Hello from the International Quilt Market in Houston!
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.
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.