Swoon Sewing Patterns

Next up on the Pop Rox round-up is Swoon Sewing Patterns who made the gorgeous Coraline clutches. Swoon has super high quality patterns for mostly bags and lots of bags they have!  The best part is that you can buy the patterns right off their site and have the option of a downloadable pdf OR a paper pattern.  Yes, and there are also freebies and tutorials, particularly on the blog.

First we’ll show you the gorgeous Pop Rox clutches, then I have to show you more of their bag patterns. Their style is “simple and clean”. I like that. And if you don’t think you are up to sewing, but you like their bags, check out the Etsy store DiedelBug Handmade.  You can also find they patterns on  YouCanMakeThis.comSwoon Patterns Etsy shopCraftsy, and Go To patterns & Co.

And tune in for special fund-raising sale notices on their Facebook page they will be doing to help fund a new small specialty sewing shop. The commercial space has already been leased!

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns using Pop Rox by Carol Van Zandt

Coraline Clutch by Swoon Sewing Patterns

I also like that they show their patterns made up with lots of different kinds of fabrics.  So many great bags–some I haven’t seen anything like it before.  Love the Betty Bowler Bag!  Take a look.

Betty Bowler bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Betty Bowler bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Dorothy Day Tripper bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Dorothy Day Tripper bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

India Hobo Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

India Hobo Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Levi Utility Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Levi Utility Bag by Swoon Sewing Patterns

 

Sew Can She

The first project in the Pop Rox project round-up comes from Caroline of Sew Can She.  Sew Can She has free tutorials DAILY!  I don’t know how she does it but Sew Can She is a refreshing blog with tons of info and things to do and participate in.  Highly recommend a follow on this one!

Caroline kicked off Patchwork Posse’s Around The Block 2014 Round Robin with a  Pop Rox Quilt Block tutorial:

Pop Rox Quilt Block tutorial by Sew Can She

Pop Rox Quilt Block tutorial by Sew Can She

Pop Rox Quilt Block tutorial by Sew Can She

Pop Rox Quilt Block tutorial by Sew Can She

But you have to take a look at some of the other cool project tutorials at Sew Can She. Here are some of my favorites:

Bunny Treat Bags by Sew Can She

Bunny Treat Bags by Sew Can She

2 sided zip cases by Sew Can She

2 sided zip cases by Sew Can She

Pattern Weights tutorial by Sew Can She

Pattern Weights tutorial by Sew Can She

Mittens for Little Elves by Sew Can She

Mittens for Little Elves by Sew Can She

AND Caroline has a book coming out in the fall, Just for You with C&T  (more on that later this year) and in conjunction with that she is throwing a retreat in October…in Key West!  So if you like sewing retreats, check out sew:beach.

That is today’s Pop Rox round-up!

Roderick Kiracofe and Ben Venom at Stitch Modern

Well, a few weeks back we were treated to am amazing slide show presentation by artist Ben Venom, who “juxtaposes traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society” and whose “work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed”. I have to quote his website since I cannot describe it sufficiently myself.  He is an amazing energetic presenter and we were all entranced and invigorated. Unfortunately I have no pictures!  So you are going to have to click on the image below to get to his website. This is something else.  Color me inspired.

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

Ben Venom, photo by Margo Moritz

After Ben, we changed courses and were treated to a viewing of a stream of quilts from Roderick Kiracofe’s collection while he discussed them.  I got a photos of a few of them to share with you.  Amazing. Most of them were from quilter unknown, from many a decade gone by. They were priceless and Roderick’s passion for his quilt finds was palpable, as was the audience’s response! Pretty exciting to meet him and pretty scary that I know now one could actually COLLECT quilts. Oh, no, hold me back!

