More Thoughts about Fall Quilt Market

November 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

I am happy to have returned from Market safely and am ready for Thanksgiving. This holiday, we will share our day with all five of our children and three grandchildren. I love family times having grown up with two brothers and two sisters and a large extended family.

Before more time goes by I want to share a few more thoughts about Market:

Be inspired, feel color, create, and explore design. In times of uncertainty, some of the most exciting changes are made because people want to feel better about their circumstances so crafting is explored in many forms. Young Designers are promoting sewing.
International Quilt Market Houston

• Light backgrounds — whites are calming and in a time of uncertainty, we gravitate to colors with more white with contrast in white based colors rather than muddy colors.
• The French influence — Moda’s French General’s new group and RJR’s Marianne Elizabeth’s Jasmine are just two fabric collections sharing the French inspiration that was also seen in the pre-market release of Renee Nanneman’s “Rose Maison” from Andover.
• Young designers — The Free Spirit booth was alive with young designers. Each of their booth’s expressed simple lines, bags, home dec and expressing oneself with sewing. Ty Pennington for Westminster and Anna Griffin are ones to watch. Anna Griffin has released her first independent fabric lines and won th
• Sewing — crafting and scrapbooking have influenced the younger women. Now, a trend may be to make a simple item for oneself or a child. I loved the Art Gallery booth supporting this trend.
• Historical — whether it is American Revolution or Civil War, the interest in historical fabric and quilt projects remains strong.


Fall Quilt Market in Houston

November 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

Hello from the International Quilt Market in Houston!

Art Gallery Fabric

Art Gallery Fabric Boho Tunic

I have been attending the Fall Quilt Market in Houston and have been energized and inspired not only by the many  new traditional quilting projects, fabrics and ideas but also by a number new designers with sewing clothing or home dec projects.   Two displays that I found illustrated these were Art Gallery Fabrics and Nancy Halvorsen’s new book, “Count On It”.

 As shown in the photo at left, Art Gallery Fabrics showed a simple, easy sewing  project called the Boho Tunic. I began as a sewer; quilting has only been part of my world for about 12 years.  The Boho Tunic encourages me to help those who want to learn to sew and make a simple, summer tunic out of fabrics they love.   The opportunity to offer some beginner learn to sew classes with simple fabric construction would be very exciting.  Pat Bravo, Designer/Owner of Art Gallery Fabrics has released a CD with both paper pattern and video instruction. As was shown in their booth video instructions can allow new sewers to watch and learn with these projects in the comfort of home.

Projects from the New Book, "Count On It"

Projects from the new book, "Count On It"

Nancy Halvorsen’s new fabric group, Forever Spring  from Benartex and her display featured the decorative monthly panel projects from her  new book “ Count On It” that features simple projects based on celebrating special dates.  Button embellishments add a happy touch to the projects that make a banner, count days of the month or give a welcome to a special party with a pot stake banner. I thought these were all so sweet and charming and would add warmth in any home.


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