Quilt Market – catching up with friends, a perk in addition to the beautiful colors of fabrics

As I walk the International Quilt Market, I am always in heaven seeing all the beautiful colors of fabrics and quilts displayed throughout the whole show.  Another thing that I really enjoy about the show is catching up with friends, which I did last month at the Spring Quilt Market in Portland.

I think all of my friends are interesting and unique.  I remembered to take out the camera a few times, but not often enough, to capture some of these moments.

Phyllis Dobbs, Julie Stephani and Carol ZentgrafJulie Stephani is sitting in the center and Carol Zentgraf is sitting on the right side.    Julie is the editor of Today’s Creative Home Arts magazine.  Carol is a very talented designer specializing in sewing projects.  Its always a delight to be with these two as our conversations are always filled with many, many laughs.

I have to admit that I don’t know the 4th person behind us. She surreptitiously joined our photo session. We were in the Home Arts booth and didn’t realize until later that we were posed in front of a photo in the booth background – she fit in just like she belonged! Also note my tote bag – made with my new Meow Meow cat fabric from Quilting Treasures.

Threaded Pear booth at Quilt Market I’m afraid that I interrupted Gina Halladay’s lunch in the booth of her and Stephanie Goudzwaard’s pattern company, Threaded Pear (introducing several new patterns).  Gina is such a cut-up, plus she looked simply fabulous.  I just loved the booth sign using red long johns – what a great idea and easy to spot!  Gina is also a blogger extraordinaire with her hit blog, Quilters’ Buzz.

Phyllis Dobbs and Desiree OvertvietAnother friend, Desiree Overtviet, travels a great distance to attend Quilt Market.  She is from Holland where she owns a very successful online fabric and quilt shop, Desiree’s Lappeteknikk.  Desiree is fun as well as very interesting.  I enjoy hearing about her life in Holland, which she tells with a humorous slant.  And Desiree is definitely a shoe lover, traveling with many pairs of gorgeous and stylish shoes including some Jimmy Choo’s.

Proof reading this post reminds me of two quotes.  “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” (Victor Borge).  Plus “A good snapshot stops a moment from running away”. (Eduora Welty).  Note to self – remember to pull the camera out more often!


Bernina Fashions at Spring Quilt Market

Bernina of America sponsored a Bernina Fashion Show at the Spring Internatonal Quilt Market.  I took photographs of 3 of the gorgeous entries, although they were all spectacular.

The Many, Many Tears I\'ve Shed

This entry. titled The Many, Many Tears I’ve Shed, was created by Virgie Fisher of Yukon, OK.


Silk Road Caravanserai


Audrey Durnan of Claremont, CA, created the blue Silk Road Caravanserai which has a coordinating  hooded cloak.





The Warrio goddess..Guardian of Lost Treasure

This fashion, The Warrior Goddess…Guardian of Lost Treasure, was created by Janet Brooks of Rio Rancho, NM.

It was a busy show, so unfortunately, I did not get back to take additional pictures of the gorgeous fashions. 

Please check back for more from Quilt Market.  And one more piece of eye candy, a close up (although a little out of focus) of one of the beautiful rhododendron blooms that were outside the convention center.

Rhododendron bloom


Quilt Market in Portland with Meow Meow Cat Fabric Debut

International Quilt Market is always a beautiful trade show, full of eye candy with all the beautiful colors of quilts and fabrics.  It was an exciting event for me as Meow, Meow, my new cat fabric collection debuted with Quilting Treasures.

I also created several projects for Quilting Treasures’ booth using Meow Meow.  I’m in the center with Donna (left) and Jodi (right) from Quilting Treasures.  The two quilted projects shown in front are a Meow Meow Cat Carrier (with a fluffy white “stuffed” cat), and a Meow Meow Table Runner.  Free instructions for making the table runner as well as a quilt will be on the Quilting Treasures website for downloading soon.  I will post a link when it it up.

Meow Meow Cat Fabric debut


Two other quilted projects that I designed with Meow Meow cat fabrics are a Chair Back Cover and a Tote Bag.

Meow Meow Cat Fabric Projects

Quilt Market was held in Portland, OR in mid-May, during an unexpected heatwave with temperatures in the 90’s.  Since I live in the South with high temperatures, I was looking forward to the cooler days in Portland.  Oh well, at least it didn’t rain.

Portland was really beautiful with all the flowers blooming.  Even though Portland is known for roses, I think it should be noted for rhododendrons as they were huge and blooming everywhere.  They were gorgeous and gave additional eye candy for Quilt Market.

Rhododendren at Quilt Market in Portland

After Quilt Market as I took a vacation to Seattle and an Alaskan cruise.  Please check back for lots more from Quilt Market as well as some photos of unbelievable scenic views from Alaska and Mt Ranier.

Project Designs for Quilt Market with “Meow, Meow” – my new cat fabric

I’ve worked up a couple of projects with my new “Meow Meow” cat fabric that I designed for for Quilting Treasures.Meow Meow Tote Bag I will carry these with me to Quilt Market to use during the show to show how the fabrics work up in sewing and quilting projects. 

Meow Meow show badge holderThe badge holder and tote bag will also be quite useful as well to keep up with my “stuff” during the show. 

I will be in Quiiting Treasures’ booth Saturday afternoon 2-4 pm to meet attendees.  There will also be other quilt and sewing models in their booth featuring “Meow Meow”.  So for those of you attending Quilt Market (open to the trade only), please stop in.  I would love to meet you.

Threaded Pear at Quilt Market, with Gina Halladay of Quilters Buzz

I just returned from the fall Quilt Market in Houston. Quilt Market is always such a wonderful show,  inspirational and full of “eye candy” with all the colorful booths, fabrics and quilts. Another fun aspect of the show is that it is also a time to catch up with old friends as well as make new ones.

A new friend is Gina Halladay, Gina Halladay in Threaded Pear boothwho I met a few months ago at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City.

Gina is the author of the immensely popular and leading quilt blog, QuiltersBuzz.  She took her love of quilting and used it to spread the word throughout the world on fabrics, products, people, quilts, patterns and all kinds of other interesting tidbits. Gina is now considered the voice of the quilting world so be sure to check out Gina’s writings on QuiltersBuzz.

Gina is standing in her beautiful and colorful booth at market.  She and Stephanie Goudzwaard pictured below are partners with Threaded Pear, a Stephanie Goudzwaard in Threaded Pear Boothnew pattern company that debuted at Spring Quilt Market.  Sewing is very hot and the patterns of Threaded Pear are perfect for the sewing enthusiasts as well as beginners.  As you can see from the photo, their booth stayed busy throughout the show, Threaded Pear pattern companyjust like it did at the Spring Quilt Market where they were an instant success. Check out their website and see how they got started as well as see the patterns.

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