I hope you enjoyed the IG and FB updates as I was at Quilt Market last weekend, I’m so excited to finally have those accounts linked (Thank you, Cheryl Sleboda!!) And it’s taken me the rest of this week to mull over everything, and try to present the most pertinent highlights of Market in this blog post. I know a bunch of amazing fabric lines came out, and lots of quilting rockstars attended the show. Here, however, I wanted to share about things that are most relevant to me, and hopefully interesting for you as well.
This sector of market is GROWING! I saw a Japanese bag vendor selling wonderfully unusual handles and bag hardware, spectacular new fabrics from Lecien, and an entire “Wa” exhibit in the special exhibits hall. Of course, Japanese quilters were well represented in the juried competitions as well. This quilt was my favorite. I could stare at it for hours.
I picked up a copy of Scrap Valley, Yoko Saito’s newest book, from the delightful ladies at Quiltmania. Speaking of staring at something for hours. . . . .this book is a treasure.
Perhaps most exciting — Lecien and Stitch Publications announced that Yoko Saito will be attending Quilt Market AND Quilt Festival Fall 2017!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She will have a special exhibit, and be teaching classes. I’ll pass along more details as soon as I have them, but how cool is that??? I’m hoping she has tons of attendees and folks stopping by her booth, so she knows exactly how much American quilters adore her.
Aurifil kicked off this year’s Quilt Market with an amazing Schoolhouse presentation, replete with video of how they make their threads. It was absolutely fascinating. They also announced a new line of 80 weight threads. I was so excited to see “English paper piecing” and hand sewing listed as several of their recommended uses for the new threads.
While attending schoolhouse sessions and walking the Market floor, I saw no less than FIVE new methods of English paper piecing and sewing hexagons. FIVE. I’m hoping to purchase some of the tools to test out these methods, look for blog posts coming soon!
I also picked up a copy of Millifiori Quilts 2, which promises to be as lovely as the first book. The little turquoise pouch is an organizer from Yazzii. It’s filled with little clear zipper pouches. I think it will hold at least two hand-piecing projects at a time. No more losing my thimble when I’m out and about!
The thread cutter in the picture will get it’s own blog post soon. It is AWESOME!!
Marti Michell templates and news
I always enjoy seeing what’s new in Marti’s booth, and this year I got to take some classes from her as well. So fun! Her new Starry Path templates look incredible. As you can see, I’m already testing ideas with the coloring pages provided in the template instructions. I can’t wait to get in my studio and bring that design to life.
In one of her classes, Marti talked about a fun new Hexie Club for quilt stores. I know I will be talking to my local quilt store about running the program, and you should too! It promises to be a terrific way to build up your hexagon piecing skills, and the accompanying pattern previews we got to see were beautiful!!
Other Quilt Market Highlights
I think the coolest booth we saw this year featured a technique of quilting on leather. Cathy Wiggins created the quilts, and Olde City Quilts has the supplies. Please check out Cathy’s website for more pictures. It was spectacular. My husband took a picture of this quilted dragon. Her name is also Emily. How fun is that?
Sometimes, with social media, you become friends with people you’ve never met. That’s what happened on IG with me and Wendy Sheppard. I went to her schoolhouse presentation, and can attest that she is as sweet and vivacious in person as she is online. Then we got to visit over coffee, and my admiration for her grew even more!! Can’t wait to share her new book with you next spring!
Finally, I took a class on social marketing with Cheryl Sleboda. I learned more in that one hour than in WEEKS of culling through internet tutorials and classes. It was a fabulous, funny, understandable presentation. I would highly recommend the webinar on her website, it’s worth every penny if you’re a store owner or designer looking to grow your online presence.
Whew. Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this lengthy blog post! If you went to Quilt Market, what were your favorite parts? If not, what things would you like to learn about for next year’s markets? (Yes, I am absolutely already planning that far ahead, and would love to know what kinds of information you’d like!!)
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