Saturday, October 29, 2011

International Quilt Market Houston: Schoolhouse Series

The day before the Quilt Market starts is an event called Schoolhouse series. The Schoolhouse series was created by Marti and Richard Michell and occurs before every Quilt Market. There are was a total of 288 different classes offered which cover a wide range of topics. The emphasis is on introducing new product or techniques to shop owners with the aim of providing educational communication between suppliers and retailers. There are a total of 15 sessions - which last for 15 - 30 minutes, each session you have the option of about 20 different classes. It is an extremely informative event and you need to have a pen and paper at the ready. At the end of each session everyone runs out into the hallway rushing to get to their next selected session.
Quilt Market
Below are pictures and information from just some of the schoolhouse sessions I attended.

Cheryl Phillips from Phillips Fiber Art
Cheryl creates a great selection of patterns and books that use wedge rulers she has created. She has several new rulers which she was showing us. These are some of the quilts that she has created, patterns are available for them. The second photo is of a new curve template which is available, looks like lots of fun to use it and super easy!
Quilt Market Cheryl Phillips
Quilt Market Cheryl Phillips

Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction.
Inydgo Junction creates some fantastic patterns. Here are just a few of the patterns which are avvailble.
Quilt Market Amy Barickman
Quilt Market Amy Barickman
Quilt Market Amy Barickman
This bag can be a great way to try out all those stitches which are on your sewing machine.
Quilt Market Amy Barickman
These would make great gifts for Christmas and once again, use up all those different stitches that come on your sewing machine. We have a 12wt Gutternmann Sulky Thread that would look fantastic stitched out on these purses.
Quilt Market Amy Barickman

Thomas Knauer fabric designer from Andover Fabrics.
Thomas is a new designer from Andover and was showing his new collections which is inspired by growing up in the 1970's. These pictures are samples made using the new range Pear Tree.
Quilt Market Thomas Knauer Andover Fabric
Quilt Market Thomas Knauer Andover Fabric

Kim Schaefer fabric designer from Andover Fabrics and owner of the Little Quilt Company.
This quilt is a sample made from her new range for Andover Fabrics.
Quilt Market Kim Schaefer Andover Fabric
Quilt Market Kim Schaefer Andover Fabric
Below are samples from Kim's new pattern she has created from her pattern company: The Little Quilt Company. They are super cuter (the place mats that is!)
Quilt Market Thomas Knauer Andover Fabric

Debra Lunn and Michael Mrowka fabric designers from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
Batik designers for Lunn Studios were showing their new Artisan Batiks which features strips in the batik fabrics.
Quilt Market Lunn Studios Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Quilt Market Lunn Studios Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Carol Doak Author from CT Publishing (and a Quilting in the Highlands Teachers!)
Carol was showing us her brand new book: 50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks. To Quote CT Publishing "Make every occasion even more special. Create perfectly-pieced 3" blocks in a variety of themes - from hearts and flowers to airplanes and birthday cakes. Secure them inside your Carol Doak's Keepsake Frame Cards for gift giving and article display. These blocks are also perfect to mix and match for making table linens, wall quilts and other small projects" The samples that were shown during the class look great and are perfect to be sewn together to make a "little" quilt.
Quilt Market Carol Doak

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