Fall Quilt Market was fantastic. I’m still mentally processing everything, and taking notes about conversations I want to remember. Today I wanted to share some of my personal favorite Market moments, and I’ll post more in a couple of days on specific topics (like my hands-on research of various mid-arm quilt machines, and detailed information about new products.)
First up, some fun pictures. I made a beeline for the Clothworks booth, and finally got to meet the lovely Candice Hoffman in person. She’s just as exuberant in person as she is over e-mail. Here’s the American Made Brand display:
Yes, that’s Pinwheel Jam on the right-hand wall. So fun!!! And they’re introducing 12 new solids next year.
In other American Made Brand news, I got a picture with the license plate quilt from last summer’s blog tour. It was so incredible to see all the blocks up close, especially after reading about each participant’s inspiration and design process during the blog tour.
One of the delightful things about Market is getting to wander the quilt exhibits in relative calm and quiet. During Festival, there are so many people admiring the quilts that it’s hard to just experience the displays.
Here’s my Hoffman Challenge quilt. I still can’t believe I actually have a quilt on display at International Quilt Festival.
I also got to meet up with Teresa Wong and see her ah-maz-ing hand appliqued quilt in the “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” exhibit. Pictures fail to convey the intricacy of this gorgeous quilt. For more about the exhibit and her design inspiration, check out her blog post here. Getting to meet Teresa in person and visit for a while was one of the absolute highlights of the weekend.
And last, but not least, a sneak preview of the stuff that came home with me from Market. I picked up the book from Quilt Mania, and plan to include some extensive reviews of it for next year’s Japanese Quilting Study Group posts. The thread came from Colonial Needle. I had a chance to visit with the fabulous owners of that company while also meeting up with Anne Beier of Hudson Valley Quilts. (Again, so wonderful to meet up with a friend from the online world!)
On the left. . . yes, those little templates are getting their own blog post. Soon. Marti Michell made hexagon kites and thirds!!!I am over-the-moon about these templates. Now you can make Doodlebug Garden entirely with acrylic templates!! (Before, you had to use my paper templates for the crowns to make the ladybugs.) So very, very, very exciting!! My mind is spinning on all sorts of new design possibilities with these shapes.
So, that’s my *brief* recap of Market experiences. More soon. But for now, I have a bit of hand-sewing left to do for this month’s Japanese Quilting Study Group. Post by Friday, I promise 🙂