adventures on the first day (attending the Schoolhouse sessions and Sample Spree prior to the Market floor opening),the second day (opening day at Market), and the third day (day two of Market).

Day Four (Sunday) was the last day of Market. I took my husband on Sunday so he could experience the sights as well. We spent the day revisiting the booths I’d already checked out, and taking photos. Our first stop was the special exhibit, which was filled with award-winning quilts.

Here are some of the exhibit quilts that caught my eye.

Scott loved the exhibit and really enjoyed taking photos of the quilts for me.

After stopping by the exhibit, we browsed the rest of the aisles noting the trends. I shared some of these with you in my Day Three report. Be sure to check out that post if you want to see what’s coming to a quilt store near you!

Before heading out, we made a few purchases. The best one was this lamp for my sewing area. It’s halogen so it won’t get hot and man is it bright!

I don’t know about you, but these old eyes need as much light as possible. I consider this lamp the only purchase worth noting because it was the one that will affect my life the most!

Scott and I ended our day at Quilt Market tired but very happy. Our heads were filled with all that we’d seen and the lovely people we’d met.

Before we headed out of town, we stopped at a BBQ place nearby. I didn’t want to leave Kansas City without having tried their famous barbecue! We ate at a place called Jack Stack, which apparently has a high rating.

The place was located in an old building, with lots of architectural details both inside and out. The food was awesome, the service superb, and we had a great time.

Look at that brickwork! Lovely.

On the outside of the restaurant was this lovely garden patio. I would swear we took photos of it and the interior of the restaurant but I guess we were just too hungry! Oh well.

I hope you enjoyed my Market report. I had a blast!

Join me on Monday when I finally get around to listing my June goals. I suppose one of them should have been to make my goals earlier in the month. <grin>

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Spring Quilt Market 2019 - Day Three

I just spent a week in Kansas City attending Quilt Market, a quilting industry convention that’s held in the spring and fall. I’ve already told you about my trip down to Market and my adventures on the first day (attending the Schoolhouse sessions and Sample Spree prior to the Market floor opening) and the second day (opening day at Market).

Day Three (Saturday) was the second day on the Market floor. Since I’d already met with many of my business contacts, I decided to relax and enjoy the show. As I wondered the floor, I tried to look for trends in the market.

The first thing that struck me was “whimsy.” For example, take a look at Elizabeth Hartman’s booth. It’s filled with whimsical animals, including adorable lemurs! I love those pieced, striped tails. The fabric leaves she used to decorate her booth added to the sense of fun and I was drawn in

Elizabeth has made her name creating patterns that feature pieced animals, so her booth wasn’t a surprise but it was still wonderfully whimsical none-the-less.

Whimsy is also Tula Pink’s calling card, and she didn’t fail with her charming Monkey Wrench fabric collection. Her booth is always a riot of color and it never fails to win an award.

Elizabeth and Tula weren’t the only designers playing in this sandbox however. Touches of youthful whimsy were everywhere at Market. Here are a few photos of Moda’s booth. Those pillows are panels and would make up so fast! Love the pockets with the babies.

Isn’t this lion adorable?

Here are some other whimsical displays I saw at Market. Those doxies are too cute!

I could totally see these penguins in little sweaters. And the tails on those kites! Too cute.

This floral quilt is so beautiful!

I simply love this whimsical sewing machine quilt from the Timeless Treasures booth. And those dump trucks are awesome!

Barbara Pershing’s “A Gathering” quilt is both whimsical and beautiful.

It was fun posing in front of the butterfly quilt in the Windham booth. “Be a butterfly and release your inner creative, whimsical soul,” it seemed to say. “Forget perfectly matched seams and pointy points and play with improv and bright colors, and just create!”

Showing off the new fabrics in shirts, dresses, and other clothing items was also a trend. Have you made a clothing item lately?

Cork fabric was there at Market, but this time it was not only dyed but printed! Some of the fabrics even had touches of gold and silver. Aren’t these purses gorgeous? And how about that table cloth and lamp? (Yes, all of that is cork.)

My next installment will cover Day Four (Sunday) at Market. On Day Four I spent the day with my husband, soaking in the wonder of it all one last time. Our first stop was the special exhibit of quilts.

