Top: Sew4Home’s Liz Johnson and Bradley Mitchell, Director of Marketing at Aurifil, discuss the new 80wt Aurifil Egyptian cotton thread on FaceBook Live (check out the full video for yourself from our Facebook page). Middle: One of the fabulous quilts at the Timeless Treasures booth. Bottom: Liz signing our new Sew4Home Bags & Totes book at the Prym/Dritz booth.
It’s Halloween and we’re up to our spooky eyeballs in the newest and coolest the sewing and craft industry has to offer. Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas is a huge, swirling annual adventure of fabric collections, product innovations, bunches o’ books, and a chance to meet some needle and thread rock stars in person! We spent the last four days immersed in this wonderfulness and have some fun sneak peeks to share with you today.
Above: Heather Jones with her new collection, Conservatory, for Robert Kaufman. The show is vast, setting up on Friday. Angela Walters and Tula Pink - Schoolhouse: Quilt with Tula and Angela Two Quilting celebrities take the guesswork out of shape, color and line. Tula gives quilters a comprehensive color education while Angela creates the perfect longarm finish and surface texture for each design. Odelia, our little zombie pincushion attended the show giving her own play-by-play: here she checks out Anna Maria Horner's new Janome machine. Make your very own Odelia or her companion, Cornelius, with our free Zombie Pin Cushion tutorial.
With a tip of our pointy witch hat, we’re pleased to bring you a brimming bowl of snaps and snippets from the show floor as we've met with the industry's biggest manufacturers and brightest stars.
We’ve been adding even more along the way on Instagram. Give us a follow at sew4home_diy.
We’ll be back soon, and there’s so much inspiration we’re bringing with us. Our brains are already in high gear, planning new projects and tutorials for you!
Above: Riley Blake's new collections, including Crayola and Anne of Green Gables, and from Penny Rose: Nancy Zieman's Garnet collection and all the way from Australia, Sue Daley's new collection. Jackie McFee for Camelot Fabrics; we got to learn about the Exclamation Point Behind the JACKIE™ Brand - her chic designs are wildly popular around the world. Not only is the JACKIE™ brand fun, colorful, innovative and exciting... so is Jackie herself!
Above: Shannon Fabrics Cuddle plus Embrace Double Gauze - how soft is that! Liz at the Sew4Home book signing joined by the omnipresent zombie, Odelia. A whole wall of cool things to covet from United Notions. Skeins of Aurifil dyed thread look like a beautiful, touchable art installation.
Above: Bee-u-ti-ful bee embroidery using the Janome Memory Craft 15000. Two gorgeous quilts by Joel Dewberry for FreeSpirit Fabrics, the first from his Modernist collection, the second is True Colors. This isn't your grandmother's elastic – a rainbow of NEW prints and colors from Dritz. Kokka-Echino featured their fabulous new fabrics on a table full of cool bags.
Above: The terrific team from Fabric Depot - the store with an acre of sewing fabric and notions. We love Heather Givens' new Literary collection for Windham Fabrics. Another Sew4Home book signing 'cause - we gotta to work it! Gorgeous Double Gauze and the most handsome Cuddle elephant from Shannon Fabrics.
Above: Kaitt Witte from Michael Miller Fabrics in front of the Indian Summer display - can we take that home?!! Renaissance Ribbons with a fiesta of colorfully luxurious ribbon. The lovely Elisabeth Woo and Yael Kaufman from Robert Kaufman Fabrics - in addition to their fabric eye candy, they shared actual candy! Even the walking dead are perked up with a little chocolate.
Above: Mesmerizing quilt in Heather Bailey's Hello Love for FreeSpirit. Did we mention we have a book? Signing again on a smooth Omnigrid cutting mat at the Prym Dritz booth. Anna Maria Horner (where'd she get that book?) in her stylish booth filled with her brilliant fabric and sewing patterns.
Above: These lunchbox-style cuties must find a place in our sewing studio. And check out the gargantuan superhero Moda booth where they "save the world one yard at a time." Patty Sloniger from Michael Miller fabrics won a Best Single Booth award featuring her new Bake Shop collection. We love EE Schench because they have beautiful fabric and cool products, they are our homeys based in Portland, Oregon, and look... they're selling our book!
Above: The Exhibit Quilts are something to see, and we can only show a few here. Crocodylus Smylus by Susan Carlson of Harpswell, Maine. Machine quilted, freehand raw-edge collaged. Star Gazing, hand-pieced by Claudia Menzia of Rainier, Oregon. Larger Than Life by Karen Amelia Brown of Westminster, Maryland. Machine appliquéd and quilted. Gladiolus and More by Marianne R. Williamson of Miami, Florida. Machine appliquéd, quilted and painted.