Every year, when the end of October rolls around and pumpkin spice is in the air everywhere, those of us in the sewing and quilting industry are in full-throttle QMM: Quilt Market Mode. It’s the biggest show of the year, and although there is a Festival component that is open to the public, it’s Quilt Market, the trade-only side of the coin, where the true wonders lie. Between hugging sewing friends we only get to see once a year, gasping at the beauty of the newest fabric collections, and trekking from booth to booth…. to booth, we managed to capture and bring back some sneak peek images just for you. As always, they’ll be even more treats to come as we unveil new sponsors, new projects, and new plans to keep Sew4Home clever, creative, and cutting edge.
A Few Fabric Favorites
So many new collections, so little time. New fabric is always the biggest draw at the show, and it never disappoints. We’re amazed by the non-stop originality.
1) New knits from Cotton + Steel, the feel of it is amazing; 2) Moda dreamcatchers over their main booth... because Moda fabric always fills our dreams; 3) This elephant is created with paper piecing in Shannon Cuddle fleece! A classic technique with a modern twist; 4) The new Sweet Dreams collection by Anna Maria Horner for FreeSpirit Fabrics, her colors are always so rich and lovely; 5) We were ready to escape into the Vintage Adventure collection by Beverly McCullough (Flamingo Toes) for Riley Blake Designs
Designers & Innovators at Work
Every industry has its rock stars, but what’s great about the sewing and craft world is that our “celebrities” are real people: personable, outgoing, and kind to the core.
1) Liz and Anna Maria Horner (FreeSpirit Fabrics) having a little hug fest – take a look at that gorgeous glittery skirt Anna is wearing; 2) It's the woman behind all those fabulous forest creatures, Elizabeth Hartman in front of her new Terrarium collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics; 3) So excited to meet Peggy Shafer, the co-founder of Omnigrid, and to have her demonstrate five new rulers, including the one she's holding that has a protractor at its center - wowza; 4) Okay, not a designer, this is our hostess from dinner the first night, but she's certainly an "innovator" thanks to that incredible work of facial art; 5) The incomparable Ms. Tula Pink (FreeSpirit Fabrics) chatting with a fan - Tula is always on the cutting edge, so we think the conversation must have been, "Why? Why not?!!"; 6) Patti Sloniger with her new Flower Shop collection for Michael Miller Fabrics - in stores this February, just when a blast of floral fantasy is what you crave
Products We Can’t Wait to Try
There were some real winners this year, and we already put in our orders to make sure we get reviews and projects underway to showcase these clever creations for you!
1) There are lots of independent vendors from around the world who set up at Market, we were mesmerized by this collage of vibrant buttons and pins; 2) Best packaging idea of the show: Fairfield now offers their Poly-Pellets in a handy pour-and-store container – no more pellets everywhere when making stuffables and beanbags; 3) Aurifil has a brand new 3 ply 40wt cotton thread that is perfect for long arm quilting, as demonstrated here – stronger, in gorgeous colors, and on a large cone; 4) Cloud9 Fabrics is also now Cloud9 Fibers, they are bringing out single ply fingering in 80% wool/20% silk, 3 ply heavy worsted in 90% wool/10% alpaca, and single ply super bulky in 80% wool/20% silk; 5) More long arm magic, this from Janome – their Quilt Maker Pro 18 in action... in its full 12 feet of glory; 6) Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference, we are in love with these new decorator zipper pulls from Coats
The Quilt Exhibition
Simply. Stunning. Once you wander into the hushed confines of the Hall of Quilts, it’s hard to make your way back out. Picking just a few examples to highlight is almost impossible as the talent seems to soar to new heights each year!
1) Justice & Freedom by Virginia Greaves of Roswell, Georgia USA – an original design created with machine appliqué, fusing, and free-motion quilting; 2) The Spirit of Flowers by Mayumi Mutou of Ginowan, Okinawa Japan – an original design created with hand piecing, appliqué, embroidery, and quilting; 3) Forgotten Traditions by Gilbert Muniz of Houston, Texas USA – an original design inspired by an imaginary bride and created with hand embroidery and embellishment plus machine piecing, appliqué, and quilting; 4) Xavi by Danny Amazonas of Kaohsiung, Taiwan – an original design based on the concept of photorealism created with freehand patchwork and machine quilting; 5) She Persisted in Her Quest to Reach the Shore and Sing the Anthem of the Sea by Sarah Ann Smith of Hope, Maine USA – based on original photographs of the ocean and created with fused appliqué, hand dyeing, and painting; 6) In the Mood for Love by Jing Chen of Beijing, China – an original design inspired by the movie of the same name and created with machine piecing and machine appliqué