Saturday, October 31, 2015

Quilt Market 2015: 40 Years of Moda

Happy Saturday! Today I'd like to share just a small portion of the amazing exhibit, "The Making of Moda" from International Quilt Market/Festival in Houston. I didn't take nearly enough pictures, and in fact, the photos I do have don't do these quilts justice. But I hope to be able to convey the feeling that I felt in walking the exhibit.

This stunning portrait in fabric of Moda's founder, Mark Dunn, created by the amazingly talented Luke Haynes was at the forefront of the exhibit. The quilt includes Bella solids and Collections for a Cause fabrics by Moda. I wish my photo could convey even a small portion of the beauty and grace of this quilt. It is awe-inspiring.

One part of the exhibit that I didn't get a photo of was a timeline of the making of Moda created by Mark's daughter, Erin--it was absolutely fascinating to see the development of this incredible company. I actually looked at the exhibit the morning after hearing Mr. Dunn speak about his incredible passion for preserving, protecting, and promoting the art of quilting at the Moda party. As I looked at the exhibit I remembered the words from the night before, and it made for a very powerful experience.

The selvage quilt was another big hit at the exhibit. This quilt was made by Mr. Dunn's son, Josh and contains a selvage from the first collection of every current Moda designer. The black background set of the selvages beautifully. Because the new designers from spring market were the last to be included, our selvage was at the very top of the quilt (the first designer, Sandy Gervais, had her selvage in the middle of the quilt with the others spreading out top to bottom from there.)

This was such a fun quilt to look at. It was a lot of fun remembering the earlier collections, many of which I've sewn with!

The Moda Building Blocks quilt by Lissa Alexander and quilted by Natalia Bonner was also a part of the exhibit. I was so happy to see this quilt hanging...I felt like it played tribute not only to the foresight and vision of the founder, the company, and Lissa Alexander who is truly a visionary herself.

Another stunning quilt by Lissa was in the exhibit. This quilt  mirrors the cover of one of the Moda catalogs from a few markets back. it was absolutely beautiful.

This cap set display with fabrics in a rainbow of colors from every current Moda designer was also the work of Lissa Alexander and was stunning. Maybe this is what I can do with the fabrics I seem to be hoarding and not sewing with!

Finally, one of the most incredible quilts was the 25 Years of Moda "Sisters' Quilting Trunk Gift" by Andee Andriole, Cheryl Ann Edholm, Candee Ferris, and Mary Andrea Homes. This spectacular quilt contains 1085 different Moda fabrics with 1601 unique fabric pieces. The location and description of every piece of fabric in the quilt is document. These lovely sisters from Arizona came up with the plan to make this quilt which was a surprise gift for Mr. Dunn.

Designer names are also  embroidered in the sashings and on the back of the quilt. It was an incredible honor to find "A Quilting Life."

The exhibit also contains quilts from some of Moda's designers as well as exquisite antique quilts from Mr. Dunn's personal quilt collection. The beauty of well-preserved antique quilts is unparalleled.

 Many of the antique quilts have been re-created with Collections for a Cause fabrics. It was a lot of fun to see the original antique quilt along with the new rendering featured in front of it. The proceeds from the sale of Collections for a Cause fabrics are given to a different charity each year.

 I wish I had been able to go back to the exhibit one more time in order to savor the beauty, the experience, and the history of this great past-time and art form, quilting.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Our Mini's and More parade will be on Monday, November 2nd.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Favorites: Quilt Market Edition

Happy Friday! I still have more Quilt Market photos to share, but since it's Friday I thought it would be fun to do a Quilt Market edition of my traditional Friday Favorites posts. So here a few of my favorite things from market last week...

Of course Valley is one of my favorite things from market, and I've had some requests for some more up-close shots of the fabric; here are four of the colorways: navy, coral, teal, and gold. The colors are warm and lovely, and the prints are versatile.

 There is also a lovely low-volume colorway with wonderful shades of ivory and

 bisque that we absolutely love. These colors are light enough to work as low-volume prints but are also able to stand on their own.

Another favorite at market was being given the  Aurifil threads that match our collection. Thread numbers from left to right are: 5002, 2324 (this one I had in my stash already), 2140, 4093, and 2785.

 Of course I did a little shopping at Sample Spree and was excited to be able to get a bundle of Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree & Company as well as Silver Linings by Laundry Basket Quilts. Can't wait to get sewing with both of these fabrics!

 Lisa of Primitive Gatherings has two new books that were on my must-find list. I sure love mini quilts, and her Little Gatherings book has 12 miniature quilt patterns along with terrific tips and pointers. The photography is beautiful, and the projects are wonderful. I love that the book is even smaller sized: 6" wide and 8 1/2" tall. It has a spiral binding, too which makes it easy to work from. 