Roderick Kiracofe is an art and quilt collector, accomplished author, curator, and consultant. A good summary of his books and accomplishments can be found HERE (why reinvent the wheel!)  Truly a joy to see some of his collection and hear the stories behind them. Several are going to be in his new book Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, Abrams, Autumn 2014.  Currently available by Roderick on Blurb are Quilts and Quilts 2, and on his Amazon page one can find a number his books including the amazing and well-known The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950 and Cloth & Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries.

Without further ado, take a gander at some of these finds of Rodney Kiracofe. Apologies for my less than stellar photography due to viewing circumstances, but still well worth a look I think.

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

quilt top back From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

quilt top back From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

From the collection of Roderick Kiracofe

Next up at The Plaid Portico will be curated coverage of the big show of the East bay Heritage Quilt Guild, and a project round-up for Pop Rox which is just starting to hit stores now.

The Quilts of Stitch Modern

Stitch Modern 2014, the 3rd annual quilt show of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is on again at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, with a packed agenda of events (til Feb 23rd!) and of course all new quilts to gawk at!  Here are the first batch I’ll share with you now. More to come…

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman

Mistakes Were Made by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

Red Cross by Christine Mccargar

Red Cross by Christine McCargar

Red Cross by Christine Mccargar

Red Cross by Christine McCargar

Alexandra's Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra's Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Untitled by Amelia Terry

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Pictures in My Head by Birgit Hottenrott

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Flirty Pieces by Valerie Gibbons

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter

Opposing Forces by Terri Carpenter of The Quilted Fox

Grammie's Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Grammie’s Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Grammie's Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Grammie’s Garden by Kristen Takakuwa

Interweave by Sue Fox

Interweave by Sue Fox

Interweave by Sue Fox

Interweave by Sue Fox

Field of Poppies by Cathy Roha

Field of Poppies by Cathy Roha

Poppy Patch for Two by Cathy Roha

Poppy Patch for Two by Cathy Roha

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Untitled, Improv Blocks by Shannon Storms

Sugar Pop Quilt

Well, the Sugar Pop Quilt is finally finished. I had time to sew the binding on over the holidays and good timing too! This quilt is a homage to the original inspiration for my new fabric collection Pop Rox, with Andover Fabrics.  And I JUST received the first yard of Pop Rox production!  Sneak preview of that with the next posting!

Just how is it inspiration?  Don’t laugh.  Every year I do extensive color trend research for one to two years out and build palettes to work from, at least as a starting point. When I actually build the palettes in Adobe Illustrator, they look like little horizontal lines with squares of colors. After I group colors together, I always arrange them in an order that makes sense to me. And lo and behold, after a day of making palettes, I woke up with this image of a palette repeated vertically in the colors of this quilt, against a light milk chocolate background. I have no idea why!

Then I sort of said to myself, hmmm, what else can be done with these “wands” and I pictured them in all sorts of different sequences and added circles. With a big magic marker over then next week I sketched out about forty different concepts. Then eventually I started to build the ones I liked best into designs in Illustrator, and then created several colorways.  There are about thirteen designs in the collection and six of them we put into the fabric collection with 2 colorways.  One is in this colorway but against a white background, and another is in handsome neutrals, brown and blacks.  Can’t wait to show them to you!

In the meantime, here is the “Sugar Pop Quilt”.  It is my third quilt, and the second quilt that I quilted myself.  It was a mixture of a quilt design from a sketch and improvisational quilting for the top and bottom bits. I was going to try to free motion quilt it, but two things: I didn’t want to ruin it since I am such a beginner, and when I decided to do the vertical curvy lines, a walking foot seemed to fit the process best. I know when I get to be a better quilter and sewer I will cringe that I posted my beginning quilts, but I live to laugh and someone has to share what it is like to start to quilt–with all the imperfections!

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Front of the Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

detail of Sugar Pop Quilt

Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Sugar Pop Quilt in Action

Here is the quilt back. I did originally make a different one, but several people suggested it should be its own quilt, and when I realized that the quilting pattern I wanted to do for the front design wouldn’t look very good on that back, I decided to make a new one. Indeed, I have saved the original one to be its own quilt top. I put this together one Sunday afternoon and thought it fun to really capitalize on the pink/brown color combos.  It’s simple but sweet. The old back is more greys, greens and blues.

