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2014 Fall Quilt Market Impressions

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:

AMB booth Fall 2014 Quilt Market
AMB booth Fall 2014 Quilt Market







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.

AMB blog tour quilt
AMB blog tour quilt









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.

Emily Breclaw Hoffman Challenge Quilt 2014
Emily Breclaw Hoffman Challenge Quilt 2014








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.

Teresa Wong with her quilt, "Wanna Cookie?" in the "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" exhibit
Teresa Wong with her quilt, “Wanna Cookie?” in the “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” exhibit







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!)

Fall 2014 Market goodies







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 🙂

Happy Stitching!



My 2014 Hoffman Challenge Quilt

Today the winners and travelers for the Hoffman Challenge were posted.  I’m over the moon that my quilt will be travelling for the next year! Here are some photos of the overall quilt, and close-ups to show the quilting and blocks.

2014 Hoffman Challenge Emily Breclaw








I named it “Fiesta on the Riverwalk.”  I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, with all of the gorgeous Hispanic influences.  The fabric made me think of Folklorico dancers, embroidered Mexican dresses, the Battle of the Flowers parade, and all the posters my mom has collected from the Night in Old San Antonio festivals.

The challenge rules stipulate a “noticeable amount” of the challenge fabric, plus whatever other fabric you’d like.  I used the challenge fabric and one pastel stripe for the blocks, plus third fabric for the background.

Hoffman fabric and thread






I quilted concentric circles in the blocks, and the block intersections, using a wide variety of thread colors.

Quilting Hoffman Challenge






I quilted the borders in a variegated thread, with circles and spokes inspired by the motif in the fabric background.

close-up Hoffman Challenge






The blocks themselves are based on Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses.  My hexagons are only 3/4″ on a side (the original quilt had 1″ sides).  I also really took liberties with the symmetry of the blocks.  Traditional POTC quilts are very symmetric, but in mine, I had fun making the designs swirl in unexpected ways.  I also left off the sashing hexagon rows.  However, I English paper pieced the entire quilt, just like Lucy Boston did hers.

center block Hoffman Challenge






The finished quilt is 31″ square.  I can’t even remember how many hundreds of EPP hexies and squares are in it, but it’s a bunch.  If you’re heading to Houston this fall for Market or Festival, you’ll be able to see this quilt in the Hoffman exhibit.  Happiness!  Also, be sure to check out the Hoffman Challenge website.  The winning quilts are incredibly amazing.

I’ve got several other exciting things to share with you over the next couple of weeks, so please stop by often!  This month’s Japanese Quilting Study Group is an extra-special one.  A reader sent me photographs of her taupe projects and they are incredible! I hope to have those posted for you by the end of the week.

Happy Stitching!