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Spring Quilt Market 2019 - Day Two

I recently spent a week in Kansas City attending Quilt Market, a quilting industry convention that’s held in the spring and fall.

I’ve already recounted my trip down to Market and my adventures on the first day, attending Schoolhouse sessions and Sample Spree prior to the Market floor opening.

On Day Two (Friday), the Market floor officially opened to visitors. I spent most of that day with business contacts.

First, I met up with my fellow Island Batik Designers for a quick photo. Aren’t we wonderful? <grin>

Once I was up on the Market floor, I went right to the Island Batik booth. There I took photos of every quilt so I could share them with my fellow Ambassadors who were not attending Market. The Island Batik Ambassadors make the quilts that decorate the booth and I knew that everyone would want to see their quilts hanging at Market so I made sure to get a good photo of every one. In fact, I went back several times over the course of the week to make sure I got good photos.

I’m not immune to the thrill of seeing my own work at Market, so I made sure I got photos of my quilts hanging in the Island Batik booth.

Broken Road


Like Clockwork

After taking photos, I stopped to say hello to the people I work with every day—the employees of Island Batik (including Kim, who couldn’t resist photo-bombing me).

The Island Batik fabric designers have booths that surround the Island Batik booth. I loved meeting each of them.

Barbara Pershing

Tammy Silvers

Deb Tucker

Some Island Batik pattern designers like me also had booths nearby so I stopped by to say “Hi!.” Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts had her first booth at Market and she did so well I’m thinking seriously about having one myself sometime soon. Laura’s sneak peek (a small display in a glass case downstairs at the entrance to Market) won an award! Her sneak peek was a miniature of her real booth. Very clever.

Laura Piland

Tina Dillard

After visiting Island Batik, I stopped by the booths of other companies I work with as an Ambassador such as Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt Go!, Aurifil, and Funky Friends. At Hobbs, I got a lot of info about batting types and their possible uses. I’ll be getting this info soon in a format I can share so I’ll be doing that soon.

The AccuQuilt Go! booth was filled with the newest dies and I left wanting them all. Aurifil’s booth was a feast for the eyes. All those luscious colors!

I love making Funky Friends as you know so I had a lot of fun at their booth falling in love with the endless array of stuffed animal patterns.

I ran into Eleanor Burns at the AccuQuilt Go! booth (she wrote the companion book that’s included in the Go! Cube packs of dies). She couldn’t be sweeter and her book was a ton of help in getting me up and running with my Go! cutter fast.

I met up with friends for lunch and made some important contacts that I hope will bear fruit. Then I wondered the floor for a bit, trying to take it all in. There’s so much to see at Market that I like to roam the floor over the course of a few days so I can really see everything.

Here’s a taste of some of the eye candy.

After Market, I headed back to the Air BnB we had rented. The Quilting Collective hosted a party of industry professionals and that made for a great way to end the day. (Yes, that’s Eleanor in my kitchen!)

Some of my Island Batik Ambassador buddies stopped by and that just put the icing on the cake!

The party ended but not so late that I couldn’t rest up for the next day. One thing you absolutely need at Market (besides a large bag with wheels <grin>) is plenty of sleep!

My next installment will cover Day Three (Saturday) at Market. On Day Three I visited my quilt in the Timeless Treasures booth, shopped at some of the pop-up shops, and walked the floor looking for inspiration and industry trends.

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Spring Quilt Market 2019 - Day One

As you know, I’ve been in Kansas City enjoying Quilt Market. Quilt Market is an industry convention that’s held twice a year—in the Spring in various cities and again in the Fall in Houston, Texas.

I had some little adventures on my way down to Market—you can read about that here.

First things first—I arrived at Market on Day One and registered. Then I met Haley @ Timeless Treasures to pass off the quilt I’d made for their booth. The quilt pattern is called Facets and the fabric collection is Tonga Batiks Passport.

Day One for exhibitors is rather busy, as they spend the day putting the final touches on their booths. Visitors like me don’t normally see the setup process but I tagged along and got a few photos to share with you.

As you can see, there is lots to do to get the Market ready for visitors.

