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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Wednesday Wait Loss 120

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First let me tell you what I've been up to

Last week I went to Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City, returning home on Sunday.

My husband came with me and we had a lovely time driving down, stopping at one of our favorite restaurants in Illinois for lunch. We split a large steak and cheese sandwich and had a large cup of seafood chowder each. Yum! The Firefly Grill has a beautiful garden out front and a gorgeous pond out back. Sitting on their glassed-in porch was relaxing and fun, and the perfect set up for a week at Market!

I love finding oddities when I’m on a trip. These kooky garden animals caught my eye at a stop, as did this miniature arch that was outside a motel near the on-ramp. Kind of a fooler, isn’t it? <grin>

We arrived around dinnertime to a beautiful historic house in downtown Kansas City. I stayed there with my friends in the Quilting Collective.

Since the light was fading, we hurried to take photos of Facets, a quilt I finished on the way down. Later I’ll show you the quilt hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth. A pattern for Facets will soon be released with the Tonga Batiks Passport fabric collection for free download.

After driving all day and taking photos of my quilt, it was awesome to sit down immediately to a dinner we’d brought with us. Nothing could be simpler or more welcoming than eating in your own kitchen (even if it’s only on loan <grin>).

This is only a part of the fabulous space Scott and I shared during our visit. I’ll show you more in another installment of my Quilt Market report. I love the mix of modern and vintage! So cute and so inspiring with the mix of textures and colors.

I can’t wait to show you what I discovered at Market! I’ll start a series of posts later this week. Be sure to follow me if you’re interested in the latest trends and a birds-eye view of what it’s like to visit Quilt Market.

Well, that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

We had two new quilters join us last week, and I’d like to feature them.

First up is Kathleen @ Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm. Kathleen shared her version of Block 1 in The Garden Party. Isn’t it wonderful?

I really appreciate hand-stitching although I don’t do much of it anymore because I never have time and I’m not very good at it.

Kathleen is also participating in a “stitch what you see” challenge which is really intriguing to me. Drop by her blog to learn more.

Next up is Carol @ Quilt Schmilt, who shared the first of three quilts she’s making for a golf course fundraiser. Love this cute fabric, and that view! Awesome.

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Sew Lets QAL: Block 6 Binding Clips

Hi! Welcome to Block 6 of the Sew Let’s Quilt Along!

Details of the quilt along are located on the Sew Lets QAL tab above, but here’s the short version: we’re presenting the blocks for this quilt along in segments. To win a prize, make all the blocks from that segment, then upload a photo of them all at the end of the segment.



This is Block 6 in the quilt along and the first block in Segment 2. To enter for the Segment 2 Prize, you will need to make the four Segment 2 blocks and post a photo of them at the end of Segment 2. The prize winner for Segment 2 will be announced on July 16th. Click here to view the QAL schedule and to learn more.

To enter for the Grand Prize at the end of the quilt along, you’ll need to either make a quilt using all 13 blocks in the quilt along, or make one or more projects that together include all the blocks. The quilt along doesn’t end until September 10th, but if you want to get a head start on making projects, here’s a link to a project suggestion.

The sixth block was designed by me, and it’s Binding Clips!

When I tried to think of what sewing related thing I wanted to include in my block, I simply had to do mini clips. I use them for binding of course, and for practically everything else.

Click below to download the Binding Clips block pattern.

Block 6: Binding Clips

I think you’ll like making this block because it’s fairly easy and there are no seams to match. <woot!> Still, there are a few things you should know to be successful. Before we get to my tips for this block, let’s talk about fabric selection.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

Mini clips come in a variety of colors and I wanted to include all those colors in my block: blue, red, orange, yellow, purple, and pink. You might choose to use a single color for your binding clips instead and that’s OK.

Regardless of which way you go, I highly recommend using solids or tone-on-tones for your binding clip fabrics.

Use a background fabric that contrasts well with the binding fabrics so your binding clips will show up well in the block. I chose white, but you could choose any color you like including black.

I recommend a fun print for the quilt backing, such as this adorable fox print by Tula Pink. Choose a matching print for the quilting binding. Make sure your binding print contrasts well with your binding clip fabrics. I chose that beautiful magenta shown here on the right. It’s a solid, but your binding fabric doesn’t have to be—as long as it contrasts with your binding fabrics.

Tip: You could get fancy and add a flange or large ric rac next to your binding if you want by simply sewing it into the seam between the binding and the background fabrics.