The other book I got from Lisa is a handy book designed to keep track of your thread colors for working with wool applique' titled My Soul is Fed with my Wool, Needle, & Thread. I love this idea. I've kept lists in notebooks and on my phone, but I've never seemed to be able to compile a good master list. This book also has lots of helpful tips for applique' with wool as well as several project pages where you can note the project and the threads needed for that. Both books are available now from Lisa's shop, Primitive Gatherings.

 Next up is this lovely wood stiletto custom-designed and made by Annie Unrein of  This tool is essential for installing zippers and also helps with bag making. One of the ends is angled for pressing and folding which is perfect for when you need something a little more than a finger-press yet don't need to use an iron. The flat sides of the tool will prevent it from rolling off of your work space, too. I can't wait to use this! These are available now at Annie's website.

 Oh, I also got some mini charms which I'll be working with very soon...can't wait to show you what I have in mind for these: Vintage Picnic by Bonnie & Camille, Silver Linings by Laundry Basket Quilts, and Jol by Wenche Wolff Hatling.

 Finally...I just got word that Bright Sun is shipping today and should be arriving in shops early next week! I'll be posting next week with a list of shops who have it available, so please let me know if you are a shop-owner and would like to be added to the list.

 PS There is a big Craftsy sale going on now with all classes up to 50% off. If you've been thinking about taking a class, now is the time! 

I'll be back soon with more loveliness from Quilt Market. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

International Quilt Market Fall 2015 Part Three

Hello! Thank you for all of the wonderful comments on the last two posts--I've enjoyed reading them. Today I'm happy to be sharing the remaining Moda booths from quilt market.  First up is the lovely booth of Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.

She introduced a new low-volume collection called Silver Linings (I was grateful to get a bundle of this) and she also debuted another collection, Southern Exposure. Her whimsical elephant designs are a lot of fun, and her pieced quilts are stunning as well.

 I absolutely love her Driftwood quilt below (center)!

I'll share some close-ups of the Silver Linings collection in a later post.

Right across the walkway from Laundry Basket was Camille Roskelley of ThimbleBlossoms. I love Camille's fabric and designs, and it really was a treat to get to see them up close!

Camille's mom, Bonnie, of Cotton Way was right next to Camille (our booth was right next to Bonnie's so we got to visit a bit and share a secret stash of chocolate with them)! Bonnie & Camille's new collection is called Vintage Picnic, and I came home with a mini - charm that I'm determined to use right away!

I know I've already shared our booth, but I wanted to sneak in another picture since our booth was in between Cotton Way's booth and V & Co's booth.

Vanessa Christensen was our other booth neighbor. She is a lot of fun to visit with, and she shared our chocolate stash, too! Her beautiful ombre fabrics were a big hit. Chelsi bought a bundle of them at Sample Spree, and I might have to see if she'll share a little with me!

On the other side of Vannessa was...Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. Her new collection, Little Miss Sunshine is beautiful. She had a lovely booth display and was also a lot of fun to visit with!

I just realized I did miss a booth photo...Basic Grey's booth debuting their Little Black Dress collection came next. Oh well, I thought I had them time!

Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs debuted a Halloween collection that is a lot of fun. Spooky Delights was well represented with lovely quilts and projects.

On the other side of Anne's booth was Pat Sloan's booth. Pat's new collection is Hometown Girl. I just love her focus quilt, and this collection has some beautiful text print fabrics that are a lot of fun!

Barb and Mary of Me & My Sister were on the other side of Pat showcasing their new collection, Grow! Their booth was bright and much fun. I loved their jumbo clothespins they used to hang their quilts!

Next in line was Minick & Simpson who debuted their latest collection, Miss Scarlet. I love the elegant simplicity of this collection. There are beautiful low-volume prints along with the gorgeous reds in this collection.

Sweetwater presented Volume II which is a new release of Mama Said Sew. Of course there are some fun new prints included in this collection along with some of the original designs.

Finishing out the end of our row was Sandy Klop's booth featuring Bread N Butter. This collection is delightful. I loved every one of Sandy's quilts.

I had to get a close up of this beautiful!

There are three more Moda designer booths to share: Wenche Wolff Hatling (her first name is pronounced "Venk-a" is a new designer from Norway, and her collection, Jol is an absolutely beautiful Christmas line! I had fun being able to visit with her and was absolutely thrilled to be able to get one of her mini charm packs!

Janet Clare was next to Wenche, and her Wordsmith collection was beautiful. Janet went above and beyond, making three beautiful dresses in addition to her lovely quilts.

Brigitte of Zen Chic presented her latest collection, Flow. These bright prints were refreshing and beautifully showcased in her patterns.

