Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quilt Market Houston 2013 Part 3

For part three of my Quilt Market review I thought I'd focus on some of the striking gorgeous colors and prints that really caught my eye. First up is the Hapi collection by Amy Butler. I always attend Amy's Schoolhouse session as she has beautiful photos, slideshows, and inspiration to share in her presentation.

Her latest collection was inspired by a recent trip to Egypt, and the saturated colors were absolutely beautiful.

I also attended Denyse Schmidt's Schoolhouse session where she debuted her latest line, Ansonia. She also has a collection of solids coming out soon, Modern Solids.

Tula Pink presented Fox Field, another beautiful collection showcased through quilts featuring simple shapes and patterns that allow the fabric to become the focal point.

Of course, the quilting on Tula's quilts was absolutely a work of art! I was truly awed by the presentation of this fabric collection.

I also loved Anna Maria Horner's latest collection, Dowry.

Anna Maria's booth was also a beautiful oasis of color, print and pattern. I loved this simple quilt made with squares and half-square triangles.

The flowers on the table were also lovely--I missed a photo of them the first time I visited her booth and had to go back to get a picture.

I also loved the presentation of color in this Bella solids quilt in the Moda booth by Vintage Modern Quilts. I'm ready to make another solids quilt for sure!

And, this beautiful flying geese quilt in the Ann Kelle booth was another bright favorite of mine!

Finally, the scallop quilt display of Kona solids in the Robert Kaufman booth was absolutely stunning.

I do have one more market re-cap post, but there is a Schnibbles parade to present first. Be back soon. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quilt Market Review Houston 2013 Part 2

Rather than calling this the Quilt Market Review Part 2...I should probably call it "Make a Splash with Moda!" And it's pretty photo heavy....just to warn you. By now you probably know I love Moda fabrics, and this post will highlight some of my favorite Moda designers' quilts. There were actually more I loved, but some of the darker quilts didn't photograph quite as well. First up is the adorable "Raincheck" quilt by Camille...think I have to make this one for sure! April Showers is one of my favorite market collections.

I also love "Puddle Jumping"...true story...I almost named my "Blossoms" quilt with the same name!!!

Camille also made mini versions of her three quilt designs...aren't they adorable? Maybe if we all bug her enough she'll publish the measurements! I had fun watching her make the miniature "Puddle Jumping" quilt as we were sewing together that day!

 Bonnie's side of the booth had adorable designs as well...I'm not sure how she does it all, either! I love "Walking in the Rain" above.

The "May Flowers" quilt in the basket is on my list for sure!

Gina Martin introduced Sewing Box with Moda fabrics. This is a collection I wish I had purchased at Sample Spree!

Sandy Klop featured Ducks in a Row which is a delightful collection which blends well with her most recent fabrics.

The always gracious and sweet Anne Sutton has a gorgeous red and white Christmas line called Winter Wonderland. I had to buy some for Christmas projects and gifts!

As always, Joanna was a delight to visit with, and her booth was a vision of Fig Tree goodness! I usually get to sew one or two quilts for her, and then when I see the others I have to make them too! This market was no exception to that rule...I need all of her patterns yesterday! Mirabelle, her new collection, is soft and dreamy and full of pastel goodness.

Yes, the more I look at these photos the more I know I need to make them all!

I can't remember what this one is called...the pattern isn't quite ready, so I'll post about it when I have the pattern.

But this quilt is called "Carousel"...just love it!

And this is "Al Fresco." I love the name and the design!

But the first one I'm going to work on is the "Mason Jars" design. I think I need to make these adorable dish towels for Christmas gifts.

Sweetwater's new collection, Wishes is beautiful. My photos don't do this line justice at all!

They have some darling quilts with their fabrics, too!

Okay...I'm so glad I snapped a photo of this Me and My Sister Designs quilt at SchoolHouse because my pictures of their booth didn't turn out so well. I LOVE this pattern. It's regular piecing, and I can't wait to make it...because I'm not a huge paper piecing fan, and this design is a favorite! The pattern is called "Twinkle Twinkle," and their new collection is called Hubba Hubba.

I didn't get good pictures of Kate Spain's booth either...and it was so adorable, too! But luckily my SchoolHouse picture came to the rescue again! I love Kate's Daydream quilt and her awesome inspirational message!

 The lovely Edyta Sitar debuted Jellybean and brought many stunning quilts...I can't believe this is the only photo I took that turned out--you'll have to look up the rest of her quilts because they are all amazing.