You’ll notice that binding clips have a silver spring in the center—I chose a solid grey for that. There is also an opening in the binding clip center just behind that silver spring—your background fabric will show through here so again make sure the background fabric contrasts well with your binding clip fabrics.

My Tips and Tutorials for Making This Block

As I mentioned earlier, my Binding Clips block is super easy to make and there are no matching seams! Here are my tips for success.

trim as you go

The units that make up each binding clip are smallish, so trimming them as you go is important. For example, trim Unit 1 to 2-1/2” square and Unit 2 to 1-1/2” x 2” as shown here.

After sewing the Clip Units together in Step 4, be sure to trim them as shown here.

The pattern tells you how to trim at each stage, so pay attention to that and take the time to trim as you go!

Pay Attention When Making the Half Clip Units!

There are two Half Clip Units at the top and bottom of the block. To make these you basically repeat the steps except that when making the center unit, you sew only one binder fabric rectangle to either to the top or the bottom of the grey-Background unit (see the completed yellow and orange middle units below).

So when assembling the Half Clip Units be sure to follow the steps in the pattern—watch for the placement of that Binder fabric in the center section, and trim as you go and you’ll be just fine.

Next you make Between Units that fit between the Clip Units. These are easy peasy because you’re only sewing two rectangles together. But again, be sure to trim to size as instructed in the pattern so your block will go together smoothly.

Assemble the Block

Layout the three Clip Units, two Half Clip Units, and the Between units and sew them together in a tall column as shown here. Trim the Clip Section to size like the pattern says, then add the Quilt Backing rectangle to the left and the Background rectangle to the right and you’ve got your block!

Pressing Issues

As I mentioned earlier, one of the awesome things about this block is that there are no seams to match. Woot! This means you don’t need to press a particular way to get connecting seams to nest together because there aren’t any!

If you want to follow my lead, here’s how I pressed my block.

trim the block to size

Be sure to press your block neatly so it lays flat, then trim it to 12-1/2” square.

Have fun with my block! I can’t wait to see your version!

Thanks for the Tips! Who else is making this block?

Remember, you can download my Binding Clips pattern by clicking the button you’ll find at the beginning of this post. Hurry! The pattern is only available for free until September 21st.

Here are the hosts for Segment 2. Drop by their blogs to view their versions of my block and to read their tips for making it.

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Abbie @ Sparkle On
April @ JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry @ Powered by Quilting
Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy @ SandyStar Designs

Time to Announce the Winner of the Segment 1 Prize Giveaway!

To enter our Segment 1 Prize Giveaway, you had to make all five blocks in Segment 1. If you missed a block you can still download the patterns so you can make the blocks and enter our Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the quilt along. Click here for more info.

And the winner is…

…being announced soon on Instagram (search for the hashtag #sewletsqal) and on our private Facebook group.

Congratulations Ethel Brake! I just heard you won our prize package for Segment 1:

I Didn’t Win. Can I Get a Do-Over? <wink>

Well, not exactly, but you can make the four blocks for Segment 2 and enter to win the Segment 2 giveaway (you enter after we present all the blocks in Segment 2—click here to view the quilt along schedule).

Here’s what you might win by making all the Segment 2 blocks:

Plus you’ll receive a free PDF pattern of your choice for each of these Partners in Design:

You’ll need to make all the blocks if you want to enter the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the quilt along. If you need block patterns you’ve missed, click here to learn where to get them.

Thanks for stopping by! The next block in Segment 2 will be released June 4th.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 119

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Last week was mostly spent in the wonderful company of my daughter as she graduated from college and moved back home.

Now I’m on my way to Quilt Market in Kansas City! I can’t wait to hook up with friends and colleagues as we celebrate the best of quilting. Be sure to follow me as I share what I see.

By the way, I finished a Quilt Market quilt last week, and I’ll be showing it to you after I get photos of it hanging in the Timeless Treasures booth. I’ve got three quilts hanging in the Island Batik booth so I’ll be sharing those as well!

Well, that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

There were a lot of beautiful quilts linked up last week! Here are my favorites.

First up is Anja @ Anja Quilts, who shared the quilt she’s making for the Medallion Magic Quilt Along. Isn’t is wonderful so far? I can’t wait to see how this one progresses.

Next up is Jocelyn @ Canadian Needle Nana, who shared her Photograph blocks, which remind me of a modern version of an Eye Spy block. Jocelyn also shared an intriguing recipe and a funny story about a robin. Be sure to pay her a visit!

Finally, I want to give a shout out to Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts, who will be having her first booth at Quilt Market this week! Here’s Hydra, one of Laura’s new patterns.

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