For non-exhibitors like me Spring Quilt Market begins with the Schoolhouse, a series of short presentations by industry leaders. Typically, each Schoolhouse is a presentation of the latest offerings by that particular company or designer. Sometimes a Schoolhouse is a learning session focusing on an industry topic. I went to a mix of both types.

You get to pick and choose which Schoolhouse sessions you attend. Since there are many sessions going on at any given time, you have to be choosy. I decided to go to these sessions.

Session One - Benartex and Eleanor Burns

I decided to go to Eleanor’s session because I felt it was a rare opportunity to meet one of the founders of our industry. And she’s so sweet and nice and of course really funny that I just couldn’t resist.

Eleanor’s session focused on her 25 years with Benartex and it was a treat to see her quilt patterns and fabric collections through the years. So many of them are familiar, especially because her sister Pat used to come to our Guild once a year. Pat is just as funny as Eleanor and does an awesome presentation if you ever get the chance to see her. Pat retired a few years ago, but Eleanor shared with us that Pat is unretiring and going back on the road. You go girl!

At the end of the session, Eleanor showed off her newest fabric line Zellie Ann, named after the founder of the rural town she grew up in.

Session Two - Robert Kaufman and Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth presented her latest fabric collection, Adventure. It’s a lovely mix of colors and so, so Elizabeth! I love the charm of her quilt patterns which feature large pieced animals. Isn’t her new Lana Lemur quilt adorable? Love those striped tails.

How about this quilt, inspired by the animals of Africa? It’s called Spectacular Savanna and I think it’s wonderful! Elizabeth told us that a lot of people have asked her to render African animals so I just know they will be thrilled with this!

Session Three - Andover and Alison Glass

I’m a huge Alison Glass fan and her session did not disappoint. She unveiled her Sun Print 2019 collection and Sun Print Light. I have several Sun Prints from her previous collections and I just know these latest additions are going to end up in my stash soon.

She also showed off her Holiday collection, shown here in her Ventana quilt.

Session Four - Andover and Edyta Sitar

Edyta presented two new collections, Braveheart and Evergreen. Shown here are her Illuminate and Tannenbaum quilts.

Session Five - Moda Superstars

It’s so fun to attend the Moda designers session because they get along so well it’s almost crashing a party! This time each designer presented an 18” block and a project you could make with it. Some of the designers combined their designs, creating unique quilts, table runners, and wall hangings.

After Schoolhouse we were invited to visit each designer’s booth to pick up their free pattern.

Session Six - Island Batik Foundations

In the first of several Island Batik sessions I attended, they featured their Foundations line. Unlike most fabric collections which are out for a season and then depart, the Island Batik Foundations collection is available all the time, so it’s filled with solids and tone on tones you can find and purchase again and again as needed. I always receive a pack of half-yard Foundations in every Island Batik box and I love them because they can do so much in a quilt.

Island Batik presented several quilt patterns that feature the Foundations line during this session, including the Adventure quilt (which I know a lot of you made during the quilt along) by Tamarinis and Seams Like a Dream; A Gathering by Barbara Pershing (a super adorable bird quilt) and Lollipop Garden by Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design (just love how the black background makes those colors pop!)

By the way, did you know that Island Batik offers black, white, and gray solid batiks? Try them instead of your usual solid the next time you need one. You will love how crisp they are when pressed and how saturated the colors are in a solid batik.

Session Seven - Island Batik Designer Deb Tucker

Deb Tucker of Studio 180 was in the next session, and she presented her new Steam Engine collection by Island Batik. I love the high contrast, sharp points in her designs.

Here is Cut Crystal, Doves of Hope (created for the book, “Hope on the Inside” by Marie Bostwick), and two versions of her Christmas Everlasting wall quilt (created for the book, “The Second Sister” by Marie Bostwick and the Hallmark Movie, “Christmas Everlasting.”) The version on the left uses the Icicle collection while the one on the right features Candy Cane Lane.

Both of these last two quilts are being promoted in quilt stores nationwide with special events so watch for them in your local quilt shop that carries Island Batik!