 The new collection by Minick and Simpson is beautiful as well. All of their quilts were hand quilted this time around, and I'm now more determined than ever to try some big-stitch hand quilting myself. Again, they had many other gorgeous quilts you need to see!

 Vanessa Christenson's stunning sewing machine quilt really caught my eye. I love her new collection, Color Me Happy. Her collection has laminated prints, too...and they were so soft! (Side note: Vanessa gave me some photo tips on taking "selfies" with my phone. Rachel of PS I Quilt also gave me some great photo tips).

 I'm always captured by the striking beauty of the Zen Chic booth. Brigitte has done it again with a lovely soothing palette of hues, prints and patterns.

Pat Sloan also had a lovely booth. I love her basket quilt in the top right corner.

Finally...I can't say enough about how much I love Lisa Bongean's recent Floral Gatherings collection. I used my Moda candy squares of this fabric on a small quilt and can't wait to make something larger with this line. It's classic and so happy all at the same time!

Also, I know I'm missing Kansas Troubles, Barb and Alma's fabric...and a couple of others. One of these markets I'm going to get photos of everything.

Thanks so much for the good wishes...and thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Quilt Market Review Houston 2013 Part 1

I just got home this afternoon from Houston, and even though I've been up for quite a long time today because of the time zone change, I wanted to write a quick market post. This will be the first of several posts as I took plenty of pictures this time around! As usual, the Moda booth had a super fun theme--Make a Splash with Moda, and I loved all the nautical details in their booth area (The nautical costumes and entertainment at the Moda dinner were pretty fun, too).

For today's post I thought it would be fun to share the quilts I pieced that were on display at market. The first one I wanted to see was actually the last one I sewed--the navy version of Camille Roskelley's Starlight pattern. The picture above is from market, and the one below I borrowed from Camille (thanks, Camille).

This was a super fun quilt to work on (not hard, either--terrific pattern), and I'm thinking about starting another one right away! I could hardly wait to see it in person at market, and I practically made a bee-line for it once the show opened on Saturday morning.

I also made two quilts for my friend Joanna, and I had to go see them in her booth first thing, too. I pieced the Star Struck quilt above (another fun pattern)...

And I pieced Joanna's Canned Pears quilt as well. Canned Pears was another favorite of mine, and it's a fun and easy project. From the moment I started making it, I thought the pieced pears were pretty genius.

I also pieced the Sugar Stars quilt for my friend Lori which was in the Gracie Girl booth at Riley Blake! It's always fun to see the quilts I've pieced all quilted and finished up with gorgeous quilting bringing them to life.

I was also able to get a picture of a quilt my friend Sinta pieced using my "Shine" pattern. This quilt was in the Dear Stella booth and used their recent Perrymint collection.

And, here is my haul from the Moda booth at Sample Spree Friday night. I was lucky to pick up some Color Me Happy by Vanessa, some Ducks in a Row by Sandy Klop, and some Winter Wonderland by Anne Sutton. Of course, all the new Moda  fabrics are wonderful, and I was able to get some Moda candy packs of some other fun upcoming collections (I'll be sharing photos of those soon).

And last but not least...I just had to buy this t-shirt at the airport. I'm actually a native Texan, and hey, I think it's about time I had a "Texas" shirt to wear around here at home.

Market was an awful lot of fun--it's just an incredible treat and blessing to be surrounded by the most talented and creative people in the fabric industry. I always feel energized and inspired to come home and create even though I'm absolutely exhausted from several days of a nearly constant diet of beautiful prints, patterns, designs and textures.  This time around I was able to meet several quilters I previously knew only from their blogs and Instagram...and you know...they were all just as incredible and nice as I thought they would be. Aren't quilters the best?!

There are many more photos to come and lots of ideas spinning around over here--be back soon!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Quilt Market!

So...the last few days have been a whirlwind of to-do's and things "I forgot to do!" I did finally make a decision on binding for my Bella Solids quilt and decided to go with the Bella grey.

I also finally got around to making the "Hampton Weekend Bag"by V and Co. I've been wanting to make this since last market when Vanessa introduced it. The bag went together great...there is an interior zipper pocket which was a cinch to install, and there are also two open interior pockets. I used Shape Flex on the outer bag fabric and the lining to give it just a little more body (the pattern only called for interfacing on the lining). With the next one I am going to use a combination of fusible fleece and Shape Flex. I think it's going to be a great bag for market!

And...speaking of market...I had a great flight into Houston today....

And I had the best Mexican food I've ever had at Ninfa's near downtown Houston.

Also, the night view from my hotel is pretty nice! I can't wait for Schoolhouse and Sample Spree tomorrow!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

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