The Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2013 from Quilt Market Houston 2013

Here are the quilts from the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2013 sponsored by Aurifil, one of the many quilt exhibits at Quilt Market International in Houston.

Archicoop by Jenna Brand using The Painted Pebbles Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson and Architextures fabric by Carolyn Friedlander

Archicoop by Jenna Brand using The Painted Pebbles Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson and Architextures fabric by Carolyn Friedlander

Archicoop by Jenna Brand using The Painted Pebbles Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson and Architextures fabric by Carolyn Friedlander

Archicoop by Jenna Brand using The Painted Pebbles Quilt by Rossie Hutchinson and Architextures fabric by Carolyn Friedlander

Rhythm + Blues by Anne Deister

Rhythm + Blues by Anne Deister

Rhythm + Blues by Anne Deister

Rhythm + Blues by Anne Deister

Solid Love by Kelly Smith using New Wave pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

Solid Love by Kelly Smith using New Wave pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

Solid Love by Kelly Smith using New Wave pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

Solid Love by Kelly Smith using New Wave pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson

Fireworks Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Fireworks Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Fireworks Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Fireworks Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Box of Rain Quilt by Karen Anderson-Abraham

Box of Rain Quilt by Karen Anderson-Abraham

Sparkler by Lee Heinrich, quilted by Jeny Pedigo

Sparkler by Lee Heinrich, quilted by Jeny Pedigo

Sparkler by Lee Heinrich, quilted by Jeny Pedigo

Sparkler by Lee Heinrich, quilted by Jeny Pedigo

Oddballs by Alissa Carlton from her book Modern Minimal

Oddballs by Alissa Carlton from her book Modern Minimal

Oddballs by Alissa Carlton from her book Modern Minimal

Oddballs by Alissa Carlton from her book Modern Minimal

Scattered by Katie Pedersen

Scattered by Katie Pedersen

Scattered by Katie Pedersen

Scattered by Katie Pedersen

Bulls-Eye 1 by Colleen Wootton

Bulls-Eye 1 by Colleen Wootton

Bulls-Eye 1 by Colleen Wootton

Bulls-Eye 1 by Colleen Wootton

Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend

Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend

Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend

Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend

Trapezoids at Work by Jenna Brand

Trapezoids at Work by Jenna Brand

Trapezoids at Work by Jenna Brand

Trapezoids at Work by Jenna Brand

Lines in Linen by Irelle Beatie

Lines in Linen by Irelle Beatie

Lines in Linen by Irelle Beatie

Lines in Linen by Irelle Beatie

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison

Fifty Shades of Groovy by Leslie Tucker Jenison

You + Me by Heather Jones, quilted by Angela Walters, inspired by a four block strip quilt by Loretta Pettway from Gee's Bend Alabama

You + Me by Heather Jones, quilted by Angela Walters, inspired by a four block strip quilt by Loretta Pettway from Gee’s Bend Alabama

You + Me by Heather Jones, quilted by Angela Walters, inspired by a four block strip quilt by Loretta Pettway from Gee's Bend Alabama

You + Me by Heather Jones, quilted by Angela Walters, inspired by a four block strip quilt by Loretta Pettway from Gee’s Bend Alabama

Untitled By Lindsay Stead

Untitled By Lindsay Stead

Is This Love? by Clawne Kimber, quilted by Pamela J. Cole

Is This Love? by Clawne Kimber, quilted by Pamela J. Cole

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 

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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….

Stitch Modern Part 3

Ok, we’re almost 3/4 of the way through here…at least as far as the quilts go. There is more to share beyond the quilts themselves and we’ll see how much I can muster together for you this month.

For those just tuning in, these are quilts showing at Stitch Modern, the second annual exhibition of the  East Bay Modern Quilt Guild at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.  On through February 24th, Fri, Sat, Sun 12-3, plus during Stitch Modern Special Events

Voila!  More quilt gorgeousness…

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Geos by Joel Ignacio of Joey’s Planting

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detail of Geos by Joel Ignacio of Joey’s Planting

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Usable Squares by Terri Carpenter of The Fox’s Den

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detail of Usable Squares by Terri Carpenter

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quilt by Tara Faughnan

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quilt by Tara Faughnan

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Antique Butterfly Kisses by Pati Fried

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detail of Antique Butterfly Kisses by Pati Fried

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Engulfed in Flames by Cathy Roha

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The Spaces Between by Amelia Terry

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detail of The Spaces Between by Amelia Terry

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Not Your Granny’s Granny Squares by Margaret Glendening

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detail of Not Your Granny’s Granny Squares by Margaret Glendening

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Stitch Modern. Love that title. Its the second annual exhibition of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. Beautiful quilts!

In case you are in the San Francisco Bay area, it is absolutely worth checking out in person.  Through February 24th at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-3.  Plus of course its open during Stitch Modern Special Events.

Too many photos to sort through for one post so this will be divided into 4 entries over the next week, so stay tuned…

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Happiness by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

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Happiness by Stacey Sharman of Peppermint Pinwheels

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Finding Your Way by Lauren Hungler of “I Want To Cut You”, quilted by Dawn Schwab

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detail of Finding Your Way by Lauren Hungler of “I Want To Cut You”, quilted by Dawn Schwab

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Cosmos by Kristen Takakuwa

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Cosmos by Kristen Takakuwa

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back side of Cosmos by Kristen Takakuwa

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Linked In by Danielle Collins

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detail of Linked In by Danielle Collins

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Diamonds by Tara Faughnan

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detail of Diamonds by Tara Faughnan

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Garden Poiesis by Sharona Fishrup

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Garden Poiesis by Sharona Fishrup

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Untitled by Shannon Ward Storms

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Untitled by Sharon Ward Storms

Quilt Market #11: More Quilts

And continuing our Quilt Market Houston 2012 coverage, more of my selections from the quilt exhibitions:

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Alexandra’s Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Diamond Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Diamond Quilt by Tara Faughnan

Dream Fields by Janet Steadman

Jet Trails #10 by Marcia DeCamp

Crazy for Plaid by Allison Aller

Crazy for Plaid by Allison Aller

My Flower Plates by Candyce Grisham

My Flower Plates by Candyce Grisham

La Torre de Babel by Celilia Koppmann

La Torre de Babel by Celilia Koppmann

Pane Reflections by Timna Tarr

Pane Reflections by Timna Tarr

Broken by Janet Steadman

A World by Many Colors by Georgeta Grama

A World by Many Colors by Georgeta Grama