Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quilt Market - HOUSTON

Quilt Market is every quilters dream. A trade only event it has suppliers, designers and distributors of everything quilting. Quilting supplies, fabrics, decorative crafts, textile arts, needle crafts, books, notions, patterns, quilting machines and computer software is all on show.

Quilt market runs for 3 days and is very exhausting and enjoyable. With over 2000 stalls it takes a long time to see everything. Many demonstrations are held by large distributors and book companies, free samples and the opportunity to talk directly to creators of products is just part of the Quilt Market.
So what new products have I ordered for the shop?????
We are excited to be introducing several new companies and ranges into the shop.
Happy Hollow Designs creates a cute range of Christmas Santa products. I have some samples from their range and they will be in the shop so you can see what they look like once they are finished. They are all easy small projects so there is time to have them finished for Christmas!
Purse-O-Nalities of Palm Harbour: October's Bag Club featured one of the patterns from this company. Linda is the owner and designer and it was lovely to meet her face t o face after talking to her via email. Her range of bag patterns are well written, easy to follow and very fashionable. We hope to be working with her over the next few months and if there is a particular design/style of bag you are interested in let us know at the shop and we will talk to Linda about the possibility of designing something similar. Linda has given me some free patterns which will be giving away soon.

Roomates is a range of patterns created by Donna Babylon. These are funky patterns - easy for kids to make which are cushions/pillows. Included in this range is The Fancy Flip Flop Pillow, The Rock Star Guitar Pillow and Fluterby Butterfly Pillow

Other new suppliers include Square in a Square designed by Jodi Barrows, 13 Brand new quilt as you go patterns from Prairie Sky Quilting, New Bag Patterns By Pink Sand Beach Designs and many more.... These are just a few of the new products/suppliers.

To add to our existing products there are new hand printed panels by Block Party Studios, New kits by Rachel's of Greenfields, new patterns from: Jamie Kalvestran of Scrap Bags; Amy Bradley; Daisy & Dell; Country Quilter; Indygo Junction; Cozy Quilt Company.

Barri Sue from Bareroots also has a new book out. Here is a review for it "For all those times when a store-bought gift just won’t do, you’re bound to find that perfect, pretty something in Barri Sue Gaudet’s Quilt a Gift. Featuring dainty embroidered borders, sparkly beaded embellishments and many more thoughtful touches, these are the best kinds of projects for anyone who loves making, giving and receiving something heartfelt and homemade. Choose from 25 sweet-as-can-be appliqued and pieced patchwork projects—some quick and easy, others requiring a bit more time and care—brimming with country charm, including: • a lovely selection of last-minute hostess and housewarming gifts featuring home and heart motifs, such as an adorable welcome sign that takes about 2½ hours to make • heirloom-quality baby blankets and pretty-yet-practical pocket carry-alls that will be used and cherished long after tiny clothes are outgrown • all sorts of Christmas goodies—gift bags with embroidered holly sprays, fun Christmas tree ornaments, even an advent calendar featuring some of the cutest snowman, angel and reindeer appliqu├ęs ever. With ideas for everything from birthday decor to wedding and Mother’s Day keepsakes, you can make the act of giving and celebrating extra-special!" I have ordered it for the shop so it should arrive in a few weeks

Samples from Barri Sue's New Bareroots Book: Quilt a Gift

New Books are also on show at Market and there were opportunities to meet the authors and to see demonstrations from their books. I will be posting a lot of reviews on these new books when I return as I was fortunate to obtain copies of several of them.

Above (left) Author Pat Sloan, and Authors Rebecca Yaker and Patrica Hoskins of One Yard Wonders (This is a brand new book not yet released, I was reading it last night and it is fantastic!)
As you can see it has been a full on 3 days and I'm not even halfway through my time here in Houston. But no time to waste, classes started today and the Quilt Festival starts on Thursday with a preview night on Wednesday. Time for sleep now, more later. xx Tamsin

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