O-ver-whelm-ing / adjective / to have a strong emotional effect. See also: dumbfounded, bowled over, left speechless. We've been to Quilt Markets in the past, but mostly the Spring Market that moves around the country to various venues. It had been quite a number of years since we'd been able to attend the big dog: the International Quilt Market, which takes place each October in Houston, Texas. We got to preview the latest fabric collections, try new products, reconnect with old friends, and meet new creative powerhouses. We've put together a quick tour-in-pictures of some highlights from our Three Days of O-ver-whelm-ing.
Outstanding fabric collections
The fabric options truly leave you speechless. Mostly because there are only so many ways you can say "beautiful!!" I think even with three additional days and a sherpa guide, you'd be unable to see it all. We can hardly wait to dive into all the new cottons from Moda, Michael Miller, FreeSpirit, Andover, Robert Kaufman, and others to create fresh projects for you. There were also some very innovative offerings from Shannon Fabrics, the talented folks behind super soft Cuddle fleece, faux fur, and double gauze.
1) Bird's eye view of the Market floor (or at least a tiny bit of it); 2) Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey for FreeSpirit Fabrics, 3) Free Fall and Chipper by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics; 4) Ohh La La by Jo Packham for Riley Blake Fabrics; 5) Bloom and Bliss by Nadra Ridgeway for Riley Blake Fabrics; 6) Fibs & Fables by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics; 7) Trendy teepee tableau in the Timeless Treasures booth... check out those matching espadrilles; 8) Chalk & Paint by Sew Caroline for Art Gallery Fabrics; 9) A lodge lounge in the Robert Kaufman booth
1) A color explosion in sateen and voile solids by FreeSpirit Fabrics; 2) Noe by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit Fabrics; 3) Cool fabric tassel in Amy Butler's DreamWeaver for FreeSpirit Fabrics; 4) Beautiful quilt in Flow by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics; 5) Yummy soft stuff from Shannon Fabrics; 6) Chillingsworth display in the super spooky Andover Fabrics booth; 7) Little Miss Sunshine by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics; 8) Violette Craft's stunning "The Giraffe" quilt in Jungle Abstractions for Michael Miller Fabrics; 9) Strawberry Fields Revisited by Joanna Figueroa for Moda Fabrics
It's easy to focus on the fabric, but there are lots of companies in attendance showcasing all the other elements we need to make our projects happen. We explored new interfacings from Fairfield, cool new foam shapes and batting options from Pellon, excellent notion ideas from Dritz, a colorful thread explosion from Aurifil, gorgeous Renaissance Ribbons, and new machines from Janome... to name just a few. We're already planning some of our famous technique tutorials to show these new products in action.
1) Randy Thomas showing off "What's Next" at Janome; 2) Re-upholstering inspiration in the Dritz booth; 3) Amy D'Alessandro and me next to Fairfield's innovative new interfacing display; 4) Olyfun solids and metallics from Fairfield - we'll be debuting this interesting new substrate soon on S4H; 5) How cute are these braclets made with Dritz fashion buckles and clasps?' 6) Curtain panel ideas in the Dritz booth; 7) Waterfall of gorgeous thread in the Aurifil booth; 8) and 9) Dritz Espadrilles - creativity a'foot!
Many designers attend Fall Quilt Market to promote their new releases. We were thrilled to see a few of our all-time favorite luminaries, like Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Heather Jones, Vanessa Christenson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Michele Muska, and Darlene Zimmerman, and to meet new friends, like Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique, graphic quilting phenom Luke Haynes, Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic, and Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. We also got to visit with our dear friend, Jo Packham of Where Women Create. She has a new fabric collection with Riley Blake and is taking the foodie world by storm with Where Women Cook. Even better, she's on a mission to convert those "foodies" into "sewies" ... that's your new word for the day (I made it up), feel free to work it into the conversation.
1) Vanessa Christenson of V and Co displaying a few goodies in her new Ombres collection for Moda Fabrics; 2) Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop and me - hey, our hair is the same color!; 3) Always stylish Edith Minne of Renaissance Ribbons; 4) Jo Packham of Where Women Create and Where Women Cook; 5) Stunning Victoria Findlay Wolfe next to her equally stunning quilts'; 6) Elise Michlig of Fabric Depot ready for another full day of fabric buying; 7) Tula Pink adding a few special touches on an enlarged page from her new, best-selling coloring book; 8) Camille Roskelley surrounded by her new Vintage Picnic collection in the Moda Fabrics booth; 9) Anna Maria Horner and me clowning around in front of her Figs & Fables display in the FreeSpirit Fabrics booth
Oh - and there are a few quilts
Its called Quilt Market for a reason. Not only have the fabric manufacturers decorated their booths with gorgeous quilts made from the new collections, there is an entire exhibit hall of stunning quilts from around the world. If anyone ever tells you sewing and quilting are just "quaint little hobbies your grandmother does" - direct their attention to a few of these stunning works of art.
1) Grief by Barbara Jahn of Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia; 2) Passing Through the Painted Desert by Judy Mellen of Manteca, California; 3) Luke by Luke Haynes of Los Angeles, California; 4) More is More by Debbie Geistweidt and 50 Vereins Quilt Guild Members of Doss, Texas; 5) Poor and Rich by Janneke De Vries-Bodzinga of Kollumerzwaag, Friesland, The Netherlands; 6) Ms. Lantana by Mary Keasler of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 7) The Making of Moda - Piece #12 by Lissa Alexander of Coppell, Texas; 8) Fire Blossom Phoenix by Kayla Kennington of Salem, Oregon
Instagram it is!
Snapping all these Quilt Market pictures was especially fun as we have finally launched our Sew4Home Instragram page. We invite you to follow us at sew4home_diy. We're a little late to the 'gram gathering, but we arrive with tons of enthusiasm and lots of beautiful pictures. We'd love to see your project pictures at #Sew4Home, #sew4home_diy -- we'll be adding new pages and tags along the way. It's such a wonderful way to share. To continue your tour of Market 2015, if you are on Instagram, check out #QuiltMarket2015.