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

Back of Sugar Pop Quilt

And may I add, Best wishes for a Fantastic 2014 to you all!

More Quilts from the 3rd edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!!

I told you I would be back with more quilts from the new edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes.  And autographed copies are now available here.  I was lucky enough to get a preview of all the physical quilts plus see some of the photography sets. I have learned so much from my visits with Diana McClun, and it is also such an honor when they use my fabric. Diana was supposedly retiring, but everyone laughs at that as she’s been pretty busy, especially producing this new book with Laura. Laura continues their business now on her own with patterns, teaching and lecturing and the popular blog See How We Sew. She is so kind.

If you’ve been following this blog you know that I am primarily an artist and now a fabric and surface designer who licenses her art, but I have also finally been bitten by the quilting bug. To get myself started I have been doing improv quilting where I just cut up fabric and sew.  Well, not totally- I usually sketch out an abstract design. I don’t think I would even have attempted this if it wasn’t for what I have learned from Diana talking about her design considerations, color placement and the world of quilting etc.  Most importantly were the comments about quilting being about love and community.  Then I crack open one of Diana and Laura’s books, or watch one of their video’s to get a few quilting basics. And I have another design friend, Tara Faughnan, who does amazing quilts, who just looks at  me straight on when I am stewing about maybe doing this or maybe doing that and says “Just sew. Just do it.” It takes a village to get me sewing again.

Without further ado, more of the quilts from the quiltmaking “bible” Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! taken at the book signing party and here with permission of the authors.  I have my eye on a couple to make sometime in the future….

Square in a Square, by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 28 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Square in a Square, by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 28 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Square in a Square, by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 28 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Square in a Square, by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 28 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Snowball, by Diana McCLun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney p. 48 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Snowball, by Diana McCLun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney p. 48 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Snowball, by Diana McCLun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney p. 48 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Snowball, by Diana McCLun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney p. 48 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Flying Geese by Dale Fleming, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 45 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Flying Geese by Dale Fleming, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 45 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Flying Geese by Dale Fleming, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 45 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Flying Geese by Dale Fleming, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 45 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Log Cabin by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p.34 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Log Cabin by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p.34 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Log Cabin by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p.34 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Log Cabin by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p.34 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch Leftovers by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 33 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch Leftovers by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 33 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch Leftovers by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 33 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch Leftovers by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Kathy August, p. 33 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch with Alternate Blocks by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by kathy August, p. 31 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch with Alternate Blocks by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by kathy August, p. 31 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch with Alternate Blocks by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by kathy August, p. 31 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Nine-Patch with Alternate Blocks by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by kathy August, p. 31 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Somersault by Denise Killingsworth, p. 24 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Somersault by Denise Killingsworth, p. 24 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Somersault by Denise Killingsworth, p. 24 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Somersault by Denise Killingsworth, p. 24 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Times Square by Jill Schlageter, quilted by Melanie Meadows, p. 50 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Times Square by Jill Schlageter, quilted by Melanie Meadows, p. 50 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Times Square by Jill Schlageter, quilted by Melanie Meadows, p. 50 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Times Square by Jill Schlageter, quilted by Melanie Meadows, p. 50 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

1000 Pyramids by Pauline Stone Pearsall, p. 52 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

1000 Pyramids by Pauline Stone Pearsall, p. 52 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p. 178 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p. 178 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p. 178 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Laura Nownes, quilted by Marla Monson, p. 178 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

By The Sea by Gail Abeloe, quilted by Sharon Winter, p. 37 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

By The Sea by Gail Abeloe, quilted by Sharon Winter, p. 37 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

By The Sea by Gail Abeloe, quilted by Sharon Winter, p. 37 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

