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, who 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 new 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, just 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.
The mail was good today. I received copies of a magazine – Designers’ Quartersthat had a feature article on me and my Sweetheart Ballerina fabric line with Quilting Treasures by Cranston. Sweetheart Ballerinas is my debut fabric line with Quilting Treasures, so I was thrilled with this article.
I will show you two pages pages from the 6 page spread.
“Dance with Flowers” is the name that I gave this quilt. Its a twin bed size quilt and is created with the aqua color range.
I wanted the quilt to be a unique design, which I designed around the fabrics. The magazine features the pattern for this quilt.
This page shows swatches of the fabrics that were used in the quilt. Designers’ Quarters is a fabulous magazine for quilters. It contains 10 quilts with patterns, information about the fabric used including the style numbers, and information about the designer and the inspiration for the fabric design. Its published 4 times a year and is available through independent quilt shops as well as online at their website, www.designersquarters.com
After I received the magazine and was intently reviewing the article, my husband Danny looked at it also. With the intent of being complimentary, he said that I “looked younger” in the magazine. Now, as a woman, this is not exactly a compliment. Well, I didn’t let it stop there, but asked him if he meant that I looked older now. He realized his mistake and tried to backpetal. He did get me to concede that I really am 3 months older than the photos. Men, go figure!
The time is getting close for International Quilt Market and Festival, which is being held in Houston at the end of the month. Quilt Market is for the trade only – shops and suppliers of quilt and sewing supplies. Quilt Festival is for consumers and is a huge event for buying all types of sewing supplies, fabrics, and embellishments. Both shows introduce the newest trends, tools and supplies. Both shows are beautiful and a feast for the eyes with all the beautiful colors of quilts and fabrics.
Last year at Spring Quilt Market, I met a very talented lady who provides a wonderful service, Billie Dickinson. She is a quilter and does custom quilting for your quilt tops, whether its one that you have created or an antique quilt top. She can also create the whole quilt. I saw some samples of her quilting and she is fabulous. She does long arm quilting as well as hand quilting. Her website, Billie’s Stitching Post, also has a store for her favorite embroidery kits, floss, buttons and embellishments plus new items that you might not find in your local quilt shop. So if you have some quilt tops you’ve put aside to have quilted, she’s your lady!
I am busy working away on my next fabric collection for Quilting Treasures. I am also working on quilt and sewing projects that will be displayed in some booths at Quilt Market. Check back and I will give you a peek at what I have created.
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