They look stunning when used with a crisp white background and are equally as beautiful when paired with a neutral grey background.

Finally, Luke Haynes is another new Moda designer whose work is absolutely brilliant. Luke is a quilt artist, and in an upcoming post I'll share two of his portrait quilts which were absolutely incredible.

Luke's collection is called Dapper and includes beautiful wovens perfect for clothing (Luke wore several shirts made from his fabric) along with some fun prints which include shoes and sunglasses.

The weaves are perfect for clothing, but also perfect for quilting with their delightful soft texture.

Okay...that finishes up the Moda designer booths. I still have more to share in a couple more market posts.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall 2015 International Quilt Market Part Two

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I finished loading the photos from my camera and was surprised at how many I'd taken since I spend most of my time in the booth and did most of my photo taking in the early morning during the hour or so before the show opened each day. For that reason, there aren't pictures of the designers in their booths, so I'm sorry about that! However, I believe this might be the first year I was able to photograph every Moda designer booth in the show.

First up is the lovely booth of Joanna Figueroa. I'm always a little bit partial to her booth since I'm still able to help her piece some of her quilts. This market I pieced two quilts and had fun binding another in the hotel room the night before set up. One of the quilts I pieced was the quilt on the left in the photo below with the aqua gingham sashing and border. It's actually the same pattern as the center quilt, and there is a mini version as well.

The other quilt I pieced for Joanna isn't in these photos, but I'll definitely be sharing it soon because it's one of my "after market" sewing projects. I also love the quilt below which has two different size options in the pattern as well. Joanna's new collection is Strawberry Fields Revisited, and it's absolutely lovely!

Next to Joanna's booth was the lovely booth of Kate Spain. I love Kate's new collection, Aria, with bright colors and beautiful florals.  She had lovely quilts and lots of fun fabric flowers. She also had a mini butterfly quilt with a small version of the butterflies in the quilt below.

April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns was on the other side of Kate. Her beautiful fabric, Summerfest was bright and beautiful. April made a lot of adorable baby clothes for her young daughter which doubled as booth props and wardrobe! We all had fun seeing her baby each day when April's husband brought her over for visits!

Next to April was Amy Ellis. Amy was so much fun to get to know, and her gorgeous collection Serenity has beautiful soothing tones of grey, navy and pink. In the far right side of the photo of Amy's booth you can see just the edge of a beautiful hanging light she made with strips of all her fabrics. I wish I had taken a picture of the whole project as it is really cute!

Betsy Chutchian's booth was next to Amy's and contained lovely quilts from her new collection, Lizzie's Legacy. Her booth was absolutely beautiful!

The lovely Kaari Meng of French General was next with her beautiful signature fabrics in reds and creams and taupes, Ville Fleurie.

Next to Kaari was the booth of Blackbird Designs. Their lovely booth boasted a lovely vintage cabinet and fresh flowers!

Kathy Schmitz was on the other side of Blackbird Designs with her lovely booth.

Deb Strain's new collection, Bee Creative, was absolutely adorable. We missed Deb this year, as she was our "next door neighbor" in Minneapolis. It was fun to visit with her again this year.

Lynne and her husband Robert of Kansas Troubles Quilters were right on the other side of Deb. Lynne's new collection is called Bees 'N Blooms, and she had a beautiful display. Lynne and Deb are both staying for Festival if you are going to that this week.

Jan Patek (our other next door neighbor from last spring) was right next to Kansas Troubles. Her booth was beautiful as always (and we missed visiting with her this fall, too).

Sandy Gervais debuted her lovely Refresh collection with beautiful designs and as always a lovely outfit made from her fabric. Sandy was the first designer hired by Moda, and we enjoyed getting to know her a little bit better this year, too.

Across the aisle from one side of the designer rows was the booth of Jen Kingwell. Her quilts, fabrics and designs are always so very lovely. Jen actually had a few different collection which debuted at this market: Behind the Scenes Basics, Lollies, and Just a Speck. They work wonderfully with each other and coordinate beautifully with other collections too. I think they can all be considered basics or stash builders.

I was really excited to get to see the "My Small World" quilt in person, too. This is going to be my Christmas break project this year!

Finishing up today's designer booth tour is the Primitive Gatherings booth of Lisa Bongean. I'm always amazed at how much she is able to get done. Whenever I see her she has her project bag, needle and threads close by!

Lisa is staying for Festival as well, and she mentioned she will have even more goodies than she had in her market booth.

Her new book of mini quilts is a must-have, too. I was able to get a copy and will be sharing it in a future post.

I'm pretty sure I have enough photos for at least two more posts about market. It has been a real treat to look through these and think about all of the beauty and inspiration there was to see last weekend.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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