Session Eight - Auriphilosphy

Aurifil is a partner of the Island Batik Ambassador program but even before that, I loved using Aurifil thread for quilting and piecing. So attending the Aurifil Schoolhouse session was a must do.The session was on Aurifilosophy, a thread education program. Haven’t you ever puzzled over which thread type to use when, and what needle to use with which thread? Aurifilosophy takes care of all that and more. When an Aurifilosopher comes to a quilt store near you, be sure to sign up for their class—you’ll be sure to learn everything you need to know about thread types, weights, needles, and more.

Session Nine - AccuQuilt GO!

Next, I went to the AccuQuilt GO! session. They are also a partner of the Island Batik Ambassador program and I wanted to hear what they had to say. As you can see, the session featured designer Kaye England! She’s a delightful person and awesome teacher, designer, and quilt shop owner and if you ever get a chance to meet her you’ll leave smiling. Anyway, Kaye and Greg from AccuQuilt Go! acted out a little skit that showed us how AccuQuilt GO! supports quilt shops that carry their product.

It was a fun session and I left with a new catalog and a lot of information about the new dies that are coming out.

Session Ten - Island Batik Designer Tammy Silvers

At the next session I caught up with two fellow Island Batik Ambassadors, Sherry @ Powered by Quilting and Terri @ Meanderings Along Lizard Creek.

This session featured Island Batik designer Tammy Silvers, who presented her Speakeasy fabric collection by Island Batik. I love the colors in this collection—deep gold and purple, rich magenta and teal, and a touch of olive green to round out the mix.

Shown here are the Sea Lily (Cindi McCracken Designs), Tribeca (Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs), and Tammy’s Compass Point quilt patterns.

Tammy also explained how to do her guided improv technique, which she uses to achieve perfect points without the fuss of templates or paper piecing. Basically, you lay a strip of fabric over a triangle at a measured angle, sew, press and trim, then repeat. Woot! You’ve got a perfect mariner’s compass point in minutes.

Session Eleven - Social Media

The next session featured Kim Niedswiecki, our Island Batik social media guru. In this session Kim explained how to best use social media to attract and audience. Kim also showed shop owners how to access the vast social media content available on Island Batik’s website: product scans, quilt images, lifestyle photos, flatlay images of fabric collections, catalogs, posters and informational flyers, and most of all, the Island Batik Ambassador projects and content.

Kim is full of energy and information! I so love how she has helped all of us Ambassadors better run our businesses. More than that though I love her generosity, friendship, and sense of fun. We are so lucky to have her!

Session Twelve - Free Spirit and Tula Pink

The last session I attended was the one given by Tula Pink of Free Spirit Fabrics. If you’re ever lucky enough to meet Tula, you’ll quickly discover that she’s sweet, funny, incredibly artistic, and completely down-to-earth.

In her session, Tula introduced her next collection, Monkey Wrench. Tula explained that when she was little she used to think that life’s little troubles were caused by a mischievous monkey. Sometimes the monkey hands you bananas and other times a wrench. But you can make beautiful things with either if you try.

What’s cool about Tula is that she thinks like a quilter and a shop owner. As such her new Monkey Wrench collection coordinates completely with her other collections, especially Pinkerville, which is in shops now. So if you don’t want to buy every fabric in a new collection you don’t have to, you can buy what you like, add it to your stash, and still make a wonderful rainbow quilt like the ones shown here.

Featured here are Tula Sunrise which is English paper pieced, Starburst (pattern from Quilts in America by Kaffe Fassett), a quilt I can’t identify (sorry!) and Daisy Chain Light (a free pattern from Free Spirit).

Sample Spree

After the Schoolhouse sessions, our group gathered back together to line up for Sample Spree. Sample Spree is designed for shop owners but industry professionals like me can enjoy it too. At Sample Spree you’ll find fabric bundles, shop samples, pattern bundles, tools, and new offerings for sale at wholesale prices. Purchasing a sample saves a quilt shop the time and effort in making one so that’s often what they are looking for. Me, I like to shop the Aurifil booth for new threads, and the other booths for fabric and tools that catch my eye.

After Sample Spree, I returned home to rest up for the next day—Friday—and the opening of Quilt Market! If you’d like to see the latest offerings by the leading manufacturers in the quilting industry, stay tuned for my next Market report.

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