By The Sea by Gail Abeloe, quilted by Sharon Winter, p. 37 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Half-Square Triangles by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, p. 40 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Half-Square Triangles by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, p. 40 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Half-Square Triangles by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, p. 40 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Half-Square Triangles by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, p. 40 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Kathy August and Joni Tremreull, p. 180 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Kathy August and Joni Tremreull, p. 180 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Kathy August and Joni Tremreull, p. 180 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Kathy August and Joni Tremreull, p. 180 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Lilac Rose by Diana McClun, for Kerby Smith, photographer of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition.  The lilac rose image is a photograph by Kerby Smith that he printed onto fabric.

Lilac Rose by Diana McClun, for Kerby Smith, photographer of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition. The lilac rose image is a photograph by Kerby Smith that he printed onto fabric.

Lilac Rose by Diana McClun, for Kerby Smith, photographer of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition.  The lilac rose image is a photograph by Kerby Smith that he printed onto fabric.

Lilac Rose by Diana McClun, for Kerby Smith, photographer of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition. The lilac rose image is a photograph by Kerby Smith that he printed onto fabric.

Beginning Sampler by Nikki Vilas, p. 182 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Nikki Vilas, p. 182 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Nikki Vilas, p. 182 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Nikki Vilas, p. 182 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Star Medallion by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, p. 86 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Star Medallion by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, p. 86 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Diana Mc Clun, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 176 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Diana Mc Clun, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 176 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Diana Mc Clun, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 176 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Beginning Sampler by Diana Mc Clun, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 176 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Sawtooth Star by Pauline Stone Pearsall, quilted by Kerry Reed, p. 56 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Sawtooth Star by Pauline Stone Pearsall, quilted by Kerry Reed, p. 56 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Sawtooth Star by Pauline Stone Pearsall, quilted by Kerry Reed, p. 56 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Sawtooth Star by Pauline Stone Pearsall, quilted by Kerry Reed, p. 56 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

All Stars Sampler by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 75 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

All Stars Sampler by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 75 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

All Stars Sampler by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 75 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

All Stars Sampler by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, quilted by Victoria McEnerney, p. 75 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Chevron by Diana McClun, p. 72 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Chevron by Diana McClun, p. 72 of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! 3rd edition

Houston Quilt Market 2013, the last booth pics!

OK, sharing the last photos of booths from Quilt Market. But there are still many quilt photos to come from the exhibitions. Its going to be a bit sad when it is all done and I will wish I had taken more photos (and better photos!) Enjoy! Wish you were there!

Leah Duncan

Leah Duncan

Leah Duncan

Leah Duncan

Frances Newcombe

Frances Newcombe

Frances Newcombe

Frances Newcombe

Jeni Baker

Jeni Baker

Jeni Baker

Jeni Baker

Daisy & Dell

Daisy & Dell

Daisy & Dell

Daisy & Dell

Olive Ann Designs

Olive Ann Designs

Art Gallery Fabrics

Art Gallery Fabrics

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Lovebug Studios

Lovebug Studios

Lovebug Studios

Lovebug Studios

More pics from Quilt Market 2013 Houston

Yes, there is more and I will be posting even more all week of booth pics and quilts, quilts, lots of quilts from the exhibitions at Houston Quilt Market 2013.

Daisy Janie

Organic fabrics from Daisy Janie

Daisy Janie

Daisy Janie

Contempo

Contempo

Contempo

Contempo

 

Glitz from Michael Miller

Glitz from Michael Miller

Sarah Jane

Sarah Jane

the Cottage Mama

the Cottage Mama

 

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

Kanvas

 

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Green Bee

Green Bee

Green Bee

Green Bee

 

More booths from Quilt Market Houston 2013

Nel Whatmore

Nel Whatmore

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Tula Pink

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Heather Bailey

Monaluna

Monaluna

Monaluna

Monaluna

Alison Glass

Alison Glass

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander

Ann Kelle

Ann Kelle

Ann Kelle

Ann Kelle

Quilt Market Houston 2013

Phew!  That was a fun ride, but I am just a little exhausted.  It was my fourth time at Houston Quilt Market, and some of the fun in going back is that I get to see people that I have met before, or collaborated with on fabric/project trades, AND meet new people.  Well, and you just notice new things every time. Of course there ARE many new things every time, as every exhibit is different market to market.

It all started out with the Quilt Market sign-up catalog..and what is that on the cover? Hey that’s Tara‘s quilt! I know her!  How did her quilt get on the cover?  She submitted it to the exhibit. It was accepted and the powers that be chose it for the quilt image of the show for all their materials. Pretty exciting.  It was part of the “Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2013”. A fabric designer by day working directly for Michael Miller Fabrics, Tara‘s avocation has long been quilting. She started quilting when none of her peers were. These days she primarily uses solids and is known for her original designs and modern yet detailed compositions, and use of metallic threads.

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Tara Faughnan and her Fireworks Quilt

Tara Faughnan and her Fireworks Quilt

So what were the trends this year?  I remember last year seeing such a large amount of white everywhere.  This year everyone was touting their color ranges.  There are so many companies now with new lines of solids, blenders, tonals and batiks and there were swatch installations everywhere showing the ranges in colors in these lines.

There were also a couple big splashes made at Quilt Market.  One was at schoolhouse with the Andover Fabrics Downton Abbey presentation. More on that later on this blog.  The other thing was the debut of Cotton + Steel, a new division of RJR Fabrics. From a small corner booth the 5 women making this happen made a surprise intro into the market –their collections will debut at spring Quilt Market. The big intro to their company is this absolutely stunning video. You MUST see it. Nothing like it in this industry. It is… dreamy.  Everyone from the designer community is excited for them and looking to see what comes next. Cotton + Steel video 

Cotton + Steel

The designers of Cotton + Steel: Kim Kight, Rashida Coleman-Hale and Melody Miller. Not shown: Sarah Watts and Alexia Abegg

What was fun for me this year is having friends at the show to meet up with in between our respective events and tasks. Fabric designers Kim Andersson and Caitley Symons were running the gauntlet meeting with fabric companies to discuss licensing opportunities. They both do great work, and I look forward to seeing their designs on fabric in the future.

Kim Andersson, Tara Faughnan and Caitley Symons

Kim Andersson, Tara Faughnan and Caitley Symons

And then I find Becky from Patchwork Posse and Heather from The Sewing Loft.  Yahoo! I met these two in Salt Lake City at The Creative Connection Event in 2011 and then again at The Sewing Summit in 2012. They both have great blogs and sew fantastic original projects, and its been fun doing some collaborations with them.  And in the middle is Caroline from SEWCANSHE, another great blog and I can’t wait to collaborate with her too.

Becky from Patchwork Posse, Caroline from SEWCANSHE, and Heather from The Sewing Loft

Becky from Patchwork Posse, Caroline from SEWCANSHE, and Heather from The Sewing Loft

Oh, oh, oh, and there I see Diana McClun and Laura Nownes new edition of Quilts, Quilts, Quilts, hot off the press!  I met Diana in my class at fabric design school and she has become a friend and mentor. Commonly known as “The Quilting Bible”, the previous versions of the book have sold a quarter of a million copies and they continued to write several more books. Breckling Press worked with them to create a new edition using more modern fabrics and palettes, so they redid the entire book with new quilts. I got to see most of the quilts in person and they are stunning. (Those are a couple of them on the table)IMG_0896

Ok, so this is a little about my personal experience at Quilt Market, but I have is a TON of photos and will be posting photos of cool booths, fabric designer booths and lots of photos of the quilts from the exhibits. It will be just the facts ma’am from now on with Quilt Market Houston 2013 coverage. So stay tuned…

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sore feet….