Monday, May 21, 2012

Schoolhouse at spring quilt market

Schoolhouse lectures take place before the international quilt market begins. It starts at 10am and runs through till 6pm. You have the option to pick from a total of 286 different classes which are on offer throughout the day. There are a total of 15 session which run anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes and usually each session there will be on offer up to 20 different classes.
The purpose of schoolhouse is to provide the retailers with information about new products or techniques on offer. It is an opportunity for educational communication between the supplier and retailers.
It is a fun day and always very informative.
Below are just a taste of some of the sessions that I attended throughout the day.

Jo morton's session for Andover fabric was a feast for the eyes. She showed us her new fabric collections and some of the quilts that will be in her new book.

Barbara Brackman's schoolhouse for Moda fabrics was about her two new fabric collections - metropolitan fair and her brand new collection due out in November - The Morris Apprentice. Barbara's Morris collections have been extremely popular in store and I am sure that this collection will not disappoint.

Jinny Beyer for RJR fabrics has new collections of fabrics about to be released. Her fabrics have always been fantastic and her quilts are just as stunning.

I know this one is a bit out of focus, but this was an amazing quilt, several of her new fabrics are border prints which she then fussy cuts to create quilts from. Often if you fussy cut your have those left over pieces so Jinny has created this pattern which uses those leftover pieces.

Authors always feature largely in schoolhouse. They show off samples from their new book, explain what the book is about and more.
One of the sessions that I attended was with CT publishing for the new book Sunday Modern Quilts. These are scrap quilts which use up every last piece however they have a very modern feel to them.

I am without doubt starting to fall more in love with Northcott fabrics. Stonehenge fabrics have always been something that I love and they have a new stars and stripes panel. It is very Americana and I don't even know if it will be in Australia but it is really nice. Northcott also has a new oriental fabric collection will be coming out soon. They also gave away great sample bags from their schoolhouse including chocolate which were in the shape of rocks! And of course free fabric!